Best lenses for the 16-MPix Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7: Part 1By Kevin Carter - Thursday December 12 2013 Lens Recommendations
Like the primes you do tend to get what you pay, and it’s unsurprising perhaps to see the less accessibly priced models sitting at the top of the league as revealed in the OM-D E-M1 lens recommendation. In first place is the new Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 Pro at $1,000. It’s an excellent performer and it has a mechanical manual focus option with hard stops, making it an excellent choice for filmmakers. Panasonic’s 12-35mm f2.8 has similar overall IQ and is pricier still but it has optical stabilization built-in. Keep in mind that’s not really necessary on the GX7 as it’s the first model from Panasonic to feature in-body stabilization.
In second place is the 35-100mm f2.8. As the equivalent to a 70-200mm it’s a good performer optically and even has higher peak sharpness than the 12-35/40mm models. Although a welcome addition to the system the performance gains are made at the shorter end of the zoom range. And at $1,300, it’s not for everybody. Key lenses to look for include the 7-14mm and the 9-18mm as wide-angle choices. Both models perform similarly overall with DxOMark scores of the 12 and 11 points, respectively, and with peak sharpness measured at 5P-Mpix.
Another important lens in the line up is the 14-140mm. As an equivalent to a 28-280mm this small and compact parfocal zoom is often the first choice for moviemakers and is one of the most versatile models of any current CSC compact system. The original has recently been upgraded and has a slightly faster maximum aperture, new improved focusing and stabilization (perhaps unnecessary on the GX7) and, best of all, it has improved optical performance.