Panasonic’s GH4 might seem like just a camera on the outside, but it represents more than that. When it was released, it became the first consumer viable camera that could shoot videos in high-resolution 4K format. We’ll be covering the best lens for GH4 in this article, along with discussing the pros and cons of each along the way.
The end of the sixth season of the TV series House was shot partly with the Canon 5D Mark II. Since then, the Canon 5D Mark II and its successors have been considered by many to be the standard for small, affordable, high-quality film devices.
Indie film productions, video reporters, event filmmakers – many use the EOS series as a professional camera for photography and filming. And these cameras have really revolutionized what we can do with affordable lightweight cameras.
And then along came the Panasonic Lumix GH4.
As mentioned, it was the first commercially accessible camera that can shoot videos in high-resolution 4K format. Panasonic’s camera is all about filming first and foremost. There are countless modes and settings and we’ll cover some of those later in the article.
For now, let’s take a look at what we consider the best lenses for GH4.
The Best Lens for GH4
If you want to get the best out of your Lumix GH4, you’ll need more than one lens. This will enable you to cover multiple focal lengths and shooting situations.
Here are our picks for the best lenses for the GH4.
This telephoto lens is really worth a look. The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f / 2.8 Pro lens is a convenient and very compact, by the standards of its class, lens.
This is the tool that should be in the arsenal of every owner of the mirrorless Olympus GH4, especially those videographers who work on a range of different types of projects.
It is no coincidence that this zoom lens was released next to M.Zuiko PRO series after the “regular” zoom of M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f / 2.8 PRO.
As in other systems, these two lenses make up a classic pair that allows you to cover a large range of focal lengths and get professional-quality work. Whether you’re working promotional video projects, narrative film or event work, this represents an awesome 1-2 combo.
Highly recommended by us.
Universal zoom lens Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm f / 3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER.OIS provides a wide range of 14-140 mm (the equivalent of 35mm: 28-280 mm).
The optical scheme of the lens consists of 14 elements with a multilayer coating in 12 groups, including three aspherical elements and two ED elements made of glass with ultra-low dispersion.
It should be noted that Power OIS Image Stabilizer is twice as effective as Mega OIS Metal Bayonet.
This covers the wider focal lengths, and so represents more variation than the 40-150mm lens already discussed. However, you’re compromising on aperture in order to have that greater distance.
Let’s talk Tamron. The Tamron 14-150mm F / 3.5-5.8 Di III VC is a really useful lens that represents a more budget friendly alternative to the above-mentioned 14-140mm. You’re also getting an extra 10mm in focal distance at the top end, too.
The lens with a range of equivalent focal lengths of 28-300 mm is equipped with an autofocus stepper motor and an optical stabilizer. At the same time, its weight is only 280 grams.
The optical circuit unites 17 elements in 14 groups, one lens from a low-dispersion glass is applied. The diaphragm is seven-petalled.
The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75-300mm f / 4.8-6.7 II is your choice if you like to shoot from afar. It does not matter: animals, birds, sports, travel work or landscapes. With all these tasks, the lens will perform excellently.
The range of focal lengths is simply huge 75-300 mm, that is 150-600 mm in equivalent to the full frame.
At the same time, the size and weight of the lens are more than modest. However, there are no compromises with image quality.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75-300mm f / 4.8-6.7 II is sharp with a soft blur, good for telephoto lens, very fast autofocus and almost complete absence of chromatic aberrations.
This is one of those lenses that make the Micro 4/3 system really unique.
However, the compromise here is the aperture range. Won’t slow you down too much for photos, but will make video work especially difficult in low light environments.
Olympus MSC ED-M 75 to 300mm II f4.8-6.7 Zoom Lens
- Notes on Shooting: Edges of pictures may be cut off if more than one filter is used or if a thick…
- Excellent Imaging Performance. Super-telephoto shooting in a compact, lightweight, affordable lens.
- MSC mechanism for fast, q1uiet auto focusing
The Optical Diagram of the Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f / 4.0-6.3 ASPH lens consists of 20 elements in 13 groups.
The lens is equipped with the system of optical stabilization Power OIS, has a 9-bladed diaphragm, built-in sliding blend, zoom ring lock, fast focusing motor (updating information 240 times per second).
Made without gaps in the housing which provides dust and moisture protection. The tripod adapter also does not block access to the lens controls.
Again, there’s a big compromise on the aperture, which doesn’t exactly lend itself to low light performance. Still, if you’re not buying it to shoot in low light environments, then it’s still a really useful and effective telephoto lens.
The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm lens has a supeior dust and waterproof design. It uses a relatively new optical coating ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical), protecting the glass from scratches, minimizing glare and light scattering.
The lens uses the proprietary MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) focusing technology, which provides silent and fast autofocus.
Again, as with a lot of the Olympus M.Zuiko lenses, you’re going to take a hit in the aperture department, rendering it of little use in low light situations.
The Panasonic Lumix GH4 camera itself
At first glance, the GH4 looks like a small SLR camera. The device looks solid in the hand. The surface feels sturdy.
Nevertheless, it weighs much less than a Canon EOS 5D Mark III, which is a direct competitor, at least in the video field.
The GH4, body only, weighs just 560 grams on the scales. The Canon, on the other hand, weighs in at 950 grams.
Lenses are much heavier and larger for the EOS 5D Mark III, too. You’ll notice that the Canon has a twice as large full-frame sensor. This makes housing and lenses much larger.
The GH4 Display
Quite apart from the fact that you can count on great visuals when it comes to the display, the GH4 display pops out from within the camera, enabling easy use in all kinds of shooting situations.
Display for all situations
Comparing the GH4 again with Canon’s 5D range, yet another difference is noticeable at first glance at the two cameras. The GH4 has an electronic and touch-sensitive display that can be kept unfolded in every situation. This offrs great flexibility for the user and that is not completely insignificant, especially for amateur filmmakers.
The focus area on the display is positioned effectively to easily be changed with one’s fingers.
The Canon, however, has a permanently installed display. It is not sensitive to touch either. So if you want more than just placing the camera all the time on a tripod or a portable frame right in front of your own nose, you have to mount a display.
In addition, the GH4 has five freely programmable function buttons, which can be assigned depending on the photo or video mode. Once you have filled them with features according to your own taste, the camera is even more of a pleasure to use.
As a photography camera
As a camera for still images, the GH4 is not a complicated to us, but still offers a fair amount of bells and whistles.
Firstly, it offers a sensor with 16 megapixels. With good light and unprocessed RAW format, it makes sharp and neutral images. With its natural output sensitivity of 200 ISO, it can compete well with the competition that often have larger sensors.
Bright and dark areas of the picture are well displayed in this area. However, 16 million pixels are no longer the top of the resolution. And monotonous areas such as gray walls or areas of skin even show a slight noise even at this low sensitivity.
However, this is not a problem at all up to 400 ISO.
The autofocus makes an excellent impression at first glance. The camera is pretty fast in this regard.
The GH4 with its 49 autofocus sensors has six autofocus modes. Face recognition, tracking and so on and so forth.
Best Lens for GH4 – In Conclusion
Now, when you’re making a purchasing decision on what lenses to buy for the GH4, there’s obviously a lot to consider.
This is a powerful camera with great image quality. It might be a little dated now, but this means you can pick the camera up for a really reasonable price, especially second hand.
Always of relevance when you’re buying lenses is to look at compatibility with other cameras you might have. Is there an adapter you can use if you want to use a lens on multiple cameras from different manufacturers? Or maybe you just want to use one of these lenses on the GH4 and nothing else? These are questions you need to consider.
We invite you to do your own research and really look into the different lenses discussed here. As mentioned, there is one best lens for the GH4, different lenses have different purposes – whether it be focal distances or use cases for different shooting scenarios.
We hope this article on the best lens for GH4 has been instructive. Did we miss out your favourite lens for the GH4? Let us know in the comments below here.
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Published at Thu, 28 Jun 2018 12:59:54 +0000