Just bought the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3. Comes with two lenses. A pancake lens, which seems to have no zoom.. and another lens which is 14-42mm.
Am i correct in saying that '14-42mm' is the amount of zoom the lens has?
Also how do i know which lenses are compatible with this camera?
Could you suggest a lens with a pretty good zoom? Not too expensive. About £200?
I know little about cameras and photography so any information and advice would be great.
asked Jul 08 '12 at 05:49
The 14-42mm is the range the lens can zoom which is a good range for shooting up to close to several feet away. That is a good range for shooting events where everyone is gathered relatively close as opposed to photographing something farther away like sports or a stage event.
For farther shooting you would want a focal range of, for example, 50-100mm+. Just do a search on the lens for that camera and you will see all the difference ranges.
Lens that only have one focal length like the 14mm are called prime lens and they do not zoom but offer better quality at their focal length than the zoom lens.
Lens that have a range like the 14-42mm will zoom.
You should practice with those lens and when you have a better understanding about the camera and the lens then invest in more lens.
answered Jul 08 '12 at 23:32