I have a Panasonic/Lumix GX1 body with only one lens - the 20 mm 1.7. That lens has been ok but, truth be told, I haven't been blown away by the quality of pictures I am getting. What lens would you recommend I buy?
I'd like to get a new and high quality lens. I'm mainly interested in taking pictures of my kids, vacations, etc. I have a Cannon APC-S DSLR setup and my best lens there by far is a Cannon 50mm 1.4. I feel like a monkey could take really nice pictures with that lens - I'd like to get something of similar quality for the 4/3, that has a "wow" factor.
So the main choices on the high-end seem to be the Lumix/Leica 40.5mm 1.2 Nocticron, the two Summilux lenses (15 or 25mm), or perhaps the new Lumix G 12mm-35mm 2.8. I'm less interested in zooms versus primes and I'm not really interested in long zooms.
The Nocticron wins for sheer sexiness and the very fast speed, which would be cool. I love low-light/no flash pictures with heavy bokeh. I'm a little worried that the effective length of 80mm (or whatever) is going to be too tight and limiting for things like trying to shoot kids together. It's also crazy expensive, but I could get over that if the lens is truly amazing as people say it is
. I am a little worried that I would also just be replicating the great 50mm 1.4 that I have on my Cannon (which, I think with the crop factor on my APC-S sensor would come out also to 80mm or close). The Nocticron is so big that I'm not sure my 4/3 setup would be that much smaller than my DSL!
So then there are the two Summilux lenses, but what I am getting there versus the 20mm pancake I already have? Slightly nicer quality? Hard to tell from the reviews.
That leaves the 12-35, which I'm worried is a jack of all trades/master of none/and the 2.8 is too slow for the interior/no-flash stuff I like to do.
Anyway - I would love your shoot-from-the-hip advice on what my next lens should be. Price not a big factor if the lens is awesome. I do have the Panasonic body, so that's a slight issue if you are going to recommend an Oly lens, because the Panasonic does not have image stabilization in the body. Thanks