Angela Nicholson: Head of Testing, Photography

Panasonic Lumix G3


I've been thinking about getting a compact system (CSC) for a while and the Panasonic G3 has just about all the attributes I want; an articulated touch-screen for shooting from low angles and speedy autofocus point selection, an EVF for use when the sun is too bright (ha!) to compose images on the screen, and plenty of manual control options.

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Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 OIS

Naturally I'll need at least one lens to go with the camera and I've got my eye on three. First off, I'd like the new X-series 14-42mm power-zoom because it's a decent quality optic yet it collapses down to a small size, so it's perfect for everyday use – and I plan to take the G3 everywhere.

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Lumix G 20mm f/1.7

One problem with the 14-42mm lens is that its maximum aperture is f/3.5-5.6, so I'd also like the 20mm f/1.7 to allow me to blur backgrounds bit more. Its 40mm focal length equivalence is also a great choice for street photography.

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Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA OIS

Third on my lens list is the Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA OIS. It's a high quality lens that doesn't come cheap, but its macro credential means it will enable me to get closer to the subject.

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