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Old May 23, 2012, 8:57 AM   #21
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Rubbish. At this focal length you won't need IS unless your hand is very shaky (and if that's the case, I suggest you sell the GF3 and buy an Oly Pen instead). IS becomes crucial as the FL increases but you should be fine at 14mm. However, there is no better way to find out than to go out and take some pictures.
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Old May 23, 2012, 1:16 PM   #22
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if the lighting is bad, you will need is. Especially late evening static shots. When you are at 1/20 and slower, IS really helps out even on short FL.
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Old May 23, 2012, 2:59 PM   #23
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Most people would use flash when taking late evening shots. Sure there's always situations where you don't want to use flash but I think shooting w/o flash in the evening will require a tripod (whether the camera has IS or not).
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Old May 23, 2012, 3:08 PM   #24
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Some shots the built in flash is useless. Especially if you are shooting a evening landscape on the fly. IS have it's place. I can hand hold down to 1/15 and 1/10. But it make it allot easier when I have IS on a fast prime. And with a zoom that is 3.5-5.6 you get down to 1/15 pretty quickly on a evening shot especially if you are trying to keep the iso low to avoid noise between 400-800iso
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Old May 23, 2012, 3:31 PM   #25
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Both Tullio and I have been trying to say from the beginning that the economical 14-42 from Panasonic has IS and the range of focal length for you to make a good comparison to nearly any prime or situation you would normally encounter.

For a minimal cost of $130 or less, you would be answering your own questions and getting more accurate advice. The little zoom will allow you to see what the camera does as it operates through the range. With the 14mm prime lens, the activity is less obvious. You'll probably save more than the cost of the lens in preventing the mistakes of buying the wrong lenses.

You have the 14mm f/2.5. Use it. If your shots are "blurry", then you need "something" else. Most people wouldn't even know it does not have IS. The 20mm f/1.7 doesn't have IS either and everybody thinks it's fantastic.

The 14mm is a very good outdoor, wide-angle lens, but I'm not sure why you have it in the first place. If you'd gotten the GF3 with the 14-42 as the kit, you probably wouldn't be on this forum.
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Old May 23, 2012, 5:09 PM   #26
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Ditto.
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Old May 23, 2012, 6:22 PM   #27
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Well the reason is that it was an offer at Amazon for 324.58 shipped and that was the only kit in offer. I thought that the lens was great for pocketing the camera.

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Old May 23, 2012, 7:33 PM   #28
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And it is. I have this lens and like it but I find myself shooting with the 14-45mm much more than with the 14mm. Actually, ever since I bought the 25mm, I hardly use the 14mm at all.
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The 25mm is very expensive right?
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It is a leica lens, it is expensive but it is 1.4 also
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