There’s no doubt about it, the shiny new Panasonic Lumix GH5 camera is a great purchase. Although it’s not necessarily cheap, for the full range of capabilities that this camera possesses, it is pretty inexpensive. And, whether you’re a photographer or videographer, you’ll benefit greatly from adding this mirrorless camera to your lineup.
However, if you used to use a DSLR, the switch to a mirrorless camera probably has you scrambling for a whole new set of lenses. Building a lens kit is no easy task, especially with such a new camera. Below, we’ve gathered several different lenses with a wide range in both price and functionality. So, if you’ve been wondering what the best lenses for the Panasonic GH5 are, just keep reading.
If you’re just beginning to build your lens kit for the Panasonic GH5, this a great lens to start with. It has a well-rounded range of functionalities that make it an extremely versatile camera. It features a sturdy body and an impressive focal length range as well as built-in image stabilization. A silent and super-fast autofocus means that it’s great for wildlife photography. While a nano surface coating cuts glare and sunspots, making it perfect for landscape and architecture photography as well.
Truly, this is a do-it-all lens, so if you’re only buying one, for now, this is the lens we recommend. The only downside to this lens is its price tag. Although fairly expensive, it can replace at least three other lenses, which we think makes it more than worth it.
Also fairly pricey, albeit a little less, this lens for the Panasonic GH5 is another great starter piece. It’s also weather-sealed and durable, able to withstand freezing temperatures and dust, which makes it great for any type of travel photography. But where this lens really shines is its size.
Relatively lightweight and compact (it’s actually made out of very durable plastic), this is a pretty good substitute for a telephoto lens. It is said that it shoots at a 70-200mm equivalent, which is extremely impressive given its minimal size. It does have a fixed wide aperture that limits some of the capabilities, but all in all, this is another great lens from Panasonic. You would be hard-pressed to find something of comparable quality at a similar price.
One of the great things about the Panasonic GH5 is that you don’t need a super expensive lens to get high-quality images and videos. This is good news for anyone just starting out on their photography journey or just anyone who wants to save a little money.
This Rokinon MFT lens is the perfect budget piece. It’s not quite as versatile as the aforementioned lenses, but it performs well in both video and photo modes. It’s the ideal focal length for portrait photographers, producing clear images with sharp subjects and a subtly blurred background. But it was designed with video in mind, so you’ll see the best results with movement. This lens is entirely manual, but for such an affordable price tag, that’s easy to overlook.
It doesn’t matter what camera you own, this lens is widely loved for its videography capabilities. It creates a dreamy, out of focus bokeh effect that gives any film shot on it a uniquely cinematic look, and it’s relatively inexpensive.
You will need to purchase an EF/MFT adapter for this lens, but the final result will prove that it’s worth it, and should you own any cameras with EF mounts, you can use the lens on them as well. Ideal for corporate films, music videos, and film work it produces a high-quality final product.
Although this lens isn’t the most compact or lightweight available, it still does well in both categories. It has a durable housing, which makes it ideal for anyone on the go, and a hyperfocal scale for manual focus. It’s at its best when doing landscape or architecture photography, especially in low light conditions. The auto-focus is internal which makes the non-rotating lens perfect for using graduated and polarizing filters, and the all-new lens coating prevents ghosting and flares. Overall, this is a high-quality landscape lens at an affordable price. What more could you want?
These lenses are just the tip of the iceberg. Depending on where and how you use your camera, the best lens for a Panasonic GH5 might be different for you. If you’re just starting out, an affordable do-it-all lens is probably best for. On the other hand, if you’re an experienced photographer who’s always on the move, a more expensive piece will better serve you. But, overall, we think that any photographer would be happy to work with any of these lenses, especially when attached to the Panasonic GH5.