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    Hi. I just got a Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3, and am unsure of what lens to buy.

    I can go up to about $300, but the cheaper the better.

    The camera has a Micro Four Thirds-mount. It will be used largely as a travel camera, and it will shoot mostly outdoors in available light. I would like for the lens to also be acceptable in low light. My minimum requirement for aperture is f2.8, preferably even wider.

    I want a prime lens, between 35 and 60mm. I am aware of the 2x crop factor.

    The lens will be used mainly for filming. When traveling, I will only bring a small gorillapod, so a lot of the time, I will shoot handheld. Will I then benefit much from an image stabilizer? If so, that would be a big plus.

    Because I will be traveling with the lens, weight is an issue. The lighter the better.

    Thank you!!

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    The Olympus f/1.8 45mm is an excellent prime lens and is extremely lightweight. I've seen it on sale for less than $300. However the lens does not have built-in image stabilization, unlike Panasonic micro 4/3 lenses. An alternative is the excellent Panasonic f/1.4 25mm Leica lens, but it's considerably more expensive.
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    The Sigma 30 f/2.8 is available in M4/3 at 1/2 your budget -

    30mm F2.8 EX DN | Sigma Corporation of America

    It does lack IS. Too bad the Lumix 20mm f/1.7 is too short for you, that can be found used for $300 USD.

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    Thank you!

    correction to my original post: I can go up to $500. (I'm norwegian and got confused while converting USD to norwegian currency). $500 is absolute max. Also, can I get anyones opinion on whether or not I need IS?



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