4 minutes! Just set it to bulb mode (B) and you can take exposures for a maximum of 4 minutes.
Panasonic have today announced two new Micro Four Third lenses compatible with the Lumix G2. A 14-42mm zoom lens (LUMIX G X H-PS14042) and
a 45-175mm tele-zoom (LUMIX GX H-PS45175), both part of a new ‘X’ range for Lumix G’s that are marked as being ‘a new breed of the highest quality zoom lenses’.
Boasting silent zoom and Power O.I.S, while being more light weight and compact than the standard kit lens, they are looking pretty nice.
They have also resolved an annoying issue with their previous lenses where dust was sucked into them like a vacuum with new ‘Multi-Actuator Floating Inner Focus System’ technology (sounds fancy!).
Both lenses will be available in either black or silver.
Personally, I will be looking at the 14-42mm lens to replace the standard kit lens, and to fill the gap between my 20mm pancake lens, and my 45-200mm zoom lens.
For more info, check out the Panasonic release
So, you want an external flash for your G2? Well, you have a few options.
If you are after an upgrade to your flash, but don’t want to spend much over £100, then consider the DMW-FL220E. Light weight and powered by AA batteries (so will help save your camera battery power), it is certainly worth a look. The main downside of this flash is that you cannot direct the light, so, like the onboard flash, it is still a direct flash.
If you want to splash out a bit more cash and gain the ability to direct the flash, then you can get the DMW-FL360 (about £200) or the DMW-FL500 (Around £300). These flashes will allow you to direct the flash, so you can get some bounce back off a ceiling or wall to soften the light on your subject.
Another thing to note, as these flashes dock onto the top of the camera in the cameras hot shoe, they will automatically adjust the light required by reading from the camera. These flashes will also change how they project the light as you zoom, the more you zoom in on a subject the more direct the flash will become so that it covers the area you are focusing on. If you go for a wide angle photo then the flash will adjust to ensure it covers the area the lens sees.
Already have an Olympus flash? Check to see if it will be compatible with your G2 on the Panasonic website (towards the bottom)
Own any of these flashes? Let me know what you think in the comments below
Can I use third party (non Panasonic) lenses with the G2?
Short answer: Yes
Longer Answer: Although you can use third party lenses, such as the Olympus 70-300mm lens, you will lose some of the functionality, such as the Image Stabilisation (IS) (which in the case of a 300mm lens, is essential – unless you want blurry images of course).
This is because in Olympus cameras the body of the camera takes care of the IS, whereas in Panasonic bodies the IS is done in the lens. So when you connect an Olympus lens to a Panasonic body, they both think the IS is going to be done by the other part, meaning you will get a blurry image. Likewise, when you connect a Panasonic lens to an Olympus body, you essentially get double IS as both the lens and body have IS.
If you have an Olympus lens that won’t require IS, like the 17mm Pancakes Lens, then you should be fine.
The main thing to note is that to use a non-Panasonic lens on the G2 body, you need the DMW-MA1 adapter, this will then allow you to connect Olympus or Leica Micro 4/3 lenses to the G2, whilst still being able to use Auto Focus & Auto Exposure (although this is not possible for all lenses)
For a full list provided by Panasonic on the functions that are available with different lenses, you can view that here