12-50, 14-42II or 9-18mm?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by weeowee, May 7, 2013.

  1. weeowee

    weeowee Mu-43 Regular

    May 6, 2012
    my lineup is pretty small, i have the pana 20mm, oly 60mm and the oly 40-150. i sold my 12-50mm kit lens since i didn't use it that much but now i'm starting to regret it.. anyway my question is, what lens will make my lineup more complete? i was thinking of ditching the 40-150 and getting the 75-300 but that's not a priority. anyway i hope you guys can help me=) regarding what i like taking shots of, anything is fine=) i mean i like shooting different things depends on my mood, sometimes i like doing macro, sometimes moon shots sometimes just walking around and playing with my camera and shooting whatever catches my eye..
  2. threebees

    threebees Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 13, 2013
    Good question.

    I have been thinking also about that (12-50 or 9-18). Those 3 mm extra wide you get on the 9-18 are worth it. I don't know how it compares to 14-42II but the quality difference to 12-50 is huge.

    You already have the 60mm so don't need the macro option, and I think that both 20 and 60, if you move a little, will cover many needs. I think we worry too much about covering all focal lenghts when we have our legs to do part of the job.

    This is my opinion but you must know that I am lazy to buy, carry and change lenses. I am turning to Panasonic and the day when I am able to have the 9-18, 60 macro and good tele, I will be complete.
  3. gugarci

    gugarci Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 8, 2012
    Lyndhurst, NJ
    If you got the cash get the 9-18. If not look for a used 14-42II or 12-50. Me personally I like and still use my 14-42II.
  4. ssgreenley

    ssgreenley Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 12, 2011
    As others have stated, it depends on what the 20 isn't giving you as a walk around lens. If you don't feel like changing lenses and want more fl versatility, by all means buy the 12-50 or 14-42. I love my 14-42, but some people don't like the collapsing mechanism and you may prefer the added range and weather sealing of the 12-50.

    The 9-18 would give you nice wide angle, but serves a very different purpose than the others. If you're looking just for more width than your current setup offers, you may also consider Oly's 12mm. It's my favorite lens, go to walkabout, and would make a fantastic kit with the 20 and 60 you have.
  5. weeowee

    weeowee Mu-43 Regular

    May 6, 2012
    i can saveup for the 9-18 or even the 12 but someone is offering me a really good deal on the 12-50mm, so i'm tempted to just go back to that... but.. the 9-18 seems great though.. hmm decisions..
  6. weeowee

    weeowee Mu-43 Regular

    May 6, 2012
    or what about if i get the 14-42II first then saveup for the 9-18? so the lineup would be 9-18, 14-42 then 20 then 60 then 40-150? ...
  7. OhWellOK

    OhWellOK Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 4, 2012
    Brooklyn, NY
    My thoughts on these lenses:
    12-50- Although I think the IQ is fine, I don't like how physically long and thin this lens is when walking around. I also don't like the way the zoom ring or manual focus feels. I do like the weather resistance, Macro and wider 12mm FL. I usually bring this lens on trips with me, in case of rain, and if I want to shoot Macro as it's my only option for that.
    14-42 II - I get pretty good results with this lens-I think I have a sharp copy. I like the compact size on my E-PL5; better than 12-50 as a walk around lens. Having said that, the 14-42 usually gets passed over for the Pan 14/2.5 or 20/1.7.
    9-18 I'm a fly fisherman, so the UWA + the ability to accept polarizing and ND filters was an essential for me and one of the first lenses on my wishlist for the kind of stream and beach landscapes I'm trying to do.

    If you're looking for a kit another good option to consider is the Panasonic 14-45. In terms of a pure kit lens (sans macro and weather sealing) is better handling than either of the Oly kits and has really good IQ. The Pan 14 is yet another option to cover your wide end on the cheap - can be had for about <$180 on eBay.

    I guess you have to assess what kind of images you want to make and take it from there, also if you plan on getting into filters could help guide your choices as well - so you can carry one filter size like 46 or 52mm, i.e. with a minimum of stepping up/down.
  8. DeoreDX

    DeoreDX Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 13, 2013
    Any reason not to consider a Panasonic 14-45 instead of the 14-42II or 12-50 or do you just want ot stick with Olymus lens? Personally I like my 14-42II and it's a great general purpose lens when the lighting is good.
  9. weeowee

    weeowee Mu-43 Regular

    May 6, 2012
    i like the 14-45, only reason i didn't mention it was it's not widely available in my place, i mean most shops here only carry oly lenses
  10. MrPhotoBob

    MrPhotoBob Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 16, 2012
    l have purchased all three of those lenses, and I tend to use the 12-50mm more or less as a walk around lens, and my 9-18mm when I am out shooting landscapes. I had the 14-42mm and did not like it at all, and ended up getting rid of it. If I could only purchase one, I must say that I would end up purchasing the 9-18mm.
  11. weeowee

    weeowee Mu-43 Regular

    May 6, 2012
    someone is offering a good deal on a 14mm, how does that compare to the 9-18?
  12. weeowee

    weeowee Mu-43 Regular

    May 6, 2012
    someone is offering me the 11-22 and the 14-45, how do these compare to the native lens? except for the added weight
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