14mm f2.5 + 45mm f1.8 or 25mm f1.4 for first e-m5 lens(es).

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by graben, May 2, 2013.

  1. graben

    graben Mu-43 Regular

    May 2, 2013
    Chicago, Illinois
    I just bought a used e-m5 and it should be arriving in a few days. I have been using an xz-1 but I used to shoot with a 40d. I sold the 40d due to the weight and didn't want to carry it around. I was really impressed by the e-m5 and the pictures taken with the various primes. My main interest is taking pictures of my 11 month year old son and wife, whether at home or out and about.

    When I had the 40d I first used the 18-55 kit lens and later a tamron 17-50. I shot 28% of my pictures at 17mm or 18mm, 11% from 28-33mm, and 37% from 50mm or 55mm.

    I was interested in the 25mm f1.4 but looking at my use I think I would be better served by the 14mm f2.5 and the 45mm f1.8. Later I plan on adding a telephoto, and maybe an ultra wide or get the ultra wide converter for the 14mm. So does anyone have any reasons I shouldn't do this? Or does it sound like solid thinking?
    Thank you in advance for your advice.
  2. heli-mech

    heli-mech Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 9, 2012
    Vancouver Island, Canada
    I would go with the 14/45 combo. The thing I find with babies is that you are getting closer to fill the frame and shorter lenses like the 25 give you too much perspective distortion. Actually I would find a copy of the older panasonic 14-45 and the 45mm which would give you more flexibility and I have found the 14-45 sharper than the 14.
  3. graben

    graben Mu-43 Regular

    May 2, 2013
    Chicago, Illinois
    I thought about the 14-45 but I thought most found the prime to be sharper?

    edit: Wow the pictures in the 14-45 look great!
  4. kponds

    kponds Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 18, 2013
    i would not give up any of them, together the three of them make my favorite kit that i've ever owned.

    but if i had to pick i would go with 14/45, especially for the use case that you stated.
  5. graben

    graben Mu-43 Regular

    May 2, 2013
    Chicago, Illinois
    I was thinking that in half a year or so I would have enough for the 25mm as well if I really felt I was missing something.
  6. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    South Bend, IN
    The 45mm will be great for individual portraits or when you want to be a little farther away, but I think the 25mm would also do a good job for photos of your wife and son together. The 14/25/45 is what I've got as well and if you start with 14/45 you'll be pretty well covered since it sounds like you prefer a wider angle of view.

    But for me the 25 is on my camera by default unless I know I'll need a different focal length!
  7. Darthpnoy88

    Darthpnoy88 Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 27, 2012
    I have a 14/45 combo as well and has served me well for my needs. It's a 2 must have lenses for MIcro 4/3 and doesn't burn your wallet either.
  8. duke

    duke Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 4, 2010
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Another vote for the 14/45 combo, two great lenses and two great deals!

    Make sure you look for the 14 on ebay or in the marketplace, normally go for around $150-170 used/new.
  9. rparmar

    rparmar Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 14, 2011
    Limerick, Ireland
    Yep, 14mm + 45mm. I generally don't need anything in between. But I've also got the 20mm in case I do.
  10. xdayv

    xdayv Color Blind

    Aug 26, 2011
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    For 2 lens combo, I think the 14+45 is very nice. For 1 lens - I would go for the 20.
  11. graben

    graben Mu-43 Regular

    May 2, 2013
    Chicago, Illinois
    Thank you for the responses, I bought a 14mm and will order a 45mm next week.
  12. Anthon

    Anthon Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 8, 2012
    The 25mm is too large for a single lens, you'll sometimes find yourself missing a wide angle lens

    But the 25mm is the fastest lens in the system (with AF) and all the pics I see that have been taken with this lens are amazing!

    Enviado desde mi GT-N7000 usando Tapatalk 2
  13. treetop flyer

    treetop flyer Mu-43 Rookie

    Mar 31, 2013
    Bloomington, Indiana
    14/25/45 is what I have. It's hands down the BEST setup I've ever owned. Sure, I'd love to add the 75 and eventually something wider, but for 99.9999% of my shooting, my current three prime kit is perfect.

    I use my OMD primarily for travel and for chasing my 17 month old :)

  14. WasOM3user

    WasOM3user Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 20, 2012
    Lancashire, UK
    I also have the 14/45 primes but also the 12-50 kit lens whilst saving for the 25.

    This mirrors my film set up used for 30 years so should cover 99.99% may just get the 100-300 at some point.
  15. zensu

    zensu Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Aug 8, 2012
    Alabama USA
    Agree with most here

    Starting out I think you made the right decision going the 14/45 route and over time you can determine if you need wider than 14 or longer than 45 or right in the middle with the 25. I like a range of focal lengths so I carry a small kit bag with the P/L 25 mounted on the E-PL5, If I need wider I mount the O 9-18 zoom, or if I need closer the O 40-150 zoom. These three lenses give me almost every focal length I could need.
  16. graben

    graben Mu-43 Regular

    May 2, 2013
    Chicago, Illinois
    Well I ended up ordering a 25mm as my second lens. I was blown away by the pictures taken by it.

    Sent from my HTL21 using Mu-43 mobile app
  17. graben

    graben Mu-43 Regular

    May 2, 2013
    Chicago, Illinois
    I just ordered the 45mm f1.8 for my birthday, and I see myself changing the 14 for the 12mm f2.0 or 12-35 f2.8 at Christmas.
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.