A friend's ask for recommendation stumped me

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by ranxoren, Jun 26, 2013.

  1. ranxoren

    ranxoren Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 22, 2013
    Toronto, ON
    So my friend from this thread https://www.mu-43.com/f42/buy-e-m5-tomorrow-wait-no-camera-e-p5-46479/index2.html is loving his E-M5 and is extremely happy he didn't wait around for the late May original release date for the E-P5!

    He's asked me a question regarding lenses and I didn't really know what to answer as I am a prime person myself but definitely see the benefit in having a 24-70 2.8 equivalent (without needing to switch lenses):

    - Buy the Rokinon 7.5mm Fishey + Oly 17mm/1.8 + Oly 45mm/1.8 or Oly 60mm/2.8 Macro


    - Buy the Pany 12-35mmf/2.8

    It comes down to about the same price.

  2. dougjgreen

    dougjgreen Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 5, 2013
    San Diego
    Doug Green
    To me, the 12-35 would be a great option, along with a fast or macro 85mm or 90mm legacy lens that would add around $150 to the cost if he didn't already have one.

    Alternatively, get a 14mm prime, a Panaleica 25mm prime, and a 45-150 or 45-175 zoom.
  3. ranxoren

    ranxoren Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 22, 2013
    Toronto, ON
    Yeah 12-35mm/2.8 and 75mm/1.8 is a dream setup
  4. bluzcity

    bluzcity Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jul 17, 2012
    Memphis, TN
    Depends on shooting preference, style, and money. The 'have it all' response would be buy both a set of primes and the 12-35! Or buy the 12-35 and the prime of choice. Some like to change lens, some don't. One thing a person should probably do is rent a 12-35 for a week and shoot like mad, then rent a couple primes for a week and shoot like mad, then figure out what matches their style. Lens Rental is an online service that works well. I currently have the 12-35 and 4 primes. I make my choice according to where I'm going, what I'm shooting, and my mood. Sorry, just rambling...good luck!
  5. ranxoren

    ranxoren Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 22, 2013
    Toronto, ON
    Actually that was very informative and well put, I'm forwarding all the responses along and will just get him to join the community haha.
    Thanks for the "rambling"!
  6. elim

    elim Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 25, 2013
    I would probably go primes and eventually get the 35-100mm f2.8 because at wider FLs, I usually use them with a purpose in mind, be it walkaround only or family use. But the telephoto, I just want to keep the crispness and wide aperture even at those lengths too. Sorry for grammar mistakes

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  7. RamblinR

    RamblinR Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Aug 16, 2012
    Qld Australia
    Best question to ask them "Do you want to carry and change lenses often?"

    No = 12-35 Panny (which is a fabulous lens)
    Yes = Primes and keep the kit lens for when aperture doesn't matter
  8. tjdean01

    tjdean01 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 20, 2013
    IMHO the 12-35 would need to be complimented by a longer lens. Be that lens the 45mm his total would be $1500. If 75mm it'd be close to $2000. I own a legacy 50mm f1.7 ($50) which is sharp stopped down a bit and a lot of fun to use but I'm assuming a lot of people wouldn't want to fiddle with a fully manual lens (if he does, hey, they're great!).

    Oly 40-150 can be had for $150 and is sharp. Kit 14-42 is $75. These are NOT bad lenses and would cover your entire focal length. IMO, the 40-150, being a longer focal length, is sharp enough to compete with the $1000 telephoto zooms (of course the more expensive ones are better, but the difference is small to my eyes). The 14-42, however, IMO, can not do what the 12-35 can do. Not to mention the 20mm or the 45mm. (And yes the one-trick-pony 75mm will beat every other lens at that focal length but for the price I'm not suggesting that to anyone who doesn't have the money to spend.)

    I might suggest to your friend, assuming he has $1000 to spend: 14-42 ($75), 40-150 (super deal...only $150!), 20 or 25mm (about $400), 45mm ($350 now on Amazon).

    If he likes changing lenses, that is :)