Best IQ prime for E-P2

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by andyw, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. andyw

    andyw Mu-43 Veteran Charter Member

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    What would be the best for image quality on a E-P2? I had a E-P1 with the panny 20mm f1.7 which was pretty damn good but is there better with similar focal distance?
     
  2. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus Subscribing Member Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    The 20's it brother. To date, nothing else compares.
    The 17 is a very close second.
    Hopefully shortly a few new lenses will be available.
    Hopefully!
     
  3. hmpws

    hmpws Mu-43 Regular

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    Some say the panny leica 25mm on 4/3 mount is even better than the 20mm pancake..
     
  4. Gwendal

    Gwendal Mu-43 Veteran

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    I'll ditto on that (Streetshooter's message) - having recently switched from the 17mm to the 20mm. Still, if you're ready to ditch AF, there are nice legacy lenses, the Zeiss etc, in similar/slightly longer focal lengths ?
    Just curious, have you noticed anything in the 20mm that you already own that makes you think you could get better IQ ?
     
  5. Gwendal

    Gwendal Mu-43 Veteran

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    True - I admit I'm looking forward to see a natively m43 equivalent to it - we'll see what Photokina brings...
     
  6. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus Subscribing Member Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
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    See, for me to stay in this format, I need to see dedicated lenses.
    Of course legacy stuff opens the horizon but the dedicated is where the manufacturers make the commitment.
     
  7. Rudi

    Rudi Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Ditto! I didn't buy into :43: for old manual focus lenses that are harder to use with the new cameras than they were in the old film days, not to mention that they are severely crippled by the sensor crop. For :43: to succeed, more lenses are needed, and I'm not talking about slow superzooms! We have plenty of those already...
     
  8. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus Subscribing Member Charter Member

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    Phila, Pa USA
    The thing for me is... Many complain about fast lenses having to get bigger.
    True, optical physics over rule..... But....
    Would a 14mm 2.0 be bigger than a Canon/Nikon 28mm f2?
    I don't think so. So even if it were close to the same size, the dedicated advantages would outweigh the differences to using legacy glass.

    Legacy glass should be seen as a nice option but not the only option.
     
  9. andyw

    andyw Mu-43 Veteran Charter Member

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    I have been down the manual focus route and even started the manual focus lenses on GF1 group on Flickr and to be honest I'm not interested in that side of things any more. I know they are cheap but I dunno, perhaps I'm getting lazy in my old age :biggrin:

    I have seen a few image examples of the 25mm f1.4 Leica and they pretty much blew me away! I was very impressed. If I go for another 4/3 camera it will probably be the E-P2 and a decent prime maybe all I would need most of the time with a macro lens to add at some point.

    Alternative is the Leica X1 but you are stuck with one lens!

    Also would the 25mm f1.4 fit straight onto a E=P2 and work fully like the panno lenses?
     
  10. Rudi

    Rudi Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    The Panny 20mm f/1.7 is one sweet lens! And (don't tell Panasonic this!), a great bang for the buck...
     
  11. andyw

    andyw Mu-43 Veteran Charter Member

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    Amen to that!!! I was asked once what camera/lens I would have if I could only have one of each and I chose the GF1 and 20mm f1.7 but that was before the E-P1 came into my possession:biggrin:
     
  12. Muntjack

    Muntjack Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 26, 2010
    Constant Dilemmas

    Well I have the E-P2 with the kit zoom and the Panny 45-200. I really thought I had 95% of all I'd ever need. Then I realised I just had to have a quick lens for indoor stuff and low light in general. So I got the Panny pancake.
    What a mistake that was...... everything is now measured against that fabulous lens and falls short.
    I lurch this way, then that way, as to what I now need..... Should I hang out for a faster short zoom (which still won't be very fast and no better for portraits) or should I wait for a couple of primes (12mm & 50mm maybe). But then I'm carrying around all these lenses which isn't what I'd planned..... help me somebody for God's sake.... what to do?
    M 8-(
     
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  13. andyw

    andyw Mu-43 Veteran Charter Member

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    Just keep what you have and enjoy! :biggrin:
     
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  14. ilexno3

    ilexno3 Mu-43 Rookie

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    :flypig:

    I've given up on Olympus to realize that. How can a company so smart in designing ground-breaking camera systems be so dumb at the same time.

    :confused::confused:
     
  15. khollister

    khollister Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Just got the 20/1.7 myself today for my EP2 - wow! A little slow on focus, noisy and it does vignette below f2.8 some, but it is fantastically sharp. I was having concerns that the EP2 was not critically sharp like my Nikon DSLR images until I used the Panasonic 20mm. Very impressive sharpness.
     
  16. elshaneo

    elshaneo Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 26, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    I have to say that the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 is the current best prime for Micro 4/3 cameras, since I got it altogether with the Olympus EP2 + Pancake lens kit, my Olympus 17mm f/2.8 lens has stayed in the box...
     
  17. feppe

    feppe Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 31, 2010
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    So you are saying that the Panasonic is the best prime, although that's the only prime you have tested?