Best lenses to buy

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by nishendu, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. nishendu

    nishendu Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 21, 2010
    Dallas TX
    After using the 25 mm Panasonic lens, I have decided to either use prime lenses or the best quality lenses. It really made a huge difference, especially in low light. I do not like to use a flash.
    I will be selling all my kit lenses.
    I wonder if any one can help me.
    Need recommendation for two or three more lenses in addition to the panasonic.
    Are there other decent leica/panasonic ones that you guys may recommend?
    Are there any high end Olympus 4/3 that you folks would recommend?
  2. savvy

    savvy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 28, 2012
    SE Essex, UK
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    What do you want to shoot?

    Landscape, Portrait, Macro, Sports, Wildlife?

    What body have you got? No Image stabilisation with Oly lenses on Panny bodies.

    I presume you mean M4/3?

    One view :-

    Wide-ish - Oly 12mm
    Portrait - Oly 45mm (never of my camera at the moment) or PL45mm(also macro) or Oly 60mm Macro
    Tele - Oly 75mm (very very sharp)
  3. kinlau

    kinlau Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 29, 2012
    The new 17/1.8 sounds good.
  4. Promit

    Promit Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 6, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
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    Promit Roy
    The Olympus 45/1.8 is stellar, and reviews indicate similar from the 60 and 75.
  5. d2mini

    d2mini Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 21, 2012
    Fulshear, TX
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    Ya, it does. I'll be looking at that one real hard.

    Also, if 2.8 is enough light for you, the panny 12-35 is pretty awesome.
    I like primes too, but a fast zoom can be pretty convenient sometimes.
  6. Jodie_harsh

    Jodie_harsh Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 13, 2012
    As mentioned depends on what you want to shoot.

    I like you much prefer the speed and low light capabilities of fast primes. I had both the fast 12mm and 45mm Oly lenses but found I didn't get on with the focal points and I've settled for a 17.5mm and 2 x 25mm lenses.

    I'm also going to sell the 20mm lens and get a 14mm and possibly the 17mm 2.8.
  7. nishendu

    nishendu Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 21, 2010
    Dallas TX
    My main reason for adding lenses is to complete the range as much as possible.One wide angle and one tele prime. I am still using EP 2 but will most likely buy OMD 5.
    After using the leica panasonic, I am not sure that any oly lens will be that good. May be. Hence the post to get ideas.
  8. rxstuve

    rxstuve Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 14, 2012
    Prime M4/3 recomendation

    I can't recommend the 75MM enough. It's an amazing lens and I am impressed on how it has helped me out as I have only had the 12-50 kit with the OMD until I purchased the 75..

    Really love it.
  9. ssgreenley

    ssgreenley Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 12, 2011
    For a while the m4/3 "holy trinity" was the Oly 12, Panny 25, and Oly 45. Some will switch the 12 for the Panny 14 or the Oly 45 for some of the other telephotos. I've been pretty happy with the 12-20-45, but have considered the Oly 75 of late. You really can't go wrong with any of the primes.
  10. uci2ci

    uci2ci Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 22, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
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    I have yet to come across a m43 prime from oly or panny that hasnt recieved great reviews. The dog seems to be 17mm 2.8, but thats only because the stellar 14mm and 20mm have it surrounded.

    Just mind your budget and go with your taste. My suggestion: get a used 14mm and use the savings for the 75mm. Fast, long lenses are fun, and IMHO money better spent than getting a fast and expensive WA.
  11. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    I have these primes:

    O60mm (macro)

    Based upon personal experience, the combo I'd choose if limited to three primes:


    For four lenses:
    add O45mm

  12. nseika

    nseika Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 22, 2010
    Jakarta, Indonesia
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    If you have the 25/1.4 and want to keep it, the 17/1.8 is probably too close.
    There's the 35mm folks and the 24/28+50mm folks. :D
  13. Shutterdad

    Shutterdad Mu-43 Regular

    May 23, 2012
    Big D
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    If I had money burning a hole in my pocket I would go for the 12mm f/2 in a heartbeat.
  14. Adubo

    Adubo SithLord

    Nov 4, 2010
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    Id recommend the CV 17.5 f0.95 and Oly 75 f1.8

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  15. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    Umm, no.

    My two favorite prime focal lengths on my full frame Canon are 35mm and 50mm. 28mm is 'ok' but doesn't really do much for me, not quite wide enough when I want wide (24 makes a big difference) and a little too wide at other times.

    My theoretical 'ideal' prime trio would be 12/2.0, 25/1.4, 75/1.8, adding in a 17/1.8 (though I'm not terribly impressed by the sample images yet) or the 20/1.7.