Best Native Lens?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by chrism_scotland, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. chrism_scotland

    chrism_scotland Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 1, 2011
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Just been wondering, what is everyone's favourite native m4/3 lens and why?
    I've got a good idea which one might come out top here!
  2. Bokeh Diem

    Bokeh Diem Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 14, 2010
    Panasonic 20/1.7 hands down. I would gladly give up all others if i had no choice but to keep just one.
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  3. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    Panasonic 20 without a doubt. I love the focal length as it reminds me my days shooting with my Konica S2 and the IQ is really outstanding. If I could only keep 1 lens that would be it.
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  4. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    jinx you owe me a coke ;)
  5. Promit

    Promit Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 6, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
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    Promit Roy
    I haven't tried the 20 but I adore the 14.
  6. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
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    Richard Elliott
    Whatever lens I have on at the time is my favorite. ;)

    Even though I have the 20/1.7 and like it my overall favorite is actually the Oly 9-18. The versatility of the zoom range gives me a lot of flexibility and the size is incredible for a zoom like this. Plus it is so cute!
  7. KVG

    KVG Banned User

    May 10, 2011
    yyc(Calgary, AB)
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    Kelly Gibbons
    20/1.7 with out a doubt. Size, Price, and IQ all can't be beat right now.

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  8. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
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    the 20 NEVER leaves my gf1. I often consider getting rid of my other lenses and 2 other bodies and buying a proper DSLR......but then I keep waiting for that gfPRO to be announced......just a little bit longer.
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  9. mauve

    mauve Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 9, 2010
    Paris, France
    Pana 20 f/1.7 FTW !!

  10. playak47

    playak47 Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 4, 2010
    I love the 9-18mm I wish i used it more. But solely based on usage it is 20mm f1.7. It is just so versatile.

    40-150mm is not far behind for bright outdoor shots.
  11. thon410

    thon410 Mu-43 Rookie

    Jun 11, 2011
    20mm f1.7 is the one. My 14-45 kit zoom stays in the bag 80% of the time.
  12. Grinch

    Grinch Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 9, 2011
    Love my 20, but honestly the 14-150 gets way more use.
  13. Art

    Art Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2011
    San Francisco, CA
    20mm is definately the best m43 lens by a wide margin (quality, size, aperture, versatility, ok price) but I use 14mm and 14-150mm a lot more recently. Still I could probably just do away with 20mm alone if I had to.
  14. b43rb8

    b43rb8 Mu-43 Rookie

    Jul 14, 2011
    Pana-Leica 45mm f/2.8 macro. My favorite.
  15. drpump

    drpump Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 28, 2010
    I'm the reverse. And yes, the 20mm is my favorite.
  16. Howi

    Howi Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 23, 2011
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    The 20 without a doubt, IF the 14 was as good optically (it's not too far behind!!!) that would be a real winner.
    That's all I have m43 wise, my other lenses are 4/3 and it is really hard sometimes to choose, but with the 20, 14 and GF1 I can travel VERY light AND still get superb pics (and have a good laugh at all those Canikonypus DLSR users lugging tons of gear round with them)
  17. chrism_scotland

    chrism_scotland Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 1, 2011
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Cheers guys, I did have a 20mm for a couple of days but sent it back because I was skint!
    I'm pondering whether to pick one up again though as I think the extra low light capability over my 17mm would be handy, although I'm not really sure if 20mm is sufficiently different to the 17mm
  18. Fred49

    Fred49 Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 24, 2010

    the 20mm is my favorite

    but i now use more my oly 14-150 when my (uncooperative ) son is the main subject of the day :)

    waiting on the new 45mm for my son

    and i am hesitating too about the 12mm, i need a light landscape lens for when i go hiking, i was on the verge on buying the 14mm to go with my 20mm, but i guess ill wait a few more months.
    Deadline is i need to choose before may next year for the lightest setup for the TGO challenge ( hiking Scotland west to east in about 12 days )
    EP2 + 20mm
    EP2 +20mm + 12mm
    EP2 +14-42 mm

    still undecided :)
  19. chrism_scotland

    chrism_scotland Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 1, 2011
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    I quite like the idea of the 12mm but at the moment its too expensive for me, but I'm half hoping some people trade up from the 14mm to the 12mm and I can maybe pick one up, although I'm not sure if a 14mm, 17mm and 20mm kit is one lens too many.
  20. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Probably the 20, but if I could only have one lens ever, it would be the 45/2.8 mostly for the close focusing ability