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Chase Jarvis's Top Micro Four Third Lenses (another top 5? )

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by nardoleo, Aug 16, 2014.

  1. nardoleo

    nardoleo Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 2, 2013
    Hi all,

    A friend of mine shared this with me and i tot it was interesting to see Chase Jarvis take on his top lenses.


    I personally love those voigtlanders too! Delicious rendering.

    Happy reading!
  2. Listener

    Listener Mu-43 Regular

    Pretty narrow range of uses.
  3. dancebert

    dancebert Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 18, 2014
    Hua Hin, Thailand
    Jarvis said Top 5, not most versatile 5 lens set.
  4. gengo

    gengo Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    May 12, 2014
    Yeah, and that is what I'd like to see - a list of everyone's dream set of 5 lenses.

    Not the Top 5 lenses, but the 5 lenses you would have if limited to 5 (native MFT, currently produced or announced) and money was no object.
  5. ccunningham

    ccunningham Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 23, 2010
    P12-35 f2.8,P35-100 f2.8, O60mm f2.8, P25mm f1.4, O9-18 would probably be my picks, I own the last three but not the first two. Sadly no room for a pancake tho. Can I sneak in the 14f2.5 as a fancy body cap? Or even the bcl15?
  6. dougjgreen

    dougjgreen Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 5, 2013
    San Diego
    Doug Green
    Price no object and size doesn't matter: Panasonic 7-14, PL 15, Olympus 25, upcoming Olympus 40-150 f2.8, upcoming olympus 300mm.

    Price & size matters: Panasonic 14mm with Sony VCL-ECU1 0.75x wide converter, Olympus 25mm, Sigma 60mm, Panasonic 45-175mm, legacy 55mm Micro-Nikkor,
  7. EarthQuake

    EarthQuake Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 30, 2013

    Boy, its tough to cut it to 5.
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  8. m4/3boy

    m4/3boy Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 21, 2013
    My choices FWIW:

    Olympus 60mm f/2.8
    Olympus 75/1.8
    PL 25/1.4
    P 7-14/4
    Olympus 12-40/2.8
    P 35-100/2.8

    Now this question, "Who is Chase Jarvis and why should I care what he thinks? "
  9. usayit

    usayit Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Yeh... who is he? My first thought was that the lenses were chosen on paper specs and samples alone. As much as I like fast manual lenses, it's just not practical for the typical shooter.
  10. NWright

    NWright Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 13, 2014
    Upcoming 300 Olympus
  11. blindinglight

    blindinglight Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 24, 2014
    I like EarthQuake's list better than Jarvis's. And have the upcoming 40-150 f/2.8 to replace the 35-100/2.8.
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  12. nardoleo

    nardoleo Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 2, 2013
    Lol. Do wiki to know about him.

    If we are sharing our top 5, i will play.

    Oly 7-14mm f2.8 (future)
    Oly 12-40mm f2.8
    Voigt 17.5mm f0.95
    Pana 25mm f1.4
    Oly 75mm f1.8

    Sent from my SM-N9005 using Mu-43 mobile app
  13. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Top 5 is pretty easy.


    I have them all except the 300 and likely I'll never bother with it. Too much and too big.
  14. Listener

    Listener Mu-43 Regular

    I'll be a bit more explicit. Not a single lens on that list is useful to me.

    For most people, cameras are tools, not fetish objects. Declaring a camera body or a lens "the best" without regard to intended use is pointless armchair photography.
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  15. AlexH

    AlexH Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 27, 2012
    Arkansas, U.S.
    No doubt, some nice glass. Here's my top five (I factor in value and what works for me):

    5. Panasonic 14/2.5
    4. Olympus 40-150
    3. Olympus 60/2.8
    2. Olympus 45/1.8
    1. Olympus 17/1.8

    Those lenses work for me. I'm considering adding one more zoom, either the 12-40/2.8 or the 12-35/2.8. Oh, and a side note, if I'm traveling I can easily work with just the Olympus 17/1.8 and 45/1.8. Those two are a mighty combo.
  16. ntblowz

    ntblowz Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 13, 2011
    Auckland, New Zealand
    My top 5.
    1. 42.5mm F1.2
    2. 25mm 0.95
    3. 12-35mm F2.8
    4. 35-100mm F2.8
    5. FZ1000's 25-400mm F2.8-F4.0
  17. Ramsey

    Ramsey Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 9, 2013
    Zagreb, Croatia
    although f0.95 is mighty tempting, i just can't trust myself enough in order to go manual focus lens way...

    for me (my last wish list changed dramatically, i wanna experiment):
    PL42.5 f1.2
    O17 f1.8
    Oly60 f2.8 (currently own, yeeah)
    upcoming Oly 7-14 f2.8
    upcoming Oly 40-150 f2.8

    I doubt i'll ever get to that list, without growing dramatically in my abilities, and getting paid to do photography.

    At that point, i'd probably exchange the PL42.5 (possibly even O17 1.8) with the Voightlander lenses...
  18. nathan_h

    nathan_h Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 23, 2013
    Oly 14-150 -- general walking around lens
    Panny 100-300 -- wildlife
    Samyang fisheye -- small indoor spaces, large outdoor spaces
    Oly 9-18 -- landscapes, architecture, and places where the fisheye is overkill

    and no number five

    I've had stuff like the Panny 12-35 in my kit, and pretty much never used it. The focal length was not my sweet spot. I like to go wider or longer, typically, and the speed and image quality is great but less important than getting the shot I want.

    I still have a pancake I never use. I would sell that but I keep thinking it's great on my second body as a backup.

    Both the 2015 pro lenses from Oly sound perfect for my uses so I will keep an eye on them (7-14 and 300 prime).
  19. delerdelarosa

    delerdelarosa New to Mu-43

    Jun 18, 2014
    Montreal, Quebec
    12 f/2 Olympus
    25 f/1.4 Panasonic Leica
    42.5 f/1.2 Nocticron
    75 f/1.8 Olympus
    12-35 f/2.8 Panasonic

    I currently have all of the above except for the 12-35 Panasonic. I have the 12-40 f/2.8 Olympus but I would ideally like to trade it in with the Panasonic as the Pany has OIS, which I'm finding to be something I'm missing when shooting video with a non-stabilized body (GX7 and GH4).
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