Cheap, Tiny, Sharp, Minimalist, and Bokehlicious Kit Idea!


Mu-43 Top Veteran
Feb 20, 2013
Since starting m4/3s I've had fun acquiring nearly 30 lenses. But, not all fit me nor do they pair well with each other. At this point in time I want minimal lenses. I want them to be small if I'm sticking with m4/3s and not going FF. I want it cheap but I want sharp lenses and some separation and creamy bokeh. So, if all my gear were stolen, I might end up with the following: PM2, 12-32, 20, 50, 85, 135, adapter, and a focal reducer.

  • PM2 has OMD sensor and IBIS and is good and small. $200
  • 12-32mm is tiny, sharp, and wide. $300
  • 20mm f1.7 is a fast, small, wide-normal lens good for everything. $300.
(The following 3 lenses you choose one mount: Pentax PK, Canon FD, or Nikon.

  • 50mm f1.8. They're so small and sharp you might not need the 45 for portraits. $50
  • 85mm f1.4 Rokinon. Large, but this eliminates the desire for the expensive 75. If you go FD you'll need the smaller Canon 85mm f1.8. Either $250
  • 135mm f3.5 (or f2.8). Usually sharp on m4/3s. Paired with 85 you won't need a m4/3s tele zoom. $50
  • Adapter to mount the 50, 85, and 135. $20
  • Focal Reducer. I have two Roxsens and they're decent. $100
  • 35mm f1.2. The 50 on the focal reducer. $FREE
  • 60mm f1.0. The 85 on FR. $FREE
  • 90mm f2.5. The 135 on FR just became more useful. $FREE
Total Spent: $1300

The 12-32 will give you wide angle landscapes and in tight spaces. 12mm at f3.5 is not much harder to hold in dark buildings than the 14 at f2.5. Plus, you have the 20/1.7 which will be just as good. The 50 on the FR gives you 35/1.2. Maybe you won't need the 42/1.2 Noctricron if you have this much cheaper set up. All the portrait lengths give you nice bokeh, but even moreso with the focal reducer, possibly eliminating expensive desires for that new tiny Sony FF.

Just thought I'd share!


Mu-43 Hall of Famer
Nov 29, 2011
Roswell NM yes that Roswell!
I like your thinking. As for mount - Nikon F, but that is because I already have the lenses since I have been a Nikon guy for years and years. For the 50mmf1.8 one could use the Nikon Series E 50mm which is small and light. That lens fitted with a standard adapter is smaller and lighter than the Nikkor 50 f1.4 all by itself. You could also pair it with the E series 100mm f2.8 instead of the 85 and 135 combo. The 100 E is the best of the E series lenses and fairly small and light. Of coarse a 135mm is such a great focal length on m4/3, I love mine, and it gives that much more reach.


Mu-43 Regular
Jan 13, 2013
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The only real problem here is that I wouldn't want to invest so much on MF glass using an E-PM2. Would rather spend the cash on a camera with an EVF and Focus Peaking.. . . Then spend some more cash on MF glass. . . .


Mu-43 All-Pro
Aug 27, 2010
Florida or Idaho
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I agree!

The only real problem here is that I wouldn't want to invest so much on MF glass using an E-PM2. Would rather spend the cash on a camera with an EVF and Focus Peaking.. . . Then spend some more cash on MF glass. . . .

For me, m43 isn't the ideal system for legacy lenses, especially if (like me) you prefer your lenses normal or wide. That's why I'm using a separate system (NEX) for legacy lenses and going all native with m43. But I agree in principle that if you're not going to use the 45mm a lot then a legacy lens + adapter is a good and cheap replacement. As for longer lenses, I find that AF is almost essential so to my kit I've added the Panny 45-150mm (the smallest mid-range telephoto, and also cheap).

The only place you'll find difficulty in building such a "small-cheap" kit is wide-angle. WA legacy lenses are a poor fit for m43 because of the crop-factor and both of the WA zooms are pretty pricey. The 9mm bodycap is not a bad choice, and it seems to de-fish pretty well too--that would be my choice for something really cheap that's wider than 12mm. The other choice, which I've made, is to bite the bullet on the 9-18mm which has become one of my favorite lenses due to its combination of small size and range which extends to nearly-normal.


Mu-43 Rookie
Jun 28, 2014
Cloverdale California
I have the E-PM1 and legacy glass
Oly E-PM1, $89
Oly 14-42 II, $75
Canon FD 24 f2.8, $80
Canon FD 50 f1.4, $59
Canon FD 85 f1.8, $90
Canon FD 135 f2.8,$32
Canon FD 200 f2.8, $42 (supposedly had a problem, easily fixed it myself, experience working on the FD lenses paid off)
I paid more for the Oly EVF-3 than anything else in the kit, $105, until this month...
Bower (Samyang) 7.5 f3.5, $190

Knowing how to use e-Bay, be selective and set your limits, has paid off (a couple of the items were Adorama deals).

E-PM1, 14-42, 7.5, 50, 85, 135, with EVF, $640 (the 24 and 200 are not carried in the small kit) I guess I have plenty of room to add the focal reducer.

Almost forgot the Canon FD 50 f3.5 macro, $45

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