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Cheapest native lens?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by witchcraftz, Aug 5, 2015.

  1. witchcraftz

    witchcraftz Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 14, 2013
    Vancouver, BC
    Looking to get a cheap m43 lens to give to a friend.

    What's the cheapest native lens out there today?
  2. tkbslc

    tkbslc Super Moderator

    New or used?

    Do they have any lenses already?
  3. lahsrah

    lahsrah Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 6, 2015
    Well the body-cap lenses are cheapest and probably make a good gift too. I love my Olympus 9mm F8 fisheye body cap (its the one in my avatar).
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  4. Andym72

    Andym72 Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 4, 2013
    Reading, UK
    Either the Sigma 19mm or 30mm.
  5. svenkarma

    svenkarma Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 5, 2013
    mark evans
    The bodylens don't autofocus though. ^^Sigma 19/30/60? Can't go wrong with one of them anyway.
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  6. ahinesdesign

    ahinesdesign Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 6, 2011
    NC, USA
    The Olympus 40-150 f/4-5.6 is on sale just about everywhere right now for $99...
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  7. MoonMind

    MoonMind Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Oct 25, 2014
    Everything already mentioned - I just wanted to make a case for the 15mm bodycap because it's bit more useful than the 9mm. But the latter is certainly a lot more fun. The 15mm gives good colour, decent center sharpness and is tiny. It's useless for indoor shooting, and if your budget allows for it, I'd go for one of the Sigma primes. The best of the bunch (though they're all decent!) is the 60mm, the 30mm is the most compact and the 19mm is very versatile, though quite chunky for its focal length.

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  8. sammykhalifa

    sammykhalifa Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 22, 2012
    Pittsburgh PA
    There might be a Panny 14mm up on the Buy/Sell soon (shameless plug :D )

    Seriously though, it's a good choice, and everyone loves those sigmas too.
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  9. tkbslc

    tkbslc Super Moderator

    Just random list of lenses I think you could find under $150 used:

    • Any of the 14-42 kit lenses
    • Sigma 19mm 2.8
    • Sigma 30mm f2.8
    • Sigma 60mm f2.8 (Maybe a little over $150)
    • Panasonic 14mm f2.5
    • Olympus 17mm f2.8
    • Panasonic 45-150mm
    • Olympus 40-150
    Obviously the Body Cap Lenses, but I don't know if they really count. Even Olympus doesn't list them under "Lenses" on their website.
  10. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
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  11. GFFPhoto

    GFFPhoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2013
    The "New but separated from kit" 14mm at less than $200 gets my vote. About the same price as the Sigma 19/30, but smaller.
  12. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    Don't do one of the body cap lenses. F8 is way too limiting. Olympus 17mm f2.8, sigma 19mm or one of the kit zooms.
  13. joma416

    joma416 Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Aug 31, 2014
    Toronto, ON Canada
    And, it's surprising good! I bought it in a similar sale awhile back because I wanted an inexpensive telephoto. At first you may turn up your nose as it is a largely plastic lens and it feels a bit cheap at first. But it stands up well and it is really light to carry around.
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  14. alan1972

    alan1972 Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jun 23, 2012
    Malaga, Spain
    Alan Grant
    Doesn't it all depend on what lenses the friend already has? If they already have the typical focal lengths adequately covered the 9mm body cap might be a good choice as it offers something different. I would certainly have appreciated it as a gift, in the end I had to gift it to myself! But at an earlier stage of my m43 involvement, when I had only the 14-42mm kit, I would have preferred the 40-150 or one of the primes mentioned above.
  15. pellicle

    pellicle Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Feb 10, 2010
    Killarney, OzTrailEYa
    its a good point, but maybe not ... if they only have legacy lenses it may be good to compare a native vs a legacy at the same focal lengths. It can be illuminating :) 

    For instance I already had a OM50 and eventually bought the m43Oly 45 just to see

  16. HarryS

    HarryS Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 23, 2012
    Midwest, USA
    Unless you can buy the 15mm and 9mm body cap lenses for 40-50% off, I feel you are throwing money away, especially if your friend is a novice user. You have to be a jaded M43 veteran before you can get a kick out of using a slow f8 zone focus lens with bad corners. Personally, I don't see the point.

    Good cheap lenses include the Panasonic 14mm, Sigma 19mm and 30mm, Olympus 40-150 zoom.
  17. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    That's pretty much spot-on! Get a native lens with a reasonable aperture for a first lens!
  18. alan1972

    alan1972 Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jun 23, 2012
    Malaga, Spain
    Alan Grant
    Yes, definitely. I didn't initially interpret the question as referring to a FIRST lens but maybe it is, or at least a first native lens. In that case I definitely wouldn't recommend the body cap lenses.
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  19. MoonMind

    MoonMind Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Oct 25, 2014
    The question was "cheap", not "first native", but of course, if it's going to be the first prime, it should be decent, not only fun.

    If you buy new, my vote goes to the Sigma 19mm (or 30mm - I use the latter, but I own the Olympus 17mm f/1.8 and the Panasonic 20mm ...).
    If you buy used, look either for the Panasonic 20mm (great lens, in spite of its slow-ish AF) or 14mm.

    A wide-ish field of view is helpful if you are acquainting yourself with primes IMO.

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  20. deacon

    deacon Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 7, 2015
    I've picked up a 14mm for $150 and the older Sigma 30mm for $85 on Ebay. I'd definitely have the 40-150 for $99 if I had an Oly body with IBIS. The body cap lenses seem like something I'd only use once or twice. Wouldn't mind getting the 8mm fisheye as a gift...
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