Does a Magical MFT Lens Exist?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by ArticFox, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. ArticFox

    ArticFox Mu-43 Rookie

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    Oct 12, 2012
    I read about technical greatness of specific lenses, and sometimes an artistic discussion about bokeh comes up, especially with legacy lenses.

    There are other forums out there that discuss favorite "magical lenses" regardless of format or brand. By magical I am referring to a lens that is not beloved just because it is technically great (i.e. sharpness), but somehow surprises the photographer as presenting an image beyond their expectations. Its the lens the photographer wants to be buried with.

    I do not intend to offend definition lawyers - I am just amazed when I read about why certain legacy lenses are magical, and I am just having some fun and wish to open a discussion about a favorite MFT native lens beyond technical reasons per se.

    In between the lines in this forum, I am reading that the Pany 7-14 offers something of what I am discussing, despite its cost or burden in terms of practicality.

    I am curious if any of you dare to consider a beloved MFT native lenses as "magical" on a personal basis. It would be nice to hear from those who actually have used such a lens as opposed to referring to a common perception, and can offer a description of why, and a sample image.
     
  2. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Yes sir we do have magical lenses..
    Oly 45 mm 1.8
    Oly 75 mm 1.8
    PL 25 mm 1.4
    Oly 12 mm 2
    CV 17.5 mm .95
    CV 25 mm .95
    IMHO they are quite magical and I am sure my friends will add some to the list..
    Cheers
     
  3. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    Different criteria, of course, for everyone, but the lens that I have been most impressed with in terms of pictures posted is the 75/1.8, though I personally do not have that lens
     
  4. littleMT

    littleMT Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 8, 2012
    Lucille Sanchez
    for me, and probably just me, when I mount the 14mm, and find some cars...

    the magic happens.



    wsh14-18.
     
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  5. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    Luke
    Bhupinder just made a list of the many technically great lenses in the system. There's no "magic" involved when you open your wallet all the way and plunk it down on the expected winner. Of course they produce great images. To me the most magical is the "lowly" Oly17mm that you can usually score for around $150 on the used market.

    It doesn't review well because reviews measure sharpness and other measurable statistics. There is magic in that lens. It won't win contests in head to head contests with the 'spensive lenses in Bhupinder's list, but go look through some image threads of the Oly 17mm......great shots.....magic.
     
  6. ArticFox

    ArticFox Mu-43 Rookie

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    Oct 12, 2012
    In Search of Wow 75/1.8 Images

    I have not come across 75/1.8 images to wow me yet. Any suggestions?
     
  7. sammykhalifa

    sammykhalifa Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 22, 2012
    Pittsburgh PA
    Neil
    For me it's the 14 because it's the first non-p&s, non-zoom lens I owned and it forced me to look at things in a different way in terms framing and composition. I'm certainly no expert on image quality and such, so someone else would have to attest to THAT.
     
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  8. ArticFox

    ArticFox Mu-43 Rookie

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    Oct 12, 2012
    Oh no - more littleMT's car images!

    Yes, littleMT, those car images with the 14mm are so good, it should be reported to admin as porn - stop tempting me with pleasure.

    You have done a remarkable job on this forum to express your joy with a lens. I thank you a million times plus a wink of my own.
     
  9. littleMT

    littleMT Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 8, 2012
    Lucille Sanchez
    the magical 14mm also does wagons.


    ftu14-2.
     
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  10. littleMT

    littleMT Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 8, 2012
    Lucille Sanchez

    folks are probably tired of hearing me praise the little 14mm...

    i just can't help it.... it is a jewel....
     
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  11. Hyubie

    Hyubie Unique like everyone else

    Oct 15, 2010
    Massachusetts
    Herbert
    My vote is for the Panasonic 20mm. The focal length is just about right for most situations, the images are fantastic (sometimes I even come across that 3D -- some say Leica -- pop :smile:), the size is perfect for most :43: bodies, and it can be had at relatively good prices. I have yet to come across another native lens that consistently produces fantastic results (given that the dumdum behind the lens is a constant :biggrin:).
     
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  12. ArticFox

    ArticFox Mu-43 Rookie

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    Oct 12, 2012
    Joy over Technicality

    I'll take enthusiastic joy with images over technicality and definition lawyers any day. Please keep feeding us forever, littleMT.
     
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  13. littleMT

    littleMT Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 8, 2012
    Lucille Sanchez
    ah the 20mm, I love it also...


    when the lights go down, and the moon and stars shine, the 20mm gets very magical.


    mb-2.
     
  14. Hyubie

    Hyubie Unique like everyone else

    Oct 15, 2010
    Massachusetts
    Herbert
    My vote is for the Panasonic 20mm. The focal length is just about right for most situations, the images are fantastic (sometimes I even come across that 3D -- some say Leica -- pop :smile:), the size is perfect for most :43: bodies, and it can be had at relatively good prices. I have yet come across another native lens that consistently produces fantastic results (given that the dumdum behind the lens is a constant :biggrin:).
     
  15. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    Hey Hyubie, is this the way you'll roll on election day, too? Vote early and vote often ;)
     
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  16. CUB

    CUB Mu-43 Veteran

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    Apr 19, 2012

    Agree 100%, especially about the Leica "pop".

    I find it ironic that the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 has a distinct "Leica look" whereas the Panasonic "Leica" 25mm f/1.4 does not (IMHO, YMMV). The 25mm is a very good, sharp lens and the wider maximum aperture is useful, but its overall image quality doesn't stand comparison with a genuine Leica M lens. Give me the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 every time! :wink:
     
  17. Hyubie

    Hyubie Unique like everyone else

    Oct 15, 2010
    Massachusetts
    Herbert
    Haha! I didn't notice the double post until now! What happened was after I clicked "Submit" it sort of froze on me, so I resubmitted. Will not delete the post just in case there is indeed vote counting here, and also to provide context to your comment. :biggrin:
     
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  18. sammykhalifa

    sammykhalifa Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 22, 2012
    Pittsburgh PA
    Neil
    I actually got some nice car shots with my 14 too, earlier this summer. Though I'm no car expert and I wouldn't compare them with yours. :)

    7553751408_a74da8da6b_c.

    7553749374_120c7019c2_c.

    7553752140_0907cf66da_c.

    I've posted this last one before, but its still one of my favorite shots I've ever taken.

    7553750700_62f8fc3c83_c.

    The 14 must be a good tool for the job.
     
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  19. Bl0at3r

    Bl0at3r Mu-43 Regular

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    May 21, 2012
    Essex, UK
    Alan
  20. tanngrisnir3

    tanngrisnir3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Oct 18, 2011
    Meh. Who else can claim a trail-rated Jeep, a crop-duster AND Caterpillar earth mover in the same shot?

    Thingsamanneeds.