E-P3 Must have lenses...

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by thebake, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. thebake

    thebake New to Mu-43

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    Jan 18, 2013
    I'm finally a proud owner of an Olympus E-P3. I've been pumped to buy one of these ever since I've been lurking around this forum. I've finally registered here to ask, if you could have any 3 lenses for this camera what would you buy? I'm looking for more bang for your buck, sub $3-400. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. daum

    daum Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 26, 2011
    samyang 7.5mm, 20mm 1.7, 45mm 1.8
     
  3. juangrande

    juangrande Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 2, 2012
    COLORADO
    panasonic 14-45mm used (180 ish), oly 40-150( $140 ish), adapted 50mm 1.4-1.8 (100 ish). OR 20mm panny ( 300 ish)
     
  4. juangrande

    juangrande Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 2, 2012
    COLORADO
    That's about $800-900
     
  5. daum

    daum Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 26, 2011
    ah, i thought he meant for each lens. Well in that case. get the 20mm 1.7 and 12-50mm. you have a nice pancake and a good zoom.
     
  6. Strick

    Strick Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 8, 2013
    Columbia, MD
    Rob
    $300-400 for lenses total. Hmmm. You might want to look into the Sigma 19mm and 30mm lenses. They are both available on special for $200. That would get you started.

    Another option is to just get the Panny 20mm 1.7 and use that as a single lens until you can afford more glass...

    If you already have the kit lens then you could add the 40-150 zoom and have 14-150 covered. They are not the fastest lenses but they will do nicely in the mean time.

    Good luck and the EP-3 is a great camera!! :smile:
     
  7. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    South Bend, IN
    If you already have the kit lens, the Panasonic 20/1.7 and a legacy 50/1.4 or 50/1.8 will give you more creative options and fit a budget of sub-$400.
     
  8. thebake

    thebake New to Mu-43

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    Jan 18, 2013
    3-400 each lens, sorry guys
     
  9. juangrande

    juangrande Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    COLORADO
    maybe 12-35/ 2.8 panny for around what you want to pay. no changing lenses:biggrin: otherwise what daum said + 14mm panny. somewhere there's a thread about 3 lens kit. extensive discussion.
     
  10. juangrande

    juangrande Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 2, 2012
    COLORADO
    How is focusing legacy lenses on this camera. do you use evf?
     
  11. Vivalo

    Vivalo Olympus Loser

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    Nov 16, 2010
    Finland
    I would take the Pana 14mm, Pana 20mm and Oly 45mm. But that's just what I did. Your needs can be a bit different. For me compact size was the main factor.
     
  12. thebake

    thebake New to Mu-43

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    Jan 18, 2013
    Which 50 1.8 would I buy and what adaptor?
     
  13. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    South Bend, IN
  14. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    We're talking legacy lenses now? I wouldn't get an f/1.8, I'd get an f/1.4. The price difference is so little, and in most cases even the size is nearly the same but with more glass taking up the space in the barrel. f/1.2 is a bit of a different matter, as many of a very different rendering of bokeh than the f/1.4 and f/1.8 lenses. That's more of a personal preference if you want an f/1.2. However, between the f/1.4 and f/1.8 lenses, the f/1.4 are generally superior in every way. Since we're talking legacy lenses, there cost is not much of an issue.

    My favorite 50mm f/1.4 would have to be the Konica Hexanon (AR mount). The Zuiko (OM mount) comes in second, and is probably the most compact of the bunch. The OM Zuikio 50mm f/1.8 is actually smaller than the Konica Hexanon 40mm f/1.8, which is considered a "pancake" lens. The Zuikos are not only very compact, but also have very rich color. The Konica Hexanon however, is the sharpest. Wear gloves when handling one, or you might cut yourself. ;)
     
  15. Fernando

    Fernando Mu-43 Rookie

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    Feb 1, 2012
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    Fernando
    If size it's OK buy only two: the 12/2 and the 25/1.4 (add the 17/2.8 if you still can)

    For any other combination, include the 20/1.7 in it, maybe with the 14/2.5
    BTOH I like very much how the 17/2.8 renders, even being close in FL to the 20/1.7 (which again is a must if you don't plan to get the 25/1.4, or even if you do :)

    For cheap manuals under 50mm, the Fujian 35/1.7 and the Pentax Cosmicar 25/1.4 are great. Both in c-mount

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  16. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    If I had a bit more of a budget for native lenses, I would go for the m.Zuiko 12mm f/2, Leica 25mm f/1.4 Summilux, and m.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8. That will give you a good spread with the best in each area. However, for a low-budget alternative you could look at something like the Lumix 14mm f/2.5 and m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8, then try to fit in something longer that you can afford. Maybe legacy.
     
  17. LeeOsenton

    LeeOsenton Mu-43 Button Clicker

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    Jun 25, 2010
    Hayes, Virginia, U.S.A.
    Lee Osenton
    Congratulations on your purchase and welcome! The E-P3 is a fine camera and a really good bargain now. I sold mine last year and have missed it. Did you get the kit lens? It is not a bad lens by any measure.

    Have you thought about what type of photos you want to take? That can be a tough question to answer if you are new to photography. Rephrased: are you interested in portraits, indoor photography (family, children, etc), architecture, wildlife, and / or macro (bugs and other small subjects).

    Many aren't certain what they want to do and want to experiment. I recommend the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 (low light photography and great walkabout lens) and the Olympus 40-150mm f/4.0 - f/5.6 zoom (compact medium tele-zoom. The P20 retails for $350 and are often found in the used forum for ~$300. The P20 is kind of a staple here and is the standard by which most mu43 lenses are judged. The O40-150 fluctuates in retail price, but it is usually available for $200 and can be found used for ~$150. These are both fine lenses and will give you great capabilities in conjunction with the kit lens.

    You may also want to consider a VF-2 electronic viewfinder (EVF). I don't use mine often, but it sure is great for shooting outdoors and using telephoto lenses. These are about $225 new and there is also a VF-3 which is smaller and a little cheaper ($175). Save any remaining cash until you get out and shoot some. You will learn what you enjoy and be able to make better choices on lenses. I have bought and sold a lot of gear while learning and wish I had taken my advice! Enjoy your new toy!

    Lee
     
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  18. dav1dz

    dav1dz Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Nov 6, 2012
    Canada
    Best: 7-14/4, 12/2, 25/1.4, 75/1.8, 12-35/2.8, 35-100/2.8, 60/2.8 for a complete kit.

    I would probably save money at certain focal lengths and save for the best for what you need.
     
  19. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    +1 - I would also suggest the Olympus 45mm. Along with the 20 and the 40-150 you have a nice range and two fast lenses for indoors. :cool:
     
  20. BLT

    BLT Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 13, 2013
    London
    James
    Ok This is the simplest thread ever. . . .

    The First lens you must buy is either the "Pana 20mm 1.7" or the "Oly 45mm 1.8" or both.
    Put simply these are the two bargain price lenses that will really show the most of what your camera can accomplish (for the money spent).

    If you need/want a wider lens then the Pany 14mm can be had for bargain prices on eBay. But in my humble opinion is not in the same class/quality as the aforementioned glass.

    Happy hunting!
     
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