Final 3 lens kit decision. Poll

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by dino1891, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. dino1891

    dino1891 Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 8, 2013
    I know I have done one of these already a day or two ago, but I have really come down to 2 final kits. I need help deciding which kit YOU would choose from ONLY these two options.

    Option 1: Panasonic 14mm , Panasonic 25mm , Olympus 75mm
    Option 2: Olympus 12mm , Panasonic 25mm , Olympus 45mm

    I am a street shooter.
    I like Option 1 because it would allow me to shoot "candid" portraits from a distance in the streets. If I deem that my subject will not beat me up if I take a picture of him, I figured that I could achieve a similar tight frame as the Oly 45mm with my Panasonic 25mm and reserve the Oly 75mm for distance portait shooting.

    I like option 2 because there is no weakness in the kit. I got the best lens at the wide, normal, and telephoto ends.

    Now, I have experience with the Oly 45mm but I know that I have to still get within 5 to 10 feet of my subject to get a tight frame.

    I have NEVER used the 150mm equivalent, or anything longer than 100mm equivalent for that matter. How much further would I be able to stand from my subject to achieve a similar FOV/ frame as the 90mm equivalent I will get from the Oly 45mm?

    If it is not TOO much further, I know I will still be noticed by people, which cancels out the sole reason I am going with option 1. If that is the case, I would rather go with option 2, which is the "trinity" right?

    Thank you in advance for your comments and your vote in the poll. I know I have already done one of these but this is the final vote before I add the lenses to my shopping cart and checkout.
  2. kevwilfoto

    kevwilfoto Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 23, 2011
    Too bad you don't have a PL25, Oly 45, Oly 75 option.
  3. mister_roboto

    mister_roboto Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 14, 2011
    Seattle, WA, USA
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    Although I voted for the one with the 75mm, if you're not going to use that focal length, go for the one with the 45mm.

    I will say that the 75mm is probably the best lens I've owned by far in pretty much all categories. I like the 45mm as well, but the 75mm crushes it.
  4. dino1891

    dino1891 Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 8, 2013
    I actually HAVE considered the 25, 45, 75 combo and I would REALLY like that. But while I do not use the wide end too often, I feel that I must have it for completeness. If I saw some cool buildings or a large crowd in the streets, I would hate to miss that shot because my widest lens is a 50mm equivalent.
  5. dino1891

    dino1891 Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 8, 2013
    To mister roboto:

    I WOULD use the 75mm focal length often if it allowed me a similar field of view/frame as the 45mm when I am standing a lot further away. Unfortunately, I do not have experience with anything longer than a 100mm equivalent. That is why I wanted to ask how much further I would be able to stand away from my subject. If it is something like an extra 5 or more feet, I know I would use it A LOT MORE than the 45mm.
  6. dwrk

    dwrk Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 10, 2012
  7. spinyman

    spinyman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 19, 2010
    San Diego
    14 and 20 and build up your nerve to get closer.It's not a crime to take a picture and nobody is going to hurt you.
  8. dino1891

    dino1891 Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 8, 2013
    I lived in sunny Southern California for almost all of my life. Then I moved to cities like Oakland, CA and Philadelphia and realized that I need to be just a little more aware of my surroundings and a little more cautious when I am shooting.
  9. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
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    If given the option, I'd have picked the 12, 25, and 75, since the 12, with its zone focus mechanism, works great for street photography, and I always felt that the focal length of the 45 is neither here nor there. I'd definitely go for the 75 for those time that you want to maintain your distant to your subject. It will result in better subject isolation, too! Since this wasn't an option, I went for option 1 instead.

    I know this is unsolicited, but in reality, my Panasonic 12-35 is my go-to lens these days for street photography, unless you're talking about night stuff, for which the PL25 works well!
  10. edmsnap

    edmsnap Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 20, 2011
    Edmonton, Alberta
    12, 45, and 75? Best wide-to-tele range and optics.
  11. WasOM3user

    WasOM3user Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 20, 2012
    Lancashire, UK
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    For street work I would probably go with Option 1.

    The logic being
    14mm as being super discrete and least likely to get a reaction.
    25mm for low light capability.
    75mm as this means you can shoot from twice the distance as the 45mm and crop slightly in PP and still maintain v good IQ
  12. 00r101

    00r101 Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 21, 2012
    I think you gave us those two choices because of financial constraints. Both groups cost roughly $1600. I would go a different way with primes. Rokinnon 7.5 UWA, Sigma 19 WA, Sigma 30 Normal, Oly 45 Portraiht, Oly 60 Macro and short tele. Total cost $1479 or lose the 45 and the 60 and get the 75 for $1579
  13. FRAN

    FRAN Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 23, 2012
    México DF, MÉXICO
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    I'm in a similar way, but thinking that 14mm 2.5, 25mm 1.4 and 35-100mm 2.8 is the perfect set for me, versatile primes-zoom mix:

    - 14mm for compact size and wide angle
    - 25mm as my default lens
    - 35-100mm for high quality telezoom

  14. LeeOsenton

    LeeOsenton Mu-43 Button Clicker

    Jun 25, 2010
    Hayes, Virginia, U.S.A.
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    Lee Osenton
    Been on a 3 lens diet for a few months and mostly happy with: Olympus 9-18mm, 17mm f/2.8, and 45mm f/1.8.
    The 17mm is fine for image quality. I was holding out for the new version, but it feels overpriced for what it is.

    From your choices, I would take option 2.

  15. Mellow

    Mellow Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2010
    Florida or Idaho
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    No offense, but I won't play. You're obviously the only one who knows what you like to shoot best, and the kits you've described are somewhat different. Pick the one that you think would give you the most pleasure and go with it. They're all great lenses.

    If you're asking what I would pick for me, that's a different question and I wouldn't want to be restricted to your choices. I think you've already poked a toe in those waters, and got lots of interesting points of view. So I won't hijack this thread by explaining why I would pick a different set, just encourage you to have enough confidence to go with the one that you like best.
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  16. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    IMO, 12mm is too wide. I prefer 14 for around-the-town stuff. I also find the 45 is a nice portrait length when people know I'm shooting them. For more candid stuff, I prefer longer. I've not used the 75mm, but I have used a zoom for candid portraits, and I like to be out around 200mm equivalent (100mm or more in m43), so I'd vote 14/25/75.
  17. DynaSport

    DynaSport Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 5, 2013
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    go 25, 45, and 75 and keep your kit zoom for the off chance you want to take a picture of a building or something. If you can't swing all three right now, go 25 and 75. You may never use the 45 anyway. I would definitely want the 75 though. But I like long lenses.
  18. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    14mm with a flip-up screen for street, by the way, is really as indiscreet as you can get and still have the ability to frame the shot.
  19. LowTEC

    LowTEC Mu-43 Regular

    Ultimate combo 9-18, 17 1.8, 45 1.8, throw in a 75 when you have the budget, because it is god sent
  20. SVG-HK

    SVG-HK Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 15, 2012
    Hong Kong
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    My choice would be panasonic 12-35/2.8, panasonic leica 45/2.8 Macro, Olympus 40-150