First lens choices for brand new OM-D user...

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Been in the DSLR space for a LOOONG time and have owned some of the best stuff Canon offers. I just purchased an OM-D M5 with 12-50 and before even getting it, I'm switching thing up a little. The 12-50 doesn't seem bad but it fails in three areas for me (IQ is based on reviews only)...first, its very slow aperture, second, its fairly large, and third, its not top level IQ. Again, all this based on reviews so take it FWIW. I want something very small for travel and don't want to take a flash so fast aperture is important (plus I like the image rendering better at larger apertures). That addresses issues 1 and 2. IQ is really important to me as well but since the 12-50 kinda fails on points 1 and 2, even if the IQ were great, I'd still probably want to change.

All that said, this is a second body for me and for now, not going to be my main. Because of that,, I am on a budget. I have already picked up an OLY 45 f/1.8 and I'm thinking of grabbing a PAN 14 f/2.5 and selling the 12-50. Does this seem like a solid plan based on what I am looking for? Seems like the OMD with wither lens would just about fit in a pocket yet deliver very good images at two very usable focal lengths.
 

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I'm a big fan of the 17/1.8 and 45/1.8 combo. Depends on what FL you want and how much you prioritize size vs speed vs cost when considering the 14/2.5 or 17/1.8 or 20/1.7.
 

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hmmm, the 14 is definitely smaller and I read faster too. You sure about that 20mm? I know its smaller than the 45 but I need something to cover that small tele range that is small and fast. The 14 is for wide angle use only, not general.
 

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Sorry I meant fast as in aperture and I suggested it to complement your Oly 45. The 14 can be had for a little over $100 on ebay so might as well throw that in there, it really is a nifty little lens!
 

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Sorry I meant fast as in aperture and I suggested it to complement your Oly 45. The 14 can be had for a little over $100 on ebay so might as well throw that in there, it really is a nifty little lens!
That's kinda what I was thinking. The 45/14 combo in favor of the 12-50 zooom. I can then begin building from there with the 75 being next.
 

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Sorry I meant fast as in aperture and I suggested it to complement your Oly 45. The 14 can be had for a little over $100 on ebay so might as well throw that in there, it really is a nifty little lens!
That's kinda what I was thinking. The 45/14 combo in favor of the 12-50 zooom. I can then begin building from there with the 75 being next.
 

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One other option I'd think about for wide angle needs is the PL 12-32. MUCH slower than the 14, 17, or 20 in aperture obviously but might be really versatile and small with good IQ. Thoughts on that rather than the wider prime?
 

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Curious what your primary setup is?

I have the p20 and have used it with the 45 as my first lenses as I got into m43. Happy with results for travel, social settings, events and portraits. Continues to be a favorite combo for me when going light.
 

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I put together a relatively inexpensive kit, getting both zoom 14-42, 40-150 and then added a 14 panny and 19 and 30 sigs. Going to focus on learning what these lenses can and can't do before making any additional purchases. If I "need" a tele prime with more reach then I would consider adding the 60 sig to the mix and still have an inexpensive kit. Really a dream time to get into this hobby, having such a nice sensor and good quality moderately priced glass.
 

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I use the Panasonic 20mm and the Oly 45 as my basic lenses, but the Oly 40-150 is my walking-around lens and stays on one of my EM-5 bodies most of the time. That doesn't really answer your question, though. If you're only going to have one wide-angle prime, the Panasonic 14 would be a good, inexpensive choice.
 

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I bought the 45 and 14, sold the 12-50. I like the size and handling of the primes and for other work, I'll go back to the DSLR most likely. I tend to shoot on the longer/tighter end of things so I am eyeing that 75 as my next purchase and maybe one of the tele zooms that get me 200-300 on the long end. Thanks for the help everyone.
 

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