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getting ready for the OMD-EM5, which lens line up should I go for?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by asaulo1, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. asaulo1

    asaulo1 Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 21, 2012
    Okay, I'm fairly convinced that I will get the EM5 as soon as it is released.... Currently, I have an E-PL1 (which got me started on this whole m4/3rds fiasco) and these lenses.
    Oly 14-42mm II R
    Oly 17mm f/2.8
    PL 14mm f/2.5 (still trying to figure out which one to keep, Oly or PL)

    and here's what I'm looking to get soon before the OMD comes out
    Oly 45 f/1.8
    Oly 40-150mm
    Sigma 30mm f/2.8

    aside from the Oly 17mm and the PL 14mm (which one of them will have to go)
    is this a good lineup? would the 30mm be redundant? what other lens would you recommend? thanks.
  2. mr_botak

    mr_botak Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 4, 2011
    Reading, UK
    I'd say the 30 would be redundant. I'd be tempted to stick with the Olympus 45 - it's sublime - and ignore the zoom.
  3. zucchiniboy

    zucchiniboy Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 13, 2010
    San Francisco
    I'd pass on adding the 30, but the 45 and 40-150 are great additions to your kit. Then you can play around a bit more with the 14 and 17 and see which to keep.
  4. duke

    duke Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 4, 2010
    San Francisco Bay Area
    I would keep the Panasonic 14 (not PL by the way) and add the 45. After that just decide which focal length you prefer and go from there. I just figured out my kit: 7-14, PL25, and PL45, but a cheaper more compact version would be 14f2.5, 20f1.7, 45f1.8. Tons of lens choices out there, have fun!
  5. RussellOlaguer

    RussellOlaguer Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 12, 2012
    Paranaque, Philippines
    Russell Olaguer
    Keep the 14mm. Buy the 45mm. You can sell the 17mm and buy the 20mm instead.
    14mm and 17mm seems too close for a focal length.

    I have the same dillema.
    I pre-ordered the E-M5.
    It will be my first M43 system camera (Sold my D90 and couple primes for these system).

    The E-M5 comes with 12-50mm lens (so that i can have a complete weather sealed system when I need it).

    I'm planning to buy the 20mm f1.7 and 45mm f1.8 as soon as I get the E-M5.

    Planning to buy next are 14mm f2.5 (for landscape and wide shots) and 45-150mm (for wildlife and for the activities of my kids at school whenever they are performing on stage).

    Then later when the 12-35mm f2.8 from Panasonic arrvies, I'll probably get that too depending on the reviews and price of course.
  6. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 5, 2011
    It really depends on what you plan to shoot. What someone else says you should get, with no idea what you want to do with the camera, is meaningless.

    I could tell you that you absolutely need the 100-300, but if you never use a telephoto my advice would be meaningless.
  7. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Sell the 17mm and keep the 14mm to go with your new 45mm. With the Lumix 14mm/2.5, Sigma 30mm/2.8, and m.Zuiko 45mm/1.8, you will have no more need for the 14-42mm kit zoom, so I would sell that as well. The 40-150mm will then cover you for a mid-telephoto... but if you can swing it I would also pass on that and get the Lumix 100-300mm instead. Or maybe pass on both the 40-150mm as well as the Sigma 30mm/2.8 to get the Lumix 100-300mm. A set consisting of Lumix 14/2.5, m.Zuiko 45mm/1.8, and Lumix 100-300mm gives you a nice even spread of focal ranges and should be all you need.
  8. Sam0912

    Sam0912 Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 1, 2012
    Whichever lenses you currently enjoy shooting with, keep. The ones you don't really use now, sell. They'll be the same lenses whatever you attach them to.

    Only suggestion I'd make is maybe get the 12-50 kit and sell the standard kit lens you have, and maybe trade in the 45 when the only 60 macro is released. That way you'll have a good weather sealed kit.

    EDIT: I had the wrong 45 in my head, so ignore the macro advice!
  9. asaulo1

    asaulo1 Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 21, 2012
    Thanks for all the input. As to what I usually shoot, mostly portraits, motorsports and travel photos. I can't wait for the omd-em5. I now have to sell my 60d and just keep the 7d for my faux pro DSLR.
  10. SZRimaging

    SZRimaging Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 16, 2011
    Well, I am in a similar boat right now.

    I'm thinking E-M5 + kit, sell the kit from the E-PM1 if I can, then add Oly 45mm, Panny 14mm, and something like a 45-150mm. Oh, and that new flash and the grip.

    Of course, this is all dependent on me selling my Nikon kit.... (D7000 + Sigma 17-70 f2.8-4 + 35mm DX Nikkor + 70-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR Nikkor + SB800).
  11. fredlong

    fredlong Just this guy...

    Apr 18, 2011
    Massachusetts USA
    I'd ditch the 17/2.8 and take the 30/2.8 off your to buy list. Replace that with the Lumix 20/1.7 or PL 25/1.4.

    14, 20 0r 25, 45 makes a really nice 3 prime kit. With the 40-150 to round out the long end you would be pretty well covered.

    If you replaced the 14-42 with the new 12-50 you would add a versatile lens with very good close focusing capability. Unless you really get into macro the approximate 1:3 life size should cover almost anything.

  12. asaulo1

    asaulo1 Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 21, 2012
    just as an update... after reading through the responses, I've put in my order for the Oly 45mm f/1.8 I can't wait to put this lens to it's paces..... next up, the oly 40-150mm... man, my credit card is hurtin' LOL.....
  13. asaulo1

    asaulo1 Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 21, 2012
    I just actually got the 14-42 II R to replace the kit lens that came with my E-PL1... I'm thinking of ordering just the EM5 body as opposed to the kit since I'm pretty happy with the II R lens.... would the 12-50 be that much better?
  14. SZRimaging

    SZRimaging Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 16, 2011
    The advantage to the 12-50, IMHO is that it is weather sealed, giving you a setup that you can take into the rain without worry. Other than that, I haven't seen anything that makes the 12-50 better, other than maybe the zoom range it covers. Isn't it slower through the whole range?
  15. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Yeah, it is... I think a much better weather sealed standard zoom is the Zuiko 14-54mm II along with the weather sealed MMF-3 mount adapter. AF is not too slow, and you will have a top-quality fast lens.
  16. fredlong

    fredlong Just this guy...

    Apr 18, 2011
    Massachusetts USA
    I just threw the 12-50 out there for consideration. I love the 12-50 range. I don't love the slowness, aperture not focusing. The 1:3 vs. 1:5 for the 14-42 doesn't do anything for me, I have macro lenses. If I had an EM5 I might want it for the weather sealing.

    Early reviews I've seen suggest that it's not optically superior to the 14-42 and may be inferior. I haven't seen tests from any trusted source yet.

    I prefer shooting with primes and I'm hoping someday some one will make a fast zoom.

  17. SZRimaging

    SZRimaging Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 16, 2011
    And for me, weather sealing is a good thing. I travel by many different modes, ski, and generally frolic about in any weather condition I can. So sealing is an essential feature. The sad part is that the lens is so slow..... But then I understand the reasons for the slow vs. size issue.
  18. asaulo1

    asaulo1 Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 21, 2012
    I don't doubt that weather sealing is a good thing... but if that's the only (aside from the minimal fov difference) difference I would definitely stay with the 14-42 ii r that I have to save some coin.... I try to take care of my gear really well so that they when I sell it, it's like brand new.... although with several thousands images thru it...
  19. bongestrella

    bongestrella Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 2, 2011
    Mechanicsburg, PA
    Based on my experience upgrading from a Canon 18-55 to 15-85, that 18 vs 15 (similar to 14 vs 12) made a whole world of difference. Sure it costs more, but in the long run it saved me a couple hundred of $ from getting an UWA lens, not to mention not changing lenses. Of course one has to question whether 12mm (or 15mm on Canon's terms) is enough. It is for me, main reason I preordered the OM-D with the 12-50. As with everything of course, YMMV.
  20. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 15, 2011
    Aberdeen Scotland
    I'm waiting for the Oly 60mm macro, my kit will then comprise Oly m9-18, PL25 1.4, 60 macro and Lumix 100-300.

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