Going back to primes

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by microfourthirdsnut, May 14, 2013.

  1. microfourthirdsnut

    microfourthirdsnut Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 8, 2012
    As much as I liked the Panny 12-35mm I sold it and will be getting back into primes I just want more speed so first lens should be here this week it's the 17mm F1.8.
    So my current lenses are

    17MM, f1.8
    60mm macro
    Leica 400mm-- F6.8 A 43 YEAR OLD LENS

    All used on the OM-D

    I will not get the 45mm and probably not the 75mm there just not in the focal range I use very often.

    Maybe next month the 12mm for fathers day if it goes on sale. What I would like to see is a Olympus 25mm F1.8 in silver you think Oly is planning on such a lens they really don't have anything and if they make it as good as the 75mm is it could be a great lens for them. Anyway panasonic 25mm need some competition.
  2. duke

    duke Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 4, 2010
    Tulsa, moving to Houston
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    oh man, that leica 400 :drool:
  3. Bravin Neff

    Bravin Neff Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 25, 2011
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    Bravin Neff
    O12 and PL25 and you're set.
  4. Savas K

    Savas K Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 10, 2013
    And maybe an Oly 40-150R. So light, so inexpensive and so good.
  5. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Sounds like a great approach. It also sounds like you prefer going long, given your only wide lens is the 17. The 60macro and the 100-300 should be a good fit for you.
  6. slothead

    slothead Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 14, 2012
    Frederick, MD
    Hey 'nut, might I ask how much you sold the 12-35 for?
  7. madogvelkor

    madogvelkor Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 22, 2013
    The Sigma lenses are nice too -- not as fast as the others, but cheap enough that you could get all 3.
  8. NikkoExiledInSF

    NikkoExiledInSF Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 8, 2011
    Wiltshire, UK
    The 75mm is one of the all time greats. If you're getting back into primes, it's a must-have, IMHO.

  9. ahuyevshi

    ahuyevshi Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 9, 2010
    Berkeley, CA
    I personally prefer primes as well but then again I'm not shooting motorsports or wildlife with the mirrorless setup. I don't have the 75 1.8 but it's definitely on my list along with the 12mm.

    I think picking a certain focal length and sticking to it makes you a much better photographer. I shot exclusively with the x100 for a while and 35mm has to be my favorite. Then again there is no one size fits all solution outside of super zooms which end up being horrible and slow.
  10. NikkoExiledInSF

    NikkoExiledInSF Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 8, 2011
    Wiltshire, UK
    As others have pointed out, the 75mm works well for landscapes IMHO:



    I don't think it's possible to generalize about what focal lengths have (or have not) what applications.

  11. Iansky

    Iansky Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    The Cotswolds, UK
    75 for street

    I normally shoot street with the 25 but since getting the 75 I thought I would try that and see how it works regarding distance to subject, bokeh etc!

    After trying it I have to say for me it does offer a viable alternative and the results are very pleasing






  12. ahuyevshi

    ahuyevshi Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 9, 2010
    Berkeley, CA
    There are a lot of times that a long tele come in handy for street work, however it would have to be on a 2nd body. I'll probably get it before summer gets into gear.
  13. aukirk

    aukirk Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 9, 2012
    Since getting the Pany 35-100, I have felt myself drifting from the primes... it is just so much easier to keep the one lens on instead of feeling like I am constantly switching... However, I really enjoy shooting primes so I am not allowing myself to get the 12-35.
  14. Savas K

    Savas K Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 10, 2013
    That's natural. After spending some $1,300.00 for a lens, I'd be using it a lot as well.
  15. FRAN

    FRAN Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 23, 2012
    México DF, MÉXICO
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    The 35-100mm it's an awesome lens, covers my tele needs with versatility, but for the wide-normal angle, O 12mm f2 and PL 25mm f1.4 are unbeatable, IMO