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Got the Panasonic 15mm f/1.7, do I need the 25mm as well?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Athonline, Dec 17, 2014.

  1. Athonline

    Athonline New to Mu-43

    Dec 17, 2014
    Hello! I got bought the 15mm f/1.7 on Monday and so far from a few test shots I am more than happy with it. I am considering getting the 25mm f/1.4 as well, to have something in the middle of the 15mm and the 45mm when I will be traveling with primes only (got the 12-40mm, etc when I am going "all out"). Any opinions?
  2. Dayam

    Dayam Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 15, 2014
    You mentioned that you're considering on getting the 25mm to have something in between the 15mm and 45mm.

    I'm currently using the 17mm and 45mm as my 2 prime setup. Honestly, I never found the "need" to have a focal length in between. For general shooting, I find the 17mm is enough and fulfills my needs while the 45mm gives me that extra reach for portraiture and etc.

    So I think the question is, do you "need" the 25mm?
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  3. sdb123

    sdb123 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 25, 2014
    Northants, UK
    I have the PL 15, 25 and Oly 45 and think they compliment each other nicely. 15 & 45 work well so whether you require the 25 is up to you and your style of shooting. Why not set your zoom to 25mm and use that exclusively for a while to see if the focal length is something you feel you need?
  4. Jazz80

    Jazz80 Mu-43 Rookie

    Apr 27, 2014
    Not sure if it helps but I have the pl15, o25, o45. I find that when I go out I either have the 15 or 25 on and rarely swap lens when I'm out. My 45 has been very rarely used but I guess its all a personal preference and depends what u r shooting.
    I must admit since getting the 15 I've been tempted to replace my o25 with the pl25 but love the size of the oly so haven't made the move.
  5. Athonline

    Athonline New to Mu-43

    Dec 17, 2014
    Thanks for the input. I wouldn't consider the 25mm with 17mm tbh, but as the 15mm is a bit wider it made me think about it. I just had a play with the 25mm at Dixons (I am off to holidays)and found it quite impressing. Still not sure about its needs or whatever I will end up using it...
  6. fransglans

    fransglans Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 12, 2012
    my setup is p14. pl25. o45. couldn't live without any of these three... go for it. pl25 is a black jewel!
  7. alex66

    alex66 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jul 23, 2010
    My main prime set up is the Olympus 12-25-45 and of these I consider the 25 the most essential and the most used but thats me and others just do not find it works for them, some find 17-25 to be too close I find them miles apart. It really comes down to do you find you want something between 15 and 45 then go for it, either 25 is cracking lens and if you don't mind MF then the Voightlander is a blinder as well.
  8. Athonline

    Athonline New to Mu-43

    Dec 17, 2014
    I don't mind MF, in fact I want to give it a go. For me photography is fun when I take the shot, not when I do the pp. Discovering new angles, using MF (something I was reluctant until now that I got the focus peaking) and using in camera settings is what I like. I only heard that the Panasonic one is as good as the Voight from 1.4 and onwards...
  9. Darren Bonner

    Darren Bonner Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 1, 2013
    Poole UK
    My prime set up is the PL15, PL25 & Oly 45, couldn't be happier. I'd say go for it, you'll never regret buying good glass.
  10. JNB

    JNB Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 11, 2014
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    Choice in focal length really is quite personal. You have chosen the 15mm -- a great lens -- whereas I travel with the 12 and 17. I own the PL25, but often find that I'm either shooting wide (12/17) or moving right past 25 to the 45/75. For other photographers, the 25 seems to be a great complement to the 14 or 15, and it certainly is a lovely lens.
  11. Athonline

    Athonline New to Mu-43

    Dec 17, 2014
    Thanks everyone for your input. I decided to go ahead and get the PL25 for those few shots that the 15 maybe too wide or the 45 too narrow.
    Now I got to decide if I will give HK sellers or go not ;-)
  12. Theo

    Theo Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 26, 2013
    Theo K.
    FOV is really personal as noted. I am struggling with 14-25-45. I found that neither 14 nor 25 can be my daily carry shall I only take one lens with me on an outing. I then discovered the 17 very comfortable for general use. Now I am really wondering whether I need 14 and 25. Opinions?

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  13. fransglans

    fransglans Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 12, 2012
    I hear you. I have the same set.

    14 is too cheap to not have.
    45 is THE cheap portrait gem
    25 is a fov that is so in between. ..
    a wonderful lens... but.

    I would have switched the 25 to thr O17...
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  14. plaatje

    plaatje Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 15, 2012
    The 45mm is a fantastic lens, which I used to accompanied with a 19mm sigma. Since I use the PanaLeica 1.4 25mm they both eating dust. But I won't sell them, they are great lenses . . .
    But that PanaLeica, oh boy, for me it's a jewel . . .
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  15. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    For general indoor photography, 25mm is just too tight most of time. That's why I sold my Olympus 25mm and got an Olympus 17mm. I then realized that 17mm is quite wide when shooting outdoors, so I bought a PL25. I don't see the 17mm/25mm FoV competing at all, because they are so different.

    My big dilemma now is do I want to sell my 17mm and pick up a used 15mm...
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  16. Theo

    Theo Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 26, 2013
    Theo K.
    You are so right about keeping the 14 for the value it offers. I really wanted to sell it after acquiring the 17, but when I reviewed my photos taken with it I just couldn't let it go. It's an excellent value pancake when the FOV is right.
  17. Pecos

    Pecos Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 20, 2013
    The Natural State
    My sentiments, exactly.
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