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Help to re-organize my kit

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by jssaraiva, Dec 31, 2015.

  1. jssaraiva

    jssaraiva Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 26, 2013
    Porto, Portugal
    José Saraiva
    Hi,

    Currently I have too many lenses... Even if I like them all, it's not practical to use and if I carry them all, the whole point of moving to m43 is gone. Also, I need some funds for my MF system I'm "building"...

    I've been thinking about this for a while, but would also like to have other inputs, before making a decision I'll regret, since apparently I'll be dropping my best lens.

    I've been using only Pen Lites, 1, 3 and now 7. Had a GF1 long ago. Moving to E-M10 is not excluded, but Pens are much more practical to always have them with me.

    Current lenses I've got:
    7.5 FE
    9-18
    17/1.8
    25/1.4
    45/1.8
    40-150 R
    75-300 R

    Looking into this, I see 2 options:
    1) Drop the 25mm 1.4, since I'll have plenty of flexibility with 17 and 45mm;
    2) Drop the 17mm 1.8 since it's covered by either the 9-18 and 25. However will be missing it for indoor video of the kids.

    Am I crazy to let go the PanaLeica? It's not the lens I use the most, that is 17mm, but it's the one I like the results the most. But, it is also a bit big to carry arround all the time and doesn't balance well on an E-PL7.

    Thanks for you thoughts!

    José
     
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  2. BigTam

    BigTam Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Mar 19, 2012
    Dortmund, Germany
    Ron
    Well, José, I've had all these lenses at one time or another, with the exception of the 25 1.4. I have had the 25 1.8, and have now ordered the 25 1.7

    I got rid of the lenses I found I didn't use often enough, even though some of them were great (the O75 for example). So that's my first recommendation: check your EXIF statistics and list the lenses in descending order of number of keepers.

    If that's not enough, you then have to decide if you prefer primes or zooms. Personally, I prefer primes, which is why I sold my 9-18. I keep my 14-140 for those family trips when I don't have time to change lenses, but the other zooms went.

    If you prefer zooms, keep the 17 and sell the rest to pay for good zooms.
     
  3. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I'm afraid I can't really help much... I've got a very similar kit:
    7.5FE
    O9-18
    O12-50
    P12-32
    PL15
    PL25
    O45
    P45-175

    I never take everything... some common combinations are:
    (7.5FE), O9-18, O12-50, P45-175, (PL25)
    (7.5FE), PL15, PL25, O45
    O9-18, PL25, P45-175
    PL15, O45
    P12-32, O45
    P12-32, P45-175

    On holiday, I'll take a combination of zooms for the day and primes for the night. Even though I take most of it I never use all of it at once.
     
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  4. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
    Questions:
    What MF system are you building?
    What will you be using it for?
    What do you currently shot (subjects)?
    What will you continue to use m4/3 after this new system is together?

    That may point to overlap with what you have.
     
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  5. Gary5

    Gary5 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 15, 2014
    FWIW I own lenses comparable to all of those. The two I use least (by far) are the fisheye and the long zoom, which is why I don't list them in my sig. I could not live without 17, 25 and 45. But I don't know how my needs compare to yours.
     
  6. PakkyT

    PakkyT Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 20, 2015
    New England
    Seems to me that is a pretty good kit with very little overlap. The 17mm and the 45mm are both in the range of two other zoom lenses but they are also much different in aperture so still (in my mind) much different.

    So really the question comes down to which lenses do you actually use and which have sat on the shelf rarely used?
     
  7. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 13, 2012
    Chicago-area
    David Dornblaser
    + 1
     
  8. jssaraiva

    jssaraiva Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 26, 2013
    Porto, Portugal
    José Saraiva
    Thanks for your comments!

    My most used lenses are, on this order, 17; 40-150; 9-18. I do prefer primes, but I've used 40-150 a lot when travelling and 9-18 is a good walk-around on the country side.

    Going for the 2.8 zoom, great as they are, is not really on my plans because of their size (and cost and weight). I want to keep my m43 set as small as possible, which is also something that is a minus for me concerning the PL25.

    So, on this battle, 17 beats the 25...
     
  9. jssaraiva

    jssaraiva Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 26, 2013
    Porto, Portugal
    José Saraiva
    Thanks for the inputs!

    My most common combinations are:
    1) 9-18; 25; 40-150 or
    2) 17; 45
    3) 7.5 or 9-18; 17; 45

    Also here the 17 has some advantage, but the 25 is much more flexible than the 17 alone.
     
  10. PakkyT

    PakkyT Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 20, 2015
    New England
    I say keep everything. Little overlap & it sounds like you have a few working combinations so that for any given shoot project or outing you know which lenses to bring with you and you are not that type that feels they need to drag their entire kit with them everywhere "just in case".
     
  11. jssaraiva

    jssaraiva Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 26, 2013
    Porto, Portugal
    José Saraiva
    It's an analog Pentax, based on 67 lenses but also with a 645 body.

    This will not replace my m43 gear, I really like shooting negative film, but 35mm was just not fulfilling enough when comparing with my other cameras (lack of IQ, more grain). With MF I want it also to force me to slow down, given the cost per roll + development and the nr of frames per roll.

    The reason of going with Pentax was mainly for the 105mm f/2.4 which is an extraordinary lens, not perfect, but with a character that I really appreciate: its OOF areas resemble big format and I'm mainly shooting portraits with it, that have a very special look (forget about FF :) ). A 55mm is on the wish list, for landscape, but should not have the same utilization.

    Thanks!
     
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  12. jssaraiva

    jssaraiva Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 26, 2013
    Porto, Portugal
    José Saraiva
    Not what I would like to "hear". Just kidding :th_salute:
    I might lock the 25 away for a while and see if I survive.
     
  13. Yong

    Yong Mu-43 Regular

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    Sep 25, 2014
    Your setup actually looks pretty good. If I should give up any of them, I'll drop one of those tele zooms... likely 75-300, or sell both for pana 35-100 f/4-5.6, which matches better to your another lenses in terms of size(and yet capable of zooming of decent distance). Hopefully you'd carry it more often.
     
  14. jssaraiva

    jssaraiva Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 26, 2013
    Porto, Portugal
    José Saraiva
    Well, this I know the answer: considering the 17, 25 and 45mm, it's the 25mm that is mostly on the shelf. But it the lens I like the most, hence my dilemma. I think if I had and OM-D I would use the 25mm more often, it is just to big on the E-PL7.

    Thanks for commenting!
     
  15. jssaraiva

    jssaraiva Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 26, 2013
    Porto, Portugal
    José Saraiva
    Thanks, I think I just might do that, just started wondering if I shouldn't give the PL25 a try on an E-M10 (Wait, wasn't my goal to release some funds? When did this turned around?)
     
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  16. jssaraiva

    jssaraiva Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 26, 2013
    Porto, Portugal
    José Saraiva
    Yeah... the 75-300 might be the one going. I find it much more difficult to use than the 40-150 on safaris or other wild life shoots. 35-100mm would be to short, I'm afraid.
     
  17. jssaraiva

    jssaraiva Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 26, 2013
    Porto, Portugal
    José Saraiva
    I'm glad I got so many replies, this really is a great forum. The best for 2016 to you all! :thumbup:
     
  18. jssaraiva

    jssaraiva Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 26, 2013
    Porto, Portugal
    José Saraiva
    Hello all,

    Just to provide some feedback on this: after just over one week letting this sink in, I've just put the 75-300mm up for sale. I've even forgot to mention I also have the 70-300 ZD and adapter, so that will have to do for the (rare) instances when I need more reach.

    Thanks again for all the inputs, I believe this is a better option that the one I've started with and possibly wouldn't be reaching it alone.
     
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