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How about to sell Oly 17 1.8 for Oly pro 7-14 2.8 ?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by PantelisMor, Aug 4, 2016.

  1. PantelisMor

    PantelisMor Mu-43 Veteran

    282
    Jan 14, 2013
    Hello.
    Until now i have 3 lenses.
    Oly 12-40 2.8
    Oly 40-150 2.8 and oly 17mm 1.8.

    I think to sell oly 17mm in order to use the money for the oly 7-14 2.8.

    What do you believe is the right choice ? Or it's better to delay this purchase for later ?
     
  2. dlotters

    dlotters New to Mu-43

    3
    Aug 30, 2015
    You have the exact same lenses as me. I also crave the 7-14 2.8!

    Selling the prime definitely won't fund the 7-14mm in entirety, maybe only a third of the cost but I guess the bigger question is how much would you miss the prime?

    If you don't use it then yeah, no point keeping it around just to gather dust.

    I find I use my 17 1.8 quite often because i love how easy it is as a walk about lens coupled with the em-5ii. I also prefer it at night to the 12-40 2.8.

    I also use the 12-40 very often but I value it for different reasons to the 17mm prime.

    If it were me, I'd keep the prime and save a little longer for the 7-14, especially since it isn't going to fund much of the purchase anyway.

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  3. MoonMind

    MoonMind Mu-43 Top Veteran

    626
    Oct 25, 2014
    Switzerland
    Matt
    If you don't mind the size, the versatility and quality of the zoom may well warrant that decision. For me, the 17mm has a specific use in street/quick documentary because it's small, fast, reasonably sturdy and light whle providing pleasant results - but it's nor real match to the 12-40mm when it comes to technical IQ. And a triple of the great PRO zooms is something to dream of for sure. If you don't use the 17mm because the 12-40mm does what you need, there's no real reason to keep it around. If, however, you own that prime to go small and still versatile (that's what I do quite often), then the 17mm is a great asset. But since the 7-14mm is one of the most desirable options to go ultrawide for :mu43:, if that's what you're after, your decision should be quite simple.

    I thought about selling the 17mm a couple of times because I use a couple of other lenses more often (the 12-40mm, the Olympus 25mm, the Sigma 30mm f/1.4), but it's such a nice lens to use that I decided to simply keep it around; besides, it makes a perfect companion to my E-PL7.

    M.
     
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  4. David A

    David A Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 30, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    What the others have said.

    I've got the 3 PRO zooms plus the Olympus 12, 17 (both), 25, 45 and 75 primes. When it comes to what I shoot and how fast a lens I need I could probably sell the primes and only miss them rarely but walking around with a prime on the camera is a different shooting experience to walking around with a zoom and it's an experience I enjoy so I keep the primes and use whatever I want to use at the time. The PRO zooms are great lenses and I enjoy using them a lot, in fact I do most of my shooting with them, but shooting with the primes is enjoyable in a different sort of way and the zooms aren't a substitute for that.

    I'd only sell the 17mm if the 12-40 offered a complete replacement for it to me and it isn't that complete replacement for me. It may be a complete replacement for you.
     
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  5. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    I can't imagine two lenses more different. One is a small, light, fast wide-normal lens that is ideal for casual and discreet use in street photography and general purpose use. The other is a big, heavy, UWA zoom that is probably best suited for hard-core landscape use, architecture and such like. I can't see how you can really compare them.
     
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  6. Jonnieb

    Jonnieb Mu-43 Regular

    26
    Jul 10, 2014
    Ontario, Canada
    Jon Barnett
    I have the same lens package, and feel exactly the same about keeping the primes. Just a different experience on the camera.
     
  7. zensu

    zensu An Old Fool

    Aug 8, 2012
    Southeastern USA
    Bobby
    I used to shoot with the µ43s' 8mm FE, 15mm, 25mm, 42.5mm, 60mm macro, and 75mm primes with excellent results. I acquired the 12-40mm PRO zoom first and I soon realized I was neglecting the 15mm, 25mm, and 42.5mm entirely and using the 12-40mm Pro exclusively. Over the past year I've been fortunately able to acquire the 7-14mm PRO and 40-150mm PRO zooms and have stopped shooting with my primes except for the 60mm macro. So I've sort of went in a different direction from you. I'm not saying my zooms are better just that I can't afford to keep top dollar primes and zooms at the same time and that as I get older I'm less inclined to think about primes in shooting images and think in terms of which zoom I might want for a photographic idea. Of course if I ever win the lottery I'd have every µ43s' lens ever made! :cloud-9-039:
    PS, yes I sold my primes to fund the zooms.
     
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  8. David A

    David A Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 30, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    Bobby,

    I didn't win a lottery but I was fortunate enough to have no need to sell any of my primes. I don't have every µ43 lens ever made but I've got a few more than you because I managed to hang onto my primes. I think that's the only real difference between us judging from your comment. As for what I'm less inclined to do as I get older, I turn 69 next month and I'm increasingly less inclined to go out packing two or three primes if I can take one zoom. Age is making me far more inclined to appreciate convenience over a lot of other things in a lot of areas of my life including photography. Like you, I found the 12-40 to be a habit changing purchase.
     
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  9. Johnny The Greek

    Johnny The Greek Mu-43 Regular

    117
    Aug 19, 2015

    I'm waiting for the release of the new EM-1 before I plunge into the PRO lenses, starting with the 12-40mm. I don't think I'd bother getting rid of my primes, however.
     
  10. DanS

    DanS Mu-43 Veteran

    391
    Mar 8, 2016
    Central IL
    Save a little while longer, and keep the 1.8!
     
  11. Carbonman

    Carbonman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2014
    Vancouver BC
    Graham
    The 12-40 is the start of a slippery slope to using only zooms; beware! :biggrin::biggrin:
     
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  12. zensu

    zensu An Old Fool

    Aug 8, 2012
    Southeastern USA
    Bobby
    Agree with one exception, can't do without that 60mm Macro!
     
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  13. Johnny The Greek

    Johnny The Greek Mu-43 Regular

    117
    Aug 19, 2015
    Sadly, no, unless I win the lottery. If I can get the shots I want with cheaper stuff, I have to settle for that. I get that these particular series of zooms are proportionally cheaper than their FF counterparts, but I I still can't justify buying them all. Especially the 300mm which is such a niche lens.
     
  14. kahren

    kahren Mu-43 Regular

    145
    Mar 21, 2010
    buy the 7-14 first then sell the 17mm...