How do you rank your lenses?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by gr8Shot, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. gr8Shot

    gr8Shot Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 13, 2013
  2. dougjgreen

    dougjgreen Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 5, 2013
    San Diego
    Doug Green
    I don't rank them, I shoot with them, using each one for the purpose for which it's the best one I have.
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  3. alex66

    alex66 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 23, 2010
    Im pretty much agreeing with this, I use lenses according to need then if there are options at that focal length according to which one is most attractive at that time. Yes some may be better than others but really most modern lenses are good enough.
  4. Gary Ramey

    Gary Ramey Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 27, 2012
    Aurora Colorado
    I guess if I were ranking them based on favorites?
    1. I love shooting the manual Canon 300mm L FD lens - my preferred wildlife lens
    2. 12-40mm - This is the goto lens when I'm unsure of what I'm shooting.
    3. On the EM1 - my 2nd choice is the 50-200 ... now focus's great! Due to its sharpness, I'm not afraid to combine this with the 1.4x TC
    4. 60mm macro - Fantastic little macro lens however, I'm not real fond of the way it switches into 1:1
    5. 9-18mm - This is my urban goto lens for architecture.
    6. 45mm is my favorite portrait lens. I get enough working distance to make it discreet
    7. 12-50...will probably sell because I never use it anymore.
    8. 14-42 ... will keep it because we have multiple bodies.
    9. 40-150 ... If I need a little reach and don't want to worry about beating it up a little...
  5. BobbyTan

    BobbyTan Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 26, 2013
    Long Beach, CA
    My personal favorites:

    1. 75/1.8 - love the sharpness and bokeh.
    2. 12-40/2.8 - love the sharpness and versatility.
    3. 7-14/4 - great for cities/travel and indoor work.
    4. 60/2.8 - love the macro and close focussing ability.
    5. 45/1.8 - love the size and great for portraits and head shots.
    6. 25/1.4 - like the sharpness, don't like the rattle-snaking.
    7. 17/1.8 - good for environmental portraits.
  6. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
    It isn't practical to slice this too fine if you use different bodies. I think of mine as "really good," "good" and "sold/traded." :smile:
  7. Fmrvette

    Fmrvette This Space For Rent

    May 26, 2012
    Detroit, Michigan
    Those who have seen my photographs agree, ALL of my lenses are pretty rank...:biggrin:.

    I do, however, have a favorite among my lenses and that's the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7. Mounted on an E-M5 the lens talks to me (and if I listen sometimes I get a decent, printable shot).

    The rest just get picked up and used as required by venue:

    Rokinon 7.5mm f/3.5
    Panasonic 14mm f/2.5
    Sigma 30mm f/2.8
    Olympus 45mm f/1.8
    Olympus 12-42mm Mk I Variable
    Olympus 12-50mm Variable
    Olympus 40-150mm Variable
    Panasonic 45-200mm Variable
    Olympus 15mm f/8.0
    Nikon 50mm f/1.8
    Rokinon 500mm f/8.0

    The Nikon 50mm doesn't get used at all now that I have the Olympus 45mm so I guess you could rank it "last".

    Not sure that this answers your question, but it's all I have to offer...


  8. GFFPhoto

    GFFPhoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2013
    I notice you have mentioned the plastic in a couple threads lately. Since many of the lenses on your list have plenty of plastic, I'm curious as to why you single this one out? And why the adjective "lots"? Have you disassembled this lens, or seen a cut away? Why do you feel plastic construction is relevant here and not in the other lenses you mention?

    Edit: if you do have a cut away, I would love to see it!
  9. bikerhiker

    bikerhiker Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 24, 2013
    Most of the modern lenses including the cheap plastic 14-42 kit zoom as well as the 40-150mm kit zoom are more than good enough to deliver great resolution and great acuity and good IQ. It's a matter of photo composition and technical skills to make good photographers, not the camera body or the lenses themselves.

    If you do want to sell your photographs to the highest bidders (if there are any nowadays), then sure go for the best primes or professional zooms. I have personally seen way too many photos created by artistic students that are way better in terms of looks and composition compared to those who have the most expensive lenses and technically advanced bodies. And then you see those with the tech gear copy or plagarise the styles of the people who shoot with less gear and less glass!
  10. Everhandy

    Everhandy Guest

    My favorite lens, which happens to be Amazon's #1 Best Selling Compact System Lens is the Canon 22mm f2.0 STM EF-M.

    For $134.00 brand new it is the bargain of the century, in any system, from FF to M43. Not only sharp (it rivals the legendary O75mm f1.8) but well constructed with a metal outer casing and mounting flange.
    This lens alone, has relegated my E-PL5 to never-take-anywhere-anymore status, even with the Sigma 19mm ( my second favorite) on it. The EOS M is no slouch either, in IQ.

    Oh, almost forgot. My third favorite lens: Nikon 35mm f1.8 DX AF-S (cheap as dirt, sharp, sharp, sharp. Great on a small DSLR for best all-around carry outfit).
  11. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    i have a few, but the only one that stands out as worth mentioning is the pl25/1.4
    the photos have a special feel to them in my eyes
    its like its ALMOST trying to look like my rx1 photos
    the other lenses are all great, sharp, etc, but they lack the FEEL of the pl25
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  12. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    My favorites ever are Canon's 35/1.4L and 135/2.0L paired with my 5DII; third place goes to the contax Zeiss 50/1.4, although I'm starting to love the FE 55/1.8 now.

    In all honesty, I love MFT as a system, and te standard zoom works best. Considering my love for fast fifties and the 135L, I suspect should just get the pans leica 25 and the Oly 75 (and if the 15 pans leica is good, that). For landscape, though, the 12-35 (and now 12-40) deliver the goods. Honorable mention for the 7-14.
  13. LivingLoud

    LivingLoud Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 8, 2013
    Maxim Guselnikov
    1. Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1,8
    2. Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1,4
    3. Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2
    4. Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45 mm f/1,8
  14. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    According to my Lightroom analysis, this is my preference list in terms of usage:

    1. 9-18
    2. 17/1.8
    3. 7.5 FE
    4. 45/1.8
    5. 12-35
    6. 75/1.8
    7. 100-300

    I was surprised about this. I would have put the 75/1.8 much higher, but I guess its ranking represents its somewhat long focal length and my own shooting style to go for wide lenses (I'm mostly a landscape guy).
  15. RnR

    RnR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    #1 All of them :wink:

    The librarian in me is asking why this thread is here, and not in the Lenses forum... :confused:
  16. JamieW

    JamieW Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 25, 2013
    For the E-M1 I could get by with my 12-40 and 75 1.8, in that order. I haven't used the 45 1.8 since I bought it but I suspect that will change when I get out of the studio and start doing more natural light portraiture. The 40-150 is a specialty lens for me, which I only bought because it was cheap. I don't think I'll use it again.

    Ask me again if the Panasonic 42.5mm F1.2 ever ends up in my camera bag, you might get a different answer.
  17. nardoleo

    nardoleo Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 2, 2013
    I love all my lenses in my current setup. The only lenses I would add is maybe the 12-40mm zoom or replacing the Oly 45mm for the Voigtlander 42.5mm.

    If I must ranked them (in terms of usage), it will be:
    1. Pana Leica 25mm f1.4
    2. Olympus 12mm f2
    3 Voigtlander 17.5mm
    4 Olympus 75mm f1.8
    5 Olympus 45mm f1.8

    Sent from my trusty Samsung Galaxy Note 2
  18. RichDesmond

    RichDesmond Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Nov 18, 2011
    Ranking by how much I enjoy using them, the top three are:

    A c-mount f1.3 75mm
    The O45
    The P20

    Absolutely love the 75, it's a little soft wide open (which can be very useful) but sharpens up nicely by f2. But mostly it's the perspective, which surprises me a great deal. I've never really shot that effective FL much with any other system I've owned. So not sure why I'm so enamored with it now, but I'm definitely enjoying it, MF and all. :)

    Also have the 14-42 and 45-200 Panasonic zooms, and some other adapted lens. They're useful at times, but I don't have as much fun with them.
  19. Tilman Paulin

    Tilman Paulin Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 10, 2013
    For me it would be:

    1. Panasonic 20mm
    2. Olympus 60mm
    3. Panasonic 14mm
    4. Sigma 30mm
    5. Olympus 45mm
    6. Olympus 12-50mm
    7. Olympus 75-300mm

    Ironically the most expensive lens (75-300mm) is the least used one, but it's still good to have it.
    Not really a lens lineup to brag with, but nevertheless a lot of fun to use :smile: