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i need some lense help, pretty new to m4/3

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by jonh918, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. jonh918

    jonh918 Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 13, 2012
    San francisco,ca
    i purchased a e-pm1 w/ the standard 14-42 mkII, i love it so far..I recently purchased a pana 14mm f2.5 lens which i love,but i'm on the fence about purchasing oly 45mm f1.8.. So now my question is i'm heading on vacation soon to la and las vegas, i plan on do street photos and indoor food pictures..Will the pana 14mm f2.5 be a better choice or should i step up to the oly 45mm f1.8 ???? thanks
     
  2. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2010
    Houston
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    You have 14mm covered by your kit lens, although it'll be a little slower (f3.5 vs. 2.5). The 45/1.8 will give you a huge upgrade in speed (f1.8 vs. f5.6 at 42mm).

    On the other hand, 45mm is a little long for some people when doing street, even though Noel did a terrific job with his 45mm (https://www.mu-43.com/f57/some-street-shots-my-45-1-8-a-24476/).

    I'm not sure what the macro capabilities of either the kit lens, the 14/2.5 or the 45/1.8 are for the food photos. Although 45mm might be too long if you are sitting right in front of the food, which will require you to back away.

    How about a 20/1.7? More versatile, than either the 14/2.5 or 45/1.8.
     
  3. jonh918

    jonh918 Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 13, 2012
    San francisco,ca
    thanks for the reply, i was looking @ 20mm f1.7 but the price and available is a issue
     
  4. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2010
    Houston
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  5. MexicoMik

    MexicoMik Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 19, 2012
    Looks like that one was sold a week ago. :(
     
  6. pjohngren

    pjohngren Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Oct 15, 2010
    I would also suggest the 20mm pancake lens for street photography and indoor food. It was the first m4/3 lens I got and I took it to Philadelphia - just the 20mm and a GF1. It was terrific - unobtrusive, close to a normal 50mm lens, yet wide enough to shoot city parks etc. I also used it inside a huge farmer's market. Look up the 20mm image thread and check it out. It is my lens for "city" shooting. At the moment, there is one on amazon for $329
     
  7. songs2001

    songs2001 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jul 8, 2011
    Take the 14, you have to retract and un retract the kit lens. Makes for annoying missed shots when retracted and, annoying extra space when extended.
     
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  8. starlabs

    starlabs Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Sep 30, 2010
    Los Angeles
    When you're "touristing", you're going to want the flexibility of a zoom. The kit lens is great for that.

    While the 45 f/1.8 can be used for street, as Armanius said it's quite a long telephoto for that.

    Keep looking for a 20mm. Or if your budget allows look for a PL25mm.
     
  9. jonh918

    jonh918 Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 13, 2012
    San francisco,ca
    thanks for all the replies...i saw of image threads for the 20mm and 45mm, i'm confused now hahahaha...
     
  10. emirabal

    emirabal Mu-43 Regular

    In with the majority here, if you can get a 20mm 1.7 you will be more than happier for the rest of your camera days (i havent taken mine off in about 2-3 months since i got it). I think for traveling, i would stick with the 14mm if you cant get a 20mm, or sell all of your lenses and get the 20mm, jk. Good luck though.
     
  11. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2010
    Houston
    Muttley
    Aaargh. It annoys me when people don't close the thread after having completed the transaction already.
     
  12. jonh918

    jonh918 Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 13, 2012
    San francisco,ca
  13. jonh918

    jonh918 Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 13, 2012
    San francisco,ca
    +1 on that
     
  14. MexicoMik

    MexicoMik Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 19, 2012
    "After reading reviews like this one..."

    The 45 is a great lens, as is the 12. I bought both when I bought my EP3 2 months ago and the images from either of them are just outstanding. The EP 3 with either of those two lenses on it will make a higher resolution image at native ISO than my Nikon D7000 will with the lenses I have for it, including a 35mm (50 eq) prime.
     
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  15. LVL8hacker

    LVL8hacker Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 4, 2012
    Pinehurst, North Carolina
    Larry Anderson
    If you can swing it, the OLY 12mm is my best friend. Great shots and perfect for the street. If I need to get closer for a shot..I just "get closer" :)
     
  16. songs2001

    songs2001 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jul 8, 2011
    The 20 1.7 isn't really available right now. I would get the 45 1.8 now and sell the 45 and get the 20 1.7 when the stocks are replenished.
     
  17. jonh918

    jonh918 Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 13, 2012
    San francisco,ca
    yeah i know, plus i'm not one to buy used lense... lolz the amazon prices are crazy
     
  18. jonh918

    jonh918 Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 13, 2012
    San francisco,ca
    i wish i could afford the 12mm...looking around the $400-$500 range
     
  19. jonh918

    jonh918 Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 13, 2012
    San francisco,ca
    Have you shot any low-light indoor photos w/ 45mm???
     
  20. MexicoMik

    MexicoMik Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 19, 2012
    I've shot a lot indoors in some local museums. THe light was fairly low but it certainly wasn't dim or dark. In the museums it was wanting to shoot at 1/30th or thereabouts at ISO 200. But even at that ISO/shutter speed the pics came out fine thanks to IBIS. I'm quite impressed with it (and the 12). FWIW I wish Oly made a 25 in the exact configuration of the 12. But they don't... :(