If you could only have 1

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by DoofClenas, Feb 10, 2014.

  1. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror! Subscribing Member

    Nov 9, 2012
    Traverse City, MI
    75 or 35-100
    which would it be?

    I just sold my 50-200, and thought all along that I'd replace it with a new 75 1.8, but I've seen a few 35-100mm for sale in the 900 range, which got me thinking.

    How good is the weather sealing on the 35-100? I know all about the weather sealing on my olympus lenses, but never owned/heard anything about the quality of sealing on the panasonic. Eventually I'll be replacing my 12-60 with the 12-40 (once the 12-60 sells).

    Weight wise, they're about what 50grams apart?
  2. flash

    flash Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 29, 2010
    1 hour from Sydney Australia.
    I have the 75. The 35-100 doesn't tempt me for an extra 25mm considering how good the 75 is. The upcoming Oly 40-150 is a different story.

  3. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    smaller, faster, and i like primes
  4. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 24, 2011
    Viera, Florida USA
    Huh? A NEW 40-150? 2.8? Tell us more!!!
  5. alex66

    alex66 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 23, 2010
    What he says; over and over and over again.
  6. Toddster

    Toddster Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 7, 2013
    Todd Cleaver
    I am a convert from zooms, I shoot mostly primes now. However if I could only have one lens and it came down to these two I would choose the zoom. 75 is way too long for most of what I shoot.
  7. beanedsprout

    beanedsprout Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 13, 2013
    north central Ohio
    I have both. 75 all the way. But it depends on what I'm shooting. Running backwards and forwards for events would be terrible. studio work, portraits, etc I don't mind it as much. I NEED the 35-100 for weddings. I need the 75 for everything else.

    I'm pretty sure I've rinsed my 35-100 off before in the sink. It's internally zooming, so I imagine it's better than the 12-40 or 12-35.

    Additionally, I've never had a problem with my GH3 (when I had it) with regards to weather sealing, and I've never heard of anyone who has.
  8. T N Args

    T N Args Agent Photocateur

    Dec 3, 2013
    Adelaide, Australia
    call me Arg
    I have one: the 75. I fill in the gaps with 25 and 45 primes.
  9. riverr02

    riverr02 Mu-43 Veteran

    May 2, 2011
    New York
    I have both. The 75 is sharper, has better light gathering, and better bokeh. That's why the 75 is viewed by many as one of the best- and until the Nocticron comes out arguable the best- native lens for the MFT format. The 35-100 lens is great in its own right, and its light gathering ability for a zoom is better than any other native zoom out there in this range currently with very good sharpness. For me they have different purposes. If you can move your feet and can back up or close on in when you need to, then you can't go wrong with the 75. But there are instances when you can't, and it's then that you appreciate the benefits of a zoom. I debated which of these to take to my daughter's recent performance, and I'm so glad I had the ability to zoom within what turned out to be a very useful range from my seat.

    Hope this helps.

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  10. nardoleo

    nardoleo Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 2, 2013
    I use to have both. Sold the pana after awhile.

    If only one, the Oly 75 hands down. Way sharper and better image quality, at least for mine.

    Though if u are covering an event, the zoom's versatility is something crucial.

    Sent from my trusty Samsung Galaxy Note 2
  11. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror! Subscribing Member

    Nov 9, 2012
    Traverse City, MI
    Alright, I'll stay the course and go with the 75mm as that was my initial instinct...
  12. Wisertime

    Wisertime Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 6, 2013
    You might also consider the 60mm. It rivals the 75 and does macro to boot, is weatherproof, smaller/lighter and frankly, easier to focus and get more DOF. I have both, but will prob sell one...but you could have the 45, 25 and 60 for a little more money than the 75 alone.
  13. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror! Subscribing Member

    Nov 9, 2012
    Traverse City, MI
    Before I go for the 60macro, which is on my list, I'll probably sell my 50mm f2. I found a sweet deal on a like new, black 75mm for $750
  14. Wisertime

    Wisertime Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 6, 2013
    I haven't yet been able to part with my beloved 50mm F2 or my E-1. Haven't used it in a year at least. Fine lens, but the 60 is probably every bit as good, if not better.
  15. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror! Subscribing Member

    Nov 9, 2012
    Traverse City, MI
    I'm slowly converting all my lenses to native m4/3...the hardest one for me to part with will be my 7-14. While I know that Panasonic makes a perfectly good one (with purple blobs), but it's not weather sealed like the 7-14. Perhaps if olympus's rumored m4/3 version comes out, it will be weather sealed.
  16. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    I guess I'll be the contrarian and say that especially with telephoto, I find a zoom invaluable. With wide-angle, one can often enough move around a bit to change the framing, so a prime can work well for me. But with telephoto, especially when you're in a place where movement is restricted, there's no substitute for zooming. Granted, the 75/1.8 is probably the best optic in terms of sharpness available for m4/3 and good step up from the 35-100/2.8, but unless you have a very specific purpose in mind (say long portraits or something), I think the fixed focal length will be limiting.

    Personally, I'm waiting for the 40-150/2.8...
  17. T N Args

    T N Args Agent Photocateur

    Dec 3, 2013
    Adelaide, Australia
    call me Arg
    You could get a 75 and cover the zoom need with a little 45-150 for $200 and only 200g.
  18. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    +1, no question.
  19. orfeo

    orfeo Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 27, 2013
    It's a no brainer, if you could have just one, the 35-100 of course, you have the 75mm FOV included, and much much more.
    The Oly is a specialist tool, being that long and 150mm eq which is longer than the classic 135mm and shorter than a long tele.
    The Pana is an all arounder, great shooting portrait!