if you could only have 5 lenses, what will they be?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by nardoleo, Jul 7, 2013.

  1. nardoleo

    nardoleo Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 2, 2013
    Hi all,

    i know there are already many of threads with similar topic. indulge me alittle.

    If you could only have 5 lenses in your setup, what would you choose?

    Bear in mind the 5 lenses should cover all your photographic needs.

    Thanks for your contributions in advance.

  2. Panasonic 7-14mm, Panasonic 12-35mm, Panasonic 35-100mm, Olympus 75-300mm and Panasonic 25mm f1.4
  3. HarryS

    HarryS Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 23, 2012
    Midwest, USA
    I own the Samyang fisheye, 9-18 zoom, 14mm, 20, 45mm and 40-150 zoom, and both Oly 14-42's. Not to forget the 70-300 zoom and 35mm macro in 4/3 mount. Hmm, cut that down to five? Harumph, not gonna play this game.
  4. stratokaster

    stratokaster Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 4, 2011
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    This is getting ridiculous. Next week we'll probably have a thread titled something like "If you could only have 25 lenses, what will they be?" :rolleyes:
  5. kurtwist

    kurtwist Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Feb 6, 2011
    Southern Calif.
    12mm Olympus f2, 35mm f1.7 Fujian. 50mm f1.2 Nikkor, 180mm f2.8 Nikkor, 400mm f6.8 Telyt
  6. burdickjp

    burdickjp Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 25, 2013
    Of the lenses I've played with:
    7.5mm Samyang
    25mm f/1.4 Fujinon CF25B
    58mm f/2 Biotar of some kind. Right now I have a Helios 44-2 and 44-3
    135mm f/2.8 Pentacon
    50mm f/2.8 Volna-9 macro

    I'd like to try some Noktons.
  7. dougjgreen

    dougjgreen Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 5, 2013
    San Diego
    Doug Green
    If the only constraint is the number of lenses:




    Panasonic 100-300mm

    25mm f1.4

    In real life, where my actual constraint is the number of dollars I can spend, I have none of these lenses. If dollars were my constraint (and they are), I'd choose:

    14mm with a wide converter to give me an 11mm

    20mm f1.7


    a 50-55mm f1.8 legacy lens (current fave is either the Konica 50mm Hexanon or the Pentax 55mm SMC Takumar)

    A Vivitar 200mm f3.0 Series One legacy lens with a 2x Kiron MC7 teleconverter to give me a fast 200mm or a 400mm that becomes an effective 400mm or 800mm.

    I actually have all of these (or I will, once Amazon ships my 45-175mm).
  8. Iansky

    Iansky Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    The Cotswolds, UK
    My choice:

    12, 25, 45, 60, 75 - now just need to save for the 12 & 60mm!
  9. flash

    flash Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 29, 2010
    1 hour from Sydney Australia.
    21mm summilux, 35mm summilux fle, 50mm Noctilux f0.95, 75mm Summilux APO, 135mm APO telyt....

    Oh, wait. Wrong forum.......

  10. Danny_SWE

    Danny_SWE Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 30, 2013
    Sweden (Gothenburg)
    Panasonic 12-35
    Olympus 40-150
    Panasonic 20/1.7
    Olympus 45/1.8

    ...the last one difficult, maybe macro or fisheye depending a little of what I like most the 400/5.6 is nice sometimes also but I think... ehm... can I skip the last one? :)
    /edit: wait, an ultra-wide lens would be nice to have, 8/3.5 or something like that. But ok, I'll take the fisheye then as it is right now.
  11. Petrochemist

    Petrochemist Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 21, 2013
    N Essex, UK
    I have enough problems trying to get down to 5 bodies to fulfill all my photographic needs!
  12. janneman

    janneman Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 6, 2012
    Jan (John) Kusters
    I would most like choose what I already have: :doh:

    7.5mm Samyang
    12mm Olympus
    19mm Sigma (this is the only one I am still in doubt about; perhaps 25mm would suit me better)
    45mm Olympus
    75-300mm Olympus
  13. rklepper

    rklepper Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 19, 2012
    Iowa, USA
    Panasonic 7-14mm, Panasonic 12-35mm, Panasonic 35-100mm, and Panasonic 25mm f1.4. I know that is 4. As soon as a better 300 comes out I will buy it. Then I will have a list of 5.
  14. Tuff

    Tuff Mu-43 Rookie

    Jun 27, 2013
    Panasonic 7-14, 25, 35-100
    Olympus 45, 75
  15. jime

    jime Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 3, 2012
    Jonestown Texas
    I'm happy with the ones I use; P20, O12-50, P45-200, and Kiron 105 macro (Nikon mount). Waiting for the perfect 300+ lens also. I like macro so I really like the water resistance and macro ability of the O12-50 and the pictures it takes are good. My serious macro lens in the Kiron. Just switched from a G5 to the EM5 for better stability for my Kiron. P20 is a little slow focus but love its results and low profile. It's my walk around street lens from dusk to night.

    Everyone has a photographic memory. Some just don't have film... Steven Wright
    Nikon 55 2.8 micro
    Kiron 105 2.8 micro
  16. pxpaulx

    pxpaulx Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    Hahaha, yeah that is more like it! Maybe if it were just 5 lenses...per mount type then I could live with the question :)
  17. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 15, 2011
    Aberdeen Scotland
    What I already have....

    7-14, 12-35, 35-100, 25, 60 macro.

  18. hrsy1234

    hrsy1234 Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 29, 2013
    East London
    Samyang 7.5mm fish (owned)
    Olympus 45mm 1.8 (owned)
    Oly 9-18 or maybe Pana 7-14... can't decide - the purple blobs on OM-D make it a bit of a no-brainer though really
    Olympus 17mm 1.8
    Oly 100-300 II

    2 down, three to go...
  19. Darren Bonner

    Darren Bonner Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 1, 2013
    Poole UK
    To cover my needs, I can get away with just four lenses which are P7-14, P20, Oly 45 & P100-300. I use these lenses as my main kit. I could quite happily swap the P20 for the Oly 12mm & PL25, but then I would want something inbetween say an Oly 17mm f/1.8.
  20. Danny_SWE

    Danny_SWE Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 30, 2013
    Sweden (Gothenburg)
    5 lenses for MFT then!? :)

    I think many including me could get away with just 4 lenses! Could be a good number for long trips

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