Is there a "must have" four thirds lens?

Chasmodai

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Just curious. Anyone think there is a special four thirds lens that hasn't been duplicated in micro 4/3?
 

The Grumpy Snapper

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Most of the HG and SHG lenses. They were optically corrected rather than being built with optical defects that are corrected in software.
 

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The 50mm ƒ/2 macro. Although auto-focus is a bit slow, and the lens is a bit plasticy for my taste, it's my standard for sharpness.
I've enjoyed the 35/3.5 with similar disclaimer. A nice lens at any distance, and even with adapter it's acceptably compact. Several 30mm macros are available though.

On the other end of things is the massive 70-300, which focuses quickly on any body, can go 1:2 closeups (in MF) and is f/5.6 at 300mm =½ stop faster than the micro 75-300 variant. I paid well under $150 for my copy.
 

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I've enjoyed the 35/3.5 with similar disclaimer. A nice lens at any distance, and even with adapter it's acceptably compact. Several 30mm macros are available though.
Found one for $10. Don't think I'll ever need a lens hood for that one! Interestingly enough, it was at the Portland Goodwill on SE 6th.
On the other end of things is the massive 70-300, which focuses quickly on any body, can go 1:2 closeups (in MF) and is f/5.6 at 300mm =½ stop faster than the micro 75-300 variant. I paid well under $150 for my copy.
I've got that one too, along with the 40-150 f/3.5-4.5, a very close focusing Sigma 18-50, the EC-14, a brand X electronic M4/3 adapter, and an E-M5 III pre-ordered to handle them.
 

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The 50mm ƒ/2 macro. Although auto-focus is a bit slow, and the lens is a bit plasticy for my taste, it's my standard for sharpness.
I own a copy of that lens as well - and I agree - it is a fantastic piece of glass. I am sure the HG and SHG lens are also fantastic, but I never tried any of these. Of the 4 4/3 lens I have, I find that I use the 14-54 Mk. 2 the most - as it is very nice optically and very usable. The 50-200 and 11-22 are very nice as well. While I do not use the 50 F/2 as much as I use the 14-54 - it is really sharp and gives great results.
 

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I use the 12-60 on my EM1Mkii as my walking around lens most of the time -
As for a 'must have' If I could keep just one of my four 4/3 lenses it would be
the 35-100 weight size and all! For my usage it is simply unbeatable and performs like a champ
on my EM1Mkii with the MMF-3 -
 

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To be honest, if it wasn't for the HG and SHG glass I'd have abandoned m4/3 long ago. The only lenses I own with m4/3 mount are third party manual focus primes which will adapt to the Sony E mount.
 

Chasmodai

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I've enjoyed the 35/3.5 with similar disclaimer. A nice lens at any distance, and even with adapter it's acceptably compact. Several 30mm macros are available though.

On the other end of things is the massive 70-300, which focuses quickly on any body, can go 1:2 closeups (in MF) and is f/5.6 at 300mm =½ stop faster than the micro 75-300 variant. I paid well under $150 for my copy.
Have both of those arriving today for less than $200. Figured it would be an inexpensive way to play. ;)
 

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The Panasonic adapter works as well as the MMF-2 and 3, the advantage of the MMF-3 is that it is dust and splashproof - so if you have a sealed body and lens - it remains so with that adapter.

I never tried any of the non Olympus / Panasonic adapters.
 
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