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Is this a crazy idea?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by D7k1, Mar 16, 2014.

  1. D7k1

    D7k1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Nov 18, 2013
    Right now I only have the 14-42 L and the 40-150. But I thinking of replacing the 14-42 with the new 14-42 EZ and the 12-40. I keep thinking I should go wider (I love my 12-24 on my DX Nikons), but this really seems like the best use of $1K for me. I've been worried about the 12-40 on the EP5, but it seems that folks are using it. The EZ would be my travel "normal" and the 12-40 would see lots of use at home. Or as an option I could go 9-18mm as a travel lens (but lose the ability to pocket the EP5 with the EZ). I also guess later I could add the wide zoom or a 7.5mm and be happy.

    If you were in my situation what would you get out of this set of lenses (I'm really a zoom guy, so except for the 7.5 primes are out I think).
     
  2. PatrickNSF

    PatrickNSF Mu-43 Regular

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    Sep 30, 2011
    San Francisco, CA
    Patrick
    I have both lenses and like both for their intended purposes. I just got back from a day at the zoo with the 12-40/2.8 and I'm once again so thrilled with this lens. My photos have nice contrast, are tack sharp and the lens is just fun to use. (I could have used a bit more reach, though.)

    But I was also around town yesterday with the 14-42 EZ and those photos are good as well. They don't have the same vibrancy (for lack of a better word) or sharpness that the 12-40 produces for me, but they're really quite fine. And as much as I'm disheartened that I paid $40 for the automatic lens cap, the whole package offers of level of convenience for me when I'm navigating with the dog and the tween that I really appreciate.

    Hope that helps.
     
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  3. RDM

    RDM Mu-43 All-Pro

    Honestly, I would just get the 12-32mm panasonic and be done. Nice, compact, affordable and wide. Unless you need the speed of the 12-40mm and have all that money burning a hole in your pocket.
     
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  4. D7k1

    D7k1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Nov 18, 2013
    What body are you using?
     
  5. D7k1

    D7k1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    689
    Nov 18, 2013
    I like what I read about the 12-32 but no focus ring is a killer (no manual focus for it on the EP5). I do a lot of video and MF is my friend:) Thanks for the Idea.
     
  6. bassman

    bassman Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Apr 22, 2013
    New Jersey
    Scott
    FWIW, I have the opposite opinion. I've got the 12-35 and the 14-42, and almost never mount the 14-42 on either my E-M1 or GX7. If I want a smaller lens to carry around, I'll put on one of the primes - 17/1.8 or 25/1.4.

    But it's horses for courses, of course, of course.
     
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  7. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    It's not crazy if it works for you. :smile:
     
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  8. PatrickNSF

    PatrickNSF Mu-43 Regular

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    Sep 30, 2011
    San Francisco, CA
    Patrick
    Jeff – I use the 12-40/2.8 on an E-M1 and the 14-42 EZ on an E-M10. I've tried the 12-40/2.8 on the E-M10 a couple of times but I think it would benefit from the grip for my use. And I believe the E-M1 (and possibly the E-M5?) needs a firmware upgrade to control the zoom speed of the 14-42 EZ. When I tried it on the E-M1, it only operated at one speed which was fairly slow. I have it set to high speed on the E-M10 and it works fine.
     
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  9. D7k1

    D7k1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    689
    Nov 18, 2013
    Really confusing right now. I might just go 12mm/45mm and get the 12-32 for travel and live without the MF on it. I know I wouldn't mind a two lens kit and the 12/45 would suite my way of imaging. That would give a great 12-32/40-150 travel kit, and a very good round town pocket two lens kit. Couple of months and I'll have to decide. Thank all for your suggestions, I'll have to make up my mind when I push the "buy" button. Perhaps a little more in town imaging with the 14-42 will help me decide.
     
  10. RDM

    RDM Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oh, Sorry. I forgotten that.
     
  11. RDM

    RDM Mu-43 All-Pro

    Good idea. That way, you wouldn't miss the wide angle of 12mm when switching between kits.