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It's a difficult decision to make, any idea or recommendation please

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by 2trululu, Feb 7, 2015.

  1. 2trululu

    2trululu Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 10, 2014
    I am reluctant to buy new lenses for my EM1 ...

    My photography is preferably in the street.

    I had considered buying only 75mm but this Panasonic 35-100mm 2.8 looks very appealing but very expensive...

    Do you have an opinion and recommendation please?
    Last edited: May 17, 2015
  2. EarthQuake

    EarthQuake Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 30, 2013
    If you're a prime shooter, you'll love the 45/1.8 and 75/1.8, both are simply absolutely fantastic.

    The 35-100/2.8 is a great lens in it's own right, and its absolutely tiny for the type of lens it is. It isn't as fast as the primes, the image quality isn't quite as good, but the connivence factor is much higher and it is weather sealed as well.

    Personally, I swapped my 45/1.8 and 75/1.8 for a 42.5/1.2 when I want extreme image quality, narrow dof and low light, and the 35-100/2.8 when I want the ease of use of a zoom. The 75mm is a great lens, but I found the focal length to be awkward in use a lot of the time, too long to use indoors (other hand tight headshots), too short for a general purpose tele, and even outdoor portraits require a lot of working distance (a full body shot needs about 30 feet of space). Saying all that, for street shooting the 75mm might be exactly what you want with longer reach while still remaining inconspicuous. To be fair, the 35-100/2.8 is only slightly bigger than the 75, and with the random nature of street photography a zoom lens will be very flexible.
  3. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team Subscribing Member

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    I don't think IQ is the deciding factor here. The 35-100 is, in most practical ways, as good as the 45 and 75. The decision point will likely rest on handling and OOF isolation. The DOF difference of f1.8 vs f2.8 at the long end isn't enormous, but it's there. Handling wise, the 35-100 may be small for a 70-200 f2.8 equiv, but it's still a big lens by u43 standards and certainly feels quite a bit bigger than either the 45 or 75. If non-intrusive is important for you, go for the 45 and/or 75.
  4. tkbslc

    tkbslc Super Moderator

    This discussion is really no different on any system. f2.8 zooms are always bigger and with a slower aperture than the better prime lenses in their range. So you have to pick flexibility over max aperture and size.

    It used to be that primes were way better optically, but that doesn't seem to be the case anymore.
  5. EarthQuake

    EarthQuake Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 30, 2013
    This is subjective of course, but having owned both the 75/1.8 and 35-100/2.8, I disagree that the zoom feels quite a bit bigger than the 75mm. Its only 55g heavier, and while it is a bit longer, the width is the same and it doesn't extend while zooming. When used with a body like the EM1 (which the op has) the difference in handling between these lenses is very small. The 45 on the other hand, is significantly smaller, and weighs so little that its like having no lens at all when used with the EM1. However, the 45+75mm combo weighs more in total and takes up more room in a bag than the 35-100, good to know if you're planing on taking the two prime lenses vs the one zoom.

    Yes, the 35-100 is longer than the 75, but just to keep things in perspective: http://camerasize.com/compact/#482.346,482.366,482.444,192.294,ha,t

    Interestingly, the 35-100/2.8 weighs less than the 12-40/2.8. I think no matter what way you cut it, it's a small and light lens for a constant aperture tele zoom.
  6. davidzvi

    davidzvi Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    Non intrusive street shooting? Is the Sigma 60 too short a focal length?

    That said I've been happy with the images from the 45, 60, 75, and 35-100. But I stripped down my m/43 kit, the 60 is the only one I still have.
  7. wushumr2

    wushumr2 Mu-43 Regular

    May 20, 2013
    The 75mm is SOOOOOO good. It is just a bit limiting at times, but you won't be disappointed with the output.
  8. oldracer

    oldracer Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oct 1, 2010
    Difficult decision? Why? Just buy a good used example of your heart's desire, try it for a while, then decide "Keep or sell?" This is not like getting married

    If you are even a bit patient waiting for a good price and a good lens, you might even be able to resell at a profit. That has happened to me.
  9. chrisada

    chrisada Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 4, 2014
    I sold my 75 (but not my 45) after getting the 35-100. Size and weight difference are small, but use cases much much wider. The 75 gave the best headshots I've ever taken, but apart from that I don't miss it much. (Just a little)
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