Lens suggestions

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by marcr1230, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. marcr1230

    marcr1230 Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 28, 2013
    New E-M1 owner

    I started w the 75 1.8
    The 12-40 is arriving today

    I see myself leaving the 12-40 on the camera for most everyday purposes
    Home and travel

    75 is wonderful for portraits if you can back up enough
    Amazing lens outside

    I'm looking at the 60 2.8 macro for special projects/product type shots

    The 45 oly looks nice and a prime wide angle would serve well

    I'm just wondering if the 12-40 is a replacement for all primes 12-45

    What do people use most? I tend not to do a lot of lens changes when walking around
    I'd almost go with 2 bodies and a wide plus portrait as a travel kit rather than swap lenses
    (Also nice to have a backup body)

    I've tried my hand at night sky photography with Full frame and a 12-24 , I'd like to try that as well with the E-M1
    Would people use the 12-40 or go wider and prime?

    Thanks much for advice
  2. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    The 12-40 can probably replace all primes in its range except for:
    a) Shallow DoF for portraits
    b) Very low light conditions
    c) Compactness for social events (probably only applies if you have a small body as well, which the E-M1 is not)

    Personally, I can't really see myself using anything 12-14 mm or slower than f/2 if I had the zoom.
  3. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    It's a replacement for similarly placed primes if you're good with the size/weight. I could still see the advantage in, say, the Panasonic 25mm or the Voigtlanders for larger aperture. But by all accounts it does what it's supposed to remarkably well.
  4. Joelmusicman

    Joelmusicman Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 1, 2013
    I agree with the other comments, the prime has very good IQ/sharpness, the main advantage of the primes are with the smaller size and of course the 1+ stop better light gathering which is very useful after dark.