Lenses for a new convert

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by erb3742, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. erb3742

    erb3742 Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Oct 3, 2012
    I recently bought an OMD with the 12-50 for my first M43 camera. I am traveling to Europe in a few weeks and have been adding lenses to my kit. So far I purchased the 20/1.7 and the 45/1.8.

    Now I am debating getting something wide and/or something long. On the wide side I am not into the fish eye look so I am thinking maybe the 9-18 and I have no clue on the telephoto side, maybe the Panasonic 100-300?

    I came from shooting a canon rebel where I had a 10-24mm for wide and a zoom that went up to 270mm so for touring Europe I want to make sure I have a good range covered.

    Thoughts/recommendations/rationale for adding these lenses?

  2. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
    I was on a trip to France last June and what I have missed most was a wide angle. I have used the 14-45 mostly on the 14 end of it. I have hardly used the 45-200, 7% of my photos. I heavily used the P20 on interior and night shots.
    After I have returned I got the Rokinon 7.5 that I use for UWA with de-fish on Lightroom. I have found it to be wider and more economical than the 9-18.
    Both lenses you consider are getting good reviews from owners, I have tried the 9-18 at a shop in France and I found it not wide enough for my needs.
  3. jalex

    jalex Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 24, 2010
    I really like the Panasonic 14mm f2.5 on my OMD. I find I use it a lot more than I expected and surprisingly use my Pana Leica 25 f1.4 less than expected.
  4. yekimrd

    yekimrd Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 14, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
    You're off to a good start with the 20/1.7 and 45/1.8.

    The 9-18mm is a great option to match the FOV of your old format. If you're willing to splurge, the Panny 7-14 constant f/4 is the best UWA out there now. The Oly 12/2 is a great prime lens perfect for interior archi shots but isn't really ultra wide.

    Re: telephoto, there's a couple of ways to look at it. IMHO, the best out there right now is the Panny 45-175 which is sharp even at its longest end. But if you need a bit further reach you won't go wrong with either the Oly 75-300 (more expensive, slower but smaller and lighter) or the Panny 100-300 (half-a-stop faster, cheaper, bigger and heavier)

    Hope this helps.
  5. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    For travel, I think the Oly 9-18 and Oly 14-150 are a great pair. I would also take a Rokinon 7.5mm fisheye :).
  6. erb3742

    erb3742 Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Oct 3, 2012
    Thanks for all the feedback so far.

    I am thinking of holding off on the telephoto and investing the money in the wide angle since it will probably get more use on my trip.

    Between the Oly 9-18 and the Panasonic 7-14 which one is the better choice if money wasn't one of the factors. Being able to use a filter on the Oly seems like a leg up for wide landscapes, though is the extra 2mm really worth the difference to go with the 7-14?
  7. yekimrd

    yekimrd Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 14, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
    There is quite a bit of difference between 7mm and 9mm. You are right that the 9-18mm has a leg up in terms of being able to attach filters. The other thing to note is the nefarious purple fringe/glare people get with the OM-D/7-14mm combo which I personally don't mind. So I personally still vote for the 7-14mm if money wasn't an issue.
  8. Ropes4u

    Ropes4u Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 24, 2012
    I would opt as wide as my wallet would allow. The ability shoot WIDE in Naples and Rome are my only concerns with going to a M43.
  9. Grinch

    Grinch Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 9, 2011
    7-9 is a vast difference. You may or may not like the 7-14 on the OMD though. If you want to go inexpensive in comparison you plug get a 14 off eBay for about $180 and get the lumix wide adapter which gives 10.5 or 10.75 and stay under $350 I believe. Get a 14-150 to boot and stay under the cost of a 7-14 and same ballpark as a 9-18. The 14-150 is great on the OMD.
  10. erb3742

    erb3742 Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Oct 3, 2012
    7-14mm lens flare on OMD?

    Anyone have any experience with lens flare using the 7-14 on an OMD?

    I have read and seen some examples of it, not sure if it is the best choice.
  11. khollister

    khollister Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Sep 16, 2010
    Orlando, FL
    I am using the Oly 12mm f/2 and also plan on getting the Rokinon 7.5mm fisheye. I am passing on both of the UWA zooms for somewhat different reasons.

    I did some test shots with the 9-18 previously and do not feel it is all that close to the IQ of the primes (the O12 or the P14). The 7-14 is quite good from a sharpness standpoint, but ND filtration is a big problem for me and the flare is pretty wicked. I am way too dependent on ND filters for water photography (I live in FL and photograph at the beach frequently) - I sold my Nikon 14-24/2.8 for the same reason and went with the 16-35VR and the 24/1.4 prime for my big iron.

    The 7.5 FE gives me the option of a FE or a somewhat narrower FOV rectilinear when de-fished in SW. It's sharp and cheap.

    The O12mm is a fantastic lens and I find 24mm eq to be a very versatile focal length.