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Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by ampl465a, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. ampl465a

    ampl465a Mu-43 Regular

    43
    Aug 20, 2012
    Just thinking out loud here.

    I got the 12-50 kit zoom with the OMD as it was cheap enough and is a good general lens with macro as a bonus. I have the Oly 45f1.8 on back order too.

    The problem is that I do not like the size of the zoom and so am thinking of getting more primes. I like the 12mm but thinking maybe better to get the Pana 14mm, (smaller & cheaper but still wide) and the Pana 25 because it seems like a fantastic lens and I like the 50mm fov and then eventually the Oly 75mm, but that can wait.

    The proposed Oly 17mm f1.8 sounds promising but is too far away and feels like it will be too close to the 25mm.

    So I would have, 14mm, 25mm, 45mm and maybe 75mm plus the zoom and also my old OM glass. Does that sound as logical to you lot as it does to me or is there something I have missed.

    I did not include the Pana 20mm because it seems to have to many issues, slow focus, banding etc.

    Thanks for your thoughts.
     
  2. uci2ci

    uci2ci Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 22, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Sam
    Those are all fine lenses.

    If you have the money, sure. Go nuts. the 12-35mm is nice too :D

    But here's the thing... you mentioned size. The only "small" lens in that set is the 14. None of them are pocketable with an OM-D, except maybe the 14. If your carrying all those lenses around, its not gonna be any better than the 12-50.

    And the 20mm banding and freezing problem on the om-d rare. You're chances of getting a bad is pretty small, i think. There are many people who are using it with the OMD without any issue. The recent 1.5 firmware supposedly fix the freezing problem anyhow. The focusing being slow is overblown too. Its a tad slower than the 25, but its no slouch
     
  3. ampl465a

    ampl465a Mu-43 Regular

    43
    Aug 20, 2012
    I hear ya, but even the 25 is only 1/2 the size of the zoom and I think the gap between the 20 and 45 will be too big. JMHO.
     
  4. BigTam

    BigTam Mu-43 Top Veteran

    773
    Mar 19, 2012
    Dortmund, Germany
    Ron
    I have the 20 and the 45, and bought the Sigma 30 for that reason. While a fine lens, I hardly used it because the gap (plus/minus a step or two forward or back) I found to be negligible; I've sold it and don't miss it at all.

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    OM-D E-M5, Samyang 7.5, O9-18, P20, O40-150, O45, Fuji X100, Hadley small: enthusiastic beginner!
     
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  5. uci2ci

    uci2ci Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 22, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Sam
    [QUOTmE=ampl465a;336910]I hear ya, but even the 25 is only 1/2 the size of the zoom and I think the gap between the 20 and 45 will be too big. JMHO.[/QUOTE]

    Your right. Many here recommend either the 12-20-45, or 14-25-45 trifecta. I think you got your self a a good shopping list :)
     
  6. muHakon

    muHakon New to Mu-43

    2
    Oct 4, 2012
    That sounds good to my ears. At present I can't afford a mu43 setup. But next spring I plan to buy a EM5 with the upcoming 17/1.8 + the 45mm. I'm not used to primes, so the idea of ​​using one lens most of the time and 45mm for special tasks suits me well. haven't excluded the 20&25mm yet. I have a long time to change my mind - thats why I just joinet this forum:smile:.

    /Hakon
     
  7. Salc64

    Salc64 Mu-43 Regular

    40
    Aug 24, 2012
    New York. USA
    Sal
    I have or had most of the lenses you listed and I can't stop thinking about the 35-100. I think the 14. 25 35-100 is the best trio of lenses.
     
  8. SkiHound

    SkiHound Mu-43 Veteran

    328
    Jan 28, 2012
    Hard to recommend focal lengths to people. We see things differently and photograph different kinds of subjects. A person doing portraits has very different needs than a person doing landscapes. And a person doing sports or birds or indoor event photography has very different needs. That said, for a general purpose fixed focal length lens I think something in the 35 to 50 efl range is about as useful as it gets. A fast normalish focal length prime also opens a lot of low light opportunities. So certainly a set of lenses like the 14, 20/25, and 45 covers a lot of ground.
     
  9. ISO1600

    ISO1600 Mu-43 Regular

    27
    Aug 17, 2012
    Abilene, TX
    Chris
    I personally think that the 14, 25, and 45 would be an awesome set. All you really need for a 3-lens OM-D kit.
     
  10. BigTam

    BigTam Mu-43 Top Veteran

    773
    Mar 19, 2012
    Dortmund, Germany
    Ron
    After using nothing but zooms on my Nikons for some time (there are far too few DX primes available), I now much prefer primes. I find I take more trouble to find the best viewpoint, instead of just zooming in and out.

    When the 17/1.8 comes out, I think the Panasonic 20mm will go. A nice wide angle prime (wider than the 12mm) would suit me, too.
     
  11. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nov 7, 2010
    I like that kit + the 14-150 for when you need an all-in-one solution and/or extra reach.
     
  12. Mikefellh

    Mikefellh Mu-43 Top Veteran

    939
    Jun 7, 2012
    Toronto, Canada
    Only YOU can answer what you would like. Personally I have 4.8mm to 500mm in my collection.
     
  13. Salc64

    Salc64 Mu-43 Regular

    40
    Aug 24, 2012
    New York. USA
    Sal

    I see your point right now I have the 14 25 45 and 12-50.. The thing is I have kids and nephews that play sports . I've been getting by with the 45 but keep wishing I had a fast zoom with more reach then the 12-50 that's why I threw the 35-100 in . I figured 35-100 for the sports events, 25 for indoor shooting were most of my shots are taken and the 14 for when you just want toPTIt the camera in your pocket and not be bothered with a bag or gear hanging from your shoulder.bi don't think this trio would be the best for every occasion just that they have a lot of great qualitys that cover a lot of things besides just the focal lengths.
     
  14. Chrisnmn

    Chrisnmn Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 26, 2012
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Chris
    This is my setup after a lot buying and selling since march this year.

    P12-35 for travelling and landscape.
    P100-300 Birding and long reach landscapes.
    S7.5 fun fisheye lens also works for landscapes and sports.
    O45 Portrait only lens, also i use it as a "50mm stepping two steps back" might sell it.
    P20/P25 (still deciding on the P25 recently sold the P20 - mistake) all around prime in the normal range for street photography, portraits, closeups, etc.

    Im a travel-street-landscape photographer. I dont do portraits, macro or much sports. So thats it for me.
     
  15. ampl465a

    ampl465a Mu-43 Regular

    43
    Aug 20, 2012
    So is the consensus now that the 20mm works well with the OMD. Slower focus but still ok with no other issues?