Micro 4/3 Holy Trinity

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Dave in Wales, Nov 6, 2013.

  1. Dave in Wales

    Dave in Wales Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 5, 2011
    West Wales
    Going from zooms to primes, what is the generally accepted Holy Trinity, Oh and a fourth :smile: for good-luck.
  2. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
    It's such a personal question. My answer, for me: 12/2, 45/1.8, 75/1.8

    Edit: if I wanted to go forth ;) with a fourth: 20/1.7


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  3. HeyItsJoel

    HeyItsJoel New to Mu-43

    May 7, 2013
    Nothing holy about these but: 12mm, 17mm, 45mm
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  4. sammykhalifa

    sammykhalifa Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 22, 2012
    Pittsburgh PA
    I have the 14, 20 and 45; which I've heard called a "poor man's trinity" of sorts. I like them all but have found myself not using the 14 as much ever since I picked up the 20. I might go for something wider instead some day.
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  5. pcnyc

    pcnyc Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 15, 2010
    not sure if there's one, but the three primes I have are 14mm, 25mm, 45mm.
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  6. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    My current trinity:

    Panny 14 f2.5
    PL - 25 f1.4
    Oly OM - 50 f1.4

    Eventually (assuming they ship):

    PL 15
    PL 25
    PL 42,5
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  7. Wisertime

    Wisertime Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2013
    75mm F1.8
    45 1.8
    Pana 25mm F1.4
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  8. SilenX

    SilenX Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 2, 2013
    7-14 f/4, 12-35 f/2.8, 35-100 f/2.8, & 100-300 f/4-5.6

    Coverage from 14-600mm. I'll have this kit outfit by July of next year assuming my planned budget pans out! 35-100 will be purchased come January!
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  9. WasOM3user

    WasOM3user Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 20, 2012
    Lancashire, UK
    My trio is 14, 25 and 45mm not sure if my fourth would be 75 or 100-300.

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  10. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    17/1.8, 25/1.4 and 75/1.8 do it for me...travel, concert, social photography whatever

    I tried this combo on a trip to Tokyo earlier this year and found it covered my needs nicely

    not sure what I would add as a 4th... if I was going for a 2 lens kit I would drop the 25... but a 4th is tricky... maybe the 45 or maybe the 14.. though thats so small you should carry that anyway :)


    P4140020 - Version 2 by kevinparis, on Flickr


    P4170035 by kevinparis, on Flickr


    P4170126 by kevinparis, on Flickr

    more shots from that trip here


    and a blog telling the story of the trip with other shots from the 3 lenses here



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  11. BigTam

    BigTam Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 19, 2012
    Dortmund, Germany
    While primes encourage you to find the best position for a good shot, I find that in the tele range that's not often possible. So I live with a zoom solution for tele.

    For wide, I like wider than 12mm, so, again, I use a zoom: the 9-18.

    But my preferred lenses are the 17 1.8, O45 and the incomparable 75.

    I would love a wide-angle prime, between 8 and 10mm.

    I don't feel the need for anything between 17 and 45.
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  12. kponds

    kponds Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 18, 2013
    I find that there is nothing spectacular on the wide side. While you can basically take your pick of 12mm 14mm or 17mm, one is not really worlds better than the other so it is hard to come up with a "holy trinity".

    But if I have to pick it will be 14, 25, 75. Or 12, 25, 75. Or 17, 45, 75. It's a tough decision.
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  13. Mudhoney

    Mudhoney Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 30, 2013
    For me it would be 17 - 25 - 45. I also own the 12 but for some reason like 17 better. In the future 75 will possibly enter this trio.
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  14. Conrad

    Conrad Mu-43 Veteran

    My trinity is the 7-14, PL25, PL45. Not sure about the 'holy' part, but you can shoot them all safely wide open.
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  15. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Richmond, VA
    Richard Elliott
    I have the 14/20/45 combo as my walk about prime set - relatively inexpensive and easy to carry. Currently my fourth prime would be my 7.5 fisheye but the 75 is high on my list to get some day.
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  16. barbosas

    barbosas Mu-43 Veteran

    May 7, 2013
    I have the 17 and the 45, to complete the trinity I would probably add the 75 although the 12 is also tempting.
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  17. Rudy

    Rudy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 24, 2013
    Oakland, CA
    I just walked to lunch with this exact setup on an EPM-2 plus VF-2, the little flash, a micro tripod and spare battery all in a Crumpler 3 Million dollar home bag. Weighs just over 2 pounds.
    On the other hand, one could just use the new Oly 12-40 and be done with it...
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  18. dav1dz

    dav1dz Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 6, 2012
    All the primes are excellent, just buy the focal length that you need. A kit of 3 is the most popular way of doing it but some of us make do with having just 2: http://theonlinephotographer.typepa...r/2013/10/the-super-traditional-lens-set.html

    Although it may not be a bad idea to supplement primes with zooms. Especially now that 12-35 and 12-40 f/2.8 zooms are out. I bet many people would be better served with 12-40 + a low light wide to normal prime. Cost wise it would be very close if you consider the expense related to the 12/2 and 75/1.8.
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  19. janneman

    janneman Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 6, 2012
    Jan (John) Kusters
    My precious trio:

    samyang 7.5
    Oly 12
    Oly 45

    (and the Sigma 19mm as a stop gap because I could not decide between 17 and 25 mm. I now know I prefer 25 mm, but it is the least important focal length for me, and I would like something cheaper than the pany)
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  20. deang001

    deang001 Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 16, 2013
    Hong Kong
    I always think about what I'd take on vacation when thinking about my favourite lenses. Traveling light is not as much as a factor for me as taking the best while on vacation. All M43 lenses are pretty light anyway :smile:

    Two lenses are probably enough ... 12-40/2.8 & 75/1.8

    These two are both super high quality and would cover 99% of my shots.

    The third would be the PL25 for night shots and leave the other two behind.

    The 4th lens for luck would be the 45/1.8
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