Most Used Lens?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by 2112, Jun 15, 2014.

  1. 2112

    2112 Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 3, 2014
    Emerald Isle, NC.
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    With the lenses I have listed in my sig I find myself using the Panny 20mm around 95-97% of the time for all my shots. I love the FL and size of the lens itself and the pictures it produces are great.

    Do others with the Panny 20mm find them themselves using it a lot over the rest of your kit?

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  2. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    Nope. Much as I like the lens image quality and size, I get annoyed by the slow AF. It is probably my least used lens together with the 14/2.5.

    My most used lens is probably the 12-40, and was the 12-35 when I owned it pre-theft. On my A7r it's the 55/1.8.
  3. Fmrvette

    Fmrvette This Space For Rent

    May 26, 2012
    Detroit, Michigan
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    Mark, the 20mm is also my 'go to' lens :2thumbs:.

    I may have gotten a 'good' copy - I've not noticed any issues with focusing as reported by some other users.

    The 20mm makes the E-M5 a very small, very capable package.

    I do use other lenses, of course, depending on venue, but if I'm just grabbing the camera and heading out the door the 20mm will be mounted on the camera.


  4. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    It's a design issue. Compared to something like the 12-40 it's simply much slower and noisier to focus.
  5. redcapestudio

    redcapestudio Mu-43 Rookie

    Sep 1, 2011
    Los Angeles
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    The 20mm has always been my most used lens. It's a great all around focal length.
  6. Cruzan80

    Cruzan80 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    Denver, Co
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    Sean Rastsmith
    20 is probably my second most used. The most is my MD 45/2. I also have noticed almost no focusing issues, but I did: put it on a Panasonic body, buy it new, and not overload it with hoods and things. It has had a UV filter since almost day one, and rarely a polarizor.
  7. bassman

    bassman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 22, 2013
    New Jersey
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    It was 16-85/3.5-5.6 on Nikon DX.
  8. JudyM

    JudyM Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 5, 2010
    Westminster, MD
    The 20mm focal length is an awkward focal length for me, so it's my least used lens. I've got the same problem with the Zeiss 35mm on my a7R. It's not long enough to be a "normal", and it's not short enough to be a wide angle. My most used lens is a toss up between the Panasonic 14-45mm and the Zeiss 80-200mm Vario Sonnar.
  9. alex66

    alex66 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 23, 2010
    I like the 20mm its close to the 42mm on a lot of fixed lens rangefinders I have had fun using, it seems to focus a lot better on my G3's than the EPM2 where other lenses don't seem to notice. It is a superb quality lens so its worth putting up with its foibles for what it gives you.
  10. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
  11. coffeecat

    coffeecat Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 4, 2012
    SW England
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    The 20mm is my single most used lens, accounting for circa 40% of my shots over the 18 months I've had it.

  12. BLT

    BLT Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 13, 2013
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    The 20mm is why I bought into M43 with my E-p1 4 years ago. And it's why I just bought a GX7 instead of a fuji.
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  13. usayit

    usayit Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    20mm but it was recently replaced with the Olympus 25mm which gives me a FOV that I find more familiar.
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  14. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
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    I usually have the Olympus 17/1.8 on my EM5.
  15. val

    val Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 19, 2013
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    I use both my lenses quite evenly.

    it's like having a left and right hand
  16. nardoleo

    nardoleo Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 2, 2013
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    The 20mm was my most used lens.

    Now its the 12-40. Still, the 20 is really a very special lens and personifies the spirit of m43 in my opinion.
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  17. playak47

    playak47 Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 4, 2010
    20mm is my most used lens also. I have 9-18mm, 14mm, 14-42mm, 45mm, 40-140mm, 60mm macro, 12-50mm.
  18. FMJunkie

    FMJunkie Mu-43 Regular

    May 29, 2014
    I chose to buy the 17mm/1.8 at the time for the AF. I love it, it is my most used lens out of the 4 lenses I have. I can imagine the FL of the pany 20 would also be great. I might still get it one day just for the better IQ.

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  19. flikmy

    flikmy Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 20, 2011
    I find that I switch quite evenly between my 3 lenses (14, 20 and 45).
    I tend to shoot with one for a few days, weeks before changing to another lens.

    Brought all 3 lenses and EM-5 for a wedding over the weekend. After that, realised that I only switched the lens once at the end of the night to take a group shot with the 20mm. Was shooting all day with the 45mm.

    One thing I really wished was that the 20mm's AF was quicker. There's a cashback promo available for the Oly 17mm in singapore at the moment, which makes it tempting for me to replace the 20mm with the 17mm/1.8.

    However, there is also the Pana 15mm just around the corner. #FirstWorldProblems
  20. Kaiser

    Kaiser Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 27, 2014
    My most used lens is my Olympus m.Zuiko 7-300mm F1.2 pancake zoom. I use it all the time when I'm dreaming...but then I wake up and find I have to make do with reality.
    It that case I'd probably say my Panny 25 1.4.
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