Native lens used market

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by scottz, Mar 14, 2015.

  1. scottz

    scottz Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 18, 2011
    Littleton, CO
    I've been away from here for some time until recently. I've been trying to get an idea of used prices but unfortunately there are still some folks deleting prices from their completed sales threads. If I were looking to spend about $350-400 on the used market, what are some good lenses I could pick up in that price range. I currently have the 9 mm BCL, Oly 60mm macro and the 14-42 kit lens, so I am missing both wide and fast as well as a longer zoom.

  2. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    ebay sold listings are a pretty good indicator. Under $400 you have a lot of options.

    45mm f1.8
    25mm f1.8
    25mm f1.4
    17mm f1.8
    14mm f2.5
    Sigma 30mm f2.8
    Sigma 19mm 2.8

    Most of the telephotos.

    is $400 a total, or each?
  3. scottz

    scottz Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 18, 2011
    Littleton, CO
    My kit lens was from the E-PL1, so I can't decide if I should upgrade it and also get the 45-150, or get something like the 12mm f2.
  4. RichardB

    RichardB Snapshooter

    Nov 19, 2012
    Maryland, US
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    Personally, I'd spend it on the Oly 17mm/1.8. Nice all-around lens and the field of view looks similar to your avatar's.

    If you want two lenses for your money, there are good choices listed above by tkbslc, and I'd add the overlooked and underrated Oly 17mm/2.8 to the list.
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  5. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I'd probably do 14mm f2.5 ($150 used) for a faster wide angle
    Sigma 30mm f2.8 ($130 used) for a faster normal-ish prime.
    Gear list says you have an E-M5, so I'd get the Olympus 40-150 since you don't need OIS. That's only $90-100 used.
    Total: $370-380

    Gives you 14/30/60mm primes
    14-150mm covered by decent zooms
    and a 9mm for extreme wide angle fun.

    Alternatively, you could skip the wide angle prime and go for a faster "normal" prime with the 20mm f1.7 ($225-250) or 25mm f1.8 ($275-300). You'd still have enough for a telephoto and your kit lens is 14mm f3.5, so not even a stop slower than the 14mm f2.5.
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  6. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I also forgot the 20mm f1.7! How did I forget that one! Mentioned above in my last reply.
  7. budeny

    budeny Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 4, 2014
    Boulder, CO
    You can pick Olympus 12-50mm for $150-$180, 40-150 for $80-$100, Pany 12-32mm for $200
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  8. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    I would say the 20mm/1.7 and the 40-150/45-150mm is your best bet to round out all the holes in your lens line-up. Should be happily within your budget ($250 + $100).

    As an alternative, instead of getting the telezoom, you can sell your kit lens (for $80-100) and get a first generation 14-140, which should be around $300 on the used market these days, so you could still maybe squeeze in a fast prime as well.
  9. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
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    I've always had great luck and service from

    Check them out. I find their prices reasonable and the QC has always been great from my perspective.

    Most of the fast Oly primes can be found for that money.
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