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New OM-D ....some lens recommendations?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by mussomusso, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. mussomusso

    mussomusso Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 17, 2012
    Riva Del Garda
    Hi all

    I have just ordered an OM-D to replace a GH-2.

    I do not shoot video and stills quality is paramount.

    I shoot mostly landscapes and nature.

    I already own the Panny 14-140 and 100-300 lenses as well as a Samyang 7.5mm fisheye

    Should I keep the 14-140 above or should I go for the Olympus 12-50 kit lens which is a bit wider than the 14-140 Panny and is weather sealed?

    I do like the 100-300 and will probably keep it.

    The Samyang 7.5mm is a keeper!

    Should I consider some primes or maybe the 12-35 f/2.8 Panny?

    In the wide angle category 7-14 Panny or 9-18mm Olympus?

    I know a lot of these questions have been asked numerous times...there is no quick answer but I really do need some guidelines before I make the next investment in glass.

    Thanks
     
  2. BigTam

    BigTam Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Mar 19, 2012
    Dortmund, Germany
    Ron
    As a wide-angle freak (I do a lot of old church interiors and landscapes), I can recommend the 9-18. I did have the 7-14, but (for me) the 'purple blotch' problem, which seems to be specific to the E-M5, was insurmountable. Add to that the fact that the 9-18 takes filters and is a useful 'always on' focal length for narrow european old towns and churches.

    Imho, the P20 for low light and the O45 are 'must-haves' - absolutely marvellous value for money. If you don't mind f/2.8, the Sigma 19/30 pair are hard to beat, very good IQ.
     
  3. mussomusso

    mussomusso Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 17, 2012
    Riva Del Garda
    I wonder how a 10-24mm Nikon DX lens on a Nikon adapter will do for landscapes?
     
  4. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    Agree with all of this, though I would suggest the 25mm over the 20mm. It's faster and produces beautiful IQ. Couple the fast lens with the image stabilization of the EM-5 and you will rarely need flash. :cool:
     
  5. BigTam

    BigTam Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Mar 19, 2012
    Dortmund, Germany
    Ron
    Bob, you're right (as always!), but the one advantage the 20 has over the 25 is the value-for-money aspect. Depending on what you shoot, the different focal lengths may make a difference too.

    Personally, I prefer 35mm equivalent, but I have my X100 for that :)
     
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  6. thomastaesu

    thomastaesu Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 16, 2012
    ATL, GA
    Thomas
    If still pix IQ is very important then you may stay away from 12-50. It is a bit soft. I got it instead of 14-150, for weather seal, but I can def tell degradation of details compared to 14-150.
     
  7. OhWellOK

    OhWellOK Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 4, 2012
    Brooklyn, NY
    For landscapes - Oly 9-18, which I chose over the Pan 7-14 based on it's ability to take filters, smaller size, cheaper price. Sometimes can be had for $599/new if you keep your eyes open. I've been happy with this lens, it's pretty sharp for my needs.

    The Pan 20 is a great walk about lens too - small, sharp and fast.
     
  8. mussomusso

    mussomusso Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 17, 2012
    Riva Del Garda
    Has anyone tried the Nikon 10-24mm DX lens on a MFT camera using an adapter?
     
  9. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    The 20mm really has become a bargain with used prices dropping as people start buying the new Oly 17mm. :cool:
     
  10. rfortson

    rfortson Mu-43 Veteran

    Interesting. I have both and can't really tell the difference. I use the 14-150 more often just because of the range, but the 12-50 is useful for weather sealing, faux "macro", and electronic zoom which is great for video.
     
  11. C6REW

    C6REW Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 3, 2013
    Devizes, Wiltshire, UK
    Chris Grew
    As a Nikon D3X user my two favourite lenses for landscapes are the 24 - 70 f2.8 and the 70 - 200 f2.8.

    So it is no surprise that I bought the 12 - 35 and 35 - 100 both obviously f2.8 for the OMD. To me this gives the full range necessary for landscapes.

    With respect to using an adapter and putting on 'normal' Nikon lenses, I don't recommend it. I bought the Nikon V1 and adapter. Tried all of my lenses including the 200 - 400! It totally took away the point of the V1 or in this case the OMD. That is of course it's versatility and portability.

    Best regards

    Chris
     
  12. Savas K

    Savas K Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jan 10, 2013
    I wished in the beginning that I would have checked into the value lenses mentioned here. For all I know, I might have been satisfied with them and not gone on to the ones that I presently own. The recent $99.00 40-150R was an eye-opener. I could have put together a small yet able lens kit for under $800.00 and had room in the camera bag to spare from each a diminutive size.
     
  13. Wizard Steve

    Wizard Steve Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 10, 2013
    Provence, France
    David Ricketts