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Novice question about lenses

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by tasdisr, Jun 3, 2015.

  1. tasdisr

    tasdisr Mu-43 Rookie

    17
    Jun 24, 2013
    I currently have an Olympus OM-D E-M10 and a Panasonic G6. The G6 came with 14-42mm kit lens and the M10 also came with a 14-42 kit lens. I also have an Olympus 40-150mm lens that came with the EPL5 that I recently sold.

    I use my cameras for family pictures, vacations, our grandson etc. I have been thinking of trying to sell the kit lenses that came with the cameras and purchasing a Panasonic 35-100mm (model H-FS35100K) and a Panasonic 12-32mm (model H-FS12032K) and was wondering if this would be a noticeable improvement over the lenses that I currently have or should I be looking at some other combination.

    One reason I have been looking at these two particular lenses is because of their compact size.
     
  2. budeny

    budeny Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 4, 2014
    Boulder, CO
    My 2 cents..

    There is definite difference between 12mm and 14mm, plus 12-32mm is more compact than 14-42 and still has OIS - I own one and I like it as my ultralight hiking kit.
    Price of Pany 35-100/f4.0-5.6 makes no sense to switch to it from Oly 40-150, unless you really need image stabilization - again, I own Oly 40-150, but rarely use it after I got Pany 35-100/f2.8
     
  3. tasdisr

    tasdisr Mu-43 Rookie

    17
    Jun 24, 2013
    Thanks for your input. One of the main reason I was looking at both the 12-32mm and 35-100 was because they are more compact than the 14-42 and 40-150 that I currently have. Also the prices on these two lenses would be in my budget especially if I sell the two Olympus lenses I currently have. The 12-32 is a little under 300 and the 35-100 around 375.
     
  4. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    Ken
    Focusing just on IQ and not size, I have to ask what your final output is for these images? Given your subject matter, I doubt there would be a significant difference in IQ unless you were printing and greatly enlarging these images, and even then I am not sure that you would be able to notice many differences. The G6 kit lens and the Oly 40-150 both have good reputations as high performing affordable lenses. So, IMHO, you would mostly be gaining in size.

    Good luck,

    --Ken
     
  5. budeny

    budeny Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 4, 2014
    Boulder, CO
    I got my 12-32 used for about $150 and 40-150 for $60
     
  6. tasdisr

    tasdisr Mu-43 Rookie

    17
    Jun 24, 2013
    Thanks for the input. I print very few of the pictures and most are the standard 4x6 with and occasional 8x10.
    Since IQ would be about the same maybe I will continue to use what I have for now.
     
  7. Whtrbt7

    Whtrbt7 Mu-43 Regular

    195
    Jan 7, 2014
    I would have gotten the 12-32mm just for the size. The image quality is slightly better but if you're not pixel peeping, it barely makes a difference. an E-M10 with the 12-32mm would basically handle like a large point and shoot camera which may make taking photos easier.
     
  8. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    South Bend, IN
    I would suggest trading the two 14-42 lenses for the 12-32 so you have access to the wider 12mm focal length and a slightly more compact kit lens, but stick with the Olympus 40-150 (it's quite a good lens for the price). Then look into getting a prime lens that will serve you better for indoor/low light shots, such as the Panasonic 15/1.7, Olympus 17/1.8, Panasonic 20/1.7, or either of the Olympus/Panasonic 25mm lenses.
     
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  9. tjdean01

    tjdean01 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    842
    Feb 20, 2013
    I thought of getting rid of my 40-150 because it's not spectacular over 100mm but neither is Panasonic's version and the Panasonic offering doesn't go over 100mm anyway. To me the 40-150 is quite compact and lightweight for its range. You can't get much for it anyway. I've found that I don't use the lens that much at all. If I were you...

    DO swap the two kit zooms for the 12-32.
    KEEP the 40-150.
    BUY a $25 50mm f1.8 lens with a $10 adapter. You will be amazed at the results and probably opt for that lens quite often. Then, after spending a whopping $30 for a spectacular lens (all name brand 50s were good), then you can decide if you think you want to buy the 42/1.7, 25/1.8, 20/1.7, etc.; or not.
     
  10. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    Ken
    Under normal conditions, I doubt that you would see much IQ difference between these lenses, all other things equal.

    --Ken