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Oly 17mm f/2.8 or Pana 14mm f/2.5

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by asaulo1, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. asaulo1

    asaulo1 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 21, 2012
    I am torn between these 2 lenses.... I just started out on the M43 path with my Oly E-PL1 with kit lens.... hoping to expand my gear list for not much $$$.... looking at the images, it's a toss up..... what's your opinions? Thanks.
     
  2. shnitz

    shnitz Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 25, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Put your 14-42mm on your camera. Zoom it to 14mm and walk around shooting for 30 minutes. See how you like it. Then, zoom the lens to 17mm and do the same thing. There is no right answer, otherwise the other one wouldn't exist. Choose which zoom length you like better, and you'll know which lens to buy.
     
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  3. supermaxv

    supermaxv Mu-43 Veteran

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    Sep 20, 2011
    Do this, and only this. There's absolutely nothing else to be said. End of thread.
     
  4. Aegon

    Aegon Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 3, 2011
    Portland, OR
    14mm and 17mm sound similar, but they are very different in practice IMHO. I like the FOV of 17mm and I don't like 14mm. You may feel differently, but you won't know until you try.
     
  5. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    It probably makes sense, as everyone has said, to figure out which focal length you prefer. You did mention, though, that you are on a tight budget. That may make the 17mm more attractive as I tend to see that one selling for less used (I think more of them go up on the market from kits).
     
  6. supermaxv

    supermaxv Mu-43 Veteran

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    Sep 20, 2011
    No, not really. You can get a like-new 14mm (also parted out from a kit) for about the same price as a 17mm on ebay these days. The #1 consideration for the OP is what focal length he wants to shoot at. Period.
     
  7. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    The 14 focuses faster and is a tiny bit sharper, but the main difference, as noted above, is the difference in angle of view.
     
  8. asaulo1

    asaulo1 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 21, 2012
    thanks for the tips.... just found a used 17mm oly on ebay for around $200.... I guess that's the clincher right there......
     
  9. ean10775

    ean10775 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 31, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Eric
    If you are interested in an Oly 17, I have one I was considering selling and I'd definitely let it go for less than $200 - PM me if you are interested.
     
  10. asaulo1

    asaulo1 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 21, 2012
    update.... just found a Pana 14mm f2.5 for $188, Brand New no box on ebay.... just pulled the trigger on it... thanks again, guys...
     
  11. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Killer deal, congrats!
     
  12. asaulo1

    asaulo1 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 21, 2012
  13. asaulo1

    asaulo1 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 21, 2012
    thanks... can't wait to get it and start snapping some pics...

     
  14. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Hmmmm... a 20/1.7 sure would be nice to go along with that 14. =)
     
  15. Aegon

    Aegon Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 3, 2011
    Portland, OR
    That's the other "problem" with the 14; you need to accessorize with the 20.

    If you had only bought the 17 then you wouldn't need two lenses. :)
     
  16. Umm, I think there is a little more involved in choosing a lens than just focal length. It is usually the main consideration, but not the only one.
     
  17. supermaxv

    supermaxv Mu-43 Veteran

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    Sep 20, 2011
    Of course, but between those two lenses, and given the OP's experience level? I stand by my statement.
     
  18. Do we know the OP's experience level? Starting out in m4/3 doesn't necessarily mean starting out in photography.
     
  19. supermaxv

    supermaxv Mu-43 Veteran

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    Sep 20, 2011
    Fair enough. I see you're determined to disagree with me and that's fine.
     
  20. RDM

    RDM Mu-43 All-Pro

    Very true. I don't see any of your statements as being purposefully disagreeable but rather polite with trying to stay widely objective and considerate of all aspects.
    I too have this quandary as OP, but i feel that the 17mm would make more sense for me yet I too see new 14mm lenses going for around $180 and the used 17mm selling for more than $200. So being monetarily conscious I may go for the 14mm.