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Olympus 12-50 + 45 vs 14 + 20 + 45

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by vallver, Aug 25, 2012.

  1. vallver

    vallver Mu-43 Rookie

    Jul 15, 2012
    Hi everyone!

    I finally decided to buy the Olympus OMD but I still need to decide wether to get the kit lens + de 45mm prime or go for the 3 "cheap" primes instead...

    in terms of IQ I know the primes should win but the zoom is more convenient (i don't need to change lenses constantly...) but also bulkier...

    Pricewise, the kit + 45mm is also cheaper (not by much though)

    What do you think would be a better option?

    I should mention that I am buying a :43: system because my current equipment (Canon 60D + 17-50 2.8) feels too bulky to carry around... so size is an important factor for me...

    I usually take street pictures, as well as architecture shots and the occasional portrait or candid shots

    Thanks in advance
  2. st3v4nt

    st3v4nt Mu-43 Veteran

    May 26, 2011
    Jakarta, Indonesia
    I happen to have all of that lens. At first I was skeptical about the 12-50 quality, but as I don't have any other option when I decide to purchase the OM-D, I decide to give it a try and if I don't like it I will sell it.

    As it turns out the 12-50 is quite capable lens if you treat it as standard zoom kit lens. It can be use as wide as 12mm (mind you the other option is quite expensive the mZD 12 mm prime) and as far as 50mm. It have macro mode locked in 43mm (1:3), e-zoom and L-fn programmable key and weather sealed. All which will be needed when you decide to try out door portrait, using OM-D movie mode, and if you need to shoot outside when raining. So my suggestion is give 12-50 a chance you may like it. As other lenses like 14, 20, and 45 already speaks for it's capability it self.

    But judging by your specific needs my suggestion is you may start with 12-50 and 20.
  3. MrDoug

    MrDoug Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 5, 2011
    Boise, Idaho
    In making your decision.. you may want to consider if you own a boat and need a additional anchor, I would pick the 12-50 kit lenses.. :smile:
  4. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    You're losing a lot of speed from your current zoom setup to the Oly kit lens. The closest equivalent to your current capability would be the Panasonic 12-35/2.8. You could order the OMD as body only, and then get it separately, but you're talking a lot of money then ...
  5. vallver

    vallver Mu-43 Rookie

    Jul 15, 2012
    Yeah I thought about that but I cannot really justify spending that much money on a single lens right now...
  6. SkiHound

    SkiHound Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 28, 2012
    I think it really depends on your need for speed and your willingness to change lenses. If you're in decent light where shooting in the f5.6 to f8 range is reasonable, the 12-50 will provide a very useful range of effective focal lengths. The close up mode and weather sealing are nice pluses. But there are many situations where being able to use wider apertures is a big advantage. I'm often out and about with my wife who often doesn't want to stop so I can change lenses so I'll often just put one lens on and try to see in that perspective and/or zoom with my feet. I've increasingly been using primes and I think it helps my (much in need of improvement) photographic vision. But there are times I'll think to myself that I really wish I had X lens on.
  7. Salc64

    Salc64 Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 24, 2012
    New York. USA
    This is the second time today I'm going to suggest the pL 25. I loved my 45, but haven't taken it out of the bag since I purchased my 25. I found the reach to be just to much for indoor use, and would sooner take a few steps forward rather then change lenses to 45.
    In regards to the 20, I hated it. Ended up getting rid of it. I hope I didn't confuse things by adding another lense, but I own the 14,12-50, 25, and 45. If I had to only own 1 lense the 25 is the best .
  8. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Oly 12 = $799
    Panny 14 = $304
    Panny 20 = $326
    PL 25 = $549
    Oly 45 = $399
    PL 45 = $256 (wow, when they came out, they were $1000!)

    Panny 14+Panny 20 + PL45 =$886

    The 12-35/2.8 is in no way over priced
  9. Aegon

    Aegon Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 3, 2011
    Portland, OR
    Where is that PL45 selling for $256? I'm gonna max out my Credit Cards!

    (I think they actually sell used for about $550 and new for about $650-ish, I haven't shopped around much for that lens).
  10. strang

    strang Mu-43 Veteran

    May 7, 2012
    I juggle between 12-50 and 14-150 with the PL25 and it's a great combo. I would have bought the 20 without any regret if I found a good deal with it when I was buying. But instead I found a great deal with the 14, and I thought it was more usable as a pancake for my style.

    12-50 + 20 is a great suggestion. I wouldn't get the 45 as the only prime unless that's your style.
  11. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Those prices were from Google this morning, most were pointing to B&H
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