Olympus 14-54mm Mk2, PL25 and Panny 45-200mm - Is that enough?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by Bhupinder2002, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I am having signs and symptoms of GAS and of course I got this infection from this mu-43.com community only. After thinking for so many days I have just decided that I will stick to these three lenses for my majority of photography needs . I don't do much of portraits .Its mostly street photography , beaches , sunsets, family and little bit of bird watching.I have come to the following conclusion for my lens selection-
    1) PL25 replacing my ace shooter Panny 20 mm as this tiny hit man needs retirement and Panasonic needs to replace it , fantastic lens anyway I love its portability
    2)Olympus 14-54 mm MK2 Replacing kit lens as a walkaway lens ,though Oly 14-42 Mk2 is decent but no match for Oly 14-54mm Mk2 - I have been drooling a lot for this
    3)Panasonic 45-200 - I am extremely happy with this lens and not keen on jumping to 45-175 or 100-300.

    I don't wanna have pile of lenses sitting and doing nothing. I want to have very capable and multitalented lenses in my limited collection rather than having 10-20 lenses and using them once in a blue moon .
    But having said that , I am quite open to any further suggestions please
     
  2. Art

    Art Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2011
    San Francisco, CA
    It's really hard to understand which lenses are most useful w/o trying them first for a period of time. I've been shooting with m43 for almost a year and have gone through a number of lenses. I don't like to keep lenses which I rarely use. It is important to me that all my m43 gear fits in a small bag. Recently, I’ve decided to tradeoff convenience for quality (as long as it's small). E.g., I no longer have Oly 14-150mm because it's not as good as primes and it's large although convenient. I decided to return PL25. It was taking too much space in a bag, it's too heavy and loud so wouldn’t be used often. I used to have Oly 40-150 until I replaced it with 14-150mm but since I sold 14-150mm I’m gonna repurchase 40-150mm when it's $99 again. At that price, even if it's rarely used it's worth keeping (it's also a great lens for macro w/close-ups).
    Oly 45mm f1.8 is my favorite lens; I was waiting for a portrait prime since day one so if I would have to choose just one lens, I’d keep this one. I can do most other shots with my Canon S90 but it can’t do portraits due to absence of DoF control (peanut sensor).
    Panny 14mm is my most used lens which I use (w/E-PM1) as P&S replacement. I haven’t used S90 since I got E-PM1.
    I’m getting Rokinon 7.5mm fisheye today (expecting it to be very small and light) to see if I can use it as both fisheye and UWA (after de-fishing in PS). I don’t really think I need zooms because I have two bodies with different lenses mounted when I travel. Usually E-PM1+14mm and E-PL2+45mm. Anyway, building a kit is still ongoing process.
    I don’t think I really need Panny 20mm anymore but I just can’t part with it. I sold it once and then repurchased again.
    At this point and time, I know that I will definately keep Oly 45mm (I love shooting portraits the most) but I can see how both Panny 14mm & 20mm could be replaced by a hypothetical future single lens, e.g.17mm f2 pancake.
     
  3. manju69

    manju69 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 1, 2011
    Stroud, UK
    Pete
    I agree with this, though it's had it's costs, with buying and selling until I have found what I like shooting with, and what is good quality enough for me. Now I have the holy trinity! primes of 14, 25 and 45... No kit zoom, and a 45-200 for outside, telephoto work. This feels just right for me. I may pick up a second hand kit zoom one day but for now am loving working with these primes.
     
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  4. KVG

    KVG Banned User

    May 10, 2011
    yyc(Calgary, AB)
    Kelly Gibbons
    Wrong the holy trinity is the 14,20,45 :tongue:
     
  5. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Thanks a lot for ur suggestions.I think I might try Oly 45 though most of my shots are around 20mm .Thats the reason for considering PL25.This lens look damn sharp from what I have seen in image thread .
    Cheers
     
  6. manju69

    manju69 Mu-43 Veteran

    493
    Jul 1, 2011
    Stroud, UK
    Pete
    Well, we all have different belief systems!
     
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  7. KVG

    KVG Banned User

    May 10, 2011
    yyc(Calgary, AB)
    Kelly Gibbons
    In all fairness I will probably purchase the 25 as well.
     
  8. Art

    Art Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2011
    San Francisco, CA
    Well, actually the holy trinity currently is 12, 25, 45. The budget compact trinity: 14, 20, 45 (<$1000, <300g) :)
     
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  9. KVG

    KVG Banned User

    May 10, 2011
    yyc(Calgary, AB)
    Kelly Gibbons
    I like the 14 perspective better than the 12 personally. I have the 20 and just got a 14 and 45 and will probably add a 25 and 7-14 then I should be happy unless they add a fast tele photo. I have got rid of so many zooms and legacy lenses now just to learn what I like, and I think I found it.
     
  10. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Thanks a lot .
    I think then I can chuck out Oly 14-54mm Mk2 and add 14 mm 2.5 and 45 instead..So 14, 25 and 45 mm would be a killer combo. I am not interested in 12 mm because of its price and it too wide and I am less than impressed with price to performance ratio.
    Cheers
     
  11. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    I was happy with the 20 and 45-200 for a long time. My 14-50 f/2.8-3.5 is my least used lens by a long shot, I think I even use the fisheye more than it. That said, I will be first in line to get the native bright zooms when they come out.
     
  12. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I am happy with 20mm and 45-200mm .But I think u r right . I may also weight for bright zooms and in the mean time have fun by getting 45mm or PL25.
    Cheers
     
  13. KVG

    KVG Banned User

    May 10, 2011
    yyc(Calgary, AB)
    Kelly Gibbons
    With lenses I have found its trial and error to find out what you like. you might get the 25 or 40 and love or hate one or both. only one way to find out.
     
  14. stratokaster

    stratokaster Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 4, 2011
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Pavel
    I think Olympus 14-54 is a very fine lens. Ironically, it handles better on the GH2 than on the Olympus E-620 because the latter has virtually no grip and feels awkward when used with larger lenses. Still, my choice is 9-18/20/45.
     
  15. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I am heading ur direction . I bought Olympus 45mm 1.8 and love it and its on my Red EPL2 ..it looks very cool .Now I have panny 20 mm and will but GF3 for it and thats it .
    I have Panny 45-200 and this lens has a character and feel. I have been able to get very decent shots and I love it. I was able to print a poster of my daughter unto AO size from a 1600ISO shot with this lens and I am impressed. I have dropped the idea of PL25 1.4 and will use the same money to use GF3 with 14 mm 2.5
    I still think a lot about 14-54mm MkII .
     
  16. xdayv

    xdayv Color Blind

    Aug 26, 2011
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    Dave
    just putting this into the mix.... how about putting an UWA? -- 9-18 or 7-14? i'm sure it's a whole lot fun using ultra wides.

    then miss out the normal range as you have the 20 1.7 (or soon the 25 1.4)... and the 45 1.8 on the long end.