OM-D and pancake lens ;;;

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by PantelisMor, May 12, 2013.

  1. PantelisMor

    PantelisMor Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 14, 2013
    Hi guys , i am owner of Om-d with the panasonic 14-45. I am interest to buy a pancake lens. What do you think it's the best choice for my oly ;;;;
  2. zcd

    zcd Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 14, 2013
    Alberta, Canada
    The P14 or P20 :D
  3. yekimrd

    yekimrd Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 14, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
    +1 although I would lean more towards the P14.
  4. PantelisMor

    PantelisMor Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 14, 2013
    Why p14 :;; i heard that p20 late to focus....
  5. Fmrvette

    Fmrvette This Space For Rent

    May 26, 2012
    Detroit, Michigan
    Depends; do you want a slightly wide angle (28mm in 35mm equiv) or a more normal view (40mm equiv)?

    I have both the 14mm and 20mm lenses; the 20mm is, I think, somewhat sharper. I haven't noticed that the 20mm is particularly slow to focus, although I don't shoot sports or high energy children :biggrin:.

    Yesterday I used the 14mm in a hospital room when we visited my mother-in-law and the f/2.5 was fast enough to shoot hand held without a flash. The 20mm f/1.7 would have been faster, but it's a small room and the 14mm allowed better framing.

    If absolutely limited to one of the two I would keep the 14mm only because I need the wide angle more than the faster speed of the 20mm; the OM-D EM-5 does a pretty good job at higher ISO settings so I can rely on the sensor to pick up the difference between the 1.7 and 2.5 under most of the conditions under which I shoot. Of course YMMV.

    If you want something completely different :biggrin: consider the 15mm body cap lens. For $50 U.S. I consider it to be a bargain for the fun to be had. Of course you're limited to f/8 and only a couple of focus ranges but it's still a hoot to shoot.



  6. Anthon

    Anthon Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 8, 2012
    I had the P14, P20 and O17 2.8 and I sold all except the O17.

    The P14 is too wide for me and the P20's AF is a pain when it starts hunting.

    I'll trade the 17/2.8 for a 1.8 when the price drops (I hope with the E-P5 release)
  7. Gonewest

    Gonewest Mu-43 Regular

    May 3, 2013
    Cornwall, UK
    I'm with Anthlon!

    I kept my Oly 17/2.8 and sold the Pan 20/21.7 going against most of the advice I read on forums. I found no difference in sharpness and didn't like the purple fringing or focus hunting in low light (no problem in good light) displayed by my 20/1.7 on OM-D.
  8. Uncle Frank

    Uncle Frank Photo Enthusiast

    Jul 26, 2012
    San Jose, CA
    14/2.5 - 17/2.8 - 20/1.7

    The choice is more about subject preference than lens performance. I'm biased towards people pics, so I sold the 14/2.5 and kept the 20/1.7. I haven't tried the 17mm compromise yet, but if I ever do, I'll opt for the more expensive but faster 17/1.8.
  9. PantelisMor

    PantelisMor Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 14, 2013
    I have read for pancakes. The truth is that i am between pan 20/1,7 and oly 17/1,8.... I am comfused... I think i have to search more....
  10. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    The Olympus 17mm f1.8 is not a pancake; the 2.8 is.

    I loved the Panasonic 20 1.7, but I'm more a "normal" than wide angle shooter.

    Panasonic also has the pancake zoom 14-42PZ, though earlier versions seem to have issues that you'd want to research.
  11. Danny_SWE

    Danny_SWE Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 30, 2013
    Sweden (Gothenburg)