OM-D EM-5 w/ Pan12-35/PL25/Oly45 or Oly 12-50/Oly12/PL25/Oly45

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by revolife, Jun 3, 2012.

  1. revolife

    revolife New to Mu-43

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    Jun 3, 2012
    What would you get? Price would be about $250 more for the first option over option 2. I bought the OMD with 12-50. After selling the 12-50 ($380) and the fl-300r flash ($140) I received free after rebate the difference would be small.

    Option 1:
    Panasonic 12-35/2.8 (Weather Sealed) - $1299
    Panasonic 25/1.4 ~ $480 (Panasonic direct discount)
    Olympus 45/1.8 - $330

    Option 2:
    Olympus 12-50 (Weather Sealed) - $299 kit
    Olympus 12/2.0 ~ $650 second hand
    Panasonic 25/1.4 ~ $480 (Panasonic direct discount)
    Olympus 45/1.8 - $330

    Decisions decisions. What would II get and why?
     
  2. ayuready

    ayuready New to Mu-43

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    May 25, 2012
    Seems like u should go for option 2 first. If it doesn't meet you standard. It isn't too expensive to decide there and then and upgrade : )

    Maybe u can go for the lens of 25 and 45 first since it belong in both options
     
  3. Qwerty

    Qwerty Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 15, 2012
    Canada
    I would go for Option 2 and sell the 12-50, that's the holy trinity of primes.
    If you like zooms, than go for Option 1a - 12-35 f2.8 and 45mm f1.8 skipping the 25mm.
     
  4. revolife

    revolife New to Mu-43

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    Jun 3, 2012
    Great input. I was looking at either the 12-50 r the 12-35 to make use of the weather sealing. I'll be traveling the world, backpacking. Won't know where I'll be or find myself. Hope to hear more thoughts.
     
  5. 6x6

    6x6 Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 12, 2011
    Pany 12-35 and 20/1.7, (45/1.8). No bulk, lots of opportunities.
     
  6. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    Backpacking (at least for me) does not lend itself to primes. Primes are good when I go out with something very specific in mind. I'd go for a good zoom and maybe a single prime if you need something faster occasionally.

    DH
     
  7. revolife

    revolife New to Mu-43

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    Jun 3, 2012
    6x6-

    45/1.8? Street portraits?

    HD -

    20/1.7 would be probably more practical than the 25/1.4 because the focal length?
     
  8. 6x6

    6x6 Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 12, 2011
    its too nice to leave behind, but on the other hand not strictly necessary for a tour around the world. Hence in brackets.
    Myself, I would confine myself to one zoom and a prime.
     
  9. Redridge

    Redridge Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 17, 2012
    did the back pack round the world thing... If I had to do it again, I would go with the trinity primes, 12, 20, 45. You can't take pictures of everything... but the pictures that you do take might as well be with stellar performance lenses. One lens on the camera and the other two lenses in your pants cargo pocket.

    But you did mention the 12-35.... then, two lens is better than three, 12-35 and the 45 would do it for me.
     
  10. revolife

    revolife New to Mu-43

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    Jun 3, 2012
    Na news this morning. Amazon cancelled my preorder of the Panasonic 12-35/2.8 due to not being able to fulfill order.

    With no time table on the 12-35/2.8. That makes the decision easier for me with the 12-50.

    Now in reconsidering trying to keep things light and possibly cheaper.

    Olympus 12-50, 12/2.0, 20/1.7, 45/1.8
    or
    Olympus 12-50, 14/2.5, 25/1.4, 45/1.8
    or
    Olympus 12-50, an just one of the primes? Which one? Love then all.
     
  11. dre_tech

    dre_tech Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 31, 2012
    That's a tough choice 12-50 + one prime.

    I got the 45 first since I knew it was super sharp (especially since kits aren't fast or as sharp at the long end). You get easy subject separation with longer FL at wide aperture.

    That being said, I do use the 20 a lot these days. However I use it wide open usually for extra light, not as much for narrow DoF. E-M5 gives you a lot of flexibility with ISO, so you might get away without the extra stops of the 20.

    I personally don't think the 25 is worth the extra size... It has nice rendition, but that's it.
     
  12. 6x6

    6x6 Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 12, 2011
    Yep, the 20/1.7 does what the 12-50 can not: fast, small, leightweight.
    A perfect combo with a good body.
    And its much cheaper than the 25/1.4, so if it gets snatched, you wont scream too much.
     
  13. revolife

    revolife New to Mu-43

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    Jun 3, 2012
    A lot of love for the 20/1.7. Any news on an update to this lens?

    I'm thinking of going for the 20/1.7 over the 25/1.4. Then going for the 14/2.5 since I can get one cheap. 20/1.7 & 14/2.5 same price as 25/1.4.

    Should I keep the 45/1.8?
     
  14. 6x6

    6x6 Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 12, 2011
    the 45 is always a keeper.
    14-20-45, what more for that money?
     
  15. revolife

    revolife New to Mu-43

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    Jun 3, 2012
    True. Going to go stick w/ 12-50 for all around and for weather sealing. It's may be a lot of lenses but all small, pocketable and affordable.

    14/2.5, 20/1.7, 45/1.8

    4 lenses that combined weigh just the same as what the Pana 12-35/2.8 and Pana 25/1.4 would have been and a lot less too.

    Thanks everyone. I'll be to post pics from my travels when I can.
     
  16. Redridge

    Redridge Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 17, 2012
    looking forward to the pics...
     
  17. Jorg.S

    Jorg.S Mu-43 Regular

    What are you going to do for the tele end of things?
    I just couldn't picture myself going around the world without a nice long lens in addition to the wide lens.
    I also would want a ultra wide too.
    There your setup just ballooned :biggrin:
     
  18. revolife

    revolife New to Mu-43

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    Jun 3, 2012
    The longest end I'll have will be the 12-50. I've been debating on tele but for now, I want to work on architecture, some landscape, street and street portraits. I considered the Oly 9-18 but couldn't pass up the weather sealing on the 12-50, and the compactness semi wide 14/2.5 and size, sharpness and large aperture of the the 20/1.7 and 451.8. There will be times I'll most certainly miss the tele as well as the UWA. I'll have to make sure I'm creative and work with what I've got.