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POLL - What 2 lenses you think are needed!

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by speedandstyle, May 24, 2012.

  1. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    OK here is the idea - what two native and AF capable lenses do you think need to be added to the m4/3 arsenal? You can add your one or two lenses to the list{please keep it to just two}.

    You can list them in a general way such as "we need a fisheye" or be specific and say "we need a 10mm fisheye f2 for $800 or less". Please be realistic! No lens maker can sell a super fast lens for $200 or such. Also unless you really think we need a specific speed for a lens then leave it open. If there are other features you want for the lens then list that such as weather-sealed or a true manual focus ring or power zoom. I hope the lens makers will see our list and use it for future lenses.

    With that out of the way here are my two lenses.

    #1 - A full range zoom with a constant aperture of f4 or better. Perhaps 15-150mm or so, that would be a 10x zoom. Weather sealing would be nice but not needed. A round or slightly rectangular hood should be included and able to be reversed for storage.

    #2 - A 67.5mm prime of f2 or faster. I so loved my 135mm on my old Nikomat and would love to see that same focal length in m4/3. A 65 might be close enough and a 70 surely would be. Be nice if it were weather sealed. Also nice if it had a fairly close minimum focus distance. A hood should be included or built in. It must have a true manual focus ring!
  2. MartinOcando

    MartinOcando Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 3, 2012
    I would say a couple of zooms, close to the same range of the upcoming 12-35 and and 35-100mm but constant f:4, OIS and not weather sealed.
    My choice is then:

    1. 12-55mm f:4 ASPH Mega OIS (Similar in range to Canon 24-105mm f:4 L)
    2. 35-135mm f:4 ASPH Mega OIS (Would be a 70-270mm)
  3. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    That sounds wonderful, but the Oly 75/1.8 is close enough for me.

    I'd love to see:
    An autofocus 17mm f/1.4 or f/1.8 that is reasonably small, optically superb, and fast focusing.
    An autofocus 300mm f/4 that is optically superb and fast focusing.
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  4. Promit

    Promit Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 6, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
    Promit Roy
    I would like to see a straight up equivalent to the 14-54 II, at the same price and weather sealed. And actually, I cannot think of anything else except maybe a nice refresh of the Oly 17mm with much wider aperture.
  5. silversx80

    silversx80 Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 27, 2012
    North Carolina
    I would snatch up a 17mm f/1.8 in a heartbeat, but a f/1.4 may approach my financial capacity. A cheaper 25mm f/2 pancake option ($400 US) would be a solid addition to the range.

    Other than that, we've got some great lenses to choose from.

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  6. fredlong

    fredlong Just this guy...

    Apr 18, 2011
    Massachusetts USA
    I don't know if they're needed, but I'd love to see these two.
    12-48 f/2.8-3.5 1:4
    30-120 f/2.8-3.5 1:4 I know this one is a little odd, but I love the 30-50 range and would love to have it no matter which lens was on my camera.

    Both with the same image quality as the Olympus HG 4/3 lenses.

  7. sLorenzi

    sLorenzi Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 15, 2010
    I'd love a 17.5mm f2.5 with distance scales on it, which was possible zone focus and set to hiperfocal easily, without even turn the camera on. Would be THE street photography lens for me.
  8. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    I'm no lens designer so I don't know if this would be cost prohibitive, but speed would NOT be a concern..... I'd like it to be affordable. Something with ridonkulous reach. How about a 200mm-500mm...... too crazy?, I'd settle for 200-400.

    I'll also second Amin's request for a fast focusing 17mm sub f2.

    And just for giggles, how about an auto-focusing toy lens on the cheap.....anything in the "normal" range is fine.....or maybe a wide-normal toy zoom 9-18mm made of plastic with crazy bokeh.
  9. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    With the advent of the 75mm/1.8 and the 12-35mm/2.8, along with the coming 35-100mm/2.8 and 60mm/2.8 Macro, what I'd like to see next is a 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 and a 300mm f/2.8 or f/3.5
  10. strang

    strang Mu-43 Veteran

    May 7, 2012
    I second a constant aperture super zoom. 14-150mm F4 would be ideal and it would be the only lens while I'm on a trip.
  11. D@ne

    D@ne Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 23, 2012
    I've written and re-written my answer 3 times now, and keep changing my mind...I just leave the details out and say I want fast zooms...and I want them to be less than $1300. I'm happy with the primes that are currently available, I'm excited about the upcoming 12-35, although I wish it was a tad cheaper, and I guess I'll 2nd (or 3rd) the vote for longer reach, constant aperture lens.
  12. sparkin

    sparkin Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 18, 2010
    Lexington, KY
    That would be nice, but to make a good one would be quite expensive.
  13. WT21

    WT21 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    I think the key lenses needed are:

    20mm 1.7 mk ii
    17mm 1.4
    Good fast zooms like the rumored Panny ones
    Fast 150mm

    I'd also like to see a faster 9-18. It doesn't need to be collapsible, but I really like that range, but you can't go everywhere with it during travel, because it's just too dark in anything other than daylight.
  14. nueces snapper

    nueces snapper Mu-43 All-Pro

    I'm With Amin, Luke, Ned and D@ne

    I want a 300 f/4 (f2.8 would be fairytale land) of superb quality and I want an equally superb 1.4 telextender to go with it. Will pay $2000. Shoot ... $2500. OK, I'd go $3k if it was really that good. :biggrin:
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  15. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Yea the new 75mm is close but it has that stupid focus ring that spins. I was so hoping it would have a true focus ring.

    A 300mm would be great!

    I like that idea! A normal pancake at a great price.

    Those do sound nice.

    Hey! That is more than two! But very interesting. One thing we could use is more longer lenses. I think a 200-400 would be very doable. An auto-focusing toy lens, not sure that is possible because "toy" usually means the image is not fully in focus.

    It would be a bit more expensive - I figure someplace between $1k and $2k. But well worth it if it existed. It could be a little bit shorter say a 14-100mm and then the price would be easy to keep to $1000. Add the Pany 100-300mm and those 2 lenses would give you wide to long tele.

    I agree! We need a good tele-extender.
  16. A new 16mm or 17mm prime. f/2 will be enough, anything faster a bonus; just make it sharp as a tack and priced somewhere between the 20mm and 25mm. Don't care which brand it is. If f/2 means it could be a pancake I'd go with that. It would replace both my 17mm and 20mm lenses.

    A 14-50 something zoom, f/2.8-3.5 or f/2.8-f/4. Or a 14-70mm f/4. Something a bit cheaper than the new Panny 12-35mm and hopefully smaller than the 14-140mm. Prefer it to be a Panasonic for the built-in OIS but Olympus would seem to be the more likely suspect given that Panasonic has already shown their fast zoom.

    Given what we already have available, that would just about do me for every lens that I could conceivably use with any great frequency.
  17. Redridge

    Redridge Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 17, 2012
    35mm f.95 at around $1200
    17mm f.95 same price... not exactly out of reach, Imagine a Nokton in mu43... game over.
  18. songs2001

    songs2001 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 8, 2011
    There is already the 50-500 Bigma lens available for four thirds, it's just not contrast detect compatible, but once you see other mirrorless
    systems taking off, I can see Sigma making a version for M43 and Nex mounts.

    I vote for a 12 2.8 pancake lens.

    150 2.8 and a 2x tele converter.
  19. Wandering Aengus

    Wandering Aengus Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 23, 2012
    nokton 17.5
  20. tomservoca

    tomservoca Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 17, 2010
    Calgary, Alberta
    50-200 would be my preference as well.

    Don't know about anything much longer, but a 150mm f2.8 prime would be nice.
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