Problem getting the 17mm/1.8 lens for my EM10......

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by Swandy, Feb 24, 2014.

  1. Swandy

    Swandy Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 15, 2009
    is that now I see the potential for the camera with a better lens. I got the EM10 about 2 1/2 weeks ago and the only m4/3 lenses I had were the 14-42IIR, the 40-150 and the Panasonic 14mm/2.5. And I was very impressed with the resulting images.

    Today I picked up a refurbished Olympus 17mm/1.8 (will probably sell the Pana 14mm) and did some test shooting in and around the house and off our deck. I must say that I was very impressed with what detail the EM10 could produce using a better lens.

    Unfortunately now my GAS for the 12-40 is getting so bad that I might burst. (Or at least my credit card will - which, considering that we just posted a number of charges for a long weekend to Memphis/Nashville in April with our children for my wife's 60th and a two week trip to Israel/Jordan in the fall for our 40th anniversary - will probably result in my immediate death if my wifey sees THAT charge!!!)
  2. PatrickNSF

    PatrickNSF Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 30, 2011
    San Francisco, CA
    Steve – I ended up getting the Oly 17/1.8, 25/1.8 and 12-40/2.8 as part of the current promotion. Though there's obvious overlap, I use primes and zooms in different settings. I tend to prefer zooms traveling with family when photography is not the primary purpose. I prefer primes when I'm out by myself, or shooting close to home.

    I'm coming up on 3 weeks with the 12-40/2.8 and I'm really enjoying it. I'm getting noticeably sharper photos with it than my Sony A77 with 16-50/2.8, which I've always found quite good. Focus is swift and the range is nice, albeit just slightly shorter than I'd prefer for travel. I think it pairs nicely with the E-M10, though I'd like to try the optional grip.

    I'm planning to travel this spring and summer with the 12-40/2.8, 17/1.8 and either the 75/1.8 (which I ordered refurbished) or the 40-150 (if/when I can find it around $120). Given the traveling you're planning, it may be worth considering.
  3. Swandy

    Swandy Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 15, 2009
    Pat - I agree. I figure for Memphis/Nashville I was planning on taking either the 14-42 EZ (if I get it in time and like the results compared to the 14-42IIR) or the 14-42IIR and the 17mm/1.8 for indoors at night. Don't see a lot of need for great "scenic" shots in either town. However for the longer trip I probably will breakdown and get the 12-40 before we leave. And just take along the 17mm (for walking around at night) and decide whether or not to leave the 40-150 at home. That depends a lot on what bag I want to take on the tour. My wife and I have done about a dozen of these types of tours over the years and my shots using longer lens tend to be less than 15% of the total. And a lot of those are just "detail" shot that could probably be either cropped or use the Digital Teleconverter as we rarely print those types of shots large anyway.