Quintessential Quartet?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by kwalsh, Sep 1, 2012.

  1. kwalsh

    kwalsh Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 3, 2012
    Baltimore, MD
    Sorry for the sort of senseless post, kind of in a "DPR mood" this morning :rolleyes:

    So we've got our "holy trinity" in the 12/2, 25/1.4 and 45/1.8. But now we have the 75/1.8 which in some ways out classes all three of those, if perhaps at a focal length less interesting to many. So I can't imagine knocking one of the existing members of the "holy trinity" out to make room for the 75/1.8.

    With that in mind the family has to get a bit bigger and we need a catchy name to refer to it. I'm proposing the Quintessential Quartet. Other thoughts?

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  2. Fmrvette

    Fmrvette This Space For Rent

    May 26, 2012
    Detroit, Michigan
    Thoughts in order...

    1. Why the heck don't they all come in the same color?

    2. That's a fair amount of cash money sittin' there in one photo.

    3. The 'holy trinity' in the Nikon world consists of very heavy, very expensive, very capable zoom lenses (70-200, 24-70, 12-24, all 2.8). This is good - it saves me from ordering in four Olympus primes today. :biggrin:

    4. Quintessential Quartet is perfect.

  3. kwalsh

    kwalsh Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 3, 2012
    Baltimore, MD
    I guess I can forgive the 25/1.4 as it is from a different manufacturer. The funny thing is the 45 is even a slightly different silver from the 12 and the 75 which are a bit more golden in tone. I guess I stopped worrying about color awhile ago. When I was buying Panasonic bodies I always just bought what was cheapest and available, so I ended up with a blue G1 and a gold GH2. I do have a black OM-D, but that was only because it became available first. Still, how hard is it to just make lenses in black?

    Oh goodness yes. That is actually one of the things I like about m43, they didn't not fall into the "small=cheap" trap and have made some very nice lenses. One could argue about whether they are overpriced or a bargain, but all I really care about is they have made some excellent lenses.

    m43 is so far lacking a zoom "holy trinity". The 7-14 is probably the only one that qualifies. The 14-45 is amazing for what it is, but I not sure it would live up to the name (not too mention it isn't expensive enough :smile:). On the longer end there just isn't anything worthy of the title.

  4. ShrubMonkey

    ShrubMonkey Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 6, 2012
    Nice selection, i have the 25 and 45. Interesting you say the 75mm outclasses the others, it looks a fantastic lens, just not a focal length I use. I'm waiting for that Oly 60mm macro next.

    I love primes but went for the 7-14 over the 12
  5. arad85

    arad85 Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 16, 2012
    Do you not consider the Panny 12-35 any good? It is, after all, a 24-70 equivalent....
  6. kwalsh

    kwalsh Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 3, 2012
    Baltimore, MD
    I haven't tried that one yet, but I think your are right that is probably the most likely contender. I hope the 35-100 ends up being a good one as well. Still, everything past 100 is a bit of a compromise, although both the 100-300 and 75-300 sound like decent if not spectacular lenses.

    But yes, maybe the 7-14, 12-35, 35-100 will be a zoom trinity. Or perhaps Olympus will eventually do a m43 SHG zoom.

  7. arad85

    arad85 Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 16, 2012
    I'm certainly hoping so (my 7-14 and 12-35 are in a DHL facility in the UK...).
  8. ShrubMonkey

    ShrubMonkey Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 6, 2012
    Very nice Andy, 7-14 is a cracking lens, love to hear your thoughts on the 12-35 too
  9. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    I would say when the 35-100 is finally released, we'll have the trinity of zoom lenses for m4/3 with the 7-14, 12-35, and 35-100 lenses. The 7-14 and 12-35 are exceptional lenses (you'd expect them to be, for the price premium) so assuming the 35-100 continues the trend it should complete the set nicely :thumbup:
  10. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    The M. Zuiko 75mm has some good weight to it (in terms of other MFT lenses) :smile:
  11. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2012
    David Dornblaser
    My prime quartet for travel/urban is going to be:

    new O17 or O25
    Small Zoom 14-42 or 12-50 (waiting for the 12-60).

    I still haven't gotten my head around the FL of the O75.

    For nature, hiking, wildlife, etc., I use zooms primarily.
  12. Mijo

    Mijo Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 23, 2012
    San Francisco, CA
    my current travel quartet is mainly the 8, 12, PL25 and the PL 45. When called for I'll sub either the 12-50 (for adverse conditions) or the 100-300 (for more reach), for the PL 45.
  13. danska

    danska Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 21, 2012
    Portland, OR
    I like the name!

    Mine would be: 7-14, 12-35, PL25, Oly 45. I'd like the replace the 45 with the 75, but the release of the 60mm macro changed my outlook on that.