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Recommendation for all rounder lenses

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by dameos, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. dameos

    dameos New to Mu-43

    Dec 30, 2010
    Hi all, I come across this site while looking for information on lenses.

    I've been using my kit lenses since I got my EPL-1. I'm thinking to upgrade an all-rounder lenses that is better than the kit lenses. Can anyone experience people recommend?

  2. Warren T.

    Warren T. Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 10, 2010
    San Francisco
    Hi, welcome to the forum. I'm sure we're happy to suggest something, but what are your expectations for an "all-rounder"? --Warren
  3. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Kit lensES? Exactly which ones do you have?
  4. G1 User

    G1 User Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 20, 2010
    The Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 is a nice in-between 35/50 lens.. fast, sharp, and at f/1.7 because it's on a 2x crop, there is still enough DOF for nice close up...

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    If you like a 35mm FOV Oly 17 f/2.8, not as sharp as the 20, but still a very good lens, and then you have the new Pany 14mm f/2.5 (28 fov).. I have heard it is as good as the 20, just 1 stop slower (or so)....

    So, as walk about lenses, you have the fov of 28/34/40 to pick from....
    there is a 8mm ultra wide Pany, and is the Older Pany 14-45 f/3.5-4.5.

    As far as other kit zooms, the older Pany 14-45 is the sharpest one out there.
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  5. dameos

    dameos New to Mu-43

    Dec 30, 2010
    sorry for not being clear.

    - reasonable video performance and better marco shots than kit lense.
  6. dameos

    dameos New to Mu-43

    Dec 30, 2010
    the kit lenses comes with EPL-1? I'm sorry I don't really understand lenses very well.
  7. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Do you just have the one zoom lens? Or do you have multiple lenses?

    When you say "macro" how close do you want to be? The only true macro native to m43 right now is the PL45/2.8. it has phenomenal image quality, but is a bit expensive. Supposedly, Olympus will be coming out without their 50/2 macro soon
  8. dameos

    dameos New to Mu-43

    Dec 30, 2010
    I have a 2 lenses kit.
    M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm and a 40-150mm 4/3 lenses with a MMF-2 adapter.

    the 14-42mm is my main one but I feel the video quality is not too well. I suppose that's a lenses that's good enough for video taking and all other normal shots with better marco abilities
  9. PeterB666

    PeterB666 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 14, 2010
    Tura Beach, Australia
    The Olympus 14-150mm and Panasonic 14-140mm zooms are optimised for video performance.
  10. bilzmale

    bilzmale Mu-43 All-Pro

    I'd go with Peter on these as all-rounder zoom lenses. Macro really needs a dedicated lens.
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