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Should I keep my 14mm?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by arier, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. arier

    arier Mu-43 Rookie

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    Apr 19, 2012
    I recently acquired an M. Zuiko 9-18mm and I love it. I have the focal length covered now, besides speed, is there any reason to keep the 14mm pancake?
     
  2. skadoosh

    skadoosh Mu-43 Rookie

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    Apr 19, 2012
    Northern Virginia
    pancakes taste pretty awesome
     
  3. vinay

    vinay Mu-43 Regular

    137
    Mar 18, 2012
    Toronto
    I use the 9-18 as a walk around and the 14mm when I specifically want to travel super light and inconspicuous
     
  4. everythingsablur

    everythingsablur Mu-43 Veteran

    412
    Aug 4, 2010
    Toronto, ON
    Besides speed/brightness, probably just physical size.

    You would have to look into samples at some test sites, but at 14mm, it's possible that the pancake might also be sharper than the 9-18 (complete speculation on my part).
     
  5. starlabs

    starlabs Mu-43 Top Veteran

    856
    Sep 30, 2010
    Los Angeles
    I sold my 14mm pancake awhile ago, when I realized 99% of the time I was using the kit lens at 14mm instead and the difference in size was more than negated by the flexibility I gained from the zoom. Haven't missed it at all (this was during the day - at night I use the 20 or 25)

    Recently got the 9-18mm too. What a tiny beauty!
     
  6. vinay

    vinay Mu-43 Regular

    137
    Mar 18, 2012
    Toronto
    The 9-18 is no sharpness slouch... my copy is sharper than the 14mm
     
  7. arier

    arier Mu-43 Rookie

    15
    Apr 19, 2012
    Super helpful, thanks guys! I'm really leaning towards selling the 14mm.
     
  8. capodave

    capodave Mu-43 Top Veteran

    514
    Jul 4, 2010
    Southern Cal
    Dave
    I'll take it.
    I'm learning I can't have too many lenses, especially natives.
     
  9. arier

    arier Mu-43 Rookie

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    Apr 19, 2012
    PM me, if you're in the US, you've got yourself a deal.
     
  10. okinana

    okinana Mu-43 Veteran

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    Sep 21, 2011
    Philadelphia, PA
    I am also planning on selling my Panasonic 14mm and 14-45mm.
     
  11. capodave

    capodave Mu-43 Top Veteran

    514
    Jul 4, 2010
    Southern Cal
    Dave
    PM sent
     
  12. b_rubenstein

    b_rubenstein Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 20, 2012
    Melbourne, FL
    ...across the frame and has less barrel distortion.

    I'm keeping it because it's tiny and pretty fast, so I carry it in my pocket when I'm out with a body and the 20/1.7.
     
  13. Jonspanki

    Jonspanki New to Mu-43

    6
    Apr 25, 2012
    I'm a big advocate of the 14mm - it gets great results and it's so conveniently sized. Given that they are so cheap on eBay now, I'd keep it as the sale value probably won't be worth letting it go.
     
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  14. xdayv

    xdayv Color Blind

    Aug 26, 2011
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    Dave
    sold my 14 together with the GF1... kinda missed it though. but the 20mm is so versatile i can opt for it when going for a pancake. for the wide, i have the 7-14 to do the job.
     
  15. toobacat

    toobacat Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 21, 2012
    I have the 7-14 too, but after checking the prices on ebay, this is going to be hard to resist.
     
  16. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    I was just checking my pics by lens via Lightroom.

    My most used lens is my 14mm indoors wide open. Usually around 1/60 second at ISO 1000-1600. It's hard to get that wide with that shutter speed and ISO at that price with any other current m43 lens. It does have a niche, IMO.
     
  17. Mellow

    Mellow Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2010
    Florida or Idaho
    Tom
    That's so funny . . . it's exactly what I found. It's my most-used prime. I think one of the main reasons is that it's so small that with the E-PM1 I can slip the whole thing in my pocket, so I take it everywhere. The 14-45mm is my second-most-used lens, even though it overlaps the FL, because it's so versatile. So if it were me I'd definitely keep the 14mm, even if I had that focal length covered in a zoom, because of its tiny size.
     
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