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Should I sell my kit 14-42mm and replace with 1.8/17??

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Cr0b4r, Jun 11, 2014.

  1. Cr0b4r

    Cr0b4r Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 4, 2013
    IQ-wise I suppose its a no-brainer. My most critical usage is portraits of family/friends around the house. But I need some encouragement to pulll the trigger on spending the $$$. I'm certainly a beginner and cautious at spending money on a nice to have item.

    Also, as a casual user would I be missing out on the zoom? Do you think cropping from the 17mm photo is as good as what the kit zoom would produce?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. alex66

    alex66 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jul 23, 2010
    Crop wise you will lose details, but at 17 if you like feel comfortable with that focal length you can get a lot out of it, but the 14-42 lenses don't go for much have you considered keeping both? I only got rid of my Panasonic 14-42 when I got the tiny 12-32 and a 14-140mm, its useful to have a zoom but primes are great for some.
  3. m4c

    m4c Mu-43 Regular

    May 15, 2014
    Czech Republic
    As someone, who barely change 25mm prime, I would still recomend not to sell it, sometimes lens with zoom is just what you need
  4. D7k1

    D7k1 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Nov 18, 2013
    As I was updating my kit, I sold my old 14-42 (the original that came with the EPL1) and got a 14mm pany and 30mm siggy, but I also bought a 14-42 II R from cameta, a very useful tool for $100 with warranty. Here they go often for $70-$80 and are still a bargain. In reasonable light, I find that the 14-42 and 40-150 are the perfect travel kit. You didn't say what body you are using, but the 16 mp sensors & the high ISO gives new life to kit lenses. And a big plus for me is how fast and silent it focuses for video. Worth keeping I say.
  5. Kalifornier

    Kalifornier Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Apr 29, 2014
    My 2 cents: I have both lenses and I use the 17/1.8 about 90% of the time. It's a little gem. But I have not sold the 14-42 because a few times, I did need the extra reach. I would keep both.
  6. HarryS

    HarryS Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 23, 2012
    Midwest, USA
    No. You should not sell the 14-42 zoom, as you will be lucky to net $75 from the sale and it is worth that.

    I think the 17mm f1.8 is overpriced at $499 in the USA, If you are in the USA, watch the getolympus and cameta factory refurbished websites for the refurbished 17mm to show up. At $349, it's more fairly priced.
  7. emorgan451

    emorgan451 Mu-43 Veteran

    Like HarryS pointed out the sale with not get you worthwhile money. Save a little longer, then buy it. You definitely will have $75 in value of the shots you would otherwise miss without that range. If you had another lens already, like a 45 or 30 I would say go for it. Just my 2 cents though.
  8. runner girl

    runner girl Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Nov 26, 2011
    I agree. I sold mine and regret it. Not having it as an option, if only rarely, wasn't worth what I got for it.
  9. dechoder

    dechoder Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 1, 2013
    If you think the 17/f1.8 is pricey (which I certainly think it is), you might want to have a look at the 25/f1.8. I've always wanted a 17/f1.8 but couldn't justify the high rrp charged for it. So I ended up getting a 25/f1.8 instead and glad that I did. Sure the focal length is different but I get used to it pretty quick. Although I haven't tried the 17 but from what I've seen, the 25 is on par, if not better than the 17.
  10. Edmunds

    Edmunds Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 16, 2012
    Another option is the 20mm f/1.7, pretty cheap on the used market.

    Definitely don't sell the kits lens, you are not going to get much for it.
  11. BLT

    BLT Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 13, 2013
    I remember when I bought my 20mm (first lens I bought/tried after the kit lens that came with the E-P1) It blew my socks off and suddenly made me realise what a great little camera my E-P1 could be. The IQ and Low light Abilities of a prime like this blow the kit lens away (by low light I mean most indoor shots as well as true "low light")

    If you really can't afford to keep the kit lens (I would if I could) then sell it and get the prime lens. It will show you what your camera can really do.
  12. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Have you shot with primes before, and if so did you like it?

    Some people just do not bond with primes. I like them a lot and my m43 camera has the 17/1.8 on it most of the time.
    My EM5 came with a 12-50/3.5-6.3 and I only keep it because it is weather sealed for those times when I need it.

    My core kit is the 17/1.8 and the 45/1.8, then I have the 40-150/4-5.6 because it was inexpensive and shoots better than the price would lead you to believe. I hardly use it though as I can walk to most of what I want to shoot.

    Really, the decision comes down to what you prefer as your shooting platform.
  13. Theo

    Theo Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 26, 2013
    Theo K.
    Ditto Andrew. I too am keeping my 14-42 IIR and 40-150 kit zooms for the odd times when I need the flexibility. They are cheap and cheerful and definitely not bad overall.

    Unless you can spring for a P12-35 or O12-40 zoom, any Oly or Pany 14-42 kit zoom is a keeper for that it's not worth much selling it. Most MFT prime lenses show you what a MFT body is capable of and what MFT size advantage is all about. If you're not sure whether prime lens is for you, tape your kit zoom on 17mm or 25mm and shoot for a few days.
  14. Cr0b4r

    Cr0b4r Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 4, 2013
    Thanks for all the responses!

    Desiring better indoor results was the main reason I wanted a prime lens. Especially after I found that I mostly keep it at the same focal length - 14mm. But the consensus seems to be to keep the zooms since its worth <$100.

    Also I went ahead and ordered a brand new Olympus 1.8/45mm after a lot of reading on how great this lens is; bang for the buck,etc. Probably an impulse purchase on my end. I was trying to keep my zoom at 45mm and found it challenging indoors. Buyers remorse is already setting in and don't even have it yet!!!
  15. runner girl

    runner girl Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Nov 26, 2011
    IMHO you'll never regret owning the 45mm Oly.
  16. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    South Bend, IN
    The 45/1.8 is certainly a great lens, but you have to consider where you'll use it. As you yourself mentioned it's not a great focal length for indoor people/group shots. Something like the 17 or 25 might serve as a better complement to the 14-42. That said, if you can swing it why not start using the 45 once it arrives and see where it IS useful, in the meantime start saving up for a while and keep your eye out for a used copy of the 17? The kit zoom with either 17/25 and 45 would be a very nice set that can handle a LOT of photographic opportunities.
  17. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    Why not set your zoom to 17mm and see if you miss having a zoom?

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