Small Kit for GM1

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by tjdean01, Oct 6, 2015.

  1. tjdean01

    tjdean01 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 20, 2013
    If you were using a GM1 for a secondary mini system to your full frame DSLR, which lenses might you buy? Here's what I was thinking:
    • 12-32 - so small it seems like a must to make the GM1 a P&S
    • 20/1.7 - I would probably pick this over the 25/1.8 because it's smaller and also because the 42 or 45 would beat the 25 anyway for portrait separation
    • 42/1.7 - Truthfully not partial to Panasonic at all but since Olympus won't make a PM3 with EFCS, I'm using the non-IBIS GM1 and prefer the stabilized Panny over Oly's 45
    • 35-100 - I have the O40-150 plastic zoom, but this is smaller, lighter, wider, and sharper. Plus, once I get over 100mm anyway my 40-150's performance is poor.
    • (Adapted - Just to note, I have several lenses I can adapt to the GM1 if necessary, such as an 85/1.8 or 135/3.5 for when I need extra reach. I also will have the fisheye and the 15/8, but I see those as less "serious" lenses and lenses I will keep for fun no matter what)
    So, the above pretty much has the range covered. Assuming you have DSLR with good lenses as well, as a secondary system, can you see any other options that might better than what I'm thinking of getting? Thanks in advance!
  2. Klorenzo

    Klorenzo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 10, 2014
    You could swap the P20 for the Mitakon 25/0.95 :)
  3. Mellow

    Mellow Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2010
    Florida or Idaho
    This is pretty similar to my mini-kit with the GM1. I use the 12-32mm, 20 mm f/1.7, 45-150mm Panny zoom, and the 9mm bodycap lens. Covers nearly everything I could want and is super small!
  4. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    The 20 is the only one to question. But more in the way of what focal length do you want.

    15mm f/1.7
    17mm f/1.8
    20mm f/1.7
    25mm f/1.8

    Pick one.
  5. SojiOkita

    SojiOkita Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2014
    The 12-32 is a very good general lens, with a very interesting angle of view at 12 mm.
    Note than when in use, it's not a real pancake (that's why I have the 14 mm).

    The 20/1.7 seems a bit huge on the GM1 but is a very good lens. I'm beginning to love it (the focal length is nice).

    I don't know the 42/1.7 so I won't answer on this one, but my GM1 gives good results with the Olympus 45/1.8 so there's no reason the 42.5/1.7 won't match.

    Concerning the telelens, I used the 45-150, which is correct at 150 mm. It's a bit long (physically speaking) for the GM1 but totally usable.
    For a "small kit", it's probably not the best match, though.

    The 9 mm body cap is probably also a very good match.
  6. SojiOkita

    SojiOkita Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2014
    Not the same optical quality, not the same size, the Mikaton is not an AF lens...
    Why not the Mikaton, but it's not the same use.
  7. RVJ

    RVJ Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 19, 2015
    Saint Louis, MO
    My kit is a GM5 with the lenses you listed except I have the PL15 instead of the P20. I had the P45-150. It is a really compact zoom lens for the FL it offers, but gave it up since I don't seem to using it as often.
  8. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    Definitely a good add to the OP kit. LR can defish with the Sigma 10mm fisheye profile.
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  9. budeny

    budeny Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 4, 2014
    Boulder, CO
    Main kit: Pany 12-32 and Sigma 60mm - with cropping they cover 12-100 mm for me and 60mm gives good isolation for portraits. I switch from Sigma to Samyang 7.5mm fisheye when I go to tight places like canyons.
    Pany 20/1.7 is my dedicated low light lens.
    Accessories: Lowepro Dashpoint 20 case, JJC auto-cap and CPL filter.
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2015
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  10. Generationfourth

    Generationfourth Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 11, 2015
    I have the 12-32 (because it came with the GM5). I really like it, it covers a great range and is very compact. I don’t use it that often because I’m a prime guy. I have the 20mm from my GF1- It’s one of my all time favorites despite what the forums say. I recently added the 42.5 and I love it. Get this over the Oly because of OIS. I also have the 9mm body cap lens for playing around with. I can see the need for something longer but I rarely need it for my style of shooting.

    If weight/space is a concern (which it usually always is for me) I’ll usually only take 1-2 out of those four lenses.
  11. SojiOkita

    SojiOkita Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2014
    How often do you use the 9 mm body cap?
  12. TwoWheels

    TwoWheels Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 28, 2014
    British Columbia
    I have a GM1 and my ideal kit includes the following with adjustments based on destination:

    PL15 (don't have it yet, but it's on my list. I'm currently using a P14 but it doesn't offer much over the P12-32)

    The O60 is such a great lens, I like it as a macro and short telephoto. I also have a P45-150 that's nice and light, but I'm not satisfied with the sharpness. I might have to take a closer look at the 35-100.
  13. kingduct

    kingduct Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 12, 2013
    I've got the exact same kit, but with the G5 and with a 45-150 that I throw into the bag when I think I might need it (not often, but invaluable on those rare occasions when I do want it).

    If it seems kind of silly to have a bulky camera with two pancake lenses, just remember that the lens is what makes the biggest differences in terms of using up space. I had an E-PM2 for a while and in real-world usage, the difference in bulk between it and the G5 was not worth the sacrifice of giving up the screen and viewfinder (I'm aware that the GM5 has a viewfinder, but I'm not prepared to get a new camera!).

  14. Generationfourth

    Generationfourth Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 11, 2015
    Not sure if you're asking me, but I use it like ~5-6 out of every 100 shots. But I've only had it for a month so it's hard to tell.
  15. darrellc

    darrellc Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 21, 2012
    I sold my GM5 after deciding to focus on a Sony A7x based kit and buy an LX100 instead, but my travel kit was:

    O45/1.8 (would have replaced with 42.5/1.7 if I'd kept m4/3)

    And I might have picked up the O9-18/4-5.6 since I sold the larger 7-14/4 along with the rest of my m4/3 kit.

    GM series is great, amazing capabilities in a tiny package when paired with the small lenses.
  16. Generationfourth

    Generationfourth Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 11, 2015
    I forgot about that one, I used to own the O9-18. Great compact wide zoom.
  17. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    The GM1 is a joy to use with small lenses. I'd even call my Oly 25mm f1.8 small, as the lens diameter is pretty reasonable (as is the 45mm). Nothing beats the small size, though, of the 17mm f2.8 and 14mm f2.5 lenses. The 20mm is nice and short, too, but the diameter is significantly bigger than the other pancake lenses.

    I found the 20mm version II to be slow to focus even on the new GM bodies when I tried it for street, but fantastic for scenery. As a landscape lens you can bring a tiny mini tripod (like the Manfrotto Pixi or similar) and hook the GM1 wifi up to your smartphone for composition. Awesome combo!
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  18. brettmaxwell

    brettmaxwell Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 8, 2012
    I have a FX Nikon kit for for when I'm heading out specifically to photograph, but I absolutely love carrying my GM1 as my everyday carry. My kit is simple, small, and effective, 12-32, P20, O45. The 12-32 gets me as wide as I typically want and has that zoom flexibility. The 20 gets me good low-light performance in a small package. The 45 gets me some reach and some portrait ability. The only changes I would make would be maybe swapping the 45 for the P42/1.7, and maybe adding a 7.5FE, maybe.

  19. deacon

    deacon Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 7, 2015
    Brettmaxwell - Does the the 20mm leave you any finger space with the Franiec grip? The 20 is bigger in diameter than my sigma30, which gets a little cramped (and highlighted by the ridged design)
  20. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    I can tell you the 20mm cramps the official Panny grip.
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