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So I have narrowed down my choices. Now i need help to pick just one

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by colbycheese, Mar 26, 2014.

  1. colbycheese

    colbycheese Mu-43 Veteran

    May 1, 2012
    Way up there.
    So i have narrowed down my lens choices. I am looking for the best value lens that can be used indoors in low light and is reasonably sharp.
    The choices are:
    1. Sigma 60
    2. Panasonic 20
    3. Olympus 17

    So what lens of these 3 best matches the criteria?
  2. T N Args

    T N Args Agent Photocateur

    Dec 3, 2013
    Adelaide, Australia
    call me Arg
    Pana 20. But you have the Leica 25/1.4, surely that meets the criteria, is free (to you), and makes the Pana 20 seem lesser value to you because it is only slightly wider.

    The Siggy is a bit long for indoors, the Oly is a little higher priced.
  3. colbycheese

    colbycheese Mu-43 Veteran

    May 1, 2012
    Way up there.
    Ok. I am also looking for something lighter than the Leica 25 because it is easier for me to handle. Which one is the lightest?
  4. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror! Subscribing Member

    Nov 9, 2012
    Traverse City, MI
    A used panasonic 20mm mk1 is a decent value...but the af drives me nuts sometimes. I'm thinking of picking up a used 17mm myself. Other than the wonky af in low light conditions, it's a spectacular lens.
  5. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Indoors and you have a short tele on your list? The Sigma 60mm is a short telephoto lens and would be hard to use inside a house unless you like really close-up shots. Since you already have the 25mm the 20mm would be a bit redundant in focal length{only a tiny bit wider} but it would be smaller and lighter since it is a pancake. I would think the 17mm would make the most sense for your needs.
  6. Wisertime

    Wisertime Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2013
    Get the 45 F1.8. I use the 75 indoors...don't think 60 is too long. YMMV.
  7. Duncan

    Duncan Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 31, 2013
    This would be my suggestion also. It's considerably different from the 25 and is a great indoor lens. If not the 45, I'd go with the 17 since that is more different from 25 than is the 20.
  8. Biro

    Biro Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    May 8, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Yeah... if somehow you can afford two lenses, get the Oly 17mm f/1.8 and the 45mm f/1.8. Between these two and your PanaLeica 25mm f/1.4, you'd be totally set for lowlight work indoors with fast glass in full-frame equivalent focal ranges of 35, 50 and 90mm. And if you ever see a good deal on the Panny 14mm f/2.5, grab it. Then you'd have 28mm covered. Great for group shots and a great fit on both your G3 and E-PM1.
  9. playak47

    playak47 Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 4, 2010
    I have no issues with my E-m5 with Panasonic 20mm using the AF light. I used to hate it with my e-pl1 but now I have no issues with it. Af is slow but it will lock focus the first time in a dark room. But 20mm and 25mm are too close of a focal range when you are looking to expand your lens collection.
  10. emirabal

    emirabal Mu-43 Regular


    Barely leaves the body.
  11. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2012
    David Dornblaser
  12. dav1dz

    dav1dz Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 6, 2012
    It's hard to recommend 20/1.7 as a low light lens. Yes it goes to a wide aperture, but its AF response is poor. If you're used to 25/1.4's AF in low light, you'd be disappointed.

    I see 20 as a great pancake for the minimum profile.
  13. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 7, 2010
    Agree. The 17/1.8 and 25/1.4 are noticeably better in low light.
  14. Pecos

    Pecos Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jan 20, 2013
    The Natural State
    17 is a little bigger but faster focusing than the 20. I like mine very much. Great focal length for general use or for indoors.
  15. LowTEC

    LowTEC Mu-43 Regular

    17mm for sure, you will be disappointed by the 20 AF speed in low light
  16. Wisertime

    Wisertime Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2013
    Agreed. The 25 F1.4 pulls off shots I never imagined were possible indoors in low light. Certainly not with my previous 4/3rds lenses/bodies. The EM5 deserves some credit too.
  17. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    You have the 25, so the 20 is perhaps a bit close (and horribly slow to AF in poor light, and merely 'slow' under normal circumstances) in terms of focal length.

    Whether you'd prefer the 45/1.8 or th 17/1.8 (or even 12/2.0) depends on whether you want a wider or a tighter perspective. Personally, I really like 17+25 as a focal length combo for indoor low light. Longer gets a bit too long, but can occasionally be fun.
  18. Anthonys

    Anthonys Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 17, 2011
    I would vote 17mm 1.8. Sigma 60mm will be difficult for interiors and it's slower. 20mm is a little smaller but tends to have difficulty focussing in low light. The 17mm has a nice metal build too!
  19. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    From the ones you have listed, the Oly 17/1.8 would be my pick. I's also seriously consider the Oly 45/1.8 as well. A great deal if you find either one used.
  20. orfeo

    orfeo Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 27, 2013
    I vote for the 15mm summilux.
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