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Some lenses worth waiting for.

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Kiwi Paul, Jun 2, 2012.

  1. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 15, 2011
    Aberdeen Scotland
    I'm still contemplating what lenses to get to complete my setup.
    After owning the SHG lenses I'd love to have that quality again and with a couple of forth coming lenses it looks like I can get it.
    I currently have the m9-18 and m25 1.4 and are looking to get a lens/lenses to cover above 25mm, most of my shooting is landscape and abstract and stuff that doesn't need much telephoto lenses (which is why I sold the 100-300 it just wasn't getting used).
    So I have 2 options it seems, the Lumix 35-100 f2.8 (whenever it's announced and released) or the Zuiko 45mm f1.8 and the new 75mm f1.8. I imagine either option will cost pretty much the same.
    I'm really tempted to go the prime route as 75mm is probably long enough for me and with a lens of that quality and the 16Mp G3 a fair bit of post cropping can be achieved and still retain good IQ, I also fancy taking the prime route as I've always used zooms and quite fancy changing my style to using only primes, I love using the 25mm.
    The 35-100 obviously gives me continuous coverage in that focal range and an extra 25mm at the long end, f2.8 for most purposes is quite fast enough and I'm guessing the IQ will be very good.

    I also have the 14-150 and while it's a great walkabout lens it can be soft above about 50mm and it's a slow lens so want a better quality faster lens to compliment the 9-18 and 25.

    I'm looking forward to these new lenses becoming available, exciting times ahead.

  2. D@ne

    D@ne Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 23, 2012
    The 12-35 will retail for $1300 USD, while the 75 will retail for $900 (initially anyway). The 45 retails for $400, but can often be found for less (refurb, etc.)

    No one can really give specific advice, as two of those lenses have yet to be officially released, but I don't think anyone will have anything bad to say about the 45. Inexpensive (in comparison) and excellent quality optics. The ultimate choice will probably come down to budget and focal-length preferences.
  3. fredlong

    fredlong Just this guy...

    Apr 18, 2011
    Massachusetts USA
    I'm not sure which way I'd go if I could spend the money right now. But one big thing I'd consider is the 35-100 will give you stabilization where the 45+75 combo won't. I'd have the same issue with my G2 and I've grown to like stabilization.

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  4. Repp

    Repp Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 27, 2011
    Seoul, South Korea
    I've been trying to decide something similar... I currently have the 7.5/3.5 fisheye, 14/2.5, 20/1.7, 45/1.8 and 2.8 macro, 9-18, 14-45, and the 45-200...

    I'm thinking of buying the 12-35 and 35-100 b/c they are stabilized and weather sealed... I'm currently shooting a GX1, so the weather sealing isn't a huge issue, but I'm also a backpacker/climber, so it would be nice to have when I upgrade to a future body to have it. The stabilization is nice for the longer lengths, and it's one of the reasons I'm not considering the 75/1.8. But the price of those two lenses is going to be steep!

    So, do I keep the 7.5, 20, 45/1.8 and add the 12-35/35-100?
    And then sell the 14, 45/2.8, 9-18, 14-45, and 45-200?

    or maybe go for a 7.5, 14, 20, 45/1.8, and 35-100 kit?
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