Starting fresh, which lens set-up?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by harry_s, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. harry_s

    harry_s Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 19, 2011
    Wiltshire, UK
    I'm just in the process of selling my Nikon D90 and Nikon 70-200 2.8 VR as I recently picked up a Olympus E-PL2 and fell in love with it.

    I should have in the region of £1500 to spend and currently only own the kit lens, I would like to go wider than the kit lens, have reasonable zoom (at least 400mm equivalent hopefully) and a nice fast prime.

    I'm thinking:

    Panasonic 20mm 1.7 (£290)
    Olympus 9-18mm (£550)
    Panasonic 100-300mm (£470)

    (the new Olympus 45mm will be added to my kit this Christmas anyway)

    Would anyone suggest any different? I do a bit of everything really from travel to wildlife. I've seen quite a bit of conflicting advice on telephotos. My main concern is the telephoto, I'm wondering if it will feel too big on the E-PL2...but it's worth considering I'm tempted to add a G3 to my kit in the near future so presumably that would offer slightly better balance.

    The only slight curve ball is that I love motorsport, whilst clearly nothing in the M43 range is even going to come close to my D90/70-200 kit, I would like to find the best possible camera/lens combo to give it a bash (I love a challenge!), am I right in thinking currently the G3 + 100-300 is probably going to be the best combination?
  2. pxpaulx

    pxpaulx Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
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    Nope, the 9-18mm and 20mm make a great small pair, and the 100-300mm is a pretty nice telephoto. If you've already got the kit lens, not much missing from that setup IMO (aside from a fisheye and macro, which you've pointed out you'll be buying as well).
  3. Danny_Two

    Danny_Two Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 30, 2010
    My most used are the 20mm and the 14-45. I have the 9-18 but I don't use it much, although when I do I generally like the results.
    I have no use for long zooms, have the 200 but rarely use it, but thats more me than any lens problems.
  4. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    The 45-200 is half the price of the 100-300, and combined with the 9-18 and kit would give you a 35 mm equivalent range of 18-400 with no gaps.
  5. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    I have found the 45-200 to be an excellent lens. It's certainly a terrific bang for the buck. I have the panasonic 14, 20 and 45-200 and that seems to work well for me.