Tell me which lenses to get rid of

cyrax83

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Soon to be kit in the next couple of days:

Olympus 7-14 2.8 PRO
Olympus 12-40 2.8 PRO
Olympus 25mm 1.8
Olympus 45mm 1.8
Olympus 40-150mm 2.8 PRO + 1.4 TC
Olympus 40-150mm f/4-f/5.6
Olympus 60mm macro
Olympus 75mm 1.8

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I think it's time to get rid of some

The hard decision is deciding what :confused:

The PRO lenses will stay.

I'll keep the 60mm macro since I like occasional macro.

The 40-150 f/4-5.6 will definitely go as no use for it since I have the Pro.

25 1.8 - Walkabout lens? I don't use it much though since I usually take the 12-40 anyway as I have no problems with the size of the 12-40 PRO lens. I think this will go.

45 1.8 - Pretty good for portraits.
75 1.8 - Stellar lens for portraits, sharpest thing I've seen. Not good for much else.

Atleast One of the 45 or 75 has to go (or both?). Whilst the 45 is more versatile and it would make sense to get rid of the 75 as it's an expensive lens and could fund the 40-150 PRO, it's tough parting with the 75. It is just so damn sharp. On the other hand, the 12-40 2.8 and 40-150 2.8 are both so near the 45 focal range, perhaps it makes more sense to get rid of the 45. On the other hand could the 40-150 2.8 cover off the 75 1.8? Does it make any sense to keep the 75 and 40-150 2.8?
Which one would you get rid of?
 

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Wow, you do have a selection. You're going to have to start buying Panasonic. I'd sell the sell 40-150, the 25, and the 45 and commt to the zooms. The 60 is special since it's macro. After that, and I hate to say it, the 75 is next.
 

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Wow, you do have a selection. You're going to have to start buying Panasonic. I'd sell the sell 40-150, the 25, and the 45 and commt to the zooms. The 60 is special since it's macro. After that, and I hate to say it, the 75 is next.
You are probably right. The 40-150, 25 and 45 wouldn't be hard to let go. The 75 would be tough
 

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I'll never sell my 45mm, it's a fabulous little lens, quite versatile if you can move your legs, fast with excellent image quality and small enough to put in your pocket.
 
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I don't see an issue. I have all of those except the 7-14 PRO, plus a couple more. None of mine are getting the boot. Even though my primes are all overlapped by my PROs (except the Fisheye), it can be a nice change to just shoot with only a prime. Another plus is the primes are lighter and faster.
 

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I think you have a good start to your culling. I disagree with you though on the 75mm. I use it so the tone for street shooting, and not just portraits.

I actually have all those except the macro and the 7-14. They all have a use for the way I shoot. It sounds like you prefer the zooms over the primes. If that is the case, then I would get rid of the 25/45/75.

I shoot in a lot of low light where the primes are very much needed for their extra light gathering abilities.
 

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I'd sell the 45 and the 40-150. Maybe the 60 too: the 12-40 and the 40-150 + TC both have a decent magnification for casual macro.
The 75 is also good for indoor sport, but if you do not use it could go too especially if you keep the 60.

I'd keep the 25 if you need a small walkaround lens and it would be faster then the 12-40.

Or try to build two kits: the big one (pro zooms+O60) and the pocket one (25+45 or 75)
 

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Buy and keep lenses based on use and needs, not on what's coolest.

Let's say you get rid of your smallest lenses. Would you find all those "pro" lenses would stop you from carrying the kit more often? In which case, did you gain anything?

You mentioned portraits. How often do you take portraits? If infrequently, then I'd argue that a cheap but good manual 50mm/1.4 would serve fine for portraits. Or, the long 2.8 zooms at the long end could do the same. If you do portraits frequently, then under what circumstances? In studio? On the go?

You mentioned the 75mm is sharp. To be blunt -- so what? Why do you need sharp at that focal length? Not saying you do or don't, you just need to be sure of why.

Not too many years ago, I used to spend a lot of money on gear, take pictures of mundane things, and then stare at the images on screen at 100%, etc. This leads to buying lenses based on single qualities "It's sharp" or "it's good for macro" or "it's got great bokeh balls" But then I realized no one ever looked at these pictures, expect for me when I was lens testing. No offense, but ask yourself if you are in this same place? It's not right or wrong, it's just an expensive place to be!

I couldn't possibly tell you which lenses to keep/get rid of, because I don't know what you shoot. The one counter point I would add -- you said get rid of the 40-150 kit. Maybe. What if you are traveling and you want 1 lens on your camera and 1 in a pocket. Will the 2.8 zoom fit that need? I just did a week in London, and I brought a very small shoulder bag (Domke F-5XB) with the P20, 9-18 and Panny 45-150 kit lens. Super versatile and super light, and I got wonderful shots. I never once needed 150mm at 2.8. But that's just my use case. What's yours?
 
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You could get rid of the 25,45,75. The 60 is very close to the 75 already. The 40-150 (both versions) do good portraits too if that's not your primary thing. I'd keep the kit 40-150 for a lightweight alternative. It's still good and won't reap much $ 2nd hand. Only you know what you like to shoot and which lenses get used most though.
 

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I think WT21 is spot on. You need to understand your needs, not what seems best or what you think you want because of how other people use it. Not as easy as it sounds though.
 

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As Wisertime mentioned on some of the lenses, you "won't reap much $ 2nd hand". So I guess the question is are you trying to get back a little cash that you can use for something else? Or do you simply want to get down to a smaller number of core lenses and less stuff in your cabinet?

As Wisertime also mentioned about the slower 40-150mm, it weighs almost nothing so for a trip or an outing where you may not need a long lens primarily but would still like to have something on hand just in case, it makes for a light "throw in" for your bag. You won't get a lot for it used. Unless you are ALWAYS willing to carry your 40-150 Pro with you, in which case go ahead and dump the small one.
 

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I'd probably dump all your primes since you said you have no issue with the size of the 12-40. 12-40 even does semi-macro, so probably fine for "occasional" macro as you put it. 40-150 f2.8 easily replaces 45 and 75 for portraits. I can't imagine you'd ever use the slow 40-150mm f4-5.6. again.

7-14, 12-40 and 40-150 + TC should be quite enough, IMO.
 

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The Oly-pro lenses are pretty bulky... On these days I started to shoot on primes again... And I love it. Therefore keep your primes... and add the Oly 12 f2.0....

It´s so easy to use just these tiny little primes....
 

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I would keep all of them, choice is a wonderful thing. You have the ability to have a very tiny walk around kit and a pro level kit. Why not take advantage of that?
 

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I don't see an issue. I have all of those except the 7-14 PRO, plus a couple more. None of mine are getting the boot. Even though my primes are all overlapped by my PROs (except the Fisheye), it can be a nice change to just shoot with only a prime. Another plus is the primes are lighter and faster.
+1 with the possible except of the 40-150 f/4.0-5.6. Of course, I would add the O17 :dance4: What body do you have?
 

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I have everything on your list minus the 7-14 and 40-150 PROs. When I finally manage to convince the Comptroller of the Currency that the time is ripe for the 40-150 (plus TC, of course), I shall not relinquish the variable since I value having a light telezoom for daylight excursions. What kind of dent in the purchase of the PRO would selling it make, anyway? ;)

Seriously, though, horses for courses. I really appreciate how putting a new lens on a body not only transforms how I see but transforms the body into an entirely different camera, as well. When I want to disappear into the background with my camera, it's prime time. When I need to be really flexible, out come the zooms. Etcetera, etcetera.
 
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