Three Essential Lenses for the Beginning Micro Four Thirds User

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by madogvelkor, Oct 8, 2013.

  1. madogvelkor

    madogvelkor Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 22, 2013
    The Phoblographer has a nice article (part of a series for each brand/system) that reccomends 3 lenses for people new to MFT:

    I think they're pretty spot on, though I know some people will feel the 17mm 1.8 is better than the 20mm.

    It would have been nice for them to point out the budget alternatives from Sigma -- 19mm, 30mm, and 60mm. You can get those for half the price, at the expense of being slower and larger. And, of course, the Sigma 60mm isn't a macro lens. (Has anyone tried extension tubes with the Sigma 60?)
  2. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
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    Richard Elliott
    Unless you shoot a lot of macro I would recommend the 14/20/45 as a solid 3 prime set.

    And, of course, that what I often use. ;)

    Though when I go hiking I usually take my 14/20/60.
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  3. Hyubie

    Hyubie Unique like everyone else

    Oct 15, 2010
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    I agree with the P20 and O45 - in fact that's what I have and it covers most of what I need. (And in fact they are what keeps me deeply entrenched in m43 camp.)

    I guess the third one - the O60 - is kind of the subjective one. 45mm is already a tad too long for me, but it is a gem. I'm with Richard in that I need a wider lens, but for me the 9-18 completes the trio.
  4. wlewisiii

    wlewisiii Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 16, 2011
    Hayward, WI
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    William Barnett-Lewis
    Eventually? O12/O17/P25/O45/O75.

    Short term? I have the 17 & the 45 is next. The 25 makes three. The other two are simply in the "would be nice to have occasionally" category.
  5. Meph

    Meph Mu-43 Rookie

    Sep 3, 2013
    Reston, VA, USA
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    I definitely agree with the P20 as I stopped using the kit lens once I got it as the results from it are amazing. While the P14 isn't wide enough for me, I can see why it is recommended.

    My wide angle prime is the Samyang 7.5 fisheye. Not a beginner lens since it is manual only, but still a very nice lens if you are okay with manual focus. I currently don't own a tele prime, but I am seriously looking at the Sigma 60 and perhaps some extension tubes for the occasional macro shots.

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  6. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 5, 2011
    I disagree, not only with the choice of lenses but with the very idea that there are three "best" lens choices. Any lens advice that doesn't start by asking "What do you want to use your camera for?" and maybe "What body are you going to use?" is worthless.

    If you have no interest in macro, the 60mm is a waste of money, too close to the 45mm in focal length to be worth the cost. And if you shoot on a Panasonic body, the 45mm macro may be a much better choice, as it has IS.

    His list has no wide angle at all, and no true telephoto. If you like the look of wide angle, this set of three isn't going to service you very well. If you like to shoot sports or wildlife, ditto.

    As is typical of most people on the internet, this blogger can't see past the end of his own nose, and has chosen a set of lenses that actually support a very limited set of uses.
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  7. madogvelkor

    madogvelkor Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 22, 2013
  8. nardoleo

    nardoleo Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 2, 2013
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    My definately agree with the 20mm and 45mm as well. Those were my first 2 lens together with my epl1.

    I dont really agree with the 60mm macro. The blog seems to suggest lenses that will be used in tandem with a kit lens, so assuming the kit is the 12-50mm, with its faux macro, the 60mm would be rather redundant (unless u really need the 1:1 macro).

    I think the 9-18mm would be the perfect fit for this setup. though I can see why many would pick the 14mm as well.

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  9. NikkoExiledInSF

    NikkoExiledInSF Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 8, 2011
    Wiltshire, UK
    I have the P20, O45, O75. Having replaced the P14 with the O12, I am much happier on the wide end as a result. Have been thinking about the new O12-40 zoom but, having moved away from zooms when I sold my Nikon D2X, I'm much happier with my photography. Oh, and I forgot to mention the Rokinon 7.5 - wouldn't be without it.

  10. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
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    Richard Elliott
    I confess I really have the 7.5/9-18/14/14-45/20/45/60/45-175 eight lens combination and just pick the ones I want for any given foray. ;)

    The nice thing about m34 is that I am not limited to just 3 lenses for a lightweight combination. :D

    And if I really cannot make up my mind then the 9-18/14-45/45-175 covers almost everything.
  11. Ramsey

    Ramsey Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 9, 2013
    Zagreb, Croatia
    All three are great lenses. I would just replace O60 (although it's probaby my favorite) with O40-150 to give a bit more range in a small, cheap package.
  12. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 7, 2010
    It would be better to suggest to someone how to determine the lenses they need rather than to make a sweeping generalization.
  13. gochugogi

    gochugogi Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 8, 2013
    Oahu, gathering place of many cars
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    Peter Gunn
    12/17/45 would suit me better. Albeit I could live with only the 17 1.8 if I had to.
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  14. Steven

    Steven Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2012
    It's a good list . I am tempted to say there is a place for an old manual focus 50mm lens in place of the 45mm, especially if on a budget.
  15. edmsnap

    edmsnap Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 20, 2011
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Yikes. Something of a silly article since the three best lenses for one person may not even be close to the three best lenses for another.

    The phoblographer gets:

    20/1.7 = $349
    45/1.8 = $399
    60/2.8 = $449

    Total = $1198
    Focal range = 20-60mm

    Now, if I have $1200 for lenses, I'll get:

    Tokina 17/3.5 for wide angle. $150
    Canon nFD 24/2 for a normal. $400
    Canon nFD 50/1.4 for portrait. $100
    Helios 44-3 58/2 because it's crazy fun. $60
    Vivtar Series-1 90/2.5 because it's the best macro lens ever made and a wildly sharp short-tele. $275
    Zeiss Tessar 45/2.8 for when I need something very compact. $200

    I will have spent $1185.
    I will have a 17-90mm focal range.
    I could get a 24/2.8 instead of the f/2 and have money for a good telephoto.
    I'd be able to get a nice, big lunch at Wendy's with my leftover $13.

    Then I would sit around and wonder why anyone would go for the phoblographer's "best 3" when they could have my "stunning 6." :tongue:

    I agree with Meyerweb completely. Silly article. The three "essential" lenses for any photographer are 100% dependant on the photographer.
  16. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin .

    Oct 9, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
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    I maintain that the 9-18/12-50/14/14-45/14-140/25/45 combo is still the bomb. :thumbup:
  17. dougjgreen

    dougjgreen Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 5, 2013
    San Diego
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    Doug Green
    Yup - the Nifty Fifties in the f1.7 to f2 class can generally be gotten for $20-35 if you know what you're buying. Speed it up to f1.4 class, and you're probably looking at $45-75. All great bargains.

    In a similar vein, there is also a place for a manual focus 50-55mm Macro lens if you're on a budget. The lenses from Minolta, Nikon, Olympus and Canon in the 50 or 55mm f3.5 class can easily be found for under $100. A couple of weeks ago, I picked up a nice 50mm f3.5 MD Rokkor-X Macro lens for $45 including shipping on the 'bay for a friend of mine. The next day, a Canon 50mm f3.5 Macro went for $42 and a Nikon 55mm f3.5 Micro Nikkor went for $67. That's pretty typical - I'd have been happy with any one of those, as all 3 of those are GREAT Macro lenses for M4/3 if you don't mind manual focus.
  18. Danny_SWE

    Danny_SWE Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 30, 2013
    Sweden (Gothenburg)
    20/1.7 - 45/1.8 - 40-150 :)
  19. Adubo

    Adubo SithLord

    Nov 4, 2010
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    7-14 25 and 35-100
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  20. monk3y

    monk3y Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 14, 2013
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    This!! Although I like the 35mm FL more so I would get the 17mm f/1.8 instead of Pana 25mm.

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