Three Primes for your mFT

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by bigbluebear, Jul 2, 2013.

  1. bigbluebear

    bigbluebear Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 2, 2013
    Hello everyone!

    I've been curious about the smaller format for some time now and am finally giving it a try. Since the format is new to me, I've been doing some research and thinking about what my options are in terms of a 3 prime lens setup.

    There's so many great lenses! What three prime setup would you go with?
  2. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    Three great lenses. Do you shoot video? If so, you may want to give the 20 a pass as it can be noisy when focusing. The 25 is a larger lens, but it is one of my favorites, and it is a pleasure to manually focus. Are you planning on purchasing any more primes? If so, then you may want to consider going wide (among the three) now with the 17, if that is suitable to your style of shooting.

    Good luck,

  3. madogvelkor

    madogvelkor Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 22, 2013
    If you want a pancake lens for a more compact option, go with the 20mm (or even the 14mm). If not either the 17 or the 25 are excellent -- it just depends if you want a wide angle prime or a normal prime.
  4. twokatmew

    twokatmew Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jun 1, 2012
    Lansing, MI, US
    I have the 14, 17, 45 and 60. I use the 14 when I want a pancake or am shooting cars. The 17/1.8 is my walkaround lens. I use the 45 mostly for indoor low-light portraits and the 60 for telephoto, macro and outdoor portaits where I have more room to move.

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  5. littleMT

    littleMT Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 8, 2012
    Lucille Sanchez
    I like the 14mm......

    Just a little....
  6. rparmar

    rparmar Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 14, 2011
    Limerick, Ireland
    They're all good lenses, right?

    I would go with the 14mm to get the widest FOV at a reasonable price. Killer lens IMO.

    weir, Shannon River by robinparmar, on Flickr
  7. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    The 14mm is a super lens especially considering it's low price. The 20mm is also a great lens although it sometimes has AF issues and noise. Although a little slower in max aperture the Sigma 30mm is nice. Since you have the 60mm already a nice trinity of primes would be the 14mm, 30mm and the 60mm. The 60mm is next on my list, maybe I will get one for my birthday later this month.
  8. bigbluebear

    bigbluebear Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 2, 2013
    any reason you are all recommending the 14 over the 12mm f/2, besides price? Personally I didn't consider the 14 since I'd rather go 12mm (i.e., wide w/ small aperture for wide and indoor work) or in the 17-25mm range (traditional prime).

    I believe in the long run, I will probably end up with three primes which is a fairly common setup. Based on a first look without playing with the lenses, I am leaning towards the 12mm f/2, something in between 17-25 (which I can't decide!), and either the 45 or the 60. I know some will argue that there is a place for both the 45 and the 60 on one's shelf but based on my shooting style, I can survive with just one. I personally prefer shooting wide than long. :) 
  9. bigbluebear

    bigbluebear Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 2, 2013
    I don't shoot video but do tip my hat to those able to create awesome video clips.
  10. rparmar

    rparmar Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 14, 2011
    Limerick, Ireland
    The 12mm doesn't have the superior optics to justify its price, IMO. Though I liked the MF mode a lot, it just isn't worth that crazy premium. Also, how much is the black version? Total rip-off.

    Besides, I prefer 28mm to 24mm (135). It produces a more natural view to me.

    Finally, the 12mm is smaller.
  11. bigbluebear

    bigbluebear Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 2, 2013
  12. rparmar

    rparmar Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 14, 2011
    Limerick, Ireland
    Singapore... wow!
  13. Mijo

    Mijo Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 23, 2012
    San Francisco, CA
    I would respectfully disagree with this statement. I have the silver version of the 12mm and also bought the Oly hood and metal lens cover, which together is priced pretty close to the LE black 12mm package (which also included a filter).

    OT - my 3 prime set up normally consists of the panny 8mm, CV 17 and the PL 45. The CV 17 is a low light monster and gets the most use when i go with just these three. If space and weight are an issue I'll sub the new Oly 17 for the CV.

    My other 3 prime set up is the 12mm, PL 25 and the Oly 75.
  14. phidauex

    phidauex Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 17, 2013
    Boulder, CO
    The 12mm is a great lens, but it is a lot more expensive than the 14mm. If you need 2mm more width, and a bit less than 1/3rd stop more light, and are willing to take a larger lens and a much more expensive lens, then by all means buy it. But if you aren't sure yet, or want a more portable lens, you can get the 14mm/2.5 from Panasonic for peanuts. I bought mine on Ebay from Hong Kong for $160, brand new.

    My current primes: 7.5mm Fisheye, 14mm, 25mm, 50mm (vintage), 60mm Macro. If I had to keep just three, I'd keep the 14, the 25 and the 60.

  15. snkenai

    snkenai Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 5, 2010
    Just a thought on the 45. I have used my daughter's for a month or two (still have it for now). My take on it is, that it is a great portrait lens, but not to my liking for outdoor/landscape. Just does not have that something? Maybe contrast? Don't know how to describe it, but for me, it was not worth the investment. It's a great lens, but not for my needs.
    Also noticed that in very low light, the 14-42 IIr nailed focus quicker and with more authority. Still not a issue, just an observation.
    So the 45 is going back and I'll use the kit lens and some legacy glass for a while.
  16. dav1dz

    dav1dz Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 6, 2012
    Does this have to be a 3 primes kit selection?
  17. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    I'd go 12mm, 25mm and 75mm.
  18. bigbluebear

    bigbluebear Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 2, 2013
    Thanks for sharing! What's the CV 17?

    I haven't ventured out to the panny 8mm since it's a fisheye. I've used a fisheye in the past and found it difficult to master. Also defishing tools imo take away much of the IQ.
  19. bigbluebear

    bigbluebear Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 2, 2013
    Which happen to be the three most expensive :2thumbs:

    I actually like that spread. I worry that I won't use the 75mm as much tho.
  20. Mijo

    Mijo Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 23, 2012
    San Francisco, CA
    The CV 17 is the Cosina Voightlander 17.5mm f.95, Voigtlaender - Nokton F0,95/17,5mm aspherical .

    There's an image thread on this forum for this lens. It's expensive, MF only and real heavy but at f.95 it's a light sponge. The MFD is extrememly short, which is a huge plus (IMO).
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