Walkaround lens for GX1?

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by Braza, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. Braza

    Braza Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 31, 2013
    Help me to make a choice. What is the most appropriate lens for GX1 for walk around shooting? Panny 25/1.4, Panny 20/1.7 or, maybe 25/1.8 m.Zuiko? Another one? :)
  2. Anthonys

    Anthonys Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 17, 2011
    I first used the 20mm 1.7 but found the focal length slightly awkward and the hunting focus in low light annoying - particularity for video. So switched to the 14mm and it was great until my son arrived and I wanted to take more portraits! So I then carried the 45mm 1.8 around -but it was really only good for baby shots and had to switch to for anything else.

    I've had the 25mm 1.4 as my default carry around option for the past 6 months and it's great. The olympus 17mm and 25mm would be other options I'd consider now as they are lighter and work better on either brand of body.
  3. I prefer the 17mm f/1.8 for general city scape shots but the 25mm f/1.4 for people. I could never choose between the two and have now owned and sold both twice! I now have the 12-35mm f/2.8 which covers both of those ranges, and I tended to shoot at f/2.8 anyway so I don't miss the larger aperture.
  4. godwinaustin

    godwinaustin Mu-43 Rookie

    Feb 23, 2014
    Jackson, WYO
    Id second the 17mm, 35mm is a really nice, classic FOV. Also the wider FOV will let you zone focus if desired.
  5. Canonista

    Canonista Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 3, 2011
    I think it depends what you primarily shoot during your walkabout, and whether you prioritize IQ, bokeh, or convenience. For example, I like to use my 14-150 super zoom when I'm traveling with my family, which means having minimal equipment and capturing the moment is more important to me than absolute IQ or shallow DOF. If I'm traveling alone, I carry 2 cameras with the 12 or 17mm mounted to one, and a 45 or 35-100 mounted to the other. If I'm traveling on business, I have my Canon S90 in my brief bag. If I was limited to just one lens with a priority on size and weight, it would be the 17mm.
  6. Braza

    Braza Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 31, 2013
    I try to shoot all around, but it's still usually obtained portraits. :)
  7. GFFPhoto

    GFFPhoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2013
    12-32 zoom
  8. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Richmond, VA
    Richard Elliott
    Because of the size of the lenses I always carry the 14 and 20. Thanks to the size I am not limited to one. ;)

    If I have pocket space I add the 45.

    This is why I got in m43 in the first place - I can carry more stuff. :D
  9. madogvelkor

    madogvelkor Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 22, 2013
    I used the 20mm and 14-42 PZ extensively back when I had my GX1. With a pancake attached, the camera is very compact and can fit in a jacket pocket or cargo pants/shorts.

    Right now I'd skip the 14-42 PZ and get the 12-32 pancake zoom though. The quality is much better. I'd avoid the Oly 14-42 EZ simply because it doesn't have OIS in the lens.

    If you prefer wider than 20mm, then the 14mm 2.5 is good. I found the 17mm 2.8 sub par on Panasonic bodies.

    If you don't care about being as compact as possible, the Oly 17mm 1.8 and Oly 25mm 1.8 are good buys.

    The Sigma 19mm and 30mm are nice too, especially if you want to keep costs down.
  10. stargate

    stargate Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 14, 2013
    If the not so wide aperture is not a problem for your kind of shooting, this IMO is the best choice.
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