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What is stopping you from buying other lenses?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Shield, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. Shield

    Shield Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 11, 2011
    Worthington Ohio
    There are lenses I've always been curious about, but never had the nerve to purchase for various reasons.

    I'll start with a lens I always think about - the Panny 7-14mm f/4.0 wide lens.
    Primary reason I don't buy it - No OIS for my Panasonic bodies.
    Secondary - Cost
    Tertiary - No ability to attach filters

    12mm Olympus
    Primary reason - cost
    Secondary - I have the 14mm f/2.5 Panny

    Olympus lenses (all but 45mm 1.8 which I do have):
    No OIS for me.

    What are some of your reasons you haven't pulled the trigger?

    Having fooled around with micro 4/3rds for about 6 months now I would say my favorite lenses are the 25mm f/1.4 H-X025 and the 14mm f/2.5. Also, I'm surprisingly using the old 14-50mm f/2.8-3.5 for video more than I thought - it's a shame the OIS is so noisy.
  2. flash

    flash Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 29, 2010
    1 hour from Sydney Australia.
    They don't make the one I want yet. I thought I'd be all over the new primes but I've walked away from all of them recently and had no pangs of regret. In fact I've sold most of the primes i had. I just want a fast telephoto zoom. That's it.

    By the way the 7-14 is brilliant.

  3. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    There's no Voigtlander Nokton 16/f1.0 available yet :smile: A fast, 'street' wide angle is the only thing I feel is missing from my kit at the moment...

    +1 for the 7-14/f4 being brilliant - OIS makes buggerall difference that wide anyway...
  4. Shield

    Shield Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 11, 2011
    Worthington Ohio
    For video? Or just stills? Or both? You don't find F/4 a hindrance?
  5. Shield

    Shield Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 11, 2011
    Worthington Ohio
    I only ask about OIS because when I shoot handheld video with the Gh2+ 14-50 @ 2.8 I can definitely notice a difference with it off. I'm more of a video guy than picture guy, which is why I haven't bought an Olympus.
  6. Pen F

    Pen F Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 21, 2011
    Since I recieved my E-P3 I have baught 20,45,12 primes. I would love to get the Samyang fisheye but I think I blew my camera buget till after the hollidays. Also I would like the panna 25, but can't justify the upgrade form the 20mm it would replace. Also I love the 20mm FOV.
  7. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 7, 2010
    This will sound very strange around here, but what's stopping me from buying more lenses is the simple fact that I am happy and satisfied with my 20/1.7, with 35/2.8 and 55/1.7 MF options when needed.

    The new X glass from Panny would possibly be of interest, but since I am shooting a GF1 and they don't care to support it with the X features it will be easy to ignore.
  8. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    My 17/1.4 with dof scale doesn't exist yet. That's why. Lol
    And i can't order the 12 cause I think I'm getting it as a gift

    - Eliot
  9. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    I'm holding off buying a couple that interest me, because I may make the switch to a DSLR. I've been waiting a couple years for the right body to come along and so far it hasn't.
  10. djonesii

    djonesii Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 18, 2011
    NO STOCK ....

    I'd by a 45/1.8 today at list if Amazon or B&H or Adorama had one!

    For the 12mm, it's price ..... lovely lens, a bit specialist for what I shoot as I already have the 9-18 .....

    for the 25mm, it's overlap/size ..... I have the 20mm, and see no reason to change as I prefer the pancake

  11. Jman

    Jman Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 20, 2011
    Columbus, OH
    The size is nice, but the 25mm has a much nicer rendering IMO. It's as sharp or sharper at all points and has MUCH smoother bokeh. Love it.
  12. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Did you check samys, precision-camera, or unique photo?

    - Eliot
  13. chrism_scotland

    chrism_scotland Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 1, 2011
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    I've been tempted by the 12mm, 14mm, 25mm and 45mm but to be honest like mentioned before I'm quite happy at the moment with my 17mm and manual FD 50 f1.8, I invested in the £200 EVF instead of a native lens so I could enjoy my legacy glass and to be honest I've not really missed auto focus.

    I am very tempted with the 45mm especially at the price it is but aside from AF I can't imagine its going to be that different to the Canon 50 I already have!

    My next purchase (funds permitting) is probably either the 14mm or 25mm though...
  14. Caroline

    Caroline Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 4, 2010
    Well for me it's mostly because I can rent the Olympus lenses whenever I need them for a fraction of what they cost to buy, which allows me to try different kinds of lenses and only rent what I need when I need it. I still haven't spent the cost of one lens I've rented yet (over two years) and I've had at various times the 9-18mm, 12mm, 75-300mm and also the VF-3 and VF-2 viewfinders, including some of them on several occasions.

    I already have the 2 kit lenses (14-42R and 40-150) that came with my E-PL3 (as well as the original kit lens with my E-P1) which I find remarkably good for what they are, and also a few old Canon FD prime lenses (28mm, 50mm and 135mm) that I had hanging around from my old Canon AE-1 kit which are now getting a new lease of life, so I haven't really felt the need for much else.

    Having said that, seeing the rave reviews and amazing shots posted here and elsewhere with the Olympus 45 F1.8, I have just (today, having actually found one in stock!) bought one - the price (£239 in the UK) also makes it good value for money. I would also consider the Panasonic 14mm and / or 20mm but am a bit concerned about the "rattlesnake" noise they apparently make on Olympus bodies which puts me off a bit even though they both have a great reputation for image quality.

  15. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Heya Caroline. My wife and I are using the Panasonic 14 and 20mm on our E-PL3 and E-P3 and no rattlesnake! At least, the aperture blades adjust much less frequently than the new 25mm and they are significantly less noisy. I don't think it is something you would notice on either of the older lenses.

    You will notice that the 20mm, especially, focuses a bit more slowly after coming from one of the newer Oly CSC lenses. Still, we use the lens a lot and love the images.

    My wife is using the 14mm as her pancake option - amazing how small a E-PL3, and I am assuming E-PM1, are with this little overachiever mounted.
  16. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    To second the point, I think this is down to specific copies of the lens. I have a 14 and a 25 and have absolutely no problem with the rattlesnake noise that I've seen others report on. I use them with the EPL3. And I had an EP3 for a while and didn't have any problems with that one either - I didn't have the 25mm then but I had the 20 and I've never had a problem with any noise from that one with four different Oly bodies. I know it happens, but I wouldn't worry about it unless you get a lens with the problem, in which case I'd return it for another that likely wouldn't.

    I basically have all of the lenses I want. I never bought the Pany 45 because it was a lot of money for a not very fast lens, with most of the cost and size of the lens probably tied up with the macro function, which doesn't much interest me. When the Oly 45 came around, I jumped on it. I don't have the 7-14 because the 9-18 seemed a better set of tradeoffs to me. Similarly I have the 100-300 and not the 75-300 for the same reason. I don't have the 17 anymore because I have an X100 to cover that focal length. And I don't have the 20 anymore because I sold it to get the 25 - no need for both and the 25 is faster (in both senses of the word - aperture and AF) and quieter, although both are incredibly nice lenses...

    I'm not interested in the X lenses or potential future fast zooms. I really have the combination of primes I like for most day to day shooting, the 9-18 and 100-300 for those extreme wide and long situations, and the 14-150 superzoom for travel. I just picked up one of the Samyang fisheyes as well but may not keep it for long. Its a lot of fun but its a bit of a novelty lens and I just don't know how much I'll end up using it. But if I find a lot of use for it, I'll keep it.

  17. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    For me it's very simple: PRICE.:smile:
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  18. leungw

    leungw Deal Hunter

    May 26, 2011
    My wife.
  19. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
    The restraint learned after more than 40 years of photography.

    I'm not a big GAS guy, and I'm pretty close to happy with my current lens lineup.


    Panny 14 - Panny 20

    Oly 45 (arrives today)

    Zooms - Panny 14-45, Panny 45-200

    I think I'm happy.... the bodies don't hold much allure for me. I still shoot my GF1 & G1.
  20. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Congrats! Let us know how you like it!

    For me, the list would be...

    m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 - I already have two 50mm f/1.4, a 40mm f/1.8, a 50mm f/1.8, and a 50mm f/1.5 which I'm very happy with. I need to reduce my collection in that area, not grow it. ;) 

    m.Zuiko 12mm f/2 - I don't use that wide focal length enough.

    Lumix 7-14mm f/4 - I don't use that wide focal length enough. If I did need something wide though, this would be the one for me.

    Leica 25mm f/1.4 and Lumix 20mm f/1.7 - These lenses are tempting, but in this focal length I have the Zuiko 25mm f/2.8. It's not as fast or compact (because of the adapter - otherwise, the lens itself is exceptionally slim) but I prefer the Four-Thirds mount because it offers more options for me and most of my other lenses are Four-Thirds or adapted to Four-Thirds. The Zuiko 25mm is quite sharp, free of distortion, and focuses fast on the PEN system.

    Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95 - It's out of my budget for a focal length I use less (than the 50mm length). However, I'm sure if I had this lens I would be using the 25mm length more often, lol. Since switching my standard lens from 25mm to 50mm though, I have found that I am much more likely to take my camera out often and shoot it with the mounted lens.

    All Lumix and m.Zuiko zooms (besides the 7-14mm which has already been listed) - I don't use lenses that slow. ;) 
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