what lens on e-p3

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by kurt1968, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. kurt1968

    kurt1968 Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 30, 2012
    Hi , i do not know why new e-p3 bodies still sell for 400 euro (520$) here in Belgium , and a new GX1 is down to 249 euros (325$), a new epl3 is 200 euros.
    I think of buying a secondhand ep3 with less than 1000 shots done.
    With that , i would buy a new lens.
    Was thinking about Zuiko 45mm or the sigma 19mm .
    Which lens would be better for snapshooting ,and kids too ?
    Which one fits the e-p3 like a glove ?
  2. madogvelkor

    madogvelkor Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 22, 2013
    The 45mm will be smaller than the 19mm, and works better in low light and for shallow depth of field. However, you'll need to be about twice as far away from your subject making wide angle shots very difficult.

    I'm not sure what prices are like in Europe, but in the US the 45mm goes for twice the price of the 19mm Sigma. In your shoes I'd buy the 19mm plus one of the other Sigmas like the 30mm or the 60mm.
  3. snkenai

    snkenai Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 5, 2010
    I would have to agree on the Sigma 30mm as a great all round "normal" lens. I shot my daughter's wedding with one and I did not feel too handicapped. That was with the E-p2. I now have the E-p3, but not the 30', which I sort of regret. I also used the Olympus 45' on the E-p3, and for my normal needs (nature), it seemed to not have the contrast I crave. But, it is a very good portrait lens.
  4. kurt1968

    kurt1968 Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 30, 2012

    zuiko 45mm is 250 euro , the sigma 19 , 30 or 60mm all cost the same ; 170 euro
  5. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Buy the 45mm first, then buy the 19mm/20mm/17mm.
  6. moccaman

    moccaman Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 4, 2012
    I wouldnt get the pana 20mm for an E-P3, I have tried it and the focus is really slow, and I have seen fringing in the viewfinder on occasions in lower light. I was using the EP3 yesterday with 45mm for some portrait stuff, and the results are very nice, opened the jpegs in PS and hit them with auto levels just to see what PS would do, the result was subtle which I was surprised about, often the Pana jpegs will go all over the place in colour, white balance etc when you hit them with auto level correction. Unfortunately I am still having trouble with face focusing, admittedly the subject moves around a lot being a yr old LOL, but I got the "sharp as a tack clothes syndrome" right now with a very slightly soft face, and its driving me nuts!
  7. moccaman

    moccaman Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 4, 2012
    Oh and to the OP, why dont you look at buying one off Ebay US or Australia? E-P3 body will go for around 250 over here, thats around 180 euro. Mine was mint, like new in the box.
  8. gochugogi

    gochugogi Mu-43 Veteran

    If I could only have one prime for general shooting, I'd spring for something in the 14 to 20mm range. I love the 45 1.8 but it's a short telephoto, ideal for outdoor or studio portraits, but not very flexible otherwise. I'd go for the Lumix 14mm F/2.5 or Oly 17 2.8 for general use and add the 45 1.8 later. I don't own the Sigma 19 2.8 but briefly played with one and while it seemed well made, it was very bulky for such a slow and short lens. The front objective was tiny and yet the barrel relatively large, defeating the wee factor of M43. I own the Sigma 60mm F/2.8 and the barrel is huge while, again, the front objective is tiny. I suppose Sigma wanted to use the same barrel material for the 19, 30 and 60mm lenses--they all have 46mm threads--but I'd rather have a smaller lens and deal with assorted filter sizes or step up rings.
  9. kurt1968

    kurt1968 Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 30, 2012

    i did not mention the 20mm , because i know it is very slow to focus.
    But i hear there is a new version ; is that AF improved a lot?
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