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What lens should I buy?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by pcrit, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. pcrit

    pcrit Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 18, 2014
    I just bought an E-M1 with the 12-40 2.8 lens. I also have a 45mm 1.8 and a 14-150mm. I am debating between the 75-300mm or the 25 1.8. I am leaning towards the 75-300mm as I would have a pretty complete setup for just about anything but I would love to have a nice 50mm equivalent. My budget is $400-$500 max so looking to purchase another lens to add to my collection. I shoot mostly portraits and events but also do wildlife and travel. This setup has replaced my APS-C and want a complete kit that I can use for any situation. Does anybody have either one or I am open to other suggestions?
     
  2. pcrit

    pcrit Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 18, 2014
    I plan on getting the 25mm 1.8, 60mm macro, and 75-300mm eventually but debating which I should get now. I am leaning towards the 75-300 as I have the other ranges covered pretty much but I know the primes are much nicer and I am looking to do mostly portraits and close ups in the near future.
     
  3. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    With the 12-40, I'd defer the on the 25. Which is more important to the way you shoot, macro or long telephoto? I'd lean macro since the 40-150 is usually enough for me.
     
  4. fuesting

    fuesting Mu-43 Rookie

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    Feb 16, 2014
    I have your exact same setup. I chose the 75mm 1.8 route for a fast prime with more reach.
     
  5. pcrit

    pcrit Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 18, 2014
    The macro would be useful if I can find one reasonably priced. I have great things about the 75mm 1.8 but don't find myself shooting in that range too often.
     
  6. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    You should be able to find the 60 macro for $400 new if you are willing to wait for the next sale.
     
  7. pcrit

    pcrit Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 18, 2014
    I can wait and that's great price. Which place please?
     
  8. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    Macro is always achievable with the lenses that you have and with a 75-300mm; just get some extension tubes. Telephoto lenses also lend themselves to macro, as it gives you stand off distance from subjects that can be twitchy or hard to reach.
     
  9. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    Olympus does this periodically. Check their website or a site like B&H.
     
  10. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    Vin
    If you do portraits then you need the 75mm f1.8.
     
  11. pcrit

    pcrit Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 18, 2014
    I am trying to get a like new 75-300mm for $425 which is too good to pass up so we'll see what happens. I do most of my portraits on an 85mm in full frame so thinking the 75mm (which would be 150mm of course) might be too big of a reach for how I shoot. I have heard great things about the 75mm though and maybe I would adapt my style.
     
  12. pcrit

    pcrit Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 18, 2014
  13. pcrit

    pcrit Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 18, 2014
    And an additional 20% off with coupon code president
     
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  14. LowriderS10

    LowriderS10 Monkey with a camera.

    May 19, 2013
    Canada
    With all due respect, this is like trying to decide whether you should get a pickup truck or a sports car. These lenses serve VASTLY different purposes...and vastly different styles of shooting. Figure out what you want to shoot, and buy the appropriate lens. :)
     
  15. pcrit

    pcrit Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 18, 2014
    That is so true, just trying to get an opinion on members who have these lenses and what they think. I need a long range zoom so bought the 75-300mm refurbished on sale. I am debating the 25mm 1.8 next or do you think it's redundant with the 12-40 2.8?
     
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  16. LowriderS10

    LowriderS10 Monkey with a camera.

    May 19, 2013
    Canada
    I think you made the right choice. I generally try to fill holes in my line-up before doubling up on focal lengths.

    The 25...here's what I would do, if I were you...use what you've got for now. Then run a program (I think mine is called Exposure Plot) that breaks down the focal lengths and apertures you use, how often you use them, etc. If you find that you use the 25-ish length often, and you shoot a lot wide open...sure, pick it up. If you don't...then you probably won't need it! :) (I generally know exactly what lens I want to buy, but sometimes I use this method to help me choose the lens that'll serve me the best, or help me decide whether I need the fast version of a lens, or a slower would suffice, etc). :)
     
  17. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    Dunno. I shoot a lot at 25 (well, 50 on FF), but most if it with a prime, a lot in lower light. Relatively less with a slower zoom, because I like the focal length for people shots so the extra speed really matters for both lower light situations and subject isolation. It also makes for a much nicer compact package than the (excellent) 12-40, which is definitely my favorite all-rounder. A fast normal prime in the bag is never a bad thing in my book. And gets used much more than a super telephoto.
     
  18. pcrit

    pcrit Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 18, 2014
    I broke down and bought them both, I use the 50mm often on full frame and liked the 1.8 and smaller size so I bought it new along with a refurb 75-300mm. I am done for awhile now and need to start shooting with them!
     
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