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What lens to get next? I cannot decide!

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by colbycheese, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. colbycheese

    colbycheese Mu-43 Veteran

    378
    May 1, 2012
    Way up there.
    I am trying to choose the 25mm 1.4, or the 20mm 1.7. I want something that is sharp and the pictures are good. Also something that is good in low light. I still cannot pick one after a year of thinking about it. Which one should i get?
    Thanks
     
  2. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Sharp, good pictures, good in low light...? Both lenses could do all of the above but the Summilux will do it all better. Especially in low light. It's only a half stop faster, but it also has better low-light Autofocus. The 20mm has a decent enough aperture but will hunt in low light.
     
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  3. Mr Hahn

    Mr Hahn Mu-43 Veteran

    239
    Jul 9, 2010
    SLC, Utah
    Nate
    Try figuring out which focal length you like the most. Set your kit lens to 20mm and tape the ring so you can't move it. Spend a day, or maybe a week, shooting at only 20mm indoors and out. Then do it again at 25mm and try to figure out if you have a preference between the two focal lengths.
     
  4. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    25/1.4, unless you have just a really tight budget or need the smallest lens possible.

    If you want to go wider, I'd recommend the O17/1.8 over the P20, just for faster focusing.
     
  5. msatlas

    msatlas Mu-43 Regular

    52
    Feb 5, 2013
    Madison, WI
    I chose the P20. I'm a big fan of the slightly-wider-than-normal FOV. 35mm and 50mm (equivalent) are both classic FOVs but I like to bridge the gap between them and skip lens switching.

    One of my favorite film cameras that I still use is an old Yashica Electro 35 GS rangefinder that has a 45/1.7 lens.

    When I had a Pentax DSLR I sold a Sigma 28/1.8 to get a Pentax 35/2 because the Sigma just wasn't sharp enough, but I really preferred the 28mm (43mm equiv) FOV over the 35mm (53mm equiv).

    So that's why on m43 I like the P20 (40mm equiv) over the PL25 (50mm equiv).
     
  6. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
    Ehud
    The 20mm is a good food camera. :smile:

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