What was YOUR LENS of the YEAR?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by John M Flores, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. John M Flores

    John M Flores Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 7, 2011
    Somerville, NJ
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  2. veereshai

    veereshai Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 12, 2011
    Arlington, VA
    Definitely the Olympus 45mm f1.8. This probably is the best portrait lens that I have owned.
  3. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Olympus 45/1.8

    Small, light, decent build quality and great images.
  4. Art

    Art Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2011
    San Francisco, CA
    Oly 45mm, All my best pictures were taken with this lens
  5. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'm going to have to go with the 25mm 1.4. Love it!
  6. shnitz

    shnitz Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 25, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Boo, what about for those of us that are happy not being on the technology merry-go-round, jonesing for the latest and greatest? Alas, there's no place in the world for people like me, enjoying my Panasonic G2, Nikon D200, Leica IIIf, and Mamiya RZ67 :(
  7. John M Flores

    John M Flores Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 7, 2011
    Somerville, NJ
    You can start your own thread - the Gear that Made me Happiest in 2011, Regardless of Vintage!
  8. drizek

    drizek Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 5, 2011
    Is there even any competition to the 45mm? All we got were some kit lenses. There is the PL25, but that is still new/expensive and not many people have even tried it.
  9. Linh

    Linh Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 14, 2009
    Maryland, US
    Despite the controversy around it, I want to say the 12/2. Oly took a dive into a niche lens I think. The MF clutch is unique for m43 and build is unmatched. And it's tiny.

    It draws a bar for m43 lenses that I hope future lenses strive to match. While something like the PL25 is certainly good enough for me, it's nice to have something to point to and say "do it like this."

    PL25 might get an honorable mention, I just got mine, so I'm not sure it's different enough from the 20/1.7.
  10. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
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    I'm tempted to cast a vote for the Rokinon/Samyang fisheye because it is soooooooo awesome, but the Oly 45 is just a touch sweeter (and more usable on a day to day basis).
  11. Biro

    Biro Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 8, 2011
    Jersey Shore
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    Oly 45 for wow factor... but Panny 14 may be my most-used and most versatile. But the 14 was out last year, wasn't it?. I won't even consider the Oly 12 or PanaLeica 25 as long as I still have my Pentax DSLR kit.
  12. flash

    flash Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 29, 2010
    1 hour from Sydney Australia.
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    Nothing. Not a single one. The only contenders are the 25 and 45 and that's only because the rest were simply dull, dull, dull. But I don't have any interest in the 25 or 45 either.

  13. capodave

    capodave Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 4, 2010
    Southern Cal
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    The 12.
    Love learning to shoot wide.
    This lens gives me some beautiful images and color renderings.
  14. pawzitiv

    pawzitiv Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 28, 2010
    The Leica DG Summilux 25mm/F1.4 ASPH does it for me.
  15. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
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    Pan.Leica 25/1.4

  16. Olly45/1.8.
    It got the vote from my wallet!

    I really hope they do it again, in 25/1.8, 70 & 100mm@ F2.5 or so. Prime heaven! I have just been lusting over a set of MF Contax G lenses, but then realised the Olly 45/1.8 is maybe smaller than the Contax 24/2, with AF! Come Olympus, you can do it!
  17. herngz

    herngz New to Mu-43

    Nov 10, 2011
    Has to be oly 45/1.8.. It's a superb lens for it's price.
  18. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    The m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8.

    The only BAD thing about it is that it's too close to the legacy fast 50's, only offering AF and small size as its real advantage over them.

    The GOOD thing about it is that it replaces the legacy fast 50's, giving you fast AF and a compact native size. :)

    Of course this lens is sharper wide open than old lenses, but many old lenses were f/1.4 or f/1.2 so at f/2 they were stopped down already and not so soft.
  19. Markb

    Markb Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 9, 2011
    Kent, UK
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    Looks like a whitewash for the 45/1.8, eh? It certainly gets my vote.
  20. sam_m

    sam_m Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 26, 2010
    Without a doupt the Olympus 45mm for me. I keep thinking images are from the 5D when images from both cameras from the same outing are mixed in Lightroom. Constantly impresses me.