What's in your prime lens kit ???

steve16823

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Honestly, my prime lens collection has not been used much since I got the 12-40 Pro. I’ve been thinking recently that I should put together a prime kit with my also-ignored E-P5 and start shooting with them more.

Some days, especially this time of year when the weather turns cold and wet, i feel more like a gear collector than a photographer.

Meike 6.5mm circular fisheye
Rokinon 7.5 Fisheye
Panasonic 14mm w/ DMC-GWC1 .79x
Olympus 17mm f1.8
Leicasonic 25mm f1.4
Olympus 45mm f1.8
Olympus 60mm f2.8 Macro
Olympus 75mm f1.8
Adapted: 55mm f2.8 micro-Nikkor used primarily for digitizing slides.
 

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You have good taste in legacy glass! :)

I see you have both 100s… do you find you prefer the 2.8 for certain things, or did you simply have it first, and then hung on to it when you got the 2.0?
I just bought the 100/2.8 last week in response to the blog on Hi Res glass.
https://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2016/08/23/making-the-em5-mk-2-high-res-mode-sing-by-brad-nichol/
Then a couple of days later the 100/2 came up on eBay at a good price (not bargain). The main attraction for the 100/2 was its production date July '98, with the latest lens coatings.
The 100/2 is still somewhere in the mail system though, and I'm getting impatient.
 

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For native M43 primes I only have the Sigma 16/1.4, Panasonic Leica 25/1.4 and Olympus 45/1.8

I will probably sell the Sigma and change it for the Panasonic Leica 15/1.7. The Sigma is not a bad lens but honestly it just feels too big most of the time.
 

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7.5mm F2
8mm F1.8
20mm F1.7
25mm F1.2
45mm F1.2
45mm F1.8
60mm F2.8
75mm F1.8
300mm F4

And some that isnt m43
100mm F2.8
300mm F2.8

And the order i use them most often

300mm F4
8mm F1.8
25mm F1.2
45mm F1.2
7.5mm F2
60mm F2.8
300mm F2.8
75mm F1.8
100mm F2.8
20mm F1.7
45mm F1.8
 
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I've had a major cull. Found myself turning into a bit of a gear head with a bag full of lenses sitting in a corner. Two out of three zooms are gone (I tended to only use them at either end of the zoom ranges), as is my fisheye (that one hurt a little, but I've still got the 7-14mm f2.8 and I believe it's gone to a good home).

17mm f1.2
45mm f1.2
60mm f2.8 macro
75mm f1.8

I'm challenging myself to take better images with what I've got for a year, although I reserve the right to rent a 300mm f4 for a couple of airshows.
 
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Mike G

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I have empathy with Richard, that would be why I don’t have any Olympus lenses, cos I like the look of all those PLeica and Panasonic optics:coffee-30: :th_salute: There’s definitely room for us picky buggers.
 

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Usually the PL 25 and PL 42.5 which has always been my combo for event photography. But for anything else, it feels like the amazing 42.5 has a weird focal range to be used appropriately (but I used it with a lot of success to take pictures of antique cars my friends were trying to sell).
 

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Panasonic 20mm f1.7, Sigma 60mm f2.8 (sometimes Hexanon 40mm f1.8)
 

Paul C

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BOO TO ZOOMS!
Pincushion at one end of the range, barrel distortion at the other; chromatic aberration throughout and internal reflections from the 12-15 lens elements cutting contrast......

Well that was my feeling in the 35mm film era - but the fantastic development in cameras coupling of the EXIF identification with automatic distortion and CA correction AND the half size / quarter weight advantage of M4/3 lenses has converted me....even before we mention low noise sensors even at 1600ASA and image stabilisation that saves 3-5 stops of exposure before tripods have to be carried.

Prime lenses for me now have to offer more "creativity" than I can get with zooms - and that means that often low priced, "optically inferior" cheap lenses from China or adapted legacy 35mm-film era lenses can be the best bet.
  • Who needs edge to edge sharpness in a medium telephoto portrait picture?
    • A Manual Focus Meike or 7-Artisans 50mm F1.7; F1.8 or F2.0 model may be what you need....they give excellent central sharpness and contrast coupled with great colour rendering.
  • When ultra shallow depth of field and exciting bokeh rendering are needed, the £20 / $30 Fujian 35mm F1.7 c-mount lens is very hard to beat !
    • If you haven't tried this lens out - just take a minute or 3 to do a quick internent search for images taken with this lens - costing much the same as 4 large latte coffees!
  • Fast long telephoto for portraits?- why not try adapting the ultra-lightweight Nikon-E 100mm; that gives you an equivalent 200mm F2.8 perspective with a lens that was, for several years before AF arived, the darling of many fashion photographers. Why carry the heavy NIKKOR 105mm lens when the plastic E-lens is available?
    • Don't forget to add the longest lenshood that you can afford before vignetting when adapting full-frame to M4/3. With any "full frame" lens on M4/3, all that redundant lens area outside the crop sensor range just acts as a chance to create internal reflections and veiling flare that destroy scontrast and colour.
best wishes to you all - Paul
 

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I saw the title and quickly thought I don't have a prime kit. Then I realized in a way i do (all except the Macro bought before my zooms were purchased, except for the FE):

7.5 FE
Pany 14 f2.5 with WGC1
Sigma 30mm f2.8
Oly 60mm f2.8 macro
 
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With any "full frame" lens on M4/3, all that redundant lens area outside the crop sensor range just acts as a chance to create internal reflections and veiling flare that destroy scontrast and colour.
Don't forget the focal reducer! Breathes new life into Fool Frame wide-angle lenses!
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15mm f1.7 + 25mm f1.8 + 45mm f1.8
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