What's in your prime lens kit ???

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I use mostly zoom lenses for my main photography genre simply for flexibility with regards to framing and weather-sealing but do have:

P14 2.5 - it's super small, mostly used on my E-M5 body
P20 1.7 - Love the rendering
PL25 1.4 - standard in my bag (with 12-40 and 40-150) providing a wider aperture lens when 2.8 gets tricky
O45 1.8 - perfect for my occasional portrait together with the 40-150
 
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Been downsizing due to mobility issues, going for PRO lenses that have much larger apertures and are smaller and lighter. I know that these factors are relative compared to what. In my case the 12-100mm F4.0 PRO zoom is larger and heavier than the 17mm + 45mm PRO primes at least to me.
 
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I don't have nearly enough lenses :) but I do currently own, and use in almost equal doses.....

P 30mm
P 42.5mm
Sigma 60mm (with an Olympus MCON-PO1 it also becomes a decent enough poor man's 60mm macro)

I want to buy the P 15mm, and then the Oly 60mm next - I aim to buy those this year. I also fancy the Oly 12mm, the O 75 and the P 25mm, but they will have to wait - perhaps for a long time, since at some stage I am going to make a concerted effort to save enough for the P 50-200.

Of the three primes I do have now the P 30mm and the Sig 60m deliver the most consistent results. On my GX8 the P 42.5mm flutters while it focuses, and even then it often mis-focuses, especially in poor light. The 30mm and 60mm are both 2.8, and they have no problem in focusing in pitch black, almost. I'm surprised by the poor performance of the P s42.5 sometimes, to be honest. I'd like to try someone else's copy on the camera to see if it is a consistent fault, or poor technique on my part. It may well be the camera, since on my G6 the 42.5 seems to work almost faultlessly. Any advice from anyone on this lens would be much appreciated.

If I have one lens on the camera for a walk, it's the P 30mm macro. Sharp as a tack, very useable focal length for lots of things, and it also does 1:1 for insects and flowers. A very under-rated lens which when paired with a pair of legs makes itself very useful.....
 
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Native lenses, all I have is the 17 f/1.8 that this thread starter sold me. I love it so far, but haven't gotten a lot of opportunity to use it.

I have two of my dad's old Minolta primes he originally got in the 1960s. a 28mm f/3.5 and a 58mm f/1.4. I've only played around with them a little. They don't see use.
 

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Prime wise I have the 7.5 samyang, 20mm 1.7 Mk1 both of which I don't use that much these days. I mainly use my PL 15mm 1.7 PL 25mm 1.4 PL45mm macro 2.8. I am thinking about adding the simga 56mm 1.4.
I tend to use prime swhen I am out and about for a days shooting out by my self. But when away with the wife then wide and mid zoom and the 15mm prime.
 

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With the recent arrival of the Oly 25/1.8 as part of the Em5iii promotion, I now have:

PL15. Favourite lens in the system.
O25/1.8
Sigma 30/1.4
O45/1.8
Nocticron 1.2
O75/1.8


The 25 and 30mm will be interesting. Smaller size of the 25 appeals, but I've not been a 50mm fov shooter very much and I think I prefer the slightly longer focal length for portraits etc.

I'd love the P200/O300/17pro but it's tough to justify financially atm.
 

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I got rid of my Olympus 25mm due to just not using it very much. I did love the compactness and the rendering, but in a question of it versus the Panny 20mm f1.7 I would reach for the 20mm. Now, I own the Sigma 30mm f1.4 as well, which I think will be a good solution for short telephoto. Haven't used that latter lens much yet (GX9 on the way!).
 

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Some sort of PL F/1,7 somewhere in the 60-100mm range, would have been a very nice add on to the prime line-up, 90 to 100, perhaps. Could even be nice to have the option for running the TCs...
 
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Only 2 primes. Panaleica 25 since it's my most fave focal length and M.Zuiko 75mm f1.8 for it's superb result.
 

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I have three f1.8 primes from Olympus: 17, 25 and 45. Seen some interesting results from the 75 f1.8, so I'll save up for that. I also have the 9mm f8 body cap lens.
 

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I don't have any m.Zuiko primes. The nearest is my combo 12-40mm PRO, like 29 primes rolled into one.

edit: actually more like 26 primes because 33mm, 37mm, and 39mm are not displayed on the SCP.
 
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I have the 17/1.8 (for indoor low light) and I was thinking HARD about the 45, to make a m4/3 version of the old 35mm 2-lens kit 35 + 105.
But then I asked, why bother, just use the P-Lumix 12-60. So though I've been tempted by the 45 to do the 17 + 45 pair, it never got near pushing the [buy] button.
But one day, after I have most of the lenses that I want, I just might get the 45, to make that 2-lens pair.
 

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I have the Panasonic Leica 15mm F1.7 and m.Zuiko 60mm F2.8 macro.

I think the m43 system is missing a 17mm f1.4 weather sealed prime for mid-range bodies like the E-M5. Price between the m.Zuiko 17mm f1.8 and m.Zuiko 17mm f1.2.
Also designed to be compact. For example size like the Panasonic Leica 25mm F1.4.
 
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Had more M43 glass than I like to admit but having slimmed down my kit list I'm now with the following:

P20-1.7 - I just love love love this little lens. Sure it has its faults, but live music does too and I know what I'd rather listen to...

Sigma 56-1.4 - I'm still on the fence over this one. Sure it does very little wrong, but (and this is a wholly subjective view) it's as though all the character, and 'joy' has been removed to score well on the charts. For the money, very impressive though. I haven't used it in anger yet though - I'm shooting a couple of weddings for friends this year so that will be the test. The last one I shot was with the O45-1.2 Pro which was a total beast. The Sigma has a lot to follow.

Oly 60 Macro - I bought this to scan Medium Format negatives, which is does superbly. It's not half bad at close-up stuff too.
 

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I have the Panasonic Leica 15mm F1.7 and m.Zuiko 60mm F2.8 macro.

I think the m43 system is missing a 17mm f1.4 weather sealed prime for mid-range bodies like the E-M5. Price between the m.Zuiko 17mm f1.8 and m.Zuiko 17mm f1.2.
Alsof designed to be compact. For example size like the Panasonic Leica 25mm F1.4.
There is the Sigma 16mm f/1.4 lens (currently $400 US) that Sigma claims is splash proof. While it is on the cheaper side, because it was made from a full frame lens, it is a lot larger than the Olympus 17mm f/1.8 or Panasonic-Leica 15mm/1.7 lens.

Note, the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens in the same series is not rated as splash proof, while the Sigma 56mm f/1.4 is rated as splash proof.
 

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O17 1.8 - Lovely build, love the manual focusing ring, the 17mm field of view and compact size make it an excellent street lens. Doesn't get as much use as it deserves, but I will never part from this lens.
P20 1.7 - First prime I got, but after a fall on the front, the focusing mechanism seems to be wonky and the lens sometimes refuses to focus. The 20mm perspective always felt like no-mans-land to me
O25 1.8 - Got this as an emergency replacement for my P20, at first I found the 25mm too narrow, but I always seem to pick this lens as my walkabout
O45 1.8 - Second prime I got, love this one to death, razor sharp. Excellent for portraits, picking details in landscapes and architecture
 

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2 months after my initial post and I’ve done some selling, wheeling and dealing and ended up with the Oly 8mm F1.8, Oly 17mm F1.2, Oly 25mm F1.2 and Sigma 56mm F1.4.

I’m very, very happy with this combo (until of course due to my labile and unpredictable GAS state I decide to sell it all and buy other stuff only to sell that and rebuy it again in a few years).
And surprised how my favourite lens has quickly become the 17mm.
 

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