What's in your prime lens kit ???

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Interesting choices. Apparently the Sigmas are that good. The focal lengths seem just too high (probably APSC designs?) coming from other systems, but I noticed I like the feel of slightly longer lenses on MFT. So I will check the 60mm; might be just the portrait focal length I like on MFT.
The 60 feels a bit long but I'll figure it out. The 30 is buttery smooth!
 

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For my GM 1 I have the 15mm f1.7 and 42.5mm f1.7. For my EM 5 I use the 25mm f1.8 and 60mm f2.8. My EM 1 uses the 25mm f1.7 and 56mm f1.4.
My most used lenses are the 15mm and 56mm.
 

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I've got 4 primes and 6 zooms. Primes are: Samyang 7.5 fisheye, Panasonic 15/1.7, 20/1.7, 25/1.4.

I love street photography and now that I'm more comfortable photographing strangers from close up, the 15/1.7 is my favourite, most-used lens. The 20 was my first prime and I used it when I needed low light but nowadays, I only use it if I need its small size. The Samyang is also rarely used since I don't need a fisheye very often but it was very inexpensive so I'm fine with its limited use. The 25 is a bit of an odd one...I only use it if I think I need its particular FoV which isn't often. I found its FoV to be useful in Cuba when I was doing street photography because its FoV was better for the distance I was shooting at. But in the past 3 mos I've been using zone focusing and the rear screen for framing my street shots and have found that I'm getting much closer to my subjects so the 15 is now a better FoV for me.

I also keep thinking I should pickup a 42.5/1.7 for its shallow DoF but I rarely shoot portraits so I can't really justify it. Maybe if I sold the 25/1.4 and picked up a 42.5/1.7?

All I can say for absolutely sure is that if I could only have one prime, it'd be the 15/1.7 without a doubt.
 

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I'm still rocking the 15/1.7, 25/1.4, 45/1.8, and 60 macro for primes, my favorite is the 25/1.4 but recently I've been enjoying going out with just the 15 on camera and the 45 in a pocket, no camera bag at all. The 20/1.7 is the lens that got me into m4/3 in the first place though, and lately I've been thinking about picking up another copy to have a kind of point-and-shoot, carry anywhere camera using my old PEN E-P5 on a shoulder strap when I'm not specifically going out for photography.
 

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14mm 2.5 Pana
20mm 1.7 Pana
25mm 1.8 Oly
30mm 2.8 Sigma
45mm 1.8 Oly
75mm 1.8 Oly
 

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PL15/1.7
P42.5/1.7

That's all the lenses I own to go with my GX9. Looking at getting the 25/1.4 Mk1.
 

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APS-C = 35 + 50
m4/3 = 17, with a 45 on the short list
The ONLY reason for these f/1.8 primes, is to shoot in LOW light.

35mm film (on APS-C or m4/3) = 55mm micro Nikkor (for macro stuff) + 500mm mirror (for the LONG shots)

Update, I got the 45
So m4/3 = 17 + 45
This is similar to the old 35mm PJ 2-lens kit of a 35 + 105.

Lately I've been thinking about the 60 micro, because I'm bored at home.
 

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Lately, it's been my Lumix 12-35 f/2.8II + Laowa 10mm f/2. And sometimes toss my Sigma 30 f/1.4 in for the ride. Nice to have so many very reasonably priced, yet excellent quality lenses available to choose from

Edit -Oops, 12-35 isn't a prime doh. Scratch that.
 
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Update, I got the 45
So m4/3 = 17 + 45
This is similar to the old 35mm PJ 2-lens kit of a 35 + 105.

Lately I've been thinking about the 60 micro, because I'm bored at home.
35 and 90 is actually a really nice small kit. The only issue I would have with it is the specific characteristics of other lenses, i.e. I love the 40mm equiv, and sometimes there's nothing better than a 50mm equiv. The former you can crop the 35 to I suppose, but it's hard to "see" with a 35 in the way that a fifty "sees." The slightly telephoto, very clean and straight composition you can get with a fifty. I haven't shot with a 90mm to really know how it behaves, I shot a lot with a 75mm equivalent in the past. I'd be interested to learn your thoughts about your two-lens kit once you've used then both for a while!
 

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I've made many changes since page 1, and I will soon be all manual for primes. I blame TTArtisan and their 35/1.4 and I'll swap out the Lumix 20 for their 17/1.4. The TTA trifecta would include the 50/1.2, but a lighter Zonlai 50/1.4 is already in that slot. The long end is an Opteka 85/1.8 and Pentax-M 135/3.5, and the BCL 9mm holds the wide end.. for now.
 

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35 and 90 is actually a really nice small kit. The only issue I would have with it is the specific characteristics of other lenses, i.e. I love the 40mm equiv, and sometimes there's nothing better than a 50mm equiv. The former you can crop the 35 to I suppose, but it's hard to "see" with a 35 in the way that a fifty "sees." The slightly telephoto, very clean and straight composition you can get with a fifty. I haven't shot with a 90mm to really know how it behaves, I shot a lot with a 75mm equivalent in the past. I'd be interested to learn your thoughts about your two-lens kit once you've used then both for a while!

Back when I shot film, I shot with a 50mm for a long time. That was all I had.
Then from a 50 I can go wide (24, 28, 35) or long (85, 105, 135). But that is a total of 3 lenses.
If starting from scratch, I plan for a 2-lens kit, I avoid the 50 as an anchor. Then I can do the 35 + 105. That was a cheaper option.

In the film days, when I did not use my SLR, my P&S was a 35mm P&S with a fixed 35mm lens. Once I started using it, I adapted to it, and did not think about the wider angle of coverage. It is what it is.

I think adapting to a 35 or 90 depends on the subject.
Example Rod Trek recommended the 45 as the first m4/3 prime. For ME, that would not work, as I don't shoot portrature as he presumes in his recommendation.
However, if I stuck the 45 on the camera for a week, and forced myself to only use that lens, I would adapt and look for subjects where I could shoot tighter angle shots. The one thing that I will be very aware of doing is having to back up, to get a wider coverage, because sometimes I do not have the space to back up into.
 

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The PL15/1.7 , the Oly 25/1.8 , Oly 45/1.8 , Oly 75/1.8 all live permanently in my "every day" kit bag. I also have the 17/1.2 , 30/1.4 and 42.5 Nok for when i may pretend I need really fast glass. Then there's the Sigma 50mm Macro and Helios 58mm that need adapting. And the P14 and O17/2.8 for sheer compactness , often with the Gm5 .

I'd love to own the 200/2.8 and 300/4 .

If someone passed a law that you could only own one MFT lens, it'd be the 15/1.7 .
 

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