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Whats my next prime?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by e_kjellgren, Dec 18, 2015.

  1. e_kjellgren

    e_kjellgren Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 17, 2011
    Sweden
    Own GX7 and GM1 with the PL15 and compact zooms. Just sold an EM5 with the O45. Basically thinking I should get the P42.5 1,7 or perhaps the O60? Previously I had the PL25 but never really liked the FL. Really liking the PL15, perhaps the P42.5 would be the best companion for indoor shots?
     
  2. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Why did you sell the 45mm? The 42.5 is practically the same but with OIS and sharper corners wide open. If the 45mm was a good companion before then the 42.5 will be as well.
     
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  3. BigOwl

    BigOwl Mu-43 Regular

    61
    May 3, 2013
    San Antonio, Texas USA
    Al
    I find that I most often venture out with the PL15 and the 42.5 1.7 as the pair that will meet my needs, but the PL 15 rarely is taken off the camera unless I need a closer look at a flower or some other small target. The 42.5 should give a better perspective for a portrait, but standing back a bit farther than the PL25.
     
  4. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Yeah, if you owned the 45mm f1.8, you know how that worked for you. Do you want a similar lens with IS? Get the 42.5mm. Do you want something a bit longer and are OK without OIS? Then 60mm f2.8 or 75mm f1.8. You've got the wide end covered with 15mm and you ruled out a normal prime, so I think those are your only real options.

    You mentioned the 60mm Olympus. Do you want to do macro? Did you sell the 45mm because it wasn't stabilized? Maybe the Panasonic 45mm macro could be an option?
     
  5. Dave Reynell

    Dave Reynell Guest

    What about the Panny 20/1.7 it's my favourite
     
  6. e_kjellgren

    e_kjellgren Mu-43 Regular

    173
    Oct 17, 2011
    Sweden
    I basically sold the O45 to make the EM5 a better deal and easier to sell than body alone.

    Now I'm on the hunt for a new portrait lens, and with current Olympus cashback offer I can get the O45 for €185. The P42.5 is €410 so it can't hardly be worth it?

    O75 is €610.

    /Evert
     
  7. Speedliner

    Speedliner Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 2, 2015
    Southern NJ, USA
    Rob
    The O45 at 185 is amazing. It's old hat and unexciting these days, but still an excellent lens. At that price you should just have one :)
     
  8. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
    Why not the P42.5 and the S60?

    The P42.5 gives you OIS on the GM1, a notable speed boost over the kit at 32mm, and notable close minimum focus. The S60 is a fine lens and great for portraits (I actually prefer the longer angle of view for portraits over the P42.5/O45). 85mm and 120mm angle of view are different enough that both might be useful.

    You could do both the S30mm and S60mm for the price of the P42.5. It would give you a nice set for x2 (15 to 30 to 60). But I'd probably like something faster for medium tele.
     
  9. e_kjellgren

    e_kjellgren Mu-43 Regular

    173
    Oct 17, 2011
    Sweden
    Based on my current setup, GM1 + GX7 + 12-32 + 15 + 35-100 I fell a superzoom would be nice to be able to bring just a one body and lens kit. So maybe I'll add the 14-140. And the 42.5 1.7 and I'll be set!
     
  10. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    Why not buy the O45 again? Selling then re-buying what you just sold is a time honored tradition around these parts. :biggrin:
     
  11. LowriderS10

    LowriderS10 Monkey with a camera.

    May 19, 2013
    Canada
    I don't really see the point of the 42.5 on a stabilized body. I'd go O45 again.

    Although...if you really want to do macro, then the O60 would be a cool jack of all trades: Portrait, macro, medium telephoto, AND *drumroll* it would add a weathersealed lens to your collection. I've been mighty tempted by that lens many a time...but just haven't seen a crazy enough deal to jump on it.
     
  12. BigTam

    BigTam Mu-43 Top Veteran

    773
    Mar 19, 2012
    Dortmund, Germany
    Ron
    Been there, done that ☺

    Had almost exactly what you had. When I got the P15 1.7, I really noticed that I hardly used the 12-32, so sold it. I got the P14-140 II for when I don't want to be changing lenses, and found that, for my needs (very modest), it was almost as good as the 35-100 slow zoom, so that went too. Now I have the 15 and the 42.5 1.7, plus the superzoom and I'm happy. All fits in the Hadley Digital.

    Shot the church kids doing the 3 wise men thing today to raise money for kids in Bolivia and managed fine, though I had to go to ISO 3200 sometimes. Must confess though, that I ordered the new P25: couldn't resist at 99$, even with shipping and import, still a lot cheaper than here in DE.
     
  13. e_kjellgren

    e_kjellgren Mu-43 Regular

    173
    Oct 17, 2011
    Sweden
    Thats my thought also. Thinking I'll sell off the GM1 + 12-32 and 35-100 combo and keep the GX7 with 15, 42.5 (or 45), and 14-140 II.
    Have you ever concidered the 9-18 or 7-14?

    /Evert
     
  14. BigTam

    BigTam Mu-43 Top Veteran

    773
    Mar 19, 2012
    Dortmund, Germany
    Ron
    Had the 7-14 on my E-M5, horrible purple flares. Would probably work fine on the GX7, but I now think it's just too big and heavy. Used the 9-18 for a long time - was my very first m43 lens - but almost all my subjects are static, so if I need wider than 14-15, I'll take 2 or 3 shots and stitch them with ICE. Besides, the little lock thing irritated me ☺

    BTW, I would keep the GM1: with the 15, it fits in a jacket pocket. And I often go out with the GX7 +15 and the GM5 with 42.5 (with OIS), especially indoors and low light stuff
     
  15. e_kjellgren

    e_kjellgren Mu-43 Regular

    173
    Oct 17, 2011
    Sweden
    Do you use the 15 without the hood? Otherwise it feels not very pocket friendly.
     
  16. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I use it without the hood. The lens is so small, the hood makes it almost twice as big. You also inevitably end up twisting the hood when trying to change lens...
     
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