What's your "go to" lens for the E-PM2?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by erikzen, Mar 14, 2014.

  1. erikzen

    erikzen Mu-43 Rookie

    Mar 6, 2014
    What's the one lens that spends the most time on your camera, or consistently takes great shots.

    I'm not talking about what is the best lens that will fit on an E-PM2, from a technical standpoint . I am asking what lens have you used on your E-PM2 that just felt right. I'm looking for a combination of small size, image quality and value. To me the E-PM2 is meant to be a small package. I have (relatively) big legacy and 4/3 lenses and while they can be fun to use and produce nice images, they don't auto focus (or at least not well with the 4/3 lenses) and the camera can be unbalanced and difficult to hold with too big of a lens. I'm looking for something that really accentuates the positives of the camera in a wide or normal prime lens (have the 2 kit zooms).

    My first inclination is the Olympus 17mm/F1.8. It seems like it has the right balance of size, aperture, focal length, image quality and price to be the "go to lens" for that camera.
  2. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 7, 2010
    i'm with you on the 17/1.8. My choice as well. Though I think I could easily live with the 20/1.7 or the 14/2.5 if I preferred those focal lengths or wanted something more compact than the 17.
  3. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
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    Now it's the 25 1.8.
  4. taz98spin

    taz98spin Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 13, 2011
    I would say 17/1.8 for now, but really wish I didn't sell my 20/1.7!
    Hopefully the 15/1.7 will replace the 17/1.8!
  5. erikzen

    erikzen Mu-43 Rookie

    Mar 6, 2014
    I'm torn between the 25 and the 17.
  6. dogs100

    dogs100 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 12, 2011
    N Devon UK
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    I use the 17/2.8 and and like the size and fit but every one tells me the 17/1.8 is better
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  7. Biro

    Biro Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 8, 2011
    Jersey Shore
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    No question for me... the 17mm f/1.8. But occasionally the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5.
  8. alex66

    alex66 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 23, 2010
    20mm 1.7 and 12-32mm, I am really getting good use and results from the latter, so at the moment the zoom is working great. Though for a while I was using the 17mm 2.8 all the time, I got some cracking results from that one too, its seems like there is not an awful lens for our cameras.
  9. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
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    I have the 17 2.8 but I prefer the 14/25 combo. I have found the 25 to be corner to corner sharp and I just like that look.
  10. Pecos

    Pecos Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 20, 2013
    The Natural State
    The E-PL2 is just a little larger, but I love the 14mm Panasonic on it..seems nice and compact.
  11. Bull Winkle

    Bull Winkle Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 5, 2014
    Just put my kit together and am starting to take photo's with it, right now I'm using the Sigma 19 2.8, I'm looking for a good 14 panny
  12. RichardB

    RichardB Snapshooter

    Nov 19, 2012
    Maryland, US
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    For a compact, carry-around kit, I like the 17mm/2.8 on the E-PM2. Ignore the pixel peepers and check the sample image thread.

    Also, my black E-PM2 has enough silver trim, and the silver 17mm/2.8 has enough black on its face, so that they look great together.

    I had the 14mm/2.5, by the way, and sold it because I preferred the more normal focal length of 17mm and I really needed only one pancake lens for my grab-and-go kit.

  13. zane73

    zane73 Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 22, 2013
    Pilot Mnt, NC
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    My P20mm f/1.7 pretty much lives on the E-PM2.
  14. nardoleo

    nardoleo Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 2, 2013
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    I love just how small the 17mm f2.8 is. It lives on my epl1. If I had the epm2, it would be THE lens for it as well.

    OMD EM5 | PEN EPL1 | OLY 12mm | VOIGT 17.5mm | PANA LEICA 25mm | CZJ BIOTAR 58mm | OLY 75mm | OLY 12-40mm
  15. sgreszcz

    sgreszcz Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 7, 2012
    For pocket: epm2 and p20/1.7. I love that lens although it sometimes frustrates me to miss focus when trying to let shot of my kids. I love the field of view and output when it finds focus. I've ordered the o17/1.8
    to try out as a potential replacement.

    Two bodies in lowepro compuday 250 side pocket or billingham digital bag: p35-100/2.8 on epm2 and p25/1.4 or p20/1.7 on em5 to get use of stabilisation when shooting video.
  16. loloban

    loloban Mu-43 Rookie

    Dec 13, 2013
    I have the oly 17 f1.8 with my e-pm2 all the time
  17. FlyPenFly

    FlyPenFly Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 15, 2011
    12-32 since the lens stabilization works far better than ibis here.
  18. popiT

    popiT Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 20, 2014
    BayArea, CA
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    I don't have the 17 f1.8... yet :biggrin: but the 12 f2 is on my EPM2 99% of the time. 1% goes to the 45 f1.8.
  19. Art

    Art Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2011
    San Francisco, CA
    Panasonic 14mm f2.5
  20. broody

    broody Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 8, 2013
    IMO, unless you have a preference for the shorter focal length, get the 25. It has a contrasty look that is more showy/versatile, and should be more resolving/display less aberrations.