Which lens for in between 15 and 75?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by tkbslc, Jun 26, 2015.

  1. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    If you were setting up a kit with the 15mm f1.7 and 75mm f1.8 and wanted ONE prime to add that is somewhere in the middle of those two, what would you choose? Assume general, all-around use.
     
  2. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 13, 2012
    Chicago-area
    David Dornblaser
    25mm
     
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  3. m43happy

    m43happy Mu-43 Veteran

    435
    Feb 18, 2012
    42.5 1.2 Nocticron if money is no option, but 42.5 1.7/45 1.8 if you're on a budget.
     
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  4. Speedliner

    Speedliner Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 2, 2015
    Southern NJ, USA
    Rob
    i'd vote o45,1.8, and at its price, its such a great value, but if you have an interest in macro, the o60,2.8
     
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  5. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Keith
    That's a pretty wide focal length range to cover. I'm not really sure how you're going to get any truly useful responses without sharing a bit more about what sorts of shooting you expect to be doing (portrait, street, macro, etc.) and/or what sort of weaknesses you're encountering with the existing lenses. Also, information about your budget would be helpful.
     
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  6. Jerp31

    Jerp31 Mu-43 Rookie

    17
    Mar 15, 2015
    Louisville
    JP
    I would say either 25 lens. But this is coming from someone with no long history of photography. Personally, I just see your 15 as a landscape lens, your 75 as a portrait lens, just missing a general lens...and I love the output of the 25 1.4 :D
     
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  7. brettmaxwell

    brettmaxwell Mu-43 Veteran

    350
    Dec 8, 2012
    I love primes (between my two camera systems I own 6 primes and 1 zoom) but in this instance I'm tempted to recommend a zoom. either a 12-35 or 12-40 f2.8 midrange, or the P12-32 if you value compact size.

    Why? The 15 is a great all around lens, and the 75 is a great portrait lens. A 25 feels redundant to the 15, the 15 is all you need for general walk-around shooting. And a 42/45 feels redundant to the 75, when you want to take a portrait just put on the 75 and take a few steps back. But sometimes you may want that zoom versatility.
     
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  8. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
    The closest things to the middle are the 42.5/45 options (+30 / +30).

    When I had 3 primes I used the x2 rule of thought. 17mm x 2 gave me the 30mm Sigma x2 gave me the 60mm Sigma. So you could also do one of the 30/35 options. Both 30mm options are f/2.8 and both 35mm options are manual focus only (though they are f/1.4 and f/.95).

    But since you note general all around use I would go in 25 range as JP mentions the 15 is almost wide, almost. It's one of the reasons I like the 17, it's just that little bit tighter.
     
  9. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    25mm hands down. Anything longer limits its usefulness quite a bit in my opinion.
     
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  10. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
    My main setup is the 17 f/1.8, 42.5 f/1.7, and 12-32. 24mm - 85mm range with 2 fast stops at key points.
     
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  11. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    25mm seems like the obvious choice, but that is really close together with 15mm and really far from 75mm (3x)

    But then if you go to 45mm you are 3x away from 15mm. Maybe a 30mm? (2x and 2.5x). Where's that Sigma 35mm F2 OS?

    But I also feel like 25 and 45mm are too close.


    I know. I just wanted to leave it vague and see what people say.
     
  12. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    Dark horse, 30mm/2.8 Macro.

    But I like the 30mm focal length. And at f2.8, it's still a lot more subject isolation that I usually get using that FL with the 14-140, where it's already at f4.8 or something similarly silly.
     
  13. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    I run 17/25/45..but that is just me. I'd think you might find satisfaction in the 25 more than the 45, but both are great lenses.
     
  14. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    I think 15mm and 25mm are pretty far apart in real-world use.
     
  15. Vivalo

    Vivalo Olympus Loser

    941
    Nov 16, 2010
    Finland
    12-40 2.8. With that you gain weather sealing, wide angle and almost macro. Lately my most used lenses have been P14mm 2.5 and 12-40mm 2.8. Sometimes I shoot with the 25mm 1.4 but usually that's for low light. If I had the P15mm 1.7, as the OP has, I wouldn't use the 25mm that often.
     
  16. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Larry
    If you want a prime I think it comes down to the PL25 or the P42.5 1.7. The 75 1.8 is a great portrait lens you just need to stand back a little farther so the PL42.5 is not really something I would consider with the 75.
     
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  17. Klorenzo

    Klorenzo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 10, 2014
    Lorenzo
    O25 or S30
     
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  18. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 13, 2012
    Chicago-area
    David Dornblaser
    I don't know if they are too close, but I use them for similar shots. Whereas I use the O17 for different shots than I do the O25 & 45.
     
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  19. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Getting more specific, I actually have the 15/25/45/60 right now. I'm thinking of adding the 75 and getting rid of a lens or two. I don't really need macro, as good as the O60 is and I do portraits and landscape primarily. When I am out with the 15/25/45, the 25mm feels kind of redundant there in the middle. If I have the 25/45/60, the 45mm feels redundant. So I'm not sure where that will leave me with the 75mm.

    Basically I'm feeling like I would be more productive with fewer lenses that don't feel so close together. I went shotgun approach and bought 5 primes at once and now I need to fine tune.

    Someone mentioned a zoom. I have considered a 12-35mm, but not a 12-40 (because I'd need OIS for video on the GX7)
     
  20. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Larry
    The 75 is pretty long. The 12-35 is a great choice, light, sharp and works well.