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Which lens is next?

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by Alf, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. Alf

    Alf Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Mar 23, 2010
    Northeastern Tuscany
    "My name is Alf and I am a lensaholic."

    That said, I have a problem and need other brains on this.

    I bought my E-PL1 months ago and am happily snapping since then. I live in Tuscany, so my shooting therapy is dedicated to historical places, street photography and the usual flowers and statues, which cannot run away.

    In a few weeks I'll leave for a long deserved vacation to see the places and people of northern Ethiopia (the so-called "historic route"); instead of a few moments a day, I am expected to be shooting every waking moment..


    I rely on the lovely 14-42 kit lens by day, supplementing it with the Konica 40/1.8 and 50/1.4 duo for portraits and short tele, and with two C-mounts(16&25) for available darkness shooting. I also have a K-mount Magnon 35-200 which I use mainly for macro as it is quite heavy to lug along, and somewhat difficult to focus on.

    I think I'll get on the plane with the kit lens, the 50/1.4 and the C-mounts as they are tiny.

    And this brings me to my question: which lens is next?
    • the Lumix 20/1.7 for better available light shooting inside churches and for evening social moments
    • The Oly 9-18 for street and landscapes - I'm told it focuses quite fast also in low light
    • The Oly 14-150 to have some more reach and faster focusing than the 14-42
    • No lens: the VF-2 to better use the lenses I already have
    • None of the above

    Can anyone enlighten me?
     
  2. Get the 20mm...it focuses fast, is very very sharp en will let you photograph at usuable ISO where the 14-42 doesnt...and it is tiny to boot!
     
  3. mauve

    mauve Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Mar 9, 2010
    Paris, France
    If it were me, I'd pick the most extreme zoom possible (14-150) and any pancake (20 or 17), and be done with it. I'd certainly pack a good compact along because your photography bag may not be always at hand's reach while a compact in a waist pouch is.
     
  4. Briar

    Briar Mu-43 Regular

    117
    Jun 13, 2010
    Bonnie Scotland
    If it was me, I would take the 14-150mm lens to catch great candid portraits on the streets, the 20mm lens for indoor and evening shots and the 9-18mm for the stunning Ethopian landscapes. Lucky you, not only do you live in one of the most beautiful and photogenic countries in the world, you also get to travel to amazing places too! I'm looking forward to seeing your pictures on your return whichever lenses you choose to take with you.
     
  5. Briar

    Briar Mu-43 Regular

    117
    Jun 13, 2010
    Bonnie Scotland
    Heck, just read your post again Alf ... I'd also buy the vf2, good job I'm not shopping for you as I'd cost you a small fortune!
     
  6. e-pl1

    e-pl1 Mu-43 Regular

    25
    Apr 21, 2010
    A true lensaholic will get a second job and get all of these lens :D

    If I was you, I would get a 20 Pana
    Fast, light, fast focus, sharp...
     
  7. Alf

    Alf Mu-43 Top Veteran

    846
    Mar 23, 2010
    Northeastern Tuscany
    Thanks everyone for your comments.
    Still undecided, let's see what Photokina brings.
     
  8. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
    Richard Elliott
    I saw a rumor that with the success of the 20/1.7 Panasonic was going to bring more fast primes to the market sooner and may announce them at Photokina.

    That would be a pleasant surprise.
     
  9. ChristopheG

    ChristopheG Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 4, 2010
  10. bilzmale

    bilzmale Mu-43 All-Pro

    The 14mm f/2.5 was announced yesterday.
     
  11. Alf

    Alf Mu-43 Top Veteran

    846
    Mar 23, 2010
    Northeastern Tuscany
    Decided!

    And so 20/1.7 it is. Wow.

    [​IMG]
     
  12. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Beautiful image Alf. Obviously you made the right choice.
    Shooter
     
  13. shoturtle

    shoturtle  

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    Oct 15, 2010
    20 1.7 if you do allot of social and indoor shooting
    the 9-18 if you are a bid landscape guy.
     
  14. deirdre

    deirdre Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 9, 2010
    Nice shot with the 20mm. I love this lens.
     
  15. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    Well if you're shooting AF then the VF2 is less of an issue but IMHO it is an absolute must when using MF lenses.

    Kevin