Which lens next?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Hillshot, Jun 16, 2014.

  1. Hillshot

    Hillshot Mu-43 Rookie

    Jun 28, 2012
    Real Name:
    Philip Jones
    After a couple of years of using m4/3 for both work and pleasure, I am thoroughly wedded to the system.

    At present I have the following:

    G3 Body
    Pany 14-45
    Pany 7-14
    Pany 20 1.7

    I use the 7-14 for real estate work and the 14-45 for both work and general leisure shooting. Both are superb in terms of sharpness etc. The 14-45 I find a bit lacking in speed for portraits of family etc. The 20 1.7 I really like as a tiny take anywhere set up.

    I am going to buy a GX7 and want to know what other lens to get. Do I go for a faster zoom (12-35 or 35-100) or another prime?. My two existing zooms do everything I need in my work. I would like a lens that offers further creative options.

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

  2. tjdean01

    tjdean01 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 20, 2013
    There are a lot of options. A 12-35/2.8 will NOT give you those options. It's a jack of all trade lens but master of none. In other words, the 12, 15, 20, 25, and 45 are all faster and sharper at those FLs. I also use a slow zoom (I have the 12-32) because I feel the $800 it would cost for a 12/2 or a 12-35/2.8 could be better used elsewhere. So, keep your zoom. It's as good as the 12-32 or P14-42 II and the 12-50 wouldn't give you anything you don't already have in other lenses. I also feel that you won't need a 25 since you have the 20 (but then again the 25/1.4 will have about a stop more background blur); and although the 30 is a great lens, it's only an f2.8.

    I say there a few options for you. The most obviously is the $300 45/1.8, or, if you want something better built, maybe a used 50/1.7 lens to adapt. These are a lot of fun for $50! Those would give you creativity but not as much as the $800 Voigtlander 42/0.95 (you'll want to get an ND filter if you have that lens). This the the m4/3s lens with the most background blur, just edging out the 75, which is a bit long for many instances. I'm personally in the same boat about creativity, so I'm going to make me a 60mm f1.0 out of a Rokinon 85/1.4 and a $99 focal reducer. This set up will cost me just $400 and I'll have more background blur than most full frame lenses. Problem with this setup: it's like 500g and bit (Voigtlander is 500g too). Something a lot of users have been happy with is the Sigma 60. Super sharp. F2.8 could be faster but at 60mm you get some nice blur. Let us know what you pick!
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  3. mario23

    mario23 Mu-43 Regular

    May 9, 2014
    Do you use that 14-45 alot? If that is your most comfortable walk around but your not happy with it then I would consider getting rid of it and replacing it with a better mid range zoom. If I wasn't satisfied with a lens I'd get rid of it and find something better. I know Phil said the 12-35 is not the answer but you may wanna try one. I have the 12-40 2.8 and love it for general use. He's right but it might good enough for what your looking for...or better than the 14-45. Otherwise I would agree with the 45 1.8. That's my next purchase.

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  4. drpump

    drpump Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 28, 2010
    I think it really depends on the direction your creative juices are flowing. Do you want to take portraits? Insects? Sport? Birds? Street shots? With your kit, I'd be adding either a macro (probably the Olympus 60mm) or the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 (portraits and general use). Sport and birds are kinda hard with m4/3 because we're lacking a high quality long zoom. The new PanaLeica 15mm might be worth considering if you like wider, in your face street shots. The Olympus 75mm would be great for long street shots and candid portraits.

    I quite like mulling over Robin Wong's reviews: his shots give me a great sense of how I might be able to use a lens. That might be a good place to start.
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  5. Ellsass

    Ellsass Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 15, 2014
    25mm (Oly 1.8). I used to shoot exclusively wide (I thought 20mm was cramped at first) but I’ve come to really enjoy the narrower field. Of course I still carry my 14 and 20 but the 25 is my default. Oh, and it’s nice getting a shallow DOF without being right on top of your subject.
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  6. Hillshot

    Hillshot Mu-43 Rookie

    Jun 28, 2012
    Real Name:
    Philip Jones
    I agree that the idea of either or both 12-35 or 45 1.8 seems a good idea.

    Forgot to mention I also have the 45-175.

  7. orfeo

    orfeo Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 27, 2013
    Lots or great idea.. Lots of wonderful lens in m43dom... My advice is get the 45mm or better is 42.5mm f1.2!
    You do know that better is a subjective term he he.
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  8. alex66

    alex66 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 23, 2010
    I would keep your zoom it is a good lens and get the 45mm olympus, I think it is a bargain for what it is and it helps make beautiful portraits. That is given you don't mind the zoom at other times and that being said I would buy one for the higher IQ and wider field of view, well I am considering it.
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  9. LowTEC

    LowTEC Mu-43 Regular

    Definitely 45 1.8 bang for the buck m4/3 lens with exceptional IQ.
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  10. markdaunt

    markdaunt Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 18, 2012
    If you can afford it go for the PL 42.5 it's the best MFT lens by far.
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  11. PMCC

    PMCC Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 18, 2013
    Since the OP does not have along lens, I'd say a 45-150 or a 135 mm manual prime.