Which lens now?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by jerrykur, Apr 13, 2013.

  1. jerrykur

    jerrykur Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 23, 2012
    Northern CA

    Amazon gave me a lot of money for my GF-1/20 mm combo, so I am now in the market for a new lens for my OM-D. Since I no longer have the 20, a 25 mm Pana seems like the logical choice, but I am thinking about that a zoom might be more practical. But, on the other hand a prime 25 or 45) would be faster. Any suggestions on what to do?


  2. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Leica 25mm/1.4 Summilux or Lumix 12-35mm/2.8
  3. thomastaesu

    thomastaesu Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 16, 2012
    ATL, GA
    What lenses do you currently own?
  4. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Do you need a super fast lens? If you are not shooting in the dark or a bokeh nut then an f2.8 lens may be fast enough for you. Zooms are very handy, I prefer them for general shooting. The Panasonic 12-35 f2.8 is suppose to be a very good performer. I would love to have one but the price is a bit steep for me. Of coarse for the same price you could get the 25mm and the 45mm and still have some change left over.
  5. juangrande

    juangrande Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 2, 2012
    I've got a 12-50 on the forum for sale @ $225.:wink: Wide, powerzoom and macro all in one. Weather sealed, too. Good for a kitzoom, but not in the 20's IQ league.

    I'm not sure if promoting ones lenses is ok. Someone let me know and I'll edit it out.
  6. jerrykur

    jerrykur Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 23, 2012
    Northern CA
    Regarding the current lenses, I currently have the 14-42 I got with a GX-1 and 12-50 that came with with the OM-D.

    Thinking more about it I am biased toward the prime to get the faster speed and bokeh. Now the question is 25 or 45?
  7. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Look at the EXIF data on your pictures. It will list what focal length you use most. If you shoot at or around 25mm then get that one. If you shoot at the long end then get the 45mm.
  8. wilerty

    wilerty Mu-43 Rookie

    Mar 10, 2013
    Syracuse, New York
    Either the 17 1.8 or the 45 1.8 depending on what you use more. Keep in mind though ... you can always crop the 17, but you can't make the 45 wider.
  9. JoeV

    JoeV Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 22, 2012
    Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
    Joe Van Cleave
    How about the BCL-15 body cap lens? No, I'm not kidding. If you shoot outdoors in daytime, you're frequently shooting at f/8 anyways. Set to the hyper focal detent, this lens is about as quick as they come operationally, no autofocus delay to worry about.

    Plus, think of the money you'll save!

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