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Which lens should I get next?

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by sin77, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. sin77

    sin77 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 9, 2011
    Singapore
    My 14 and 45 cover most of my shooting needs but I am greedy and looking at getting another one to improve my overall system. Note that I have 2 cameras to attach/switch lenses.

    I am deciding whether to get the very expensive 12-35 or 20/1.7 and hope to get some opinions.

    Pros & Cons:
    - 12-35 is very convenient/versatile to use, can achieve some reasonable bokeh, is bright, is ideally wider than 14, BUT is so expensive and somewhat big.

    - 20/1.7 is much brighter, very small, rather affordable BUT is just an in-between focal length for my current setup, not stabilised (assuming 12-35 is)and have to change lens more often than using a 12-35.
     
  2. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    I depends on what you shoot and your work habits, I suppose, but I do have the Panasonic 20mm f1.7, and it's a lovely little lens, closer to "normal" as usually defined than your other two lenses. With it you'd have a good wide angle, a normal, and a short telephoto. I nice kit for general use. Zooms are always a temptation, but I find I see better and shoot better with primes on the camera. Different strokes for different folks, though. And if you want to spend a little more and get the 50mm EFL normal, you could buy the Pannie/Leica 25mm f1.4. That one is on my wish list. Have fun deciding, in any event.
     
  3. sin77

    sin77 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 9, 2011
    Singapore
    i was thinking of 20/1.7 as sometimes I just wanna go light.
    Having a GF2 + 2 pancakes is a bliss.

    By the way, how's the focusing of 20/1.7 in dim condition? Is it really that bad and keeps hunting incessantly?
     
  4. shnitz

    shnitz Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 25, 2011
    Austin, TX
    The 12-35mm doesn't exist, so I'd say that narrows down your choices a good deal. I'd say that a normal focal length like the 20mm or 25mm is an invaluable perspective for every photographer to have in his or her bag. Pick up the pancake, and enjoy it.
     
  5. sin77

    sin77 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 9, 2011
    Singapore
    I know 12-35 not on sale yet, but I can either start saving for it or simply get 20/1.7.

    I prefer not to re-sell 20/1.7 as it's troublesome n possibly make a great loss once other lenses emerge or drop in prices.

    Also a dilemma to get 20/1.7 or 25/1.4
     
  6. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    I have used the 20mm f1.7 for night time street photography and have not been unduly held back by focus issues.
     
  7. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Keith
    I have the 20mm and have been very happy with it. However, given that you already have the 14mm, I'm wondering if the 20mm focal length is too close to that. Because of that I'd recommend you strongly consider the Panasonic 25mm f/1.4. I don't have any personal experience with this lens, but it seems to be highly regarded by those who do.
     
  8. riveredger

    riveredger Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 30, 2010
    Northern NJ
    What exactly are you trying to accomplish by adding another lens? Do you want a focal length between 14 and 25? Do you want a prime or a zoom? Do you need a fast lens?
     
  9. Zanr Zij

    Zanr Zij Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 10, 2012
    I think now you should go 20mm f1.7. M4/3 does not have super zoom lens for now. Pany 14-45mm is good zoom lens.
     
  10. speltrong

    speltrong Mu-43 Veteran

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    May 8, 2011
    Northern California
    7-14mm FTW
     
  11. speltrong

    speltrong Mu-43 Veteran

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    May 8, 2011
    Northern California
    Personal favorites from my 7-14mm/GF1

    Seriously, I love this lens to death, and it would work so well with your articulating screen on your G3.

    Architectural:





    Abstract:






    Distorted:


    01-Gplus.
     
  12. sin77

    sin77 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 9, 2011
    Singapore
    Thanks for the nice pictures. The 7-14 is indeed impressive, but over my budget. For that price I would top up to get the 12-35
     
  13. The Minimalist

    The Minimalist Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 19, 2011
    I have the 14, 20 & 45mm mft lenses and I find I use the 20mm more than the 14mm for the time being. To me both lenses are different from one another and are worth keeping.
     
  14. atomic

    atomic Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 3, 2011
    I got the 20mm 1.7 first, then the 25mm 1.4. I love the 20mm, and have taken more images with it than any other lens, however the 25mm is bound to catch up. The extra stop and the amazing iq of this lens is well worth the price premium over the 20mm. Ultimately, I'm glad to have both, as the 20 is much more pocketable, and is a good lens in its own right. It's also a significantly wider angle, which comes in handy when you can't get too far away from your subject (indoor car shows and museums, for instance). If you can only have one, I'd go with the 25 (unless size is a major factor). If you think you'll end up getting both, I would snag the 20mm first and then save for the 25mm.