Which Lenses to Sell?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by tjdean01, Apr 25, 2015.

  1. tjdean01

    tjdean01 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 20, 2013
    I have the GM1 (maybe a PL7 someday) and an A7-type FF in the future. My lenses:
    • 7.5 fish
    • 12-32
    • 14
    • 15 BCL
    • 20
    • Fujian 25/1.4
    • 28mm f2.0
    • Sigma 30/2.8
    • 35mm f1.2 (this is actually a 50/1.7 and sharp with a $100 focal reducer)
    • 40-150
    • 42.5/1.7 (future)
    I really like the 14 and want to use it, but I really don't see when it's useful. The 12-32 is sharper and has IS. The 20 is just as good in low-light and has better subject separation. The 15 is smaller and more fun. Then there's the 30. The 20 is smaller and more background blur. The 25/1.4 is smaller and more fun. The 28/2 is faster. It's hard to imagine a lens being sharper than the 30 but still, they're all good if you ask me.
  2. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Seems like it really depends what you intend to use in future with the FE mount camera. If you're going for nice primes on the FE, it probably makes sense to reduce double-ups in m4/3. I'd keep the 7.5mm, 12-32mm, 40-150mm, 42.5mm, and maybe one wide/normal prime like the 20mm.
  3. tjdean01

    tjdean01 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 20, 2013
    How dare you not include the 15 BCL! ;)

    I see you didn't include the 14 and the 30 either. I'm thinking those need to go. Not really for the money or anything, it's just that I don't need them, so having them feels...stressful, if that makes sense.

    P.S. Since m4/3s will be my main gear, I'm not planning to buy any FF lenses. I'll get the kit lens and already have a 28/2, 50/1.7, 85/1.8, and 135/3.5. Those are a good start.
  4. budeny

    budeny Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 4, 2014
    Boulder, CO
    my picks to keep would be:
    • 7.5 fish
    • 12-32
    • 15/1.7 <-- add
    • 40-150
    • 42.5/1.7 (future)
    • Agree Agree x 2
  5. BigTam

    BigTam Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 19, 2012
    Dortmund, Germany
    Don't be afraid of larger gaps between focal lengths. A step or two forward or back erases the difference between similar lengths. I agree with budeny on the 15/42.5 or 45 duo. Add the two zooms for good light and you're done.
  6. ttomino1980

    ttomino1980 Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 19, 2014
    Why you plan to build 2 systems ...1 for pro and 1 for traveling/point&shoot?
    A7 is small enough to keep from m4/3 only pocketable lenses ...like 20f/1.7
  7. No way to speculate until you explain your intent of both the m4/3rd and Sony FE systems.

    Otherwise the thread is simply a log of people's preferences bound by a list you have provided.
  8. BeyondTheLines

    BeyondTheLines Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 23, 2012

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  9. tjdean01

    tjdean01 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 20, 2013
    Yeah, thanks, m4/3s is going to remain my main kit. I'm pretty sure I'm not going to carry the Sony all over like I will a tiny GM1 or PL7. I'm not sure but for now I want the m4/3s kit....simplified.

    If I get into the A7 in the future more that's fine but the main reason I mentioned it at all is because that eliminates the need for me to spend $1000s on the really good m4/3s lenses like the 25/0.95, 42/1.2, or 75/1.8. A FF can get similar shallow DOF with a $150 85mm f1.8.

    So, I want my m4/3s kit to be small, light, sharp, and relatively fast, but not fast enough to where I have to spend a lot of money for the more expensive lenses. The 42/1.7 would probably do me nicely on the small camera
  10. This is what I was looking for (no thanks to "BeyondTheLines :doh: ).

    I would go stick with the smallest of the micro 4/3rds cameras paired with the 14mm 2.5, and 20mm f/1.7. I could shoot with that combination all day. At times, I didn't even bring a bag... just a small pouch with the camera on my shoulder. Of course I see no indication of what you intend to shoot so I am simply reflecting on my habits. If you need something a little longer, add the 45mm f/1.8. All of those are among the smallest and you get a lot of bang for your buck..

    My primary system is a Leica M. The Leica FF M with 24-35-50 is what I normally carry but I rely on my micro 4/3rds camera (OMD EM-5/EPL1) for fast and telephoto zooms (12-35, 35-100, 100-300). I rarely carry both systems at the same time. Those zooms may be among the larger lenses of the m4/3rds system but absolutely tiny when compared to what is available on FF.

    So for me I am complimenting the areas in which a typical rangefinder isn't suitable for. Namely zoom and telephotos.

    I also have an A7R which is used to adapt M-Leica and Pentax K/M42 lenses. Its been several months and I still can't get the hang of it for focus. The focus peaking isn't the panacea that many make it out to be. Resolution wise its pretty darn good and as such my most successful use of this camera is as a landscape camera. If you like to shoot shallow DOF wide open, be prepared to do a lot of zoom in.. focus... zoom out which I find cumbersome... it keeps me from enjoying the shooting workflow.
  11. snaimpally

    snaimpally Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 31, 2012
    Since you mention the 42.5mm as a future purchase, some suggestions on what to add:
    • P 35-100mm f4 This lens is extremely compact, gives you that desirable 70-200mm equivalent range and is a great paired with the 12-32mm. For my vacation, I took the P 12-32mm, the P 35-100mm, and the P 20mm (for available light) and during the day, the 12-32mm + 35-100mm combo covered just about every situation that I encountered. I got mine from an authorized dealer for $350 and you can find them for even less from gray market retailers on ebay. A bargain, considering how small and versatile it is.
    • O 75mm IMO, this lens is a must have for every MFT photographer.
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2015
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