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Which prime lens(es) to buy?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Clint, Jun 20, 2015.

  1. Clint

    Clint Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 22, 2013
    San Diego area, CA
    Clint
    This post is based on the thread https://www.mu-43.com/threads/55130/ from which I accumulated the data below. The thread is about which prime lenses creates a person's prime lens trinity, and they could add a 4th lens if they chose.

    With 197 post there were 285 lenses listed as first choices. I excluded desires, zooms if the person did not include at least 2 primes in their triad, and any lenses outside of the person’s primary choices.

    All said and done, each person’s choice is very individualized – due in a large part because of how robust the m4/3s prime lens availability is - Thanks primarily to both Olympus and Panasonic! Yet and not to discount the 3rd party manufactures – they fill needs not covered by the OEMs and really round out possible choices.

    Through all 197 post there were only a few post that duplicated another's choices. And you’ll quickly notice that even a consensus of the top three could not be reached without some of ‘this or this” being attached to choices.

    The Top 10 Lenses

    FL / Count/ %

    45 | 60 | 21%

    25 | 44 | 15%

    75 | 27 | 9%

    17 | 26 | 9%

    20 | 26 | 9%

    14 | 22 | 8%

    12 | 21 | 7%

    42. 5 | 11 | 4%

    7.5 | 11 | 4%

    60 | 9 | 3%



    Here is the count of individual lenses by focal length

    Focal Length | Count

    7.5 | 11
    7-14 | 5
    12 | 21
    12-32 | 1
    12-50 | 1

    14 | 17
    14 f/2.5 | 5
    15 | 2
    15 f/1.7 | 4
    17 | 12

    17.5 f/0.95 | 2
    17 f/1.8 | 10
    17 f/2.8 | 2
    19 | 2
    20 | 14

    20 f/1.7 | 12
    25 | 8
    25 f/0.95 | 3
    25 f/1.4 | 25
    25 f/1.8 | 8

    30 | 2
    30 f/2.8 | 2
    35-100 f/2.8 | 1
    40-150 | 1
    40-150 f/2.8 | 1

    42. 5 | 1
    42.5 f/1.7 | 1
    42.5 f/1.2 | 8
    42.5 f/0.95 | 1
    45 | 22

    45 f1.7 | 1
    45 f/1.8 | 35
    45 f/2.8 | 2
    45-175 | 1
    50 f/1.4 | 4

    50 f/1.8 | 1
    60 f/2.8 | 9
    75 | 15
    75 f/1.8 | 12

    Note: All 50mm lenses were 35mm legacy lenses, 2 of the 60mm were Sigma's, the others were the Olympus macro.
     
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  2. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Keith
    Wow, that's an impressive amount of data gathering, Clint. :thumbup:

    Now the hard part: what can we glean from this data beyond the realization that focal length preferences are very personal. :hmmm:

    It's no surprise to me that the 45/1.8 was the most popular. It's a quality lens, it's priced very competitively and it's a useful focal length. I know for some folks this would be the long end of their "prime trinity" while for others it would be the middle focal length, so that gives it an advantage as well.
     
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  3. Clint

    Clint Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 22, 2013
    San Diego area, CA
    Clint
    Well, here is one more way to look at it

    Here is the data broken down by Field of View categories, based on traditional naming over the years.

    Descriptor for range | Focal Length Range | Count | Percentage of 285
    UWA | < 12mm | 16 | 6%

    WA | 12-18mm | 77 | 27%

    Norm | 18-30mm | 76 | 27%

    Med Tele | 31-55mm | 74 | 26%

    Tel | 55-75mm | 42 | 15%


    From this data it would be fair to say that a majority will have a Wide Angle, Normal, and Medium Telephoto in their preferred triad of lenses.

    Size, cost, and desired use are primary selectors in picking a lens for most. And because the m4/3s robust selection of primes is a primary reason this data runs a wide gamut. Which makes it near impossible to define a “best” or near best system of lenses.

    What was surprising to me is that a very large portion of the posters had not considered lens by lens in their choices/purchases (which I think eventually leads many into consternation over what to do or which lenses to use), but more of a systematic choice. Whether that choice came by trial and error over a period of time or preplanned.
     
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  4. tjdean01

    tjdean01 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 20, 2013
    The 45 ranked highest because there has really been nothing similar to it in FL and price. Now we have the 42.5/1.7 so if we did this in a year the amount of 45/1.8s chosen might be halved.