which prime please?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by beckyi90, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. beckyi90

    beckyi90 Mu-43 Rookie

    May 21, 2012
    Stockton, UK
    Hi, Sorry if this is discussed elsewhere I cant find it.

    I'm wanting a prime lens, either 14/17(ver1)/19/20mm

    I'm wanting to know which focusses faster on the olympus epl3, and if its the 20mm is it that much faster to justify an extra £100.

    I can get all the others second hand for about the £100mark but the 20mm is about £200, which I could stretch to. I dont have a very good job so cant afford too much.

    I do a mixture of indoor and outdoor shots, I enjoy primes on my film cameras so want one for my digital. Also feel it would be a nice to have a combo that would fit in my jacket pocket.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. duke

    duke Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 4, 2010
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Focusing speed is (from fastest to slowest)
    1. 19/14
    2. 20
    3. 17
  3. LowTEC

    LowTEC Mu-43 Regular

    the 20 focuses probably the slowest of all, I have tried it, it is damn slow specially in low light. but on the other hand, it has the by far the fastest/brightest aperture to freeze movement of your subject, not to mention, it is also the sharpest.

    day time I would pick
    2.14, 19

    night time
    1. 20 if your subject moves slow or stay still or 14 if you are taking photo of a moving kid indoor
    2. 19

    avoid 17 2.8, slow focusing and slowest aperture of the bunch as well

    or 17mm 1.8, win all. Well, except your wallet :)
  4. LovinTheEP2

    LovinTheEP2 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 15, 2011
    Get the 20.