Which would you choose - 14/20/45 or 14/45/100-300 or 14/20/100-300?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Jonathan F/2, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'm trying to decide which lens combination I should keep? If you had the choice between the 14/20/45, 14/20/100-300 or the 14/45/100-300, which would you prefer?

    (BTW - Referring to the Olympus 45 1.8)

  2. Shield

    Shield Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 11, 2011
    Worthington Ohio
    14/45/100-300 imo.

    Great street lens and close ups, great portrait and great zoom/telephoto.
  3. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    20/45/100-300, though that wasn't one of the choices given. If you can't do that one, then 14/45/100-300.

    Actually, my preferred would be 14/20/45/100-300, lol. The three prime are really cool, but if you need reach, then you need reach!
  4. stratokaster

    stratokaster Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 4, 2011
    Kyiv, Ukraine
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    My choice would be 12/20/45, but I generally don't use telephotos.
  5. Linh

    Linh Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 14, 2009
    Maryland, US
    of those, 14/45/100-300, mostly for the range. hard to really say w/o being you, heh. Do you do a lot of telephoto? I thought I would, but honestly, stick to 20 most of the time. Which is why i want that 35-100 to be good cause while I don't do it often, I'd like to have a good fast tele.
  6. PSH

    PSH Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 6, 2011
    No doubt :thumbup:
  7. Promit

    Promit Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 6, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
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    Promit Roy
  8. Tom Swaman

    Tom Swaman Mu-43 Veteran

    14/45/100-300 if this is your limit. If not, I would add the 14-140 depending upon what you are photographing. Yes, this gives you an overlap at both ends of the 14-140 range, but it also optimizes IQ.

    Good luck,
  9. LovinTheEP2

    LovinTheEP2 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 15, 2011
    From your list.. 14/45/100-300

    Me personally.. 20/45/100-300 but also maybe the 20/45/14-140 as I personally don't need the 150-300 reach.

    However, it seems you really want the 14 and willing to get a 20 as well in some of the setup:

    12, 20, 45, 100-300 would be a serious kit
  10. Canonista

    Canonista Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 3, 2011
    If I were buying right now, I'd go all prime. I'll get a tele zoom when someone releases a faster (f/2.8 or better) model.
  11. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    The purist in me, thinks the 14/20/45 would be the best option. But part of me feels the 14/45/100-300 would give me the best option for travel. I'd go with the 12 on the wide end, but that would go over my budget! I'm trying to make a rule not to go over $500 on any m43 lens! I'm also considering the 7-14, 45 option as well!
  12. drizek

    drizek Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 5, 2011
    Probably 9-18, 45, 100-300 if I had to pick just 3

    but to those I would add the 20mm and the Panny X 175mm telephoto, if price was no object.
  13. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    I also think the best for my choice would be: 20/45/100-300

    otherwise 14/45/100-300
  14. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
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    same here.....most of the time, the 20 is wide enough....and if when I need wider, I'll just stitch 2 shots. Or I'd add the 14-42....it's cheap enough on the used market and is no worse than than the 14mm prime.
  15. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    Well this may make someone jump from their hair: but that is the reason I didn't buy the 14 when I wanted to; it's as good as the kit lens at 14 so it's only advantage is it's a pancake...which obiviously is a very good advantage.
    But I preferred the 20mm.
  16. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Though two 20mm shots stitched is a very different aspect ratio. You'd need 4 stitched, and properly, to make up for the 14mm. Still, though, Pano has it's uses!
  17. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Basically this setup is going to be used 1st as my family photo kit, and 2nd as a travel setup. I also have a fully equipped Nikon kit, but that would require me having to bring both my Nikon gear and m43 kit for travel. On the Nikon side I also own a 70-200 & 300 f/4, so I'm thinking I might not need the 100-300 so much.

    This is how my lens usage will be: 14 for group shots, 20 for walk-around, 45 for portraits and small telephoto, 100-300 for daytime general shooting.
  18. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    That would be ideal also for me but need just something to fill the 45-100 gap.
  19. pharaviel

    pharaviel Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 20, 2011
    Reggio Emilia, Italy
    Real Name:
    Daniele Frizzi
    My setup il 20 + 45.200, and i will receive soon the 14 and buy the 45 when it arrives here... If i had to drop one... The 14. I don't use/like wides so much. My ideal lens is a prime something between 85 and 135.

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  20. drizek

    drizek Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 5, 2011
    Panasonic is coming out with a 35-100mm lens... at some point.