Wide to Standard Combo

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by bwidjaja, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. bwidjaja

    bwidjaja Mu-43 Regular

    May 30, 2012
    Trying to decide on what lens combo to use. Please share your thoughts.

    1. Oly 9-18, Panny 14, Panny 20
    Pro: P14 provides fast AF in a pancake form
    Con: P14 is redundant FL with the Oly

    2. Oly 12, Panny 20
    Pro: Fast (F speed) and furious
    Con: no fast AF pancake

    3. Oly 9-18, Panny 25
    Pro: UWA and best standard
    Con: no pancake

    And of course feel free to suggest other combos with similar costs (approx $1,100)
  2. fredlong

    fredlong Just this guy...

    Apr 18, 2011
    Massachusetts USA
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    For me, performance is more important than "pancakieness" so I'd go for option 3.

  3. Adubo

    Adubo SithLord

    Nov 4, 2010
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    my vote will be greatly affected on what you are shooting and your style of shooting...

    ... but at the pureness of the gear itself, i'd go with option #3

    but for the majority of the photography you'll do, the option 1 is the most complete imho... no leica lens though, but it doesnt really differ that much compared to the panny 20
  4. SimonL

    SimonL Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 15, 2009
    NW England
    The 25 isn't any better than the 20 - except for the faster aperture

    Having said that, the 12 isn't visibly better than the 14.

    The pancakes win on 'pancakiness' AND price :biggrin:

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  5. tanngrisnir3

    tanngrisnir3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 18, 2011
    MFT is not the only thing by which one evaluates lenses.

    Glad I could clear that up for you.
  6. fredlong

    fredlong Just this guy...

    Apr 18, 2011
    Massachusetts USA
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    I guess I could be more clear. The improved performance, to me, of the 25/1.4 over the 20/1.7 is in focus speed. The quiet focusing is a plus as well for video, if that's of interest. The difference between f/1.4 and f/1.7 doesn't matter much to me.

    The OP felt the 14/2.5 might be redundant so I never considered that. Nor did I mean to compare it to the 12/2. Personally I prefer 12mm to 14mm.

    I just picked his option that didn't include the 20.

  7. dre_tech

    dre_tech Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 31, 2012
    I'm for the Oly 9-18 + Panasonic 20, but from your older post about what to trade I see you have these already.

    Maybe go for the PL25 if you don't pay too much to move up. With the current retail price difference of $180, maybe it's not that bad for fast AF & more interesting color rendition.

    I suppose the 12-35 doesn't interest you for roughly that budget? I'm going that route, it's only 1 stop slower at 12mm, I can handle 2-stop slower at 25mm. You do get fast AF...
  8. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
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    I'm most comfortable with longer lenses so this is just an opinion, but if you aren't worried about size (ie., pancake) I think the 9-18 and 25 combo will give you the range you are looking for with the highest quality.
  9. bwidjaja

    bwidjaja Mu-43 Regular

    May 30, 2012
    dre_tech, you are right about me already having Oly 9-18 and P20. I am not considering the 12-35 because I know i do not prefer zoom (not IQ, just personal pref) and it's relatively big.

    RevBob, that is what i am leaning toward for now... if only I can figure out where to buy P25 without paying outrageous amount.
  10. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
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    I already have the Oly 9-18, Panny 14 and Panny 20 and like all of them. Easy choice for me. But I am also using the Samyang 7.5 as well - it is a great addition.

    The 14 and 20 make a great walk-around combo with my GF2. The 9-18 is versatile and relatively small and often is added. The 7.5 is just fun.
  11. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
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    You are wise to include an ultra wide angle in at least 2 of the 3 options.

    While the 9-18 is a very nice and useful lens (and I appreciate having one!), here's what I think makes a great minimalist UWA to standard setup:

    Pany 7-14
    Pany 14-45 or Oly 14-42IIR
    Pany 25/1.4 (or Pany 20/1.7)

    You could substitute the 9-18 for the 7-14 without losing toooo much, but the 7-14 does give superior AOV and IQ.