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your best lens for mu43

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by snkenai, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. snkenai

    snkenai Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 5, 2010
    What is your best lens for clean sharp image. Any brand, any type. And what lense are you comparing it to. Please list only one best.
  2. jmacpix

    jmacpix Mu-43 Regular

    Hands down the Panasonic 20mm f1.7 for :43: IMHO.
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  3. Stephen Geis

    Stephen Geis Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 13, 2010
    Charlotte, NC
    Agree with Jeff - easily over half on my shots are with this lens - and I am never let down with the results.
  4. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
    Same here. Panasonic 20mm. It's on the GF1 so often, that I bought a G1 to house the kit lens....

    I love the pancake.
  5. FOsteology

    FOsteology Mu-43 Rookie

    Feb 4, 2010
    Another vote for the 20mm f/1.7

    Arguably THE best native lens currently available for the mft. Although, I hear the PL45 f/2.8 is a strong contender...
  6. ZephyrZ33

    ZephyrZ33 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 18, 2010
    Southern California
    20mm F/1.7

    One of the reasons I got into MFT.
  7. Rich M

    Rich M Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 2, 2010
    I am gonna go with the PL 45/2.8. Many put it into the macro/speciality lens category, but to me the focal length, lens speed, size and bokeh make for a perfect walk around prime.

  8. deirdre

    deirdre Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 9, 2010
    This. My 28mm Voigtlander on my M8 is slightly wider than the 20mm, but they are very close lenses, so I often walk around with the 45mm on the GF1 so as to have different lenses on different cameras. I do still use the 20mm, but generally only when I have one body with me.
  9. Grant

    Grant Mu-43 Veteran

    Yes, yes, yes I hate to agree with everyone but the 20 mm f/1.7 is an exceptional lens.
  10. addieleman

    addieleman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 5, 2010
    The Netherlands
    I actually prefer the Panny 14-45mm over the 20mm for normal use: its sharpness is more even across the frame and it has a useful range. It's my most used lens.
  11. carpandean

    carpandean Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 29, 2010
    Western NY
    20mm f/1.7 is the one "must have" :43: lens, in my opinion. Image quality is great, price is reasonable, and it's fast enough for good low light performance. That said, the 14mm has really got me thinking about the potential of the :43: system, especially now that other large-sensor mirrorless systems (e.g., Nikon) are coming out. The thing makes the camera/lens (in my case, a GF1) so compact, but performances is still very good. If they find a way to build in a decent viewfinder in the traditional rangefinder location, they'd have a modern CL/CLE type system (obviously not a rangefinder, though they could, or could go hybrid like the X100.)
  12. joele

    joele Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 12, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    my two would be the 20/1.7 and my voigtlander 75/2.5 for longer shots...
  13. bpalme

    bpalme Mu-43 Rookie

    Sep 9, 2010
    Love my 20mm , then 7-14mm.
  14. shrimp123

    shrimp123 Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 9, 2010
    (mostly used at f2
  15. joanne

    joanne Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 5, 2010
    cumbria uk
    Another vote for the 20mm my only bad images using this lens are down to operator error!
  16. peripatew

    peripatew Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 21, 2010
    20mm for native, and Canon 50mm/1.4 for adapter (for now until I get more!)

    I'd still like to try the 45mm and the 7-14mm.

  17. retnull

    retnull Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 12, 2010
    The Panasonic 20 is the sharpest and easiest to use, it is an excellent lens. However, I wind up using an Angenieux C-mount 25mm/f0.95 more often, just because it has a certain weird filmic quality to it.
  18. Vivalo

    Vivalo Olympus loser

    Nov 16, 2010
    Panny-twenty :2thumbs:
  19. pjohngren

    pjohngren Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 15, 2010
    I would have to agree on the 20mm f1.7 and the 14mm which I just spent a day using and found to be terrific - very sharp with great color and no distortion that I could see shooting inside an art center in natural light. But I also love the 14-45 and bought a G1 to put it on, as did someone else. These are all really nice lenses.
  20. playak47

    playak47 Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 4, 2010
    I agree with 20mm f1.7 also. I just used this lens indoors this entire weekend. It cannot be beat with any other other lens. I wish they had zoom that were of similar aperture. I have not done too much testing in bright light with my 40-150mm zoom yet but I might save that for outside.
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