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Old Sep 8, 2012, 6:59 PM   #1
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Default should i get a 25mm f2.8 Zuiko FT or 30mm f2.8 Sigma?

So I am looking to fill a hole in my lenses and have settled on two lenses I can afford, either the 30mm f2.8 from Sigma or a refurbed Olympus 25mm f2.8 FT. Since I already have a DMW-MA1 FT->MFT adapter the price of these two lenses are the same. I'd love to get the Panna Leica 25mm f1.4 but I am afraid it is beyond my budget.


So what would you get? I'm leaning towards the 25mm as I've used a 24mm sigma super wide manual focus lens and really like the focal length but I keep thinking that maybe some point I will sell the 70-300mm and the DMW-MA1 to replace it with a Panasonic 100-300mm and I have heard very good things about the sigma 30mm f2.8

I had hoped that there would be a rumored MFT version of the Olympus 25mm f2.8 pancake for around the same $250 and maybe as fast as f1.8 announced at Photokina this month but now it sounds like that lens is not happening and instead they're releasing a 15mm f8 three zone focus body cap with some glas in it thing and some other stuff. Anyways given what is available today what would you get?
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I would get the Sigma 30mm f2.8 rather than the four-thirds 25/2.8.

The Zuiko is an "OK" lens. Nothing spectacular, and it focuses rather slow on a micro body. I've tried my 25/2.8 Zuiko on the micro bodies and I still have it, but I never use it.

From what I have read, people who have bought the two Sigma lenses (19 and 30mm) really like them. Hard to beat for the cost.
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Do you have the Oly FT 35mm macro? Great lens but a little slow focusing indoors on my EPL2 at times but I did buy it for macro work.
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At f2.8, I can't see what the big deal is about the two M4/3 Sigma lenses other than the fact that the are reasonably priced. I much rather save my pennies and get the Summilux 25mm f1.4. It's a nicer FL, the lens is sharp and fast.
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I had hoped that there would be a rumored MFT version of the Olympus 25mm f2.8 pancake for around the same $250 and maybe as fast as f1.8 announced at Photokina this month but now it sounds like that lens is not happening and instead they're releasing a 15mm f8 three zone focus body cap with some glas in it thing and some other stuff. Anyways given what is available today what would you get?
They're saying that is just a minor release, basically nothing more than a glorified body cap, and that won't be all. However there's talk of a new 17mm

http://www.43rumors.com/ft5-there-wi...7mmf-1-8-lens/

That sounds interesting but it's also close to the 14mm Panasonic I already have. Like you I'm hoping for that Oly 25 as it should fit in my budget by the time it rolls around.

I've heard that that sigma is better than it looks on paper, but I've never used it or even seen it in real life.
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At a slow f2.8 for primes and both non-pancake designs, Sigma did not have to do much to make the 19 and 30mm lenses pretty good. The price is low, and is where it should be.

On the other hand, the Olympus 17mm f2.8 Pancake is really cute, but has the old AF motor and is not that great optically, and that's being nice. An upgrade is due for that focal length. A 17mm f1.8 non-pancake that's priced around what the 45/1.8 costs, and that performs the way the 45/1.8 performs, would be a great lens to have. A 12/17/45 All-Zuiko prime set would be pretty sweet.

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At a slow f2.8 for primes and both non-pancake designs, Sigma did not have to do much to make the 19 and 30mm lenses pretty good. The price is low, and is where it should be.

On the other hand, the Olympus 17mm f2.8 Pancake is really cute, but has the old AF motor and is not that great optically, and that's being nice. An upgrade is due for that focal length. A 17mm f1.8 non-pancake that's priced around what the 45/1.8 costs, and that performs the way the 45/1.8 performs, would be a great lens to have. A 12/17/45 All-Zuiko prime set would be pretty sweet.
Frugal (cheap) people like me might also be able to pick up a bargain as people pick up this new 17mm and look to unload the older panny 20s.
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Greg - thanks for sharing your experience with the 25mm
James - no I don't have the 35mm, I've considered it but macro is not my main need and it is a little too long to be "normal"
Tulio - the price is the big deal - when you can buy a 30mm and a 19mm sigma and still have money left over as compared to the PL 25mm f1.4. That and they are both said to be nice and sharp. The only downsides are size and max aperture... I think mostly because they were made for NEX (which sorely needed them) and other mounts secondarily.
Sammy and greg again - the rumored Olympus 25mm f1.8 was supposed to be in the form factor of the 45mm f1.8. This is the first I've heard of the updated 17mm, like sammy I think it is too close to the 14mm I already own.

worth mentioning Sigma has promised a few MFT only lenses (as opposed to the NEX/MFT lenses)...
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...A 17mm f1.8 non-pancake that's priced around what the 45/1.8 costs, and that performs the way the 45/1.8 performs, would be a great lens to have....
I think it would be hard to compete against the Lumix 20mm f1.7 pancake. If I had to pay the same price for either lens, I'd go with the Panny for its compact size, light weight and slightly faster speed (not measurable though). I also prefer 20mm over 17mm since I already have the 14mm for WA.

I think Oly should work on a 25mm f1.8 (or faster) priced at $300. That would be a winner since the only option right now is the Summilux, which not only can't be found but when found costs an arm and a leg.
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Since buying the 25mm f1.4, I have not used the 20mm f1.7 at all. Assuming the 17mm f1.8 is reality, and assuming it uses the same MSC focus system (much faster AF than the 20) used in the 12mm f2 and 45mm f1.8, that'd be enough to push me to sell the 20mm f1.7.

When it comes to 20mm vs. 25mm, the 25's going to win every time in my bag, but the 17mm is wider enough I could see taking it instead of the 25 and using alongside the 12 and 45 Zuikos. I might use the 17 a lot more than the 25.
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