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MarceloLI Feb 5, 2014 4:09 PM

What is your favorite prime and why?
I am very curious about the primes Olympus offer for the m4/3 system but there are so many options and I am a little lost about what way to go.

I would like to know from you guys what is your favorite prime and why you like it? if you post some pictures would be great.

Thank you in advance.


SammyKhalifa Feb 6, 2014 8:49 AM

Lots of people have a lot more than me--I can only speak for the Panasonic 14mm, Panny 20 and Olympus 45mm. I've heard people call those three the "Poor Mans Trilogy," haha.

The 20 is very very good and is the most useful most often for what I shoot. If I had to choose only one to keep, I think that would be the one. However, it seems lately that all of my favorite shots come from the 45 even though there are times it isn't very helpful.

James Emory Feb 6, 2014 9:40 AM

I like the versatility of the zooms over the primes and the 14-54mm is my walk around lens. I would some day like to own the 9-18mm Oly.

Steven R Feb 6, 2014 10:13 AM

I pretty much stopped using primes when I converted from 35mm film to digital. Now, between my 12-60mm and 50-200mm, 99% of what I need is covered.

Greg Chappell Feb 6, 2014 11:48 AM

I couldn't decide, so just bought them all (literally). The list of what I don't would be shorter.

Favorite- 12mm f2. Coverage, speed and size, it's a wonderful lens.
#2- Panasonic 25mm f1.4
#3- 75mm f1.8

With the E-M1 and introduction of the 12-40mm f2.8 I'm using the primes less than before, although I do still often carry the 75/1.8 with the 12-40....makes a nice two lens outfit.

Olympus knew what they were doing. Back when I was buying the primes, the only Zuiko zoom options were slow and now, with the new 12-40 and soon-to-be-out 40-150mm f2.8, I'm sure I'm not the only one migrating to the zooms and using the primes less.

chiPersei Feb 6, 2014 10:55 PM

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Of the three I own this one's easy. Between the Panasonic Leica 45mm f2.8, Panasonic Lumix G Leica Summilux 25mm f1.4 and the Lumix G 20mm f1.7, the 20mm f1.7 is my go-to lens.

The 45 may be a great portrait lens but I don't do much portrait shooting. It's also a noted macro but I feel the 20 (for me anyway) works fine for close-ups. When using the 45 for a macro I find it's DOF is overly narrow (for any given aperture) and often miss my focal point in the split second between auto focus and shutter release. Perhaps if I used it more I'd remember to stop down the aperture more than I normally would. And yes, if you're hauling a tripod it's not necessarily an issue but I don't always want to do that. I'm more of a shoot and run photog over the person who takes a long time staging. A.D.D. I suppose. There's always adjusting DOF after viewing a test image but "oh look at that other pretty flower". :)

The 20 is small, light and fast. Can't argue with that. Second the additional 5mm over the 25 makes it more versatile without adding much distortion that can come with wider lenses. Bonus, it's plenty sharp.

Since getting the M1 and shortly thereafter the Zuiko 12-40 I've been spending more time with the 12-40. But the 20 will always be with me. I did mention it's small and light.

Shutterbug74 Feb 8, 2014 5:41 PM

I just recently traded in my Canon 60D and lenses (15-85, 60mm macro and 50 1.4) for the Olympus system. I've heard rave reviews for the last 2-3 years and had a chance to get a new E-PL5 for I figured for that I'd try it out and if I didn't like it, I could re-sell the camera and not be out of pocket. Well, I was hooked. They are fantastic systems and I've enjoyed it so much that I'm eyeing the E-M5 for later in the year :D I still have my 5D3 and "L" lenses but I'm keeping those for professional shooting and changing to the Olympus for my carry round. The 60D and lenses, while excellent, simply weren't being used at all. Aside from the price, I also selected the E-PL5 because I wanted something very different from a DSLR looking camera for venue shooting. We are going to a concert soon at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto and they prohibit DSLR type cameras for certain events. This way, with the E-PL5 I won't get hassled for bringing it.

I bought Olympus (Panasonic is good too) because it has in body stabilization and can utilize Panny lenses while maintaing stabilization. Panasonic has the stabilization built into the lenses. My Aunt has a Sony MFT and while nice, Panasonic and Olympus offer a wider variety of lens selection.

My choice of lenses was the Olympus 45mm 1.8 and I'm totally in love with its capabilities. The Olympus 60mm 2.8 macro which doubles as my mini telephoto (I've heard the 75mm 1.8 is top notch but so is the 800 Canadian price tag + 13% tax). Lastly, I bought the Panasonic 25 1.4 which I will get soon as its on order. I selected this one because of the reviews and my affinity for the 50mm focal length it provides (loved my EF 50 1.4 and am in love with my 50 1.2). Lastly, I'd decide between the 12mm, Oly 17 1.8 or the 12-40.....After I decide on one of these my kit is totally complete.

Hope that helps

Biro Feb 8, 2014 9:29 PM

I have quite a bit of micro four-thirds glass but the only fast lenses I have are primes. My zooms are pedestrian in terms of aperture but still quite useful outdoors.

For a long time, the Panasonic 20mm f1.7 was my go-to lens and it still is on Panasonic bodies. But this lens can result in banding at high ISOs on Olympus bodies with the 16mp Sony sensor. So I picked up the Oly 17mm f/1.8 and it's used a lot on my E-PM2. Also used a lot on that same camera is my Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 - a steal of a lens if there ever was one.

50mm is just a bit tighter than I typically like, so I never picked up the PanaLeica 25mm f/1.4 but many people will tell you this is the micro four-thirds prime to save. But don't buy before checking out Oly's new 25mm f/1.8.

Also, for portraits, I have the Olympus 45mm f/1.8. This is a great piece of glass even if the lens barrel is plastic.

ramcewan Feb 9, 2014 8:12 AM

I've shot the Lumix 14mm f2.5, Sigma 19mm f2.8, Olympus Zuiko 25mm f2.8, and the Olympus M. Zuiko 45mm f1.8.

Of those I would say the one that has yielded the most shots I like for me is actually the Lumix 14mm f2.5. I really love the 45mm f1.8 but it is a specialist lens that really requires you to think about the field of view you are shooting at. The Sigma 19mm f2.8 and Zuiko 25mm f2.8 both were supplanted by the 14-54mm zoom.

But the Lumix is a tiny little lens with a nice wide angle for landscapes, considering I bought mine on ebay for $175 it has been a steal. Here's some of my favorite shots with it;
Desert View Tower, Grand Canyon, AZ by ramcewan, on Flickr
Secret Canyon outside Page, AZ by ramcewan, on Flickr
sedona redrock from chapel of the holy cross 20120426 by ramcewan, on Flickr

closer to home
Beaver lake HDR by ramcewan, on Flickr
Foggy morning sunrise in the woods by ramcewan, on Flickr

it can even do cats
Kazoo on his level by ramcewan, on Flickr


Originally Posted by James Emory (Post 1367661)
I like the versatility of the zooms over the primes and the 14-54mm is my walk around lens. I would some day like to own the 9-18mm Oly.

The ease with which I can use the 14-54mm f2.8-3.5 in all but the worst light has made it an instant hit for me. I would likely only ditch it if I were to replace it with the 12-40mm f2.8.

I also find myself wanting the 9-18mm... not sure which version to go for though, the MFT version seems to take a hit on IQ and I've committed to carrying around the FT->MFT adapter anyways...

MarceloLI Feb 9, 2014 10:43 AM


Originally Posted by James Emory (Post 1367661)
I like the versatility of the zooms over the primes and the 14-54mm is my walk around lens. I would some day like to own the 9-18mm Oly.

Thank you James, I do like zooms also but I need some speed for low light situations and the primes can give me that.

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