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Old Oct 17, 2014, 3:23 PM   #1
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I just bought a 45mm 1.8 and I am very impressed of the IQ this lens deliver.

Now I am looking for the 17mm 1.8 or the 12mm 2.0.

For some reason the 17mm 1.8 has different reviews, people love it and others hate it.

What is your opinion about those lenses and if you own it can you give me some feedback and pictures about it please?

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Old Oct 17, 2014, 3:44 PM   #2
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I almost pulled the trigger on the 12 mm F2 the other day on Getolympus.com. They had a refurbished one for 449.
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Old Oct 17, 2014, 4:03 PM   #3
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I've heard that if you like the 45mm then you'll also like their 25.

Right now I have the 45, the Panasonic 20mm and the 14. Of those the 14 probably gets the least use and the 20 the most, but the shots I like the most usually end up being from the 45.

I think part of peoples problem with the 17 stems from them reading a technical review that's circulating about that says it's not quite as sharp as some of the others. To be honest (I might be wrong) I think that that's gotten into their heads too much, and it's probably just as good as the other modern lenses. It's not a lens I've considered, but only because I already have the 14 and 20 and a 17 seens superfluous at that point.
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Doesn't the focal length itself answer the question?

I take the vast majority of my outdoor/nature shots at the equivalent of 35mm. A 12mm lens would be close to useless for me. I'd be fine with a 17mm prime for all-around use, but I don't know what I'd use a 12mm for.

That seems to be the main difference in the discussions and arguments I've seen. If you like 17mm, you want 17mm.

The same holds true with a 7-14 vs: a 9-18. I need the 18mm end a lot more than the 7mm.

For me, the focal length comes first. The 12mm is supposedly sharper, but it's 5mm too wide.
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24mm and 35mm were both lenses I used a lot in th film days. Last Nikon setup I had was an F2AS, 24mm f2.8, 35mm f 2 and 85mm f2 Nikkors. Still have close to all of the primes and wouldn't even think twice about grabbing the 12mm f2, 17mm f1.8, 45/1.8 and 75/1.8.
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I have the 25 and 45mm f1.8 and I like both of them (45 a tidy but more) and I am currently trying the 75mm. The good news is that I will not buy it since I found that this is now the kind of lens I like. If I had the choice, I'll go with the 12mm ... Especially if you like landscapes.
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Thank you every one for the feedback and advice, I bought the 12mm f2 black version, it comes with a metal hood and front cap.

I'll post some pictures from with this lens.

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