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Old Jan 10, 2016, 11:25 AM   #11
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Anyone have anything negative to say about this lens? Thinking about picking one up used (silver) for 140.00 with caps and Oly hood. Thought it would be a nice prime to keep on the camera.
Why not the Panasonic Lumix 25mm f1.7?

The sale is over but you're more likely to find one for less than $200 then you are going to find the Olympus 25mm f1.8 for less than $200, I've watched the Olympus 25mm f1.8 and they tend to go for no less than $260 which incidentally is what Olympus will sell you a refurbished one for when they have the 20% off sale.
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Old Jan 10, 2016, 2:32 PM   #12
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The 12-50mm isn't a bad lens, do have one came as the kit lens when I purchased my E-M1 as the 12-40 f2.8 & E-M1 pro kit wasn't available in Austraila when the camera first came out.
It's a better lens than my 14-42mm EZ (pancake zoom) which I purchased second hand for my E-M10 body to make it a almost pocketable camera (fits in a small camera bag/pouch and in the wife's handbag). The 12-50 has a great focal range, good image quality, Like the electronic zoom for video, weather sealed & does have that nice macro function.
Thanks TG. I have read a few reviews on the 12-50mm and most feel it is a decent lens but the price does not justify the performance of the lens. On the other hand, I don't take photos of sharpness charts, etc, etc, but real world photos. What appears as decent to a pro photographer might be great in my eyes. Oh, decisions, decisions, decisions.
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I thought that price was too good to be true.

If you can watch over the next few weeks, there could be a lot of 25mm lenses on the market at bargain prices when the $99 backordered Panasonic 25mm f/1.7 shows up.

I noticed a lot of guys ordered them, but won't keep both. The Panasonic guys seem more likely to sell the Olympus.
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Why not the Panasonic Lumix 25mm f1.7?

The sale is over but you're more likely to find one for less than $200 then you are going to find the Olympus 25mm f1.8 for less than $200, I've watched the Olympus 25mm f1.8 and they tend to go for no less than $260 which incidentally is what Olympus will sell you a refurbished one for when they have the 20% off sale.
Thanks Ramce. I see on eBay new copies are going for 189.00 plus 5.95 shipping. Compared to the Oly at 260-300 it sounds like a steal and an equally sharp lens. Think I'm going to pull the trigger on this one. BH wants 249.00 for it.
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I like it OK so far (the Panny 25). I also like the 20, people say it's too slow to focus--that is real but I think people blow it way out of proportion. It's sharper though.

I have to say that overall I think I still like the 20 better, but if I just had one prime I think I'd prefer it to be the 25. I still really like the classic "el cheapo" duo of the 20/Oly45.

Don't sleep on the Sigma primes either though. I've heard good things about all of them.

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I like it OK so far (the Panny 25). I also like the 20, people say it's too slow to focus--that is real but I think people blow it way out of proportion. It's sharper though.

I have to say that overall I think I still like the 20 better, but if I just had one prime I think I'd prefer it to be the 25. I still really like the classic "el cheapo" duo of the 20/Oly45.

Don't sleep on the Sigma primes either though. I've heard good things about all of them.
Yes, but I think I'd like that extra speed of the Panny f1.7 for not much more $.
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Yes, but I think I'd like that extra speed of the Panny f1.7 for not much more $.
The sharpness is also better with the Panny. Out of the three "A" lenses Sigma introduced, the 19mm is noticeably the worst of the group for sharpness. Not saying the 19mm is a bad lens, just not as sharp as the Panny.
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Well I have crossed the Oly 12-50 from my list of lenses. After reading several reviews by users an reviewers, most have said for the price the lens is on the soft side. I'm down now to two primes or the Oly Pro 12-40mm. I am heavily leaning toward the two primes to take care of most of the focal ranges I would use and much cheaper than the Pro model. Thanks everyone for your valuable input. Helps much to narrow down my choices.
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