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Most used primes in mft ?
Old 08-29-2018   #1
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Most used primes in mft ?

Which are your most used (preferred) native mft primes ?
I just started the primes collection very traditionally , with a 50 equivalent "normal " (Oly 25/1,8) wich came today ...
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Oly 25 1.8 and 45 1.8

I first bought a 7Artisans 25 1.8 thinking I would be cool w/ mf, but the Oly lenses w af just make so much more sense. Instant focus, crazy sharp. W/ manual lenses I have to use image magnification etc.
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I have the kit 14-42 and also got the 50-150. I also have the 30/3.5 macro and I seem to use it most of the time. If I saw the 45/1.8 for a good price I'd definitely consider it, but actually the inexpensive fisheye is most intriguing for an ultrawide.
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Oly 25 1.8 and 45 1.8

I first bought a 7Artisans 25 1.8 thinking I would be cool w/ mf, but the Oly lenses w af just make so much more sense. Instant focus, crazy sharp. W/ manual lenses I have to use image magnification etc.
I've used MFL for more than 8 years (not to mention the years before AF ) but since the eyesight dropped a bit with age, it became more obvious that AF is better for me ,especially in low light.

I think I'd like too the 45/1,8
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I have the kit 14-42 and also got the 50-150. I also have the 30/3.5 macro and I seem to use it most of the time. If I saw the 45/1.8 for a good price I'd definitely consider it, but actually the inexpensive fisheye is most intriguing for an ultrawide.
I was interessed in primes, not zooms .
I hear that the macro is super sharp .
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My most used are the 25mm f1.4 Pan/Leica, 15mm f1.7 Pan/Leica, and the 42.5mm f1.7 Panasonic. All are very good.

I have the Oly 75mm f1.8, a superb lens, but it often feels too long at 150mm equivalent focal length.
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20/1.7 II at the moment, followed by 60/2.8 Macro.

With all those APS-C and full-frame lenses getting absolutely humongous (coming from film M lenses here), I see Micro 4/3's main benefit to be the small size of the lenses. I hope the format will survive the test of time and stay small.
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I was interessed in primes, not zooms .
I hear that the macro is super sharp .
I understand that you asked about primes, which is why I mentioned the macro. But partly my point is that the Zuiko zooms are excellent, even the inexpensive ones.
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My most used is the Oly 17/1.8; before I got that lens last year, it would have been the little Oly 17/2.8. 17mm and my Olympus Pen F is turning into a nice combination for me.

After 17mm, I use the Oly 45/1.8 and the Lumix 20/1.7 I. The latter is still a superb optic, although the AF is not up to the more recent Olympus MFT primes.

I've got the Oly 25/1.8 and the Lumix 14/2.5, but I don't use them nearly as much as the other focal lengths.

For a digital kit for travel, the Pen F with the 17/1.8 and the 45/1.8 is just about perfect.
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I used the Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95 for an entire two week trip to Europe. It's a really terrific lens! The Oly 25mm and 17mm f1.8 are really solid too. Those are the only three I own but I'm really happy with all of them.
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I have the 15mm f1.7 PanaLeica, the 25mm f1.8 Olympus, and the 45mm f1.8 Olympus. They're all superb lenses. The 45 is the only one I really ever use though. I ended up buying the 7-14mm f2.8 and 12-40mm f2.8 Olympus Pro zooms because I found them more useful for the kind of work I do. The 45 is a wonderful portrait lens, though.

The 15; I don't use it anymore, but it is a great lens.

The 17mm f1.7 Olympus is the only truly awful M43 lens I have ever used. It is VERY sharp in the center and extremely soft everywhere else. I thought I had a bad one but tried several more and they were the same; its just a crappy design. Returned it for refund. The PanaLeica 15 is super sharp across the whole frame. Much more usable.
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I've used MFL for more than 8 years (not to mention the years before AF ) but since the eyesight dropped a bit with age, it became more obvious that AF is better for me ,especially in low light.

I think I'd like too the 45/1,8
I have no problem mf with real rangefinder cameras, film slrs etc. The problem w/ most EVF cameras is I need to use the magnifier to get accurate focus, and that really slows everything down.
Once I got my (fantastic!) AF 25 and 45 lenses, there was no need for mf w/ my EM10mk2.

Interestingly I also bought a Leica M-m43 adapter, and thought I may use my Leica glass. But once I got the Oly af lenses, it didn't seem to make much sense.
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Which are your most used (preferred) native mft primes ?
Here are the four micro 4/3 primes I own. The last three are my most used. The 17mm serves as a backup lens.

17mm f/2.8 Olympus
14mm f/2.5 Panasonic
20mm f/1.7 Panasonic
45mm f/1.8 Olympus


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Old 08-30-2018   #16
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The Panasonic 14/2.5 got a lot of use on the E-M5 as it became almost a compact camera with such a small lens. It has since been supplanted by the Olympus 12/2, but it is larger.

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The Oly 25/1.8 is one of my favourite lenses for m43, along with the 45/1.8. I just love the tiny Olympus primes.

GM1 - Beats [explore 2014 07 05] by Archiver, on Flickr


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Although I have a lot more primes like the Voigtlander trio and the Oly 60 macro and 75, the Oly 12, 25 and 45 are the ones I use the most. Some days I'll go out with just the 25 and come back with a load of great images.
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The 17mm f1.7 Olympus is the only truly awful M43 lens I have ever used. It is VERY sharp in the center and extremely soft everywhere else. I thought I had a bad one but tried several more and they were the same; its just a crappy design. Returned it for refund. The PanaLeica 15 is super sharp across the whole frame. Much more usable.
1.7? Haven't heard of this Olympus lens. 17mm 1.8 and 2.8 I am familiar with.

I have the Olympus 17mm 1.8 and it is my basic lens. No problems with corner sharpness or such.

This really depends on the field of view you want. A focal length that you won't use won't be of much use no matter how great its rendering.
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1.7? Haven't heard of this Olympus lens. 17mm 1.8 and 2.8 I am familiar with.

I have the Olympus 17mm 1.8 and it is my basic lens. No problems with corner sharpness or such.

This really depends on the field of view you want. A focal length that you won't use won't be of much use no matter how great its rendering.
I meant the f1.8, and yes it has poor sharpness away from the center. I don't just mean the corners, I mean that every single one of the 5 of them I bought and returned was soft 1/3 of the way out from center at every aperture on the 20mp Pen-F. The Panasonic 15mm f1.7 is tack sharp everywhere.
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I understand that you asked about primes, which is why I mentioned the macro. But partly my point is that the Zuiko zooms are excellent, even the inexpensive ones.
I agree with you , I have the 14-42 II wich I used exclusively as mft lens since 2010 on Oly E-PL1 . I think it will survive in my bag because :
1-quality - good enough to be used along with the primes to complement them in the field of flexibility when needed
2-14mm /3,5 is a focal that I use frequently , and there is no fast prime in this focal to attract me (I know , the Pany 14/2,5 one stop faster ,but my pocket says no for now . Maybe if it was a f2 I could be tempted)
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My most used is the Oly 17/1.8; before I got that lens last year, it would have been the little Oly 17/2.8. 17mm and my Olympus Pen F is turning into a nice combination for me.

After 17mm, I use the Oly 45/1.8 and the Lumix 20/1.7 I. The latter is still a superb optic, although the AF is not up to the more recent Olympus MFT primes.

I've got the Oly 25/1.8 and the Lumix 14/2.5, but I don't use them nearly as much as the other focal lengths.

For a digital kit for travel, the Pen F with the 17/1.8 and the 45/1.8 is just about perfect.
Aren't the 17and the 20 too close ? I am hesitating about the 17 thinking it's a bit close to the 25 and not wide enough.How do you feel about it?
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I agree with you , I have the 14-42 II wich I used exclusively as mft lens since 2010 on Oly E-PL1 .
As my do everything lens I use the Panasonic 12-32 zoom. I picked it purely upon recommendation by Ming Thein (he is an excellent technical analyst), as he rated it higher than the Oly 14-42.

I have to say I am most impressed by it, and having the 35mm equivalent of a 24-64 lens is super useful.

These things are tiny so in a small bag - really small! - I have it with the 25 and 45 1.8. The beauty of the m43 system, and why I'm not interested in faster/larger primes. I do not want to lose the size advantage. If I'm going to go big, I'm stepping up to one of my FF sensor cameras.
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Most of the time the superb Panasonic 15/1.7 is on the camera a GX-80
The panasonic 30/2.8 next frequently used.

Back with the Olympus EP-1 the 20/1.7 was a major step up from the olympus 17/2.8.

I should use the 20/1.7 and 25/1.4 more, but the focus of the newer lenses is much nicer.
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Which are your most used (preferred) native mft primes ?
I just started the primes collection very traditionally , with a 50 equivalent "normal " (Oly 25/1,8) wich came today ...
These are the four lenses I used for better than 95% of all my Micro-FourThirds photos:
  • Lumix G 14mm f/2.8
  • Summilux-DG 25mm f/1.4 ASPH
  • Macro-Elmarit-DG 45mm f/2.8 ASPH OIS
  • M.Zuiko 85mm f/1.8 ED

Of the four, the 25/1.4 and 45/2.8 were used the most, with both Panasonic and Olympus bodies.

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Most used: Olympus 45mm F1.8 and PL25 F1.4
I use them as a pair when shooting events.

I also have the Sigma 60mm F2.8, which I love, but I tend to only bring it out for portraits.

I have the PL15mm F1.7, but I have a hard time with the focal length. I've always had a hard time with 28mm lenses (despite being fine with either 24mm or 35mm) and this falls into that trap. Gorgeous rendering, I just don't know how to compose will with that field of view.
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I find I use the 15mm f/8 lens a lot. It's the only wide for mft that actually covers the format and allows close focus, or focus-free use as desired. I know this is usually seen as more of a toy lens, but I've taken some great shots with it.
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I find I use the 15mm f/8 lens a lot. It's the only wide for mft that actually covers the format and allows close focus, or focus-free use as desired. I know this is usually seen as more of a toy lens, but I've taken some great shots with it.
The Olympus 15mm and FE9mm body cap lenses are remarkably good quality for their price and size. I've enjoyed using both of them on the E-PL1 and E-PL7 bodies, which makes both these bodies eminently pocketable.
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Petronius takes the most interesting photographs. It is good to read this thread and see alll the people into m43 \.

I have the Pen-F plus the Olympus 17, 25 and 45 /1.8 lenses and the 40-150 R 3.5-5.6 zoom, plus the tiny Panasonic 14/2.5 pancake lens. Had the Sigma 60/2.8 and it was good but I sold it (in favour of the 45); had the Panasonic 20/1.7 and it was excellent but the noisy and slow AF drove me crazy; I sold it.

The 45mm is my best lens and I am determined to use it more - even as a walk around lens. The 17/1.8 is not soft, but I don't see it as necessarily better than the 14/2.5 from Panasonic either. Both are acceptable. The 25/1.8 is a bit better than both of these, but it a narrower F of V of course. I try to use it when I can, but it is not as good for taking shots of cityscapes as the wide angle lenses.

The problem with m43 is that the best lenses are virtually incompatible with my camera. I saw shots taken by the new 17/1.2 PRO lens and they are fantastic, but the lens is too big for my Pen-F.
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Occasionally the Summicron M50 (IV) and the R 21-35, as well as the Voigtländer 25 & 90, but the stabilization means that hand-held longer lenses are also possible.

I agree that the button-focus-enlargement is a bother -especially when the focus point keeps moving. An enlarged zone fixed in the middle would be the ideal.

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traveler 101, thank you for your kind words!

The 15mm/8 is one of my favourite m4/3 lenses too. It has an own thread here:
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I am the owner of a trio of lenses and a new camera ,and I am impressed by the results .
Leica 15/1,7 ; Olympus 25/1,8 ; Olympus 45/1,8

I use them on Omd 10mkII .

All the gear came in two weeks
I am glad I did this .
Great results even in low light . I am goig to sell the sony and canon gear .
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