View Full Version : HELP! Recommend a good Prime

28th July 2012, 10:30 PM
Hi all,

I am looking at picking up an OMD M5 and having never owned an m43 camera or Olympus before, was wondering which primes people would recommend.

On my current Canon setup I find the "nifty fifty" (50mm F1.8) to be a very versatile lens and was wondering which would be the recommended equivalent for the OMD.

I have heard good things about the Panny 24mm pancake and it reasonably priced but I was wondering what people's recommendation would be.


29th July 2012, 07:27 AM
I would suggest the 45mm f1.8. It makes a "nifty ninety", it is not too expensive, and is gloriously sharp.


29th July 2012, 08:47 AM
It depends on what your Canon body is. If you like 50mm on a full frame body then the 45mm, whilst apparently a super lens, might be a bit long for you as it would equate to a 90mm in the terms you're used to.
If you are on a crop body, then it might suit you perfectly.

Personally I've never used one; my "Standard" prime is the 20mm Panasonic F1.7 Pancake, which equates to 40mm EFL, which may be a bit short for you.

On my Full Sized 4/3, the Panasonic 25mm F1.4 is brilliant, but with the 4/3-m4/3 converter, it seem very big on the OM-D. Panasonic do make a m4/3 version of it which some folks seem to like, and would seem a direct nifty 50 replacement for a Full Frame user.

I may be mistaken, but I think we still need to wait a bit for a weatherproof standard prime for the m4/3 platform, which is a shame as the OM-D is a wonderful carry round camera.

29th July 2012, 11:20 AM
For an inexpensive lens, the Panasonic 20mm is really good. For a slightly longer lens, the Panasonic 25mm (m4/3 version) is superb but expensive and not small. The Oly 45mm is my all-time favourite. You soon learn to adapt to it being a bit longer than the "normal" field of view.

If you don't mind manual focussing, how about an OM Zuiko 28mm plus adaptor?

Loup Garou
29th July 2012, 02:52 PM
I have always used a 35mm lens ans a 'standard' on-camera lens and so went for the Olympus Zuiko 17mm pancake - their 35mm equivalent. Quite happy with it.

I also have the excellent 45mm f/1.8 "portrait" lens. Really good value for money with that aperture.

29th July 2012, 04:48 PM
Thanks for the recommendations guys. My Canon 50mm is on a 40D which is not full frame.

I had a looked around teh high street shops today and saw:
- Panny 14mm pancake
- Panny 20mm F1.7
- Oly 17mm F2.?

It sounds like the Oly 40mm F1.8 is popular choice here though

David M
29th July 2012, 05:54 PM
Any one using one of the f0.95 Noktons? I was just checking availability and noticed the price has gone up $200 since it was first available.

31st July 2012, 12:33 PM
I find the Panasonic 20mm better than the Oly 17mm - that gives a 40mm equivalent rather than 34mm of course.
The 50mm on the 40D equates to 80mm FF equivalent...so I'd go with the 45mm Olympus...extremely good! but a bit longer reach than you are used to.

31st July 2012, 01:32 PM
Any one using one of the f0.95 Noktons? I was just checking availability and noticed the price has gone up $200 since it was first available.

I have the 25mm f0.95, and recommend it. It produces great results with surprisingly sharp modern glass. It is very soft wide open though as you would expect, and doesn't sharpen up unless stopped down to about f2. It's a tough lens and there will be good copies available on the secondary market.

David M
31st July 2012, 10:34 PM
Yes, I've read lots of good reports/reviews on the 25mm f/0.95. Maybe that's why the price has gone up since it was released. I was expecting the price to drop after the early adopters had snapped up their copies.

1st August 2012, 06:50 PM
I have both the Panaleica 25 1.4 and the Oly 45 1.8 both lenses are brilliant to be fair but your 40d with 50mm falls somewhere in between closer to the what the 45mm would cover but i would go to a good camera shop and try both out and see what seems to suit your style. the 45 1.4 is a good bang for the buck for the lens it is the panaleica 25 1.4 is abit more pricey on the other hand.


1st August 2012, 07:02 PM
Thanks guys. The Oly 45mm sounds like a good lens. I will look into that one