View Full Version : (Cheap?) alternative to the Panny 20mm?

1st December 2012, 07:58 PM
I recently had the good fortune to get hold of an OM-D as an upgrade from my Panasonic G3 and I'm having a lot of fun getting to know it. I don't yet have any Olympus lenses and I wasn't planning on getting anything to replace my Lumix kit (14mm f/2.5, 20mm f/1.7, 45-200mm and 100-300mm).

I have been eyeing those sumptuous Oly portrait-length primes - the 45, 60 and 75mm - but my go to fast lens (the 20mm) just doesn't play nice on the the OM-D. I'm sure you all know it AF speed is much worse in the Oly, and worse than all my other Panny lenses so I've been thinking about replacing this.

So, is the 45mm the obvious one, or should I be looking at something else? Your thoughts much appreciated. Thanks, James

1st December 2012, 08:16 PM
Yes and no. The 45mm is a great lens at a great price and the sale of your 20mm should cover most of it. However, it's not really a replacement as far as focal length goes - are you going to miss the 20mm angle of view?

David M
1st December 2012, 08:34 PM
There's a 19mm Sigma, the downside is it's a Sigma.

There's also the 17.5mm f/0.95 Nokton, the downside is you need the know how to manually focus.

1st December 2012, 08:34 PM
Thanks John. I'm not going to miss the field of view as I've got the 14mm as well (and the excellent 12-50mm ED kit lens), but I will miss the pancake carry anywhere fast lens if I don't get something like the new 17mm f/1.8 but that's just a bit too rich for me. I guess what I'm really wondering is do I wait and save for something like that (or see how the Pany 12-35mm f/2.8 zoom behaves) or get the 45mm and then wonder if I need another lens to fill the gap in the future. Crystal ball anyone?

2nd December 2012, 07:39 AM
That 45 is a superb lens. It's my "normal" lens these days (when I've not got the 75 on!). You soon adapt your viewpoint.

2nd December 2012, 08:35 AM
Actually, I like the Sigma 30 as a cheap but surprisingly decent normal lens. Build quality is fine, focus fast, and images good - optimised for use wide open too. The equivalent of an old-school 58mm lens is a focal length that I find quite useful.

2nd December 2012, 08:44 AM
Thanks Stephen and Jon, I hadn't even thought about the Sigma lenses until this post so thanks for that - the 19mm f/2.8 doesn't make a lot of sense as I have the 14mm f/2.5 already, but the 30mm is something to think about, and I'm guessing a darn site cheaper than the Leica Summilux 25mm f/1.4 - nowwhere near as wide but that's what you pay for...

Much appreciated guys.


2nd December 2012, 12:44 PM
Since you already feel comfortable with the Panny 14mm I too suggest the Zuiko 45mm f/1.8

Awesome little lens with fast AF and very bright.

I would personally stay away from the Sigma 30mm f/2.8
a) f/2.8 is considerable slower than f/1.7 and f/1.8 (more than 1-stop difference)
b) 30mm is equivalent to 60mm which is narrow for a standard lens and short for portraits.

This particular lens is essentially made for the NEX where it becomes "standard" (30x1.5=45mm).

2nd December 2012, 01:01 PM
Thank you - all very good arguments which I can't - well, argue with. I'm watching eBay right now for a few 45mm to see what price they go for. Fingers crossed.