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rutwij
21st March 2013, 01:44 AM
I was putting together a dream kit list for the OMD, something I can work towards as the next step in pandering to my GAS :)
Here's what I have come up with so far... please give your feedback, comments, advice, experience etc to help complete/evolve the list!

OMD body
m.zuiko 12mm
Panasonic Leica 25 mm
m.zuiko 60 mm Macro
m.zuiko 75 mm Portrait

Ones which came close but didn't make the cut...
Panasonic 17mm (superseded by the 12 mm)
m.zuiko 45mm (superseded by the 75mm)
Panasonic 20mm (superseded by the 25mm)

Future candidates:
Panasonic 7-14mm f4
Panasonic 35-100mm f2.8

Looking for a prime telephoto or bright telephoto zoom to bolster the ranks.

You might ask what sort of photography I like, and I would say everything... street (hence the 12mm), portraits (75mm), macro (60mm), architecture, wildlife, landscapes, abstracts... anything interesting, really!

Rutwij

StephenL
21st March 2013, 07:55 AM
I now have every Olympus prime bar the 17mm f2.8. I also have the Panasonic 20 mm, and till recently the PanaLeica 25mm.

I firmly believe that Olympus glass gives more pleasing results than Panasonic.

I couldn't get on with the 25mm focal length.

I believe that the 45mm complements the 75mm, and I wouldn't get rid of either.

Were I to keep just 3 lenses, they would be the 17mm f1.8, the 45mm, and the 75mm.

I do like the 12mm, but don't use it as frequently as the other 3.

The first lens to go from my current stable, if I had to let something go, would be the 60mm. It's a nice sharp lens, but I rarely take macros and the focal length, for me, is a bit of an odd-ball.

rutwij
21st March 2013, 09:36 AM
I now have every Olympus prime bar the 17mm f2.8. I also have the Panasonic 20 mm, and till recently the PanaLeica 25mm.

I firmly believe that Olympus glass gives more pleasing results than Panasonic.

I couldn't get on with the 25mm focal length.

I believe that the 45mm complements the 75mm, and I wouldn't get rid of either.

Were I to keep just 3 lenses, they would be the 17mm f1.8, the 45mm, and the 75mm.

I do like the 12mm, but don't use it as frequently as the other 3.

The first lens to go from my current stable, if I had to let something go, would be the 60mm. It's a nice sharp lens, but I rarely take macros and the focal length, for me, is a bit of an odd-ball.

How do the 45 and the 75 interplay? Do you have different situations/circumstances you use either for? If the 45 is a must have in addition to the 60, would you recommend getting it as the part of the OM-D giveaway instead of the grip?

Rutwij

brian1208
21st March 2013, 10:09 AM
Looking for a prime telephoto or bright telephoto zoom to bolster the ranks

I think that is the big gap in the line-up at the moment, which should be partly filled when Panasonic bring out their 150 f2.8 later this year and if Olympus produce their rumored 40-150 f2.8. There will still be a need for a 200 - 300 f4 in my opinion (I suspect a 2.8 at this FL range would be too heavy and expensive for most)

I'm finding the 35 - 100 f2.8 is an excellent tool, its just a shame its a bit short for what I really want (but I'm not going to get rid of it! :D )

StephenL
21st March 2013, 10:27 AM
How do the 45 and the 75 interplay? Do you have different situations/circumstances you use either for? If the 45 is a must have in addition to the 60, would you recommend getting it as the part of the OM-D giveaway instead of the grip?

Rutwij

I use whichever focal length is appropriate for the subject.

Personally I feel the grip, at least the first part, is almost indispensable.

And I would easily have the 45mm over the 60mm, as long as I have the 75mm.

Narrowing down my nest of lenses to just two favourites (if I must) they would be the 45mm and the 75mm, even though my one of my favourite subjects is landscape.

brianvickers
21st March 2013, 11:08 AM
Unless you are into Macro I would replace the 60mm from your list with the 45mm to give better coverage of focal lengths (60 and 75 are close.....and 60 is a big jump from 25)
I'd consider the 9-18mm as an alternative for the 12 because I don't use my 12 much either - and 9mm is really wide.
I'd consider the 17mm as an alternative to 25 but not as an alternative to 12mm as 17mm and 12mm are very different in field of view.

My set up is 12mm, 17mm f 2.8, 25mm f1.4, 45mm, 75mm and the 12-50 zoom.
I'm keeping my 25 as it gives me a wider option than the 45 for home studio work whereas the 17mm would introduce distortion.

Have you seen the sigma 19mm....very good performer and cheap...its being replaced with a MKII at the moment and the old ones appear to have similar optics.

Lets face it....we all need em all!

rutwij
21st March 2013, 05:58 PM
Now my dream portfolio is going to cost me over £3700 (amazon.co.uk prices), and that's excluding any telephoto coverage sheez!!
I guess I could start small and go for the OMD/Grip/45mm/25mm and work my way up from there!

Rutwij

Greytop
21st March 2013, 08:03 PM
Fun spending cash isn't it :D

David M
21st March 2013, 10:54 PM
12mm T1.6

25mm f/0.95

50mm f/0.95

85mm f/1.4

350mm f/2.8

zuiko-holic
22nd March 2013, 08:52 AM
I am fortunate enough to already own a very satisfying kit of lenses for my E-M5.
Managed to get them before I lost my job otherwise I would remain with the kit or cheaper lenses.

a) Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5
b) Lumix 7-14mm f/4
c) Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R
d) Lumix 20mm f/1.7
e) Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
f) Lumix 100-300mm f/4-5.6

I would however prefer to have a weather-proof, bright standard zoom instead of the Zuiko 14-42 and would happily replace the Lumix 20mm f/1.7 for the Zuiko 17mm f/1.8.

Of course, a Macro lens is a "must" for me so I will definitely buy the Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 in the near (I hope!) future.

Thus, the dream kit for me would be:

a) E-M5 (duh!)
b) Samyang 7.5mm (for the FE effect)
c) Lumix 7-14mm f/4 (widest lens of the system, superb for landscapes)
d) Lumix 12-35mm f/2.8 (although I would prefer a Zuiko counterpart)
e) Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 (I love 35mm for street photography, the f/2.8 version is a bit slow)
f) Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 (what a great lens!)
g) Zuiko 75mm f/1.8 (can't afford it and probably never buy it, but I would love to have one for some specific occasions like concerts and weddings)
h) Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 (for Macro work, 1:1 magnification is what was missing from the m4/3 lens line-up)
i) Lumix 100-300mm f/4-5.6 (a bit bulky but excellent even wide open and it is the longest telephoto zoom of the system so far)

Zuiko 12mm f/2 is missing from my list because it is a focal length I mostly use for cityscapes and Lumix 12-35mm can cover me.
Leica 25mm f/1.4 is also a wonderful lens but as I already mentioned I prefer 17mm for street photography.

tomphotofx
22nd March 2013, 10:23 AM
Question for Zuiko-Holic.
How do you find the image quality of the Samyang 7.5? I tried one out at Focus on Imaging but was disappointed with the results. I have the 12mm Olympus and the quality of lens and image superb.

Tom.

Bikie John
22nd March 2013, 10:57 AM
12mm T1.6

25mm f/0.95

50mm f/0.95

85mm f/1.4

350mm f/2.8

Spot the aperture junkie! Takes one to know one, I suppose *chr

Ciao ... John

zuiko-holic
22nd March 2013, 12:43 PM
Question for Zuiko-Holic.
How do you find the image quality of the Samyang 7.5? I tried one out at Focus on Imaging but was disappointed with the results. I have the 12mm Olympus and the quality of lens and image superb.

Tom.

Pretty awesome actually.

I was surprised by the lack of CA, so common on Fisheye lenses.
Sharp wide open and ultra sharp @ f/4~f/8

mike_j
22nd March 2013, 03:17 PM
I'm a prime lens user of necessity and I normally only carry two lenses, one on the camera and the other in a lens bag in my pocket. Also I work on a x2 increase in focal length, on the basis that cropping will fill in the gap.

So I would take 28mm and 50mm or 50mm and 90mm (halve these for micro four thirds equivalents)

If I only take one lens it is 35mm. The 15mm rarely sees the light of day unless I am carrying a camera bag.

It's too easy to think you need every possible focal length. Foot zoom is a wonderful invention.

StephenL
22nd March 2013, 03:36 PM
It's too easy to think you need every possible focal length. Foot zoom is a wonderful invention.

Agreed. It also helps if you can walk on water. :D

mike_j
22nd March 2013, 04:02 PM
Well Mount Olympus is the home of the gods I believe so presumably Olympus users have no problems

martynjc (uk)
23rd April 2013, 08:09 AM
Hi - just new to the forum - but an old time photographer -

I've been gradually building up my OM-D lens portfolio much in line with the D700 FX set (which largely gets left at home these days due to weight and size):

OM-D body
60mm f2.8 macro - I do quite a bit of close up shots for product shoots
Pan 12-35mm f2.8 (24-70 FX equivalent)
Pan 35-100mm f2.8 (70-200 FX equivalent)
Pan 20mm f1.7 (40mm FX equivalent - street photography)

Just need to complement with a wide-angle and also a super-zoom for birding - or maybe get the x1.4 convertor to add to the Pan variables but making them f4 fixed.

you're welcome to see my images on http://designmjc.smugmug.com

brian1208
23rd April 2013, 08:25 AM
You have a fine collection of lenses there and I was interested in

or maybe get the x1.4 convertor to add to the Pan variables but making them f4 fixed.


have you found someone who makes the 1.4x TC or is it a future wish?

I am hoping that they do come up with one at some time as it will be a definite addition to my bag as well :)

cliff
26th April 2013, 08:24 PM
For when you can't walk on water or your focal length is a bit short you can always use a 300mm F/stick :D,http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/1-P1222294.jpg

Footloose1949
18th June 2013, 12:16 AM
My first digital was an E-1 which I still have ... plus some lenses from that via the MM-F adaptor Now have the OM-D, and think I've almost got my dream kit already.
The lenses with * next to them are the ones I use the most.

* f4.o 7-14mm Zukio. - (Tried the Lumix version, but prefer images from the Zukio, even though it's a hefty beast!)
Lumix f1.7 20mm
* f1.8 45mm Zukio.
* f2.o 50mm collapsible Summicron - (Lovely results from this!)
* f3.5-5.6 14 > 45mm zoom Lumix.
f4.o-5.6 40 > 150mm zoom Zukio.
* 50 > 200mm 4/3rds zoom with MM-F adaptor. (Really sharp, and fast!)

Also, via Minolta to m4/4rds adaptor ... f8.o 600mm mirror Rokkor! (I've also made a tripod mount for this beast!)

The only lens I now need to get, is the 60mm Macro. (I used to have the 4/3rds f2.o 50mm macro, but it 'hunts' a bit, and the 60mm, can be 'locked' on different distance ranges, which would I think, make using it easier.