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Standard zoom and mid range Lenses with focal lengths larger than 12mm, but no longer than 60mm, includes standard zooms and portrait primes plus some macro lenses.

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Old 27th July 2015
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Oly..289, Nikon..140--Panny 388, Nikon..275.

Are we being ripped-off do you think?

I ordered an Oly 25 f1.8 last night, realised how relatively expensive it was and rapidly cancelled it.
I do have the 12-40 Pro anyhow.

These are WEX prices for comparison, although the lenses can be had slightly cheaper elsewhere.

Oly 25mm f1.8.......289.
Nikon 50mm f1.8....140.
Canon 50mm f1.8...100.

Panny 25mm f1.4...388.
Nikon 50mm f1.4...275.
Canon 50mm f1.4..239.
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Re: Oly..289, Nikon..140--Panny 388, Nikon..275.

For these FL, there's a definite difference. But then look at the 40-150 2.8 ( 1099 UK ) against the Nikon 70-200 ii ( 1578 ) and the opposite is true

Buy a 25 f1.8 used and save money ( it'll still be close to 200 mind )
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Re: Oly..289, Nikon..140--Panny 388, Nikon..275.

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Are we being ripped-off do you think?

I ordered an Oly 25 f1.8 last night, realised how relatively expensive it was and rapidly cancelled it.
I do have the 12-40 Pro anyhow.

These are WEX prices for comparison, although the lenses can be had slightly cheaper elsewhere.

Oly 25mm f1.8.......289.
Nikon 50mm f1.8....140.
Canon 50mm f1.8...100.

Panny 25mm f1.4...388.
Nikon 50mm f1.4...275.
Canon 50mm f1.4..239.
At first glance the m43 equivalents do seem expensive compared to the Nikon and Canon 50mm lenses. However, bear in mind that the 50s are based on legacy lenses from these two manufactures and therefore don't have the development costs of Olympus and Panasonic. Also I am sure they sell in far greater numbers.

What you should be considering is why you want a 25mm when you already have a 12-40mm? Is the zoom too big or heavy? Is it failing to deliver the IQ you expect? Or are you seriously considering paying the best part of 300 quid for 1.3 stops more light and a little thinner DOF?

If shallow DOF is the main reason it may be better to consider the 45mm f1.8. I know this is not the focal length you are considering, but it is one that isn't quite covered by your 12-40mm, it's more effective at controlling DOF than the 25mm and it is considerably cheaper, especially second hand.

If you are serious about maximum light gathering with minimal DOF and you really have too much money burning a hole in your pocket, consider the Panasonic (sorry, Leica) 42.5mm f1.2 - oh what a lens!
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Re: Oly..289, Nikon..140--Panny 388, Nikon..275.

If you are using a 50mm f/1.4 for shallow DoF you will not notice the lack of edge/corner sharpness.
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Re: Oly..289, Nikon..140--Panny 388, Nikon..275.

I do not know anything about Nikon but comparing the Canon 50mm to the the Oly is a bit like comparing chalk to cheese. Firstly on a typical Canon (APS-C) if will be a specialist portrait lens, not a general purpose lens, secondly it is very fragile and TBH is really a disposable lens and thirdly when used on a Canon there is no IS. A much fairer comparison would be the Canon 35mm IS f2 - which is pushing 400 at Jessops.

Having said that the Canon 50mm makes a lot more sense on a FF camera but that's not a typical use
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Re: Oly..289, Nikon..140--Panny 388, Nikon..275.

Dave - u43 lenses are more expensive at this end of the market. Get used to it. If you need a 25mm then what's the alternative? - buying a Canon or Nikon FF body to go with the 150 50mm f1.8? You may not like it, but that's the way it is.

In any case, you can pick up the 25/1.8 for around 225 if you go grey import or used. The difference at that level isn't worth getting upset about. Oh, and as a former owner of both the Canon 50/1.8 and 50/1.4 lenses on a 5dii, I can tell you that both the Oly and Panasonic 25mm lenses are much better built and sharper wide open.
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Re: Oly..289, Nikon..140--Panny 388, Nikon..275.

Olympus don't do cheap and nasty. Unfortunately Canon do - I've seen some hideous results from a Canon 'bottle bottom' kit zoom.

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