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    I recently bought the new M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 'Pro' lens and am very impressed with it. I also have the M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8 lens and am now wondering if I need both. I have other lenses to cover Macro and portraits and also have the M.Zuiko 75-300 zoom. I will use the other 2 lenses (or maybe one of them) for landscape work. Any thoughts please?
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    Last edited by Chris Hall; 14th November 2013, 02:52 PM. Reason: Added to

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    Re: Lens decision

    The 9-18 is my default lens on the MFT body. It is not only ideal for street shooting but produces excellent images. There is a fair bit of overlap with the 12-40, but when working with a very wide field of view, having the lens go to 18mm is a distinct advantage.

    Of course if you don't work at this end of the range it will be of little interest to you.

    Exposure Plot from http://www.vandel.nl/ will show you what you most shoot at, and can be a good indicator of what lens to invest in.
    Graham

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      Unless you need the cash, I'd keep the 17mm. It's good for lower light, and the manual focus is a gem. It's also good practice (I think) to go out armed with just a single focal length and relearn composition without zooming!
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        Great advice as always. Thank you!

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          I agree with Stephen and would add that for me personally, it's convenient to have a small lens at times. That 12-40 is a bit of a chunky monkey .
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            I wouldnt want the 12-40 for two reasons:
            too big
            bokeh is a bit on the rough side
            I accept that for a zoom its pretty good on both these counts, but i still vastly prefer primes.

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              I am a "Prime" shooter so stick with 12,25,45 & 75 primes with only a 100-300 zoom so a brace of lenses that cover a great focal length range.

              I would rather carry a few small primes that are fast than a larger, heavy zoom especially as I moved from full frame to Mu43 to go smaller/lighter and the new fast zooms are good but getting bigger/heavier so not what I want.
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                I can certainly understand the 'prime argument' and may decide to add to my armoury at some point. I have the 45, 60 and 17mm.

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                  Originally posted by StephenL View Post
                  Unless you need the cash, I'd keep the 17mm. It's good for lower light, and the manual focus is a gem. It's also good practice (I think) to go out armed with just a single focal length and relearn composition without zooming!
                  Currently my favourite lens, unlike the original 17mm pancake which is probably one of my least favourite!

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                  • #10
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                    Great advice from everyone. Many thanks! I'm keeping the 17mm f/1.8 and have now bought an OMDEM1.

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