Announcement

Collapse

December's CHALLENGE

The topic to inspire your creative juices this month is BOXES

See more
See less

advice on lenses .... I'm New!

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • advice on lenses .... I'm New!

    Hi All

    Iv recently (Monday) taken the jump to an OM-D from a nikon d7000 set up, I have kids now and needed to get small and portable.

    I have picked up a sigma 30mm 2.8 prime as i heard good things, and also picked up a olympus 14-140 as a walk about lens.

    The thing is, I haven't been impressed by the 14-150 at all, i find it cheep, flimsy and the IQ isn't great through the majority of the range... may be that I'm just not that good yet though :-)

    Im loving the sigma glass though, for the price it is great, love the colours and the pictures iv got in a few days i love.

    So... im thinking of getting the rest of the sigma set and chopping in the 14-150 to pay for them, 19mm for the few landscapes and star trails i do, and the 60mm for the portrait stuff i get up to for mates and family. I can see me leaving the 30mm on most of the time as its a great every day lens.

    I have been known to do the odd wedding in the past, again just for mates and family members on a budget. How do people get on with just using Primes? Iv come from using the traditional 17-70 70-200 (2.8) on a nikon so its a bit new to me, I did have a prime but it didn't come out much.

    any way a little vague i know but do you think its possible to just go with three primes?

    Thanks in advance for your thoughts

    Ger
    OM-D E-M5; Sigma 19 2.8, Sigma 30 2.8 and Sigma 60 2.8

  • #2
    Re: advice on lenses .... I'm New!

    I'm also pretty new to the EM-5 but I think think the strength of the m43 system is in it's primes. They are small enough that you can carry a few with you, have excellent image quality and generally a large aperture. Combined with the good high ISO performance of the EM-5, and I don't miss not having a built in flash at all (I've never even attached the bundled one).

    So far, I have the Panasonic 20mm f1.7, "Leica" 25mm f1.4, Olympus 12mm f2.0 and 60mm f2.8 macro. I'm really pleased with all of them for different reasons but I think my favorites are the 20mm and the 12mm. The 25mm has lovely bokeh though and I'm looking forward to using it more. My plan is to carrthy the 12, 25 and 60mm when I'm out "photographing" and use the 20mm when I want something compact.

    I think there is enough choice that you can tailor what lenses you carry depending on what you like to shoot. That said, for weddings and such, I'd be tempted to say the versatility of a zoom lens would serve you better. There are 2 excellent Panasonics (12-35 and 35-100) and the new Olympus 12-40mm, all 3 have a constant f2.8.

    Comment


    • #3
      Re: advice on lenses .... I'm New!

      If you want a good prime at a great cost, try the Oly 45mm.

      Btw I've always found the 14-140 a great quality lens. As is most Zuiko glass. Never been impressed with Sigma.
      Stephen

      A camera takes a picture. A photographer makes a picture

      Fuji X system, + Leica and Bronica film

      My Flickr site

      Comment


      • #4
        Re: advice on lenses .... I'm New!

        One lens that I would particularly recommend is is the 45mm f1.8 Olympus. It is relatively cheap (even new, although it sometimes appears for sale on this forum since Olympus was giving it away free with the E-M5 a little while back).
        It is also highly praised (in the various reviews I have read) and I found it great for taking pictures of my grand-daughter.
        You may want to give your 14-140 a chance at least until you find another zoom that you like.
        I see there has been another reply while I was typing... One thing about the micro four thirds (mft) is that the equipment is light and usually small -- that doesn't mean it's flimsy.
        Last edited by Pierre L; 18th September 2013, 06:54 AM. Reason: I'm six minutes late with my reply...

        Comment


        • #5
          Re: advice on lenses .... I'm New!

          The 40-150 is a budget lens but as budget lenses go it's consistently regarded as excellent, so maybe you have a bad example.

          I would echo the others here and recommend the 45mm f/1.8 - extremely sharp even wide open. Probably next would be the 17mm f/1.8 - it's a more expensive lens but no less good value and has the very handy Snap Shot manual focus function.

          Ian
          Founder and editor of:
          Olympus UK E-System User Group (http://e-group.uk.net)
          Four Thirds User (http://fourthirds-user.com)
          Digital Photography Now (http://dpnow.com)
          Olympus camera, lens, and accessory hire (http://e-group.uk.net/hire)

          Twitter: www.twitter.com/ian_burley
          Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/dpnow/
          Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/ianburley/
          NEW: My personal BLOG ianburley.com
          sigpic

          Comment


          • #6
            Re: advice on lenses .... I'm New!

            Hi All

            Thanks for your reply's, maybe I need to give the 14-150 a chance, perhaps it plastic construction is fooling me into thinking it is flimsy.

            It does appear that lots of people use primes a lot more with this system, and probably for good reason.

            I will keep an eye out for the recommendations here in my local store.

            Starting with the oly 45....

            Still liking the sigma though! very surprised.

            Thanks Again

            Ger
            OM-D E-M5; Sigma 19 2.8, Sigma 30 2.8 and Sigma 60 2.8

            Comment


            • #7
              Re: advice on lenses .... I'm New!

              Ian I think it's the 14-150 not the 40-150, but still the former is a great budget lens which I use for a walkabout travel lens all the time. I'ts much better than the original Panny 14-140 - so much so they had to introduce a Mk2 lens to improve on it - and it covers a great range.

              Maybe you did just get a bad one because I've had no cause to question mine at all - I don't do pixel peeping however, if it looks good on my (non-calibrated) 27" i-Mac then its good enough for me.
              James

              OM-D E-M5 and lots of other things to to bash into it in the bag (usually a Billingham Hadley Pro)

              Comment


              • #8
                Re: advice on lenses .... I'm New!

                Beware the 40-150 and 14-150 are different lenses. Although the 40-150 is supposed to be a tad better than the 14-150.
                I just compared the Oly 14-150(@50mm) to an adapted OM prime 50mm f/1.4 prime at f/4(5.6) f/8 and f/16. With pixel peeping the zoom was no different from the old lens in the centre and only a barely noticeable softness in the corners.
                Olympus OM-D E-M5 mk3. Yes I'm ahead of you!
                My Pics Digikam, Gimp, Kubuntu Inkscape

                Comment


                • #9
                  Re: advice on lenses .... I'm New!

                  One thing to note is that not many of the lenses are weather sealed (splash proof). the 12-50mm lens and the 60mm macro are.
                  All comment and criticism welcome
                  OMD-EM5ii : OLY 12-40mm f2.8 PRO : OLY 45mm f1.8 : OLY 12-50mm : OLY 60mm macro
                  http://www.flickr.com/photos/49831405@N06/

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Re: advice on lenses .... I'm New!

                    Originally posted by geraint84 View Post
                    Hi All
                    ...
                    It does appear that lots of people use primes a lot more with this system, and probably for good reason.
                    ...
                    Starting with the oly 45....

                    Still liking the sigma though! very surprised.

                    Thanks Again

                    Ger
                    I would suggest that part of the reason why the prime lenses are popular is that they let in a lot more light than the currently available Oly mft zoom lenses. I was able to photograph my grand-daughter (and my cat) using the 45mm without flash.
                    There is a lovely new oly mft f2.8 12-40mm coming soon though.

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      advice on lenses .... I'm New!

                      I will take the 14-150 put the weekend put it through its paces ..... I think given the feedback here I just haven't given it a fair crak.


                      Maybe I can justify the expense of another couple of primes plus the zoom a little down the line.

                      Thanks again for everyone's input!
                      OM-D E-M5; Sigma 19 2.8, Sigma 30 2.8 and Sigma 60 2.8

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Re: advice on lenses .... I'm New!

                        Personally I like the 12-50 with macro facilities is a great all round lens.

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          advice on lenses .... I'm New!

                          Yes the guy at the shop commented how good it was.

                          I will keep an eye out for some used lenses I think over the coming months and experiment.

                          Do you find the macro ability good on the kit lens?
                          OM-D E-M5; Sigma 19 2.8, Sigma 30 2.8 and Sigma 60 2.8

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Re: advice on lenses .... I'm New!

                            Originally posted by geraint84 View Post
                            Yes the guy at the shop commented how good it was.

                            I will keep an eye out for some used lenses I think over the coming months and experiment.

                            Do you find the macro ability good on the kit lens?
                            Yes it's not 1:1 but it's great feature for a kit lens.
                            James

                            OM-D E-M5 and lots of other things to to bash into it in the bag (usually a Billingham Hadley Pro)

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Re: advice on lenses .... I'm New!

                              Weirdly I can't sell my ugly 12-50 kit lens. Despite buying the 9-18.
                              I'm keeping it for a rainy day perhaps.
                              Olympus OM-D E-M5 mk3. Yes I'm ahead of you!
                              My Pics Digikam, Gimp, Kubuntu Inkscape

                              Comment

                              Working...
                              X