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Question Advice on lenses

I have very recently moved from FT to MFT, I had an E510 which I have now sold and bought a E-M1, I have kept two of my FT lenses and bought an adaptor to use on the E-M1 plus I have bought two MFT lenses, so my Olympus lenses comprise of the following:
12-50mm f3.5-6.3 mft
40-150mm f4-5.6 mft
50mm f2 ft
70-300mm f4-5.6 ft

I have updated to the latest firmware on everything possible.

My photography is very general as I don't specialise in any one area but do enjoy landscape, macro and sport.

So, my question is to the more experienced E-M1 users, would you change anything? Should I keep the ft lenses or sell them for their mft equivalents? Is there any lenses that I should add? I cannot warrant spending lots of money on new lenses and I splashed out a fair bit on the two ft lenses which I bought new some years ago, however, I am drawn to the 12-40mm f2.8 pro which many sites seem to suggest is a 'must have' lens, bearing in mind you can pick this up for around £400 which I could offset by selling one or two of the lenses above, is this a worthwhile thought?
Basically, I am looking for guidance from people who are far more experienced than me.
PS I also quite like the 9-18mm f4-5.6.
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Re: Advice on lenses

I have the 12-50 (which was a kit lens) and the 12-40 pro. The 12-50 is a pretty good lens and I often use it on a Pen F as it is small and light. The 40-150 is great value for money and again capable of very good results. The 9-18 isn't bad. I had a 7-14 pro for a while, lovely lens, but it was so big and heavy that I sold it and stuck with the 9-18 which is a great travel lens.

If you are working indoors or in poor light the 12-40 is a much better bet than the 12-50 so it depends on what you envisage doing. Its reputation is well deserved.
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Re: Advice on lenses

I'd go for the 12-100 and sell the 12-50 and 40-150 although they wont make much of a dent in the 12-100 price I'm afraid. The 70-300 will work ok but the focussing misses will frustrate you in time I'm sure.
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Re: Advice on lenses

Personally, I would buy the MFT lenses rather that use FT with adaptors. Though have to say I have never owned a FT camera nor lenses.

I took the decision to buy the Pro lenses, as I believed them to be the best. But there are many non pro lenses which are pretty dam good. Bit depends on how much you want to spend, and whether the extra quality will actually improve your photography and output...……...
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Re: Advice on lenses

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I'd go for the 12-100 and sell the 12-50 and 40-150 although they wont make much of a dent in the 12-100 price I'm afraid. The 70-300 will work ok but the focussing misses will frustrate you in time I'm sure.
+1 for the 12-100 I just recently bought one second hand on this site and I love it.
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Re: Advice on lenses

Thank you for the above three replies.
I don't do much indoor or low light work as I live in Spain and it is always sunny
I will look into maybe the 12-100mm and possibly the 9-18mm.
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Re: Advice on lenses

I just bought a used E-M1 so I could use my FT 12-60 SWD and 50-200 SWD which don't focus well on my E-M5. It was cheaper than buying the pro mFT equivalent lenses! The IQ seems a lot better than the 12-50 and 40-150 mFT lenses though I haven't done any scientific comparisons yet.
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I just bought a used E-M1 so I could use my FT 12-60 SWD and 50-200 SWD which don't focus well on my E-M5. It was cheaper than buying the pro mFT equivalent lenses! The IQ seems a lot better than the 12-50 and 40-150 mFT lenses though I haven't done any scientific comparisons yet.
I was recommended to buy the E-M1 so to be able to use ft lenses with the adaptor, I have played around with my 50mm f2 prime lens using the adaptor and it seems to focus quickly as it did on my E510.
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Re: Advice on lenses

Likewise - the E-M1 has both PDAF focussing as used on the original FT system, and CDAF used on mFT. My FT lenses seem to focus just as well on the M1 as they did on my old E-620. The E-M1 is the only Olympus mFT body to have PDAF.
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Re: Advice on lenses

You have a good range of lenses to cover all the well used focal lengths; the only lack being the less well used ultra wides. I would stick with what you have for the moment to see what upsets you the most. It might be size, weight, balance, speed of focus, changing lenses, or just plain old image quality. That way you can spend your pennies wisely on where it most counts. The 12-40 PRO is a stellar lens but does not suit everyone because of its limited zoom range which is why some people prefer the 12-100 PRO. If you find that you are happy with the range of the 12-50mm then this may inform your decision at some time in the future. Look at the pictures you are taking and decide if they are limited by your equipment (including ergonomics, lack of light, lack of reach or angle of view).
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Re: Advice on lenses

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You have a good range of lenses to cover all the well used focal lengths; the only lack being the less well used ultra wides. I would stick with what you have for the moment to see what upsets you the most. It might be size, weight, balance, speed of focus, changing lenses, or just plain old image quality. That way you can spend your pennies wisely on where it most counts. The 12-40 PRO is a stellar lens but does not suit everyone because of its limited zoom range which is why some people prefer the 12-100 PRO. If you find that you are happy with the range of the 12-50mm then this may inform your decision at some time in the future. Look at the pictures you are taking and decide if they are limited by your equipment (including ergonomics, lack of light, lack of reach or angle of view).
Thank you for your reply, certainly answers some of my questions, I am tending towards the 9-18mm lens which is the only area that I am not covering, particularly as you can pick up this lens for around £200 second hand or £330 new.
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Re: Advice on lenses

Well I just bought a Panasonic 12-35 f/2.8 because I want to compare it with the 12-40.
As I use Panasonic bodies hoping it might work well with the dual is plus its lighter.
Already have the 35-100 and that's really good so how will the 12-35 fare?

Anyway give it a little while because one or other will be for sale at around the £375 mark
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Re: Advice on lenses

My first Olympus kit contained the 12-50mm, the 40-150mm, and the 45mm f/1.8. This trio of lenses served me very well, until I found a need for something longer. You already have a 70-300mm, so you're covered there as well.

I would say, try using what you have for a while and let your next move be guided by any limitations you feel. You are well covered for a wide range of general photography so there's no need to rush! The 12-50 also includes quite a capable macro facility.

I added a 9-18mm but very rarely use it. For most scenes, I find 12mm is sufficient and you can 'stitch' panned photos to create wider panoramas.
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Re: Advice on lenses

I had a 9-18mm, didn't like it at all.
Not sharp enough at the edges and wasn't keen on the feel or operation of it.

Agree with Mike above when he says 12mm is sufficient, another reason I sold my 9-18
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My first Olympus kit contained the 12-50mm, the 40-150mm, and the 45mm f/1.8. This trio of lenses served me very well, until I found a need for something longer. You already have a 70-300mm, so you're covered there as well.

I would say, try using what you have for a while and let your next move be guided by any limitations you feel. You are well covered for a wide range of general photography so there's no need to rush! The 12-50 also includes quite a capable macro facility.

I added a 9-18mm but very rarely use it. For most scenes, I find 12mm is sufficient and you can 'stitch' panned photos to create wider panoramas.
Thanks Mike, that seems sound advice, it appears from several member's replies that I probably have the right lenses for my needs. I think I was more concerned about using my FT lenses on the E-M1 with the adaptor and wondered if I should sell these and replace them with their MFT equivalents, it seems not necessary now.
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