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4 lenses only - if you had to cull, what would go?

Inspired by Steve "Ricoh", who's currently slimming down his lens collection, I've been musing about the gear I have and whether it's all really necessary. I can make a case for keeping all of it, but then again some would consider my lens list excessive (my wife certainly does!!). So, if I had to slim down to four lenses only, what would they be? Well, here's what I have at the moment:

- Samyang 7.5 FE. Fantastic perspective. Doesn't get used a lot, but when it does get used it gives fantastic results.

- Oly primes - 12, 17, 25, 45 and 75. These are all fantastic lenses optically. The 25 and 45 are a bit plastic-like in construction but they do the job. Since I have the Pany 12-35 and 35-100 zooms too, it could be argued that many of these are superfluous. However I like primes and this little set is compact and lightweight and delivers great results. I'm not sure I could part with any of them!

- Pany standard zooms - 12-35 and 35-100. These are both superb zooms. Small, light, fast (f2.8 constant) and fantastic IQ. The Oly primes have little or nothing to better them optically (but they're all smaller and faster of course). For times when changing lenses is inconvenient or just tiresome, these are great to have.

- Pany 7-14 UWA zoom. I couldn't survive without an ultra-wide zoom. This is a lens that going nowhere (except perhaps to be replaced by the Oly 7-14!).

- Oly 60mm macro. I don't do a lot of macro, but when I do this is a great lens to have. I guess I could see me selling it since the Raynox 250 +/- some extension tubes on the longer primes or the 35-100 works pretty well.

- Oly 50-200. I don't do much shooting with long lenses so this is a bit of a luxury. OTOH, it's so cheap these days for what you get it's hard to resist.

So there you go - I like them all. If I could only keep four though the list would be:

- Pany 7-14 (UWA essential for the sort of shots I like taking)
- Pany 12-35 (excellent lens for most general shooting)
- Pany 35-100 (ditto)
- Oly 17/1.8 (a fast lens for low-light is essential and the 17 delivers a great FOV and good image quality in a small and lightweight package).

So, seems I'm a zoom guy after all!!

Would be interesting hear others' views about their kit - a little inane chat for the weekend! ! !
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Re: 4 lenses only - if you had to cull, what would go?

Hmmm. Difficult question.

The question is, if I had to live with just one camera what would it be? That of course would also determine my choice of lens(es).

Without doubt my first choice would be my OM-D E-M5 (or whatever it's proper moniker is) with the superb Zuiko 12 ~ 40 mm zoom lens. The little 9 ~ 18 is also a wonder. Add the 40 ~ 15 mm f2.8 zoom and what more could you ask for (with a lens to spare)?

Things get difficult when we get into film though.

Using my OM4Ti my first choice of lens would be the 35 mm f2.0, followed by the Tamron SP90 f2.5, 24 mm f2.8 and finally the 50 mm f1.4.

However, my real love is medium format film cameras, and that gets complicated.
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Re: 4 lenses only - if you had to cull, what would go?

For me, it's not a case of which lenses I would part with but rather which lenses I would get. Mindful of my need to balance compact size and light weight with quality and range my choice would be:-

Panasonic 12-35mm and 35-100mm (maybe a 12-40mm instead of the former but the Panny is smaller and lighter).

Olympus 9-18mm to give some real wide-angle options in a very small package.

That leaves space for a 75mm f1.8, a bitingly sharp super fast medium telephoto lens capable of true narrow depth of field effects. Add an achromatic doublet filter and that's the occasional close-up covered too.

I can dream!
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Re: 4 lenses only - if you had to cull, what would go?

sorry; too many lenses and not enough Oly knowledge to answer your question, however if I was going to have 4 4/3 lenses tomorrow I would consider adding the 40-150 f2.8 and a maybe a macro (??) to my 12-40 and 20mm Pana lenses. If the lesser 40-150 (??) was f3.5 or f4 through out I would be more than happy with that. The Canon 70-200 IS f4 was OK for me and also very light. F5.6 is a bit slow imo

12-40 f2.8/40-150f2.8/pana 20mm would most likely do me. Very much over the gear thing.

Don't really see much point in a bag of fixed focals these days for my happy-snapping
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Re: 4 lenses only - if you had to cull, what would go?

Hi there Paul / Everyone!

That's a really tough question - especially as I am still using 4/3 as well as m4/3 cameras. My Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 would definately be in, as would my Sigma 150 Macro, and I would need an everyday zoom, so the Oly 14-54 would have to be kept (the 12-50mm m4/3 wouldn't work with most of my cameras, and is too slow at the long end as well).

But would I keep the Samyang 85mm f1.4 for it's fabulous sharpness and ability to isolate subjects, or keep the Pany 20mm f1.7 because it makes the E-M1 fit in my coat pocket? What about my Lensbaby? I know you can do it all in photoshop if you have the talent, but it's great fun to play with. Then there is my newly acquired 50-200mm which I am enjoying more and more as I use it (but it's totally duplicated by the 70-200mm.)

Obviously I can't take everything out with me at a time, but I enjoy choosing which lens to play with each time I go out - so I think that perhaps the collection will grow rather than shrink over the next few years.

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Re: 4 lenses only - if you had to cull, what would go?

I recently acquired (OK, bought) a Mamiya RZ67 II. I have three lenses for it, but like the camera they are neither small or light. It is interesting how they focus the mind on what is actually needed for a photographic mission, rather than what would be nice to take along!
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Re: 4 lenses only - if you had to cull, what would go?

I just don't like making decisions so I'd just keep my Pan/Leica 14-150mm lens... or then again would I?....
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Re: 4 lenses only - if you had to cull, what would go?

An impossible job for me I'm afraid! With 40 lenses and interests in street, wildlife and landscape photography with a bit of macro and family photography thrown in for good measure I'm using at least half my lenses on a fairly regular basis. The other half also seem to get an outing every now and again.
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Re: 4 lenses only - if you had to cull, what would go?

The Samyang 7.5 , Olympus 14-42 EZ , 60 Macro and 70-300
would be sadly missed.

Leaving the Olympus 9-18 , 12-40 , 40-150 and PanLeica 25mm f/1.4
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Re: 4 lenses only - if you had to cull, what would go?

Here's my selection, the macro lens would possibly get replaced with the Oly 300 f4 when it comes out.

Pany 7-14, 12-35,
Oly 60mm Macro, 40-150 2.8

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Re: 4 lenses only - if you had to cull, what would go?

I'd have:

Oly 7-14, 12-40, 60mm macro and 40-150 Pro with 1.4 TC (this counts as one).

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Re: 4 lenses only - if you had to cull, what would go?

Four, I can only have 4 you say. I have just done a rather large cull of my equipment resulting in only being out of pocket 500 for an M-1 with the 12-40.

So I have the following from Olympus:
12-40mm - On the the camera all the time.

40-150mm F4-5.6 - A forgotten lens but used in dull days. But nice and light weight and good images.

75-300mm - Has replaced the 40-150 most of the time, and out in use on sunny days. Did get used on the Vulcan last weekend because I believed the weatherman and left the other lenses at home.

50-200mm - Used on dull and, or rainy days with EC14. Surprisingly a lot heavier than the 40-150 PRO, but I own it.

60mm Macro - Well everybody needs a Macro, especially with firmware v4 coming. I don't do bugs, but I like snow and frost crystals.

OM50 - Fun to play with, mine wide open is sharp right in the middle and blurs everything else. It cost hardly anything.

45mm - Everyone recommended it, and it is very good. Not used much but someday I might have the need for a portrait lens. Better to have and not need than need and not have.

So 6 for me, not counting the 50mm. IF I HAD TO shed 2 it may be the 60 and 45mm. Only if I had to. The close focusing of the 12-40mm is pretty impressive, and 40mm is close enough to 45mm, but not sure I would give up that 1 and 1/3 stop of light though.
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Re: 4 lenses only - if you had to cull, what would go?

I am selling all my 4/3 lenses and going all m4/3. My list is 7-14, 12-40, 60 & 40-150 2.8with TC.
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Re: 4 lenses only - if you had to cull, what would go?

Easy choice for me as i got into my photography as the pro lenses were being released, no cull needed in fact couple more purchases.

own - 12-40 pro, 40-150 pro+ conv, 60mm macro.

want - 75mm

possibly want in future 7-14 however 12-40 will surfice for now

perfect combo for me.
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Re: 4 lenses only - if you had to cull, what would go?

I'm good with two.
  • 9-18mm
  • 14-150mm
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