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17mm f/1.8 Olympus lens v 14mm Panasonic

When I bought my E-P5 recently, it came bundled with the Olympus 17mm f/1.8 lens. I have since purchased a Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 and am now wondering if I really need both for my landscape photography. I also have the Oly 75-300mm, the Oly 60mm macro and the Oly 45mm for portraits. Any thoughts please?
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Re: 17mm f/1.8 Olympus lens v 14mm Panasonic

Personally I hardly ever use wide-angle lenses for landscapes. they're more useful to me for interior shots. I doubt the Panasonic will be as well-made as the 17mm f1.8, or as good IQ. But it really depends on how wide you personally feel you want to go. And there's the question of maximum aperture. If you want to isolate subjects then I would suggest that the 1.8 will do this much better than the 2.5. Perhaps you really need to try out a Panasonic 12-35, or (when you can get hold of one!) the Oly 12-40.
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Re: 17mm f/1.8 Olympus lens v 14mm Panasonic

Chris,

If you want to sell the 17mm 1.8 please let me know how much you want for it.

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Re: 17mm f/1.8 Olympus lens v 14mm Panasonic

I have the Panasonic 14mm lens, along with a 12-35mm zoom, 20mm and 25mm.

I was hesitating to buy the 14mm due to its slowish aperture, and the fact that the 12-35mm zoom covered it anyway. But in practice I find it's an excellent lens to put on my E-P3 when I want a compact go anywhere combination. It's much smaller than the 12-35mm zoom, and faster that the 14-42mm zoom, and gives me a wider abgle than the faster 20mm lens.

I don't have the 17mm lens as I don't feel I can justify buying it as well, especially as I'd also have to pay extra for its lens hood and lens pouch!
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Re: 17mm f/1.8 Olympus lens v 14mm Panasonic

Thanks for all the feedback.

Tom: I'll certainly let you know!
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Re: 17mm f/1.8 Olympus lens v 14mm Panasonic

I suggest you buy the 12 mm if you are into primes it will be on the camera a lot IMO.


You could go for the 12-40 though.
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Re: 17mm f/1.8 Olympus lens v 14mm Panasonic

Both the Panny 14mm f/2.5 and Oly 17mm f/2.8 are very crisp lens. The Oly is a much more sophisticated (and expensive) offering because it has the snap manual focus ring and it's f/1.8 and can be used wide open without any fear of softness. These two lenses are really designed for different purposes so my advice is to think carefully what you want to use the lenses for. Personally, I'm a huge fan of the 17mm and have it almost permanently on the E-P5. But I also have a soft spot for the 14...

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Re: 17mm f/1.8 Olympus lens v 14mm Panasonic

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Both the Panny 14mm f/2.5 and Oly 17mm f/2.8 are very crisp lens. The Oly is a much more sophisticated (and expensive) offering because it has the snap manual focus ring and it's f/1.8 and can be used wide open without any fear of softness. These two lenses are really designed for different purposes so my advice is to think carefully what you want to use the lenses for. Personally, I'm a huge fan of the 17mm and have it almost permanently on the E-P5. But I also have a soft spot for the 14...

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Great reply - thanks Ian. I tend to rush into purchases without enough thought! I'll certainly stay with the 17mm but am beginning to wonder why I bought the Panny!
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Re: 17mm f/1.8 Olympus lens v 14mm Panasonic

I haven't tried the Panny 14, but I recently bought the Oly 17/1.8 off this forum's Simon Bee and I love it I wouldn't be surprised if the Panny is also good quality.

I will echo Ian's sage words: "my advice is to think carefully what you want to use the lenses for". 14mm is significantly wider than 17mm so if you have "wide eyes" it may suit you better. f/1.8 is significantly faster than f/2.5 so if you need to work in low light (or are a fast glass junkie, to which I plead guilty) the 17 will win out.

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Re: 17mm f/1.8 Olympus lens v 14mm Panasonic

Thanks so much John!
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