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OMD walkabout lens

Hi,

Recently managed to purchased an OMD and was wondering which lens people are preferring as their walkabout lens?

I have the 12-50 but would like a faster lens so any thoughts on what is a good choice to kick start the system off. I didn't get the free 45mm as I bought used.

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Re: OMD walkabout lens

Ooh, what a leading question! Personally I'm not fond of zooms, so I carry a selection of prime lenses. Which one is on the camera depends on my mood and where I am. One of my favourites is that 45mm, but I suppose the Panasonic 20mm pancake is a more neutral focal length, and has the added benefits of lightness and lack of bulk.

But I have also spent days with the 75mm happily glued to the body. It's surprising how you learn to adapt!
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Re: OMD walkabout lens

As Stephen says, if you're happy to swap primes for a zoom lens, you're spoiled for choice! The Pana 20mm is very compact but sometimes criticised for fringing, but you also have the choice of the new Oly 17mm f1.8, Pana 25mm f1.4, and Oly 45mm f1.8.

But if you want a faster zoom, none of the compact 14-42mm lenses are any faster than the 12-50mm, and so you have to go for the Pana 12-35mm f2.8. For a general purpose lens I'd stick with the 12-50 for its extra tele power as the OM-D's default ISO settings will easily cope with the "slow" 12-50mm's apertures! (That's assuming you want a faster lens for the exposure settings rather than the reduced depth of field of course.)

As you can see, I have quite a range of lenses for my OM-D, and favour the 12-50 on its own for general use, while using the Pana 12-35 & Pana 35-100 pair for more taxing days. (I've tried going back to primes but find it difficult to adapt to life without a zooms unless I'm working in a specialised way such as macro, studio work, or church interiors.)
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Re: OMD walkabout lens

I have just got the 45mm for the epm-2 and I think it will become the walk around for a bit. But while it would look silly on the OM-D the 15mm body-cap lens is also a candidate. If you have any 4/3 lenses then the 25mm with an adapter is quite good.
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Re: OMD walkabout lens

Although you didn't get the free 45mm, it is relatively cheap and light (116g), and I've taken lovely pictures of my grand-daughter and of my cat with mine (on an OM-D E-M5). It is great to be able to do without the flash a lot of the time. The 17mm f2.8 pancake is very compact and light (71g, compared with 212g for the 12-50mm) and relatively cheap.

The 15mm body cap is fun, but not very versatile -- fixed f8 and two focus distances. You wouldn't get the best out of the E-M5. On my black E-M5 it matches the colour whereas my silver 17mm and 45mm don't.

It is worth playing with the 12-50 to determine which focal lengths you are most likely to use. If I remember correctly, pressing Info twice while viewing your pictures tells you the focal length that was used for each picture.

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Re: OMD walkabout lens

I have the 12-50mm zoom and it's a cracking lens for the money.
However I really love prime lenses and recently had a wee hire of the 12mm along with my own 45mm. They produce cracking images. I have also tried the Panny 25mm and that too is a really nice piece of glass. If push came to shove and I had to use just one. Mmmmmm? I think it would be the Oly 12mm. No question about it.
But then again the 45mm would have to be the definitive lens.
But hang on the Panny 25mm is between the two sort of, so that is favourite. I think!
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Re: OMD walkabout lens

I agree that the 12mm is lovely but it is a lot more expensive than the 45mm. I have not tried any non-Olympus lenses, but page 59 of the Feb 2013 issue of What Digital Camera magazine was recommending the Sigma 19mm f2.8 which was £99 at one dealer's (or £109 at Park Cameras today) and which they recommended in a previous issue. I will probably get both 19mm and 30mm as they are such a good price.
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Re: OMD walkabout lens

Don't you 45mm users find it's a bit long? I can't think that I would choose a 90mm efl as standard.
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Re: OMD walkabout lens

I rather fancy an OM-D and set of manual focus primes for my personal work, currently I'm thinking of;

12mm f/1.6
25mm f/0.95
50mm f/0.95.or f/1.4
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Re: OMD walkabout lens

I mostly use the 45mm for my cat and my under-3 grand-daughter -- I find it good for that (the kitty's head fills the frame at a couple of feet). Olympus are advertising the 75mm for taking portraits of adults (I haven't got the 75mm yet).
The 45mm may indeed be a bit long for walking about actually.
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Re: OMD walkabout lens

Presumably you want your "walkabout" lens to be more compact than the 12-50mm as well as faster.
I use the Panasonic Lumix 20mm f1.7 pancake lens both on my OMD and on my backup E-PL1 when I want a "pocketable" setup. 20mm (40mm effective focal length) is effectively a "standard" lens ie. one which gives a field of view similar to the human eye.

My threads;
http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=23809
http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=23837
were taken with this lens on the E-PL1 and show a variety of scenarios including an "indoor" shot without flash.

Hope this helps.
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Re: OMD walkabout lens

The lens I used most on my OM-D was the m4/3rds 14 -150 ED, great walkabout lens. I have one for sale if interested also have the 17mm F2.8 for sale.
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Re: OMD walkabout lens

I have to say that, if you can get your head around "superzooms", the Oly 14-150 is a good quality lens at all focal lengths.
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Re: OMD walkabout lens

I have the 12-50. 12mm. 45mm. and the 75mm.

Not had a real chance to use them all at length because of work.

75mm is very nice!
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Re: OMD walkabout lens

The 12-50 is an extremely versatile lens with a great zoom range. I wish it were faster at the long end and then I think of the excellent 4/3rds 12-60. Occassionaly when I want to put the camera+lens in a pocket I think of the Pany 14-42 pancake power zoom but that is no faster. I may be tempted by the 17/1.8 and just crop if I need a smaller FOV, but I suspect even then I may have the 12-50 in a pocket just in case if I need the wider angle.
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