Best pancake for a beginner

Started Jan 3, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Best pancake for a beginner
In reply to AndyPalf, Jan 3, 2012

really the question you should be asking yourself is what focal length you prefer to shoot at. comparing the lenses is very difficult when they are really built for different things. one is a wide 28, then a semi-wide 34 and then a normal 40. which one is better for you depends on which focal length you feel most comfortable with, and if you aren't familiar with what each focal length gives you, a good way to try this out is to spend some time taking photos with the kit lens somehow locked at each focal length. maybe you could go out one day shooting exclusively at the 14 wide end, and see how that feels. likewise with the other focal lengths.

having said that, i have both the 20/1.7 and the 14/2.5, and completely ignoring the different focal lengths, these are the pros i find of each.

  • 20/1.7 is faster, sharper.

  • 14/2.5 is smaller, lighter, faster AF, quieter AF.

bear in mind this is on a GF1. and also this is only hypothetical because the focal length/FOV is a huge part of each lens and shouldn't be ignored. hope this helps.

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