E-M5 pre-ordered, recommendations for legacy lenses

Started Apr 13, 2012 | Discussions thread
Skip Williams
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Re: E-M5 pre-ordered, recommendations for legacy lenses
In reply to Eirik S, Apr 13, 2012

I have the most experience with OM-Zuikos.

You have the following now:

35 --> 70mm equiv.
50 --> 100mm
135 --> 270mm

I'd first decide if you need anything else between 70 and 270. If so, the 85/2 or 100/2.8 would be my choice for size. I have a 90/2 and have owned the 100/2. Both are quite heavy and really don't balance well on a m43 body. They were really top-end lenses during their day. The 85 and 100/2.8 are much better matches for m43. I added a 50/3.5 Macro, which is very good....not as good as the 50/2 Zuiko, but 1/3 the price.

You probably need to have something wider. The options will be a problem, but there are the 21/3.5 or 24/2.8 Zuikos. The f/2 lenses are much more money. The little 21/3.5 might be a nice lens, but it's not cheap, as you're wasting the extra FOV. I decided to stick with the 17/2.8 Olympus m43 lens, which is pretty nice, cheap, and is a featherweight. I also added the 12/2, but that's in another price range.

In general, wider legacy lenses are poor values. Telephotos are where legacy lenses shine on m43 bodies.

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