Micro 4/3 Lens Question: Two Different Goals and Applications

Started Feb 23, 2013 | Discussions thread
Alumna Gorp
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Re: Micro 4/3 Lens Question: Two Different Goals and Applications
In reply to iim7v7im7, Feb 23, 2013

iim7v7im7 wrote:

Hi,

I am still pondering which body to choose between an Olympus OM-D E-M5 and a Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 but let's leave that aside for a moment until I go and try them in NYC. It will come down to size, ergonomics and feel between these two I suspect. Assume the lenses that we are discussing will be used with one or the other (I do realize that the OMD has the image stabilization in the body and not all the lenses being discussed have it built in).

Regarding micro four third lens options from both Olympus and Panasonic I am wondering which to initially invest in to for my photographic purposes:

For Travel: I shoot outdoor landscapes in the countryside and architectural shots (both indoor and outdoor), closer up pieces of nature while walking about with the occasional shot of my dog (more static shots than action). I am looking to travel with a body, a SINGLE lens to travel with (I know, a tall order of compromise), memory cards a back-up battery, extra memory card and perhaps a polarizer.

Which lenses should I consider?

I n prime lenses the Olympus 17 mm F1.8 and Panasonic 25 mm F1.4 seem like potential options but might be too limiting. In zooms the Panasonic 12-35 mm F2.8 seems like a good option as well.

Thoughts and Suggestions?

For Close-up Watch Photography: There are two choices here: Olympus 60 mm F2.8 Macro or the Panasonic Leica 45 mm F2.8 Macro. I like the build quality of the Panasonic over the Olympus but I suspect the Olympus can be used from farther back to get the same image. If any of you have experience with both, I would appreciate your input.

SO configuration one is the versatile compact traveler set up and the macro is for home use in my tabletop diffuser cube.

Thanks,

Bob

I`d go for the OMD with its 12-50mm kit lens.

The 12-50mm can cover both travel and macro in a single small single lens package.

The 12-50mm may not be the fastest of lenses but with the way the OMD handles noise at higher ISO`s and the superb IBIS it is more than capable.

Something else worth considering is the IS, Panasonic will limit your lens choice if IS is important to you.

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