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

Started Feb 23, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Micro 4/3 Lens Question: Two Different Goals and Applications
In reply to iim7v7im7, Feb 24, 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?

If you are looking for ultimate quality you should go with the 12-35mm : you get very good IQ, low-light capability + the useful 12mm for architectural /landscape shoots. It will be good for indoor shoots with a GH3 or E-M5, less for close-ups. It shall also be ok for close portait work wide open at 35mm. It's more or less weathersealed.

With other lenses you either have to compromise on IQ or/and WA + maximum aperture. With telezooms you get a longer range, with the Pana 14-42mm PZ you get ultimate portability, and with Oly 12-50mm, weathersealing + close-up capability. With 14-45mm you get great IQ/price ratio.

Note that we are expecting Oly to launch a new ~f/2.8 zoom with the upcoming E-P5. Advantage over the Pana with and Oly body would be much less CA.

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 primes, it really depends on the focal length that suits you better and what type of photography you plan to do with them. The 25mm is great, the Oly 17mm f/1.8 looks nice.

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.

I have only experience with the PL. As someone said, the 45mm focal length is probably better suited for studio work. Might be different for outdoor macro. The PL is also good for outdoor portrait work (when the background is not too close to the subject). The Oly is weathesealed.

Thanks,

Bob

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