Is the 12-40mm good enough to forego 12mm, 17mm, 25mm and 45mm primes?

Started 8 months ago | Questions thread
Guy Parsons
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In reply to rickreyn, 8 months ago

rickreyn wrote:

My question--or maybe my observation is this. Is the 12-40mm lens good enough to forego primes, and is the 40-150mm good enough to cover the rest?

Without reading any of the other replies, I have an emphatic *** YES *** for my answer.

The 12-40mm is the lens to get to get rid of or avoid a mess of primes.

Just one lens and it costs less than a collection of primes and works well if chasing absolute quality, the sweet spot of f/4 seems at least as good as the primes at their sweet spots.

So instead of those rather steppy choices of the primes now you have an f/2.8 lens that works like a bunch of 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39 and 40mm primes, and then there's the 2x DTC to get to "80mm". If needing wider than 12mm then stitching works fine for most things or get the tiny 9-18mm.

Now that I've repaired my MIG welder the next move is to weld the 12-40mm on to my E-PL5 so it will always be there for me.

If "needing large apertures for low light" then maybe think about raising the ISO and rejoice in the more useful depth of field at f/2.8.

As for tele zoom - better than the 40-150mm is the yummy 45-150mm from Panasonic, better built lens, has metal mount, works better, comes with a lens hood, and on my E-PL5 I can use the unswitched OIS to get a stabilised live view, and that's nice at 150mm and 2x DTC.

Soon a second E-PL5 body and then I can weld the 45-150mm to that one.

Regards.... Guy

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