Pany 14 2.5 or Sigma 19 2.8

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dasm94
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Pany 14 2.5 or Sigma 19 2.8
Dec 9, 2013

Hi. I just got an Olympus e-pm2 and i'm looking for a nice prime to stay on the camera pretty much all the time. Which one do you think is faster and delivers the best IQ? Is there a huge difference between the speeds of both?
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In reply to dasm94, Dec 9, 2013

For the small E-PM2, I would choose the small 14.

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In reply to dasm94, Dec 9, 2013

Option 3: At the current prices ($399), 17mm f/1.8.

Faster and nicer than either of them. And very small.

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In reply to honeyiscool, Dec 9, 2013

Those fields of view are hugely different IMO, 28mm vs 38mm, but as already recommended, I would prefer the 14mm.

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In reply to dasm94, Dec 9, 2013

I have both, and personally prefer the 14mm Panny. It has less chromatic aberration, and the 19mm is much bulkier. If I want the narrower field of view, I can always crop a little.

Both are very fast to focus, both are sharp even wide open, both have nice bokeh (the Sigma being better in this regard), and both have neat rendering, the Sigma being warmer and more contrast-y.

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dasm94 wrote:

Hi. I just got an Olympus e-pm2 and i'm looking for a nice prime to stay on the camera pretty much all the time. Which one do you think is faster and delivers the best IQ? Is there a huge difference between the speeds of both?
Thanks.

14 or Oly 17 1.8 or 20 1.7 before the 19 ...

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In reply to dasm94, Dec 9, 2013

dasm94 wrote:

Which one do you think is faster and delivers the best IQ?

...as this is a bit of an apples-to-oranges comparison. There is a big difference in the field of view between these lenses (and between their size), so I'd recommend first choosing based on that rather than on image quality. A "higher IQ" lens won't help much if it doesn't have the desired field of view.

As far as "fast" is concerned, do you mean aperture or focus performance? The 14mm is definitely faster in aperture. Both are very fast to focus- I haven't done any formal testing but anecdotally they are competitive.

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In reply to dasm94, Dec 10, 2013

I have both & find the 14 too wide for a walkabout lens, pushing everything away.  I prefer the Sigma 19 for its field of view but find it slow in being ready for the first shot when the camera is turned on.   It really depends on where you plan on shooting most, indoors the 14, outdoors the 19 in my opinion.

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In reply to Ron Evers, Dec 10, 2013

I have the 14mm F2.5 and just LOVE it! I had two different Oly 17mm F1.8's they were nice and they are fast but not that sharp till F2.2 at least. My 14mm F2.5 is sharp from F2.5 so at that point the Oly is really oly 1/3 stop faster "for me", quite a bit larger, and way more expensive.

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In reply to Deleted010614, Dec 10, 2013

Thank you for the replies! I think I'm going to go for the Sigma 19. I mostly do outdoor/street photography with a portrait here and there, so for starters I think the 19 will do. Too bad it's not a pancake, but it's a good way to learn not to be lazy

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In reply to dasm94, Dec 10, 2013

The Sigma 19mm has a more versatile focal length and is optically better in the samples I've seen. The Panny 14mm has an interesting focal length that sometimes isn't what you want. Its small size is handy, especially on a small camera, but the pancake design seemed to force a compromise in corner sharpness.

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In reply to dasm94, Dec 10, 2013

I would drop both and go with a 20mm f/1.7 instead.  I have the same camera and this lens stays on mine all the time.  Very good in low light although focus performance isn't the fastest.  I picked mine up second hand for $250 odd.

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In reply to dasm94, Dec 10, 2013

I have both and they are both great. I use the 19mm more mainly as I like it's focal length better for when I'm in general shooting mode or shooting street photography. However the 14mm is very small so might suit the camera better.
As some have mentioned it's like apples and oranges as both lenses offer a much different shooting experience. I bought the both because for the price of say the Panasonic 20mm f1.7 I got both the Pany 14mm f2.5 and Sigma 19mm f2.8 second hand off ebay. A much better bargain (for me at least).  I paid £75 for the Sigma and £90 for the Panny 14mm.

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Have both, like both. For the money, the 19 is a real gem as are the 30 and 60.

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sylon wrote:

I would drop both and go with a 20mm f/1.7 instead. I have the same camera and this lens stays on mine all the time. Very good in low light although focus performance isn't the fastest. I picked mine up second hand for $250 odd.

Same here 20mm is almost glued to my PM2. Really really excellent lens!!!!!

Today took it of for the samyang fisheye, sometimes use the oly 45mm too.

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dasm94 wrote:

Hi. I just got an Olympus e-pm2 and i'm looking for a nice prime to stay on the camera pretty much all the time. Which one do you think is faster and delivers the best IQ? Is there a huge difference between the speeds of both?
Thanks.

Both are great lenses and as for speed the is not a great deal of difference.

Both will fit the EPM2 well, both are relatively small.

For a lens that will stay on the camera, a lot will depend on what you want it for, for lots of shots indoors, street photography, landscape etc the 14mm will be a better all rounder, I use both.

14mm

19mm

Somebody mentioned the 20mm, it would be a poor choice for the EPM2, most people like there little EPM2`s to be fast and responsive, the 17mm f1.8 would be much better and will meet the 14 and 19mm near the middle (focal range) and two birds with one stone so to speak.

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In reply to Paulmorgan, Dec 10, 2013

The 20mm doesn´t feel slow at all and it has the best image quality of the lot! I use so called faster lenses too, like the 14mm and the 45mm (and a few others) and subjectively the 20mm is just as fast and responsive!

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