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

Started Feb 23, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP iim7v7im7 Junior Member • Posts: 46
Re: Silly artificial limitations......

tedolf wrote:

iim7v7im7 wrote:


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.



why buy a large interchangeable lens camera body like a GH3 and then limiti yourself to one lens?

And if you are going to travel, why not get a compact u 4/3 body?

An Oly E-pl5, 17mm f/2.8, 40-150mm zoom and maybe a manual prime would make a lot more sense for travel and IQ would be identical to the E-m5.

The whole kit would be smaller than the GH-3 body!



Thanks for your suggestions and taking the time to comment (appreciated).

I did look at the E-PL5 and the fact that it has no view finder eliminated it from consideration. I need a view finder. I also think that I need at least F2.8 or better in terms of F stop to capture interior shots (could be wrong here).

You are absolutely correct regarding size and weight:

  • GH3 +12-35 mm Lens = 855 g/1275 cc
  • OMD + 12-35 mm Lens = 735 g/733 cc
  • PL5 + 40-150 mm Lens + 17 mm F1.8 Lens  = 665 g/604 cc

ALL of these options are quite small and light compared to:

  • Nikon D600 + 24-70 mm Lens = 1660 g/2017 cc

I also think the difference in size and volume between these will be weighed out against ergonomics. I am interested in discussing lens here vs. getting into a body debate.


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