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

Started Feb 23, 2013 | Discussions thread
ryan2007 Forum Pro • Posts: 12,001
Re: Micro 4/3 Lens Question: Two Different Goals and Applications

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.



I do product photography and use the Panasonic 45 2.8 macro. The focal length is perfect same idea of using a Nikon 60 mm macro full frame lens for copy stand or product stuff their 105 mm is too long considering how you have to frame a watch etc..

I use both the Panasonic GX-1 and GH-3. The GX-1 with the 45 2.8 works very well. I also do video so that is the main reason for the GH-3.

The Panasonic 12-35 2.8 balances well with the GX-1, but better with the GH-3. Same story with the Panasonic 35-100 2.8

Now the 25 1.4 is a so to say the nifty fifty equivalent.  The Panasonic 7-14 is a nice landscape lens.

For architecture stuff unless you want a certain effect that 12-35 is  a good range.

This is what I would do.

Get the 12-35 2.8 its a great main lens and the 45 2.8 macro for product stuff. If you shoot no flash or low light get the 25 1.4 since the 12-35 already covers that range and no need to duplicate it. Add the telephoto stuff later, but you can always get the Panasonic 45-200 its not expensive and its a good lens to start. If you want to buy it once the 35-100 2.8 is well worth it.

For camera body the GX-1 is a really nice camera and its a great price now at $320.00 body only. Look at the GH-3 later and I say that because the GX-1 is a good camera, the cost is very reasonable now and before I got the GH-3 the 12-35 & 45 2.8 work well IMHO.

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