Are the constant aperture Panasonic lenses worth it (and are you wating for Olympus?)

Started Apr 3, 2013 | Discussions thread
Chatokun Regular Member • Posts: 447
Re: Are the constant aperture Panasonic lenses worth it (and are you wating for Olympus?)

It seems the zooms are ideal if you use little to no primes. I've heard some recommend still keeping the 45mm 1.8 and/or the 25mm 1.4, then only use the 12-35 and 35-100 for all other focal lengths. Seems like a good plan if that's what you like, and I believe it's generally cheaper than getting all the primes in those ranges too.

Let's do a quick comparison(all prices approximate via Amazon in USD, new):

12-35mm - Currently as low as $985 new. Let's just say ~$1000.
12-35mm + 25mm = ~$1500~1600

Now Prime version:
12mm: $800
14mm: $200~300
17mm: $500
25mm: $500
total: ~$2000, plus or minus a hundred or so if you choose 20mm instead or go for brand new vs used. Also Sigmas change the game.

35-100mm - $1300 lowest(same company) and ~$1400 Average.
35-100mm + 45mm ~$1800

45mm: $400
75mm: $900

PanLeica 45mm: ~$500-700
75mm $900

I left the 60mm out as it's Macro specific, and the 35-100mm covers that. I don't think anyone who has the 75 would buy the 60 only for the focal length, but I could be wrong. Another issue here is that the FL range of 35-100 covers more than the primes we have available in that range, so it's a less fair comparison.

So, as you see, the Zoom ranges can be cheaper, but the primes offer faster speeds and generally better quality, though the zooms are fast and good quality too. However, for the zooms to be cheaper, you need to pretty much forgo Primes. Having both is good for convenience and flexibility, but definitely costly.

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