Drop $350 on a 45mm prime when you've already got the 14-42mm kit lens?

Started May 6, 2013 | Discussions thread
pcb_dpr Contributing Member • Posts: 835
Re: Drop $350 on a 45mm prime when you've already got the 14-42mm kit lens?

If you don't need the speed or the narrower dof wide-open, it's probably not worth the extra money, not enough fov difference between 42mm & 45mm. If you do need the speed or narrower dof, it is well worth the money. There is an improvement in IQ, the 45/1.8 at f/5.6 is better than the 42mm end of the zoom at f/5.6, but will you see the difference in your own images?

Much the same could be said for several prime lenses that fall within the 14-42mm range: the 14/2.5, 17/1.8, 17/2.8, 20/1.7 & 25/1.4, and the Sigma primes. All exist for a reason, either faster speed, narrower dof, compactness, better IQ, better build quality, or a combination of these factors. All these lenses are covered in your 14-42mm range, but all of them are a better tool for some. It all depends on what you're looking to do, and how much you want to spend.

j y g wrote:

The Oly E-PM2 kit comes with the (non-X) 14-42mm  f/3.5-5.6 lens.  I'm eyeballing the  Oly 45mm f/1.8. Surely the 45mm is much better quality, and f/1.8 is very convenient.  But I'm thinking of the wisdom of having a 42mm-capable lens and then spending $350 on a 45mm prime lens, over 80% of the kit itself.

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