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

Started May 6, 2013 | Discussions thread
TheDoctorWhat Regular Member • Posts: 158
Re: Drop $350 on a 45mm prime when you've already got the 14-42mm kit lens?

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. (Obviously I'm not a pro, and I have a less than liberal budget).    The f/1.8 sure would help in doors,  but is 45mm on MFT short enough of a focal length to take photos in doors such that I wouldn't feel cramped when trying to compose?

The irony here is that the body-only E-PM2 sells for more than the kit


The 45 mm is equal to a 90 mm lens, the 25 mm or 17 mm focal length would be better for indoors for general purpose.

If you had to pick one lens I would save the $350 and consider the new Panasonic 14-140.

If you don't want to use flash then you need the help of a faster lens. At the same time you can use an external flash and bounce or diffuse it and your existing 14-42 would be fine.

You can go all out and save longer and replace it with the 12-35 2.8.  Not sure how long it took to save $350, but if you can save $200/month you can have that 12-35 in 6 months and sell the 14-42, maybe you can get $100 for it as an option.

Last, fast aperture stuff aside, if you like the 45 mm focal length of your existing 14-42 (close enough) and need to make up f stops then its worth doing.

Remember any prime or fixed lens is all that lens will ever be. See if you can use a zoom lens first, make up f-stops with an external flash, add more light to the room, change location and shoot outside.  If you have to change lenses you may miss a spontaneous moment, that is why the 25 mm or 17 mm the equivalent 35 mm or 50 mm I think is better for more subject matter.

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