25mm as single-lens for OM-D?

Started Jul 29, 2013 | Questions thread
jeffharris Veteran Member • Posts: 7,741
Re: 25mm as single-lens for OM-D?

BHPhotog wrote:

I just spent 4 days with the Panasonic/Leica 25mm, comparing/contrasting to my 12-50 OM-D kit lens.

As expected, the IQ of the 25mm is stunningly good; the ability to shoot wide open and soften/blur the background was a revelation; the ability to shoot low light amazing. It is as good as the reports say.

But now the question: is anybody using only one prime on the OM-D or comparable MFT camera?

I accept the greater flexibility of the zoom, and the ideal setup would be a range of primes, but what about a single lens prime setup? This one or another. How is that working out for anyone out there? Problems, benefits of the one-lens kit...

I prefer primes. Generally I'll carry several. Sometimes I'll go out with just one prime on my GH2 to keep things simple… carry less… and for a little personal challenge.

I was just in Paris, with a bunch of primes (SLR Magic 12mm, Voigtländer 25mm, Voigtländer 75mm f2.5 and Nikon 105mm f2.8 AI-S macro) and a 7-14mm. I debated whether to bring 35mm and 50mm f1.4 lenses, but decided against it at the last minute. I also want to carry less gear, but I carried a monopod which I never used. Anyway, looking at EXIF data in Lightroom, I used the 25mm for about half my shots. The rest were split pretty evenly between the other four lenses. The 7-14mm a few more, the 105mm a few less.

So, yes, in a way, one prime can work. One prime at a time.

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