Is the 12-40mm good enough to forego 12mm, 17mm, 25mm and 45mm primes?

Started Mar 13, 2014 | Questions thread
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darrellc Regular Member • Posts: 366
Not for me. Get at least one (maybe PL 25/1.4).
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I have the 12-35/2.8, and would never get rid of my primes.

Minimal kit - throw the 17/1.8 on the EM1 and you have a lightweight, unobtrusive, jacket pocketable camera w/o compromise for when photography is a secondary concern

Low light - though the IBIS is great, I often find myself missing f/1.4-f/2.8 when I bring the 12-35 along. Very tough to get a decent portrait at 1/15, very possible at 1/60.

DoF - you can get some decent background separation at 35-40mm and f/2.8, but nothing like what you'll get with the PL 25 @ 1.4. It is nice to have that option.

I'd recommend the PL 25/1.4 if 50mm fov works for you - I think it is the best lens in the native m4/3 lens world, and the only lens (other than the 75/1.8 which I shoot rarely) that delivers results on the EM1 that come close to my FF kit when using good glass (e.g. RX1 or A7 with FE 55). The micro contrast on that lens delivers some "magic".

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