75 f/1.8 or 35-100 f/2.8 torn between the two

Started Mar 17, 2014 | Discussions thread
NZ Scott
NZ Scott Veteran Member • Posts: 4,754
Buy the 35-100 and Oly 45/1.8

Gunnlaugur Gudmundsson wrote:

I have the GX7, and yes I know it depends on what you like to shoot ... but I'd like to hear from people who own one or both...

which one do you prefer and why?

(I'm leaning towards the 35-100 as the more practical option, but I love primes, so?!)



Some posters above have suggested buying the pro-quality 75/1.8 and pairing it with the consumer-grade 40-150 for more reach.

I would personally do the exact opposite - I would buy the pro-quality 35-100 and the consumer-grade (but very good) 45/1.8 for those situations in which you want a bit of "pop".

I own the 45/1.8 already and am thinking of buying the 35-100.

The 35-100 is a workhorse lens that will deliver the goods in more situations than a prime. The 45/1.8 has a bit of magic to it, even if not as much as the 75/1.8.

The 75mm focal-length doesn't work for me. I tried the lens out for a while and decided to stick with my 45/1.8.

Another advantage of the 45/1.8 over the 75/1.8 is that it is two-thirds of a stop better in low light, according to the one-over-focal-length rule (because you only need 1/90 sec as opposed to 1/150 sec).

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