Best budget prime?

Started Mar 31, 2014 | Discussions thread
mh2000 Senior Member • Posts: 2,793
Re: Sigma 60/2.8 for Portraits, Sigma 19mm = for walk-around

007peter wrote:

The only true "affordable" prime are the Sigma trio: 19mm, 30mm, 60mm. I recommend buying:

"Poor Students" Editions

  • Sigma 19mm (36mm FOV) for walk-around prime and
  • Sigma 60mm (120mm FOV) for Shadow DOF portraits

"Middle Class" Editions

  • Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 (40mm FOV) for walk-around prime
  • Olympus 45mm f/1.8 (90mm FOV) for Shadow DOF portraits

"$$ Rich Baster $$" Editions

  • Olympus 12mm F/2.0 (24mm FOV) wide angle prime
  • Olympus 25mm f/1.8 (50mm FOV) for walk-around prime
  • Olympus 75mm f/1.8 (150mm FOV) for super narrow outdoor potrait


Any of the Sigmas depending on your FL preference. I'm personally really happy with the 30.
I am happy with my Oly 17/2.8, nice tiny little lens. Can be found used for very cheap.The P14 is decent, I'm not that thrilled with the edges, but it can be found really cheap for a wide.

I'm probably getting the Oly 25/1.8 soon. Looks stellar. Not much more than the P20, but better FL for me. The Oly 45 is nice if you want longer, but not 60mm.

If Lenses available today were available when I first went m4/3, I'd have bought the Oly 17/2.8, 25/1.8 and 45/1.8 (unless I was flush with money in which case I would get the Oly 17/1.8 for the scale focus feature).

On extreme budget, the Sigmas will work out really well! I think you'll be super happy with any of them!


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