Need an advice on prime lens for travel

Started Apr 7, 2014 | Discussions thread
JBurnett Contributing Member • Posts: 832
To augment kit zoom, either faster or wider FOV

golffore wrote:

Thanks for reminding me. Yes I am taking the 14-42 kit lens with me. And to all, thank you for all the advice.


Choosing a prime to augment the kit zoom, you can decide whether you want to focus on lower-light (i.e) faster lens), or a wider field of view which, as others have pointed out, can be very useful in European cities. The 12mm f/2.0 actually hits both criteria (wider and faster). Compared to the prime lenses you suggested in your initial post, however, the 12mm is much more expensive.

Cheaper alternatives include the Samyang/Bower/Rokinon 7.5mm fisheye (and learning to use "defishing" software for some shots), and the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 with DMW-GWC1 wide angle converter, which gives an effective focal length of about 11mm. I use the 14/GWC1 combo (usually at f/5.6 for maximum sharpness), and have been surprised at the image quality. There is some CA and barrel distortion to correct, but this is easily done.

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