25mm as single-lens for OM-D?

Started Jul 29, 2013 | Questions thread
Alex Notpro
Alex Notpro Contributing Member • Posts: 995
Henri Cartier-Bresson

HCB used nothing but a 50mm f/2.8 full-frame lens (25mm f/1.4 MFT equivalent) for most of his career.

This 25mm on MFT is the only prime lens can be rightfully called a "general-purpose" prime lens.

Definitely there are two kinds of lenses; those that can get out of the house as the only lens, and those that require a camera bag.

Lenses that are reasonable choices as an only lens:

- 25 f/1.4

- 20 f/1.7

- 12-40 f/2.8

Lenses that require a lens bag or at least a 2nd lens:

- 7-14 (too wide, need to carry a longer lens with it)

- 60 2/.8 (too long, needs to be paired with a wider prime or slow normal zoom)

- 100-300 too long, doesn't stay on camera much unless you're stalking some wildlife and there are no family members around asking you to take their picture

- 14-42, 14-150: too dark, only sharp at f/8, absolutely must bring a fast prime in a pocket

Hard to decide:

- 42.5 f/1.2

BTW, I only comment on lenses I own, so my list is not comprehensive.

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