Do you still need prime lenses if you have the Olympus 12-40/2.8?

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rgs_45 Contributing Member • Posts: 786
Do you still need prime lenses if you have the Olympus 12-40/2.8?

I'm trying to decide if I still would need primes if I get the 12-40/2.8. I was considering the following lenses:

  • Olympus 12/2.0, 17/1.8, 45/1.8 for landscape, portrait and other general photography.

I have been researching and reading all the information, articles and reviews regarding the Olympus 12-40/2.8 and nothing but praise on how sharp the lens is open wide and throughout the zoom range. I can save some money just getting the 12-40/2.8 instead of 3 prime lenses. I can get a second body from the savings on just getting

So back to my question: Do you still need prime lenses when you have the Olympus 12-40/2.8?

BTW, the lens will be used on a EM-5 body.


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