Fast primes vs good zooms

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Jouko Senior Member • Posts: 1,637
Re: Fast primes vs good zooms

Well, the decision is yours...

But, some thougts of having a bit similar setup:

I have the old Zuiko 12-60 F2.8-4 FT- lens, brilliant IQ, but a large and heavy lens for the mFT-system, maybe. Works fine, anyway, my workhorse for most portraits, travel, landscape etc. Maybe now about 60% of my shots done with that, except birds which usually need something longer.

But I also have the 15mm PanaLeica, and PL 25mm F1.4 FT, Zuiko 50mm F2 macro and the m.Zuiko 75mm F1.8 from about the same range. Thinner DOF when needed, more light for low light and indoors, street etc. No, I don't carry everything with me all the time, but plan ahead what  I will need. IQ differences between all of those lenses are minor, mostly about rendering the out of focus areas.

So, if I can take just one lens or there will be problems with changing the lens (rain, sand, crowd etc) or I'll need to change the focal lenght fast, the zooms are the way to go. And, when the lights go down or the shooting situation is more controlled, the primes take their place.

The 15mm lens is great for landscapes, nightscapes, street - and anywhere you'll need a fast and light setup. The FOW is good, wideish, but not too wide - even for environmental portraits or groups. The lens needs some software correction, but that's done automatically with most RAW converters - or in camera for JPG shots. Without correction you'll get quite a lot of barrel distortion, but also a wider field of view...

Cheers!

Jouko
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