E-PL2 and 12mm f/2.0 or E-P3 and 20mm f/1.7

Started Aug 24, 2011 | Discussions
sescobedo Forum Member • Posts: 52
E-PL2 and 12mm f/2.0 or E-P3 and 20mm f/1.7

Ok, finally ready to make my final decision before a big Europe trip, and need everyone's advice:

Should I buy for roughly the same price the new 12mm Oly f/2.0 and E-PL2 or the E-P3 and Panny 20mm f/1.7? I would get the kit lens with both, but I prefer shooting primes. I have been using the second set the past two days (E-P3 and have loved how quick and responsive the AF is), but want to know if the 12mm improves the AF of the E-PL2? I would rather spend money on glass and these are both great options. I would probably get the 12mm down the road for the E-P3 when I could afford it, as well as trading up the 20mm to the 25mm leica/panny. Any real world experiences on shooting the 12mm on the E-PL2? What is a better spend of my money???

xMichaelx Regular Member • Posts: 125
Re: E-PL2 and 12mm f/2.0 or E-P3 and 20mm f/1.7

I am also about to take a big trip to Europe, and purchased the EPL2 and the 20mm 1.7 in preparation.

So I think you should get the 12mm, so we don't end up with a bunch of the same pictures.

agc1976 Senior Member • Posts: 1,713
Re: E-PL2 and 12mm f/2.0 or E-P3 and 20mm f/1.7

I own EP3 with both of the lenses you are considering. The 12mm looks and feels much better and I think it's also sharper with better contrast and colors. It is much more fun to shoot so I'd go with the first combo.

The 25mm PL looks better than the 20mm but the huge size puts me off.

Here are some snaps from the weekend with the 12mm:

Gregm61 Forum Pro • Posts: 15,333
Re: E-PL2 and 12mm f/2.0 or E-P3 and 20mm f/1.7

sescobedo wrote:

Any real world experiences on shooting the 12mm on the E-PL2? What is a better spend of my money???

Works wonderfully. I've only had mine a couple of weeks and the weather has been so hot I've had few chances to really get out with it, but I have made a few exposures with the E-PL2/12mm combination..

http://gmchappell.smugmug.com/Other/12mm-f2-M-Zuiko/18521453_RDQzcX/1429587996_N3X93Nx#1429590654_R3hdjqK

If I were taking my Pen to Europe, I'd want both the 20mm f1.7 (or 25mm f1.4) and the 12mm f2.

Truth be told, the 45mm f1.8 too!

I've been to Paris twice. The first time with a 7-14 f4 Zuiko, which I was really glad I had. The second time, the widest option I had was a 24mm equivalent, which worked well enough but I would not want to go back with a "wide" option less wide than a 24mm equivalent There's just too many subjects that benefit from a wider angle lens, and often they are both in confined spaces and ambient light levels are low. The 12mm f2 is a double-winner there.

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