25 mm and 45 mm and 15 mm body cap and 9 mm body cap on the G9

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FourthHorse
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25 mm and 45 mm and 15 mm body cap and 9 mm body cap on the G9
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I have a chance to buy all of them for $400 canadian, all in good shape. Both the 25 and 45 are of the f/1.8 persuasion. Would these two be a good fit for a Panasonic body ? Are there any problems that I should anticipate ?

Thank you kindly for your help.

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Henry Richardson Forum Pro • Posts: 19,816
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C$400 for a G9 + those 4 lenses sounds like an unbelievable deal. The G9 alone is usually a lot more than that. Sure they all work and weren't dropped in the ocean or something?

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Henry Richardson wrote:

C$400 for a G9 + those 4 lenses sounds like an unbelievable deal. The G9 alone is usually a lot more than that. Sure they all work and weren't dropped in the ocean or someth

:d I guess that I should have said "for" the g9... Which is already a camera I have.

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Re: 25 mm and 45 mm and 15 mm body cap and 9 mm body cap on the G9
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FourthHorse wrote:

Henry Richardson wrote:

C$400 for a G9 + those 4 lenses sounds like an unbelievable deal. The G9 alone is usually a lot more than that. Sure they all work and weren't dropped in the ocean or someth

:d I guess that I should have said "for" the g9... Which is already a camera I have.

Still a hard to believe bargain. Almost too good to be true assuming they are in good nick. Make sure they are legally owned.... Go for it, no problem whatsoever on a Panasonic body.

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Re: 25 mm and 45 mm and 15 mm body cap and 9 mm body cap on the G9

FourthHorse wrote:

I have a chance to buy all of them for $400 canadian, all in good shape. Both the 25 and 45 are of the f/1.8 persuasion. Would these two be a good fit for a Panasonic body ? Are there any problems that I should anticipate ?

Thank you kindly for your help.

What about continuous AF, tracking, face/animal recognition, focus limiter ? I count on those quite a bit. DFD being lens characteristics dependent and all...

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WT21 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,423
Re: 25 mm and 45 mm and 15 mm body cap and 9 mm body cap on the G9

FourthHorse wrote:

FourthHorse wrote:

I have a chance to buy all of them for $400 canadian, all in good shape. Both the 25 and 45 are of the f/1.8 persuasion. Would these two be a good fit for a Panasonic body ? Are there any problems that I should anticipate ?

Thank you kindly for your help.

What about continuous AF, tracking, face/animal recognition, focus limiter ? I count on those quite a bit. DFD being lens characteristics dependent and all...

Body cap lens is set focus. So none of that applies

s-af speed will be very good. I am not sure about tracking. Maybe someone else can comment

Both those lenses are US$150 used and the body cap should be $50 used. So US$350 would be a fair but not a great price. I am not sure how that would translate to the Canadian buying experience.

hope this helps in someway.

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Re: 25 mm and 45 mm and 15 mm body cap and 9 mm body cap on the G9

WT21 wrote:

FourthHorse wrote:

FourthHorse wrote:

I have a chance to buy all of them for $400 canadian, all in good shape. Both the 25 and 45 are of the f/1.8 persuasion. Would these two be a good fit for a Panasonic body ? Are there any problems that I should anticipate ?

Thank you kindly for your help.

What about continuous AF, tracking, face/animal recognition, focus limiter ? I count on those quite a bit. DFD being lens characteristics dependent and all...

Body cap lens is set focus. So none of that applies

s-af speed will be very good. I am not sure about tracking. Maybe someone else can comment

Both those lenses are US$150 used and the body cap should be $50 used. So US$350 would be a fair but not a great price. I am not sure how that would translate to the Canadian buying experience.

hope this helps in someway.

It does help in many good ways. At this instant US$150 translate to CAN$195. The best that I can find here on Kijiji or on Ebay.ca is more like CAN$300 used. Montreal is a fairly large city but surely I could find better if I were living in the US.

Thanks.

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brentbrent Veteran Member • Posts: 5,121
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You might want to check prices on a used 42.5 f/1.7, which would give you DFD, Dual IS, a closer focus distance, and a hood and pouch.  I've had both and think the IQ is very close between it and the 45mm f/1.7, but for a G9 I would definitely recommend the 1.7 over the 1.8.

I've not owned or used either the 25 f/1.8 or f/1.7, but my impression from others here is that the Oly might hold the edge.

I've never considered buying either of the body cap lenses.  They strike me as more of a novelty, so I'd focus on what you want on the other two.

My two cents.

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brentbrent wrote:

You might want to check prices on a used 42.5 f/1.7, which would give you DFD, Dual IS, a closer focus distance, and a hood and pouch. I've had both and think the IQ is very close between it and the 45mm f/1.7, but for a G9 I would definitely recommend the 1.7 over the 1.8.

Found one, asking price CAN$390 (aka US$300). It is in a new state.

I've not owned or used either the 25 f/1.8 or f/1.7, but my impression from others here is that the Oly might hold the edge.

If I am patient enough I could likely find a Panasonic Summilux f/1.4 for CAN$450 (aka US$340).

I've never considered buying either of the body cap lenses. They strike me as more of a novelty

There's nothing I wouldn't try once.

, so I'd focus on what you want on the other two.

My two cents.

Thank you for your advice. When I was young there were one beautiful neighbor and her cousin living nearby, both strikingly beautiful and still quite nice. Hell was having to choose between them.

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brentbrent Veteran Member • Posts: 5,121
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FourthHorse wrote:

When I was young there were one beautiful neighbor and her cousin living nearby, both strikingly beautiful and still quite nice. Hell was having to choose between them.

As long as you end up with one of them, you can't lose!

I really liked the 45 f/1.8.   I got a good bundle deal on a camera I bought so I got the 42.5 f/1.7 and compared them, with the conclusions I mentioned above.  So I sold the 45, but not out of any dissatisfaction with it.

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Re: 25 mm and 45 mm and 15 mm body cap and 9 mm body cap on the G9

FourthHorse wrote:

I have a chance to buy all of them for $400 canadian, all in good shape. Both the 25 and 45 are of the f/1.8 persuasion. Would these two be a good fit for a Panasonic body ? Are there any problems that I should anticipate ?

Thank you kindly for your help.

If you want those lenses, it seems like a reasonable deal. The 25mm and 45mm are good starter lenses.

I bought a 15mm bodycap during a GAS attack, used it a few times and never again.

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Re: 25 mm and 45 mm and 15 mm body cap and 9 mm body cap on the G9

brentbrent wrote:

FourthHorse wrote:

When I was young there were one beautiful neighbor and her cousin living nearby, both strikingly beautiful and still quite nice. Hell was having to choose between them.

As long as you end up with one of them, you can't lose!

I really liked the 45 f/1.8. I got a good bundle deal on a camera I bought so I got the 42.5 f/1.7 and compared them, with the conclusions I mentioned above. So I sold the 45, but not out of any dissatisfaction with it.

I couldn't decide.

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Re: 25 mm and 45 mm and 15 mm body cap and 9 mm body cap on the G9

FourthHorse wrote:

brentbrent wrote:

FourthHorse wrote:

When I was young there were one beautiful neighbor and her cousin living nearby, both strikingly beautiful and still quite nice. Hell was having to choose between them.

As long as you end up with one of them, you can't lose!

I really liked the 45 f/1.8. I got a good bundle deal on a camera I bought so I got the 42.5 f/1.7 and compared them, with the conclusions I mentioned above. So I sold the 45, but not out of any dissatisfaction with it.

I couldn't decide.

I mean, I ended up wih someone else, of course.

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JakeJY Senior Member • Posts: 5,111
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jeffharris wrote:

FourthHorse wrote:

I have a chance to buy all of them for $400 canadian, all in good shape. Both the 25 and 45 are of the f/1.8 persuasion. Would these two be a good fit for a Panasonic body ? Are there any problems that I should anticipate ?

Thank you kindly for your help.

If you want those lenses, it seems like a reasonable deal. The 25mm and 45mm are good starter lenses.

I bought a 15mm bodycap during a GAS attack, used it a few times and never again.

I saw the samples also and the 15mm seems of limited value. Better than nothing in a pinch, but not really a lens that I can see people using much on purpose. The 9mm body cap on the other hand actually has quite decent IQ.

I wish they made a higher IQ body cap of similar focal length to the 15mm. Would work nicely to turn some cameras to truly pocketable status.

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Impulses Veteran Member • Posts: 8,096
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JakeJY wrote:

jeffharris wrote:

FourthHorse wrote:

I have a chance to buy all of them for $400 canadian, all in good shape. Both the 25 and 45 are of the f/1.8 persuasion. Would these two be a good fit for a Panasonic body ? Are there any problems that I should anticipate ?

Thank you kindly for your help.

If you want those lenses, it seems like a reasonable deal. The 25mm and 45mm are good starter lenses.

I bought a 15mm bodycap during a GAS attack, used it a few times and never again.

I saw the samples also and the 15mm seems of limited value. Better than nothing in a pinch, but not really a lens that I can see people using much on purpose. The 9mm body cap on the other hand actually has quite decent IQ.

I wish they made a higher IQ body cap of similar focal length to the 15mm. Would work nicely to turn some cameras to truly pocketable status.

The 14/2.5 gets pretty close to that... Not quite a body cap, but way faster, still slimmer than some other pancakes (the 20/1.7 is pretty wide, physically I mean), as sharp as any decent native prime. If it weren't for the 12-32 & 20/1.7 I'd probably own the 14/2.5, but it seemed a bit redundant next to those two for my usage case.

I think being a fisheye is what makes the 9mm body cap optically better (easier design), dunno how much better a "premium body cap" could be.

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Re: 25 mm and 45 mm and 15 mm body cap and 9 mm body cap on the G9

jeffharris wrote:

FourthHorse wrote:

I have a chance to buy all of them for $400 canadian, all in good shape. Both the 25 and 45 are of the f/1.8 persuasion. Would these two be a good fit for a Panasonic body ? Are there any problems that I should anticipate ?

Thank you kindly for your help.

If you want those lenses, it seems like a reasonable deal. The 25mm and 45mm are good starter lenses.

If nothing else I could flip them and make a bit of money to put on something else but that is no my sport.

I bought a 15mm bodycap during a GAS attack, used it a few times and never again.

Yeah, I went on Youtube to see what it was like. Well, not that much. The 9mm is much better though, if one is out and about the day and hour one can actually use it that is.

Then, from one link to another I came across the Lomography experimental lens kit...TBC

Whatever happens stuff finds its place in the end.

Thanks for the shared experience.

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Impulses wrote:

JakeJY wrote:

jeffharris wrote:

FourthHorse wrote:

I have a chance to buy all of them for $400 canadian, all in good shape. Both the 25 and 45 are of the f/1.8 persuasion. Would these two be a good fit for a Panasonic body ? Are there any problems that I should anticipate ?

Thank you kindly for your help.

If you want those lenses, it seems like a reasonable deal. The 25mm and 45mm are good starter lenses.

I bought a 15mm bodycap during a GAS attack, used it a few times and never again.

I saw the samples also and the 15mm seems of limited value. Better than nothing in a pinch, but not really a lens that I can see people using much on purpose. The 9mm body cap on the other hand actually has quite decent IQ.

I wish they made a higher IQ body cap of similar focal length to the 15mm. Would work nicely to turn some cameras to truly pocketable status.

The 14/2.5 gets pretty close to that... Not quite a body cap, but way faster, still slimmer than some other pancakes (the 20/1.7 is pretty wide, physically I mean), as sharp as any decent native prime. If it weren't for the 12-32 & 20/1.7 I'd probably own the 14/2.5, but it seemed a bit redundant next to those two for my usage case.

I think being a fisheye is what makes the 9mm body cap optically better (easier design), dunno how much better a "premium body cap" could be.

I think on a G9, the 14mm seriously qualifies as a bodycap:

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linux99 Senior Member • Posts: 2,151
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jeffharris wrote:

FourthHorse wrote:

I have a chance to buy all of them for $400 canadian, all in good shape. Both the 25 and 45 are of the f/1.8 persuasion. Would these two be a good fit for a Panasonic body ? Are there any problems that I should anticipate ?

Thank you kindly for your help.

If you want those lenses, it seems like a reasonable deal. The 25mm and 45mm are good starter lenses.

I bought a 15mm bodycap during a GAS attack, used it a few times and never again.

Same for me with the 15mm.

It really is a toy.

The 45 is one of my workhorse lenses - it's what I habitually reach out to for head and shoulders portraits.

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Thanks to your good advice, a lot of reading and viewing too, I was able to assuage my GAS. It did cost me more than the CAN$400 I had found for the Oly lenses. Three times more for the P.Leica 25mm f/1.4 and the P.Leica 12-60mm f/2.8-4. Both lenses are mint since they were bought at the same time as a Panasonic g85 which has with an actuation count < 3000.

Thanks again for your thoughtful advice. It may seem that I took no account of it but discussing my needs and goals with you all helped me make a decision.

JM

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FourthHorse wrote:

WT21 wrote:

FourthHorse wrote:

FourthHorse wrote:

I have a chance to buy all of them for $400 canadian, all in good shape. Both the 25 and 45 are of the f/1.8 persuasion. Would these two be a good fit for a Panasonic body ? Are there any problems that I should anticipate ?

Thank you kindly for your help.

What about continuous AF, tracking, face/animal recognition, focus limiter ? I count on those quite a bit. DFD being lens characteristics dependent and all...

Body cap lens is set focus. So none of that applies

s-af speed will be very good. I am not sure about tracking. Maybe someone else can comment

Both those lenses are US$150 used and the body cap should be $50 used. So US$350 would be a fair but not a great price. I am not sure how that would translate to the Canadian buying experience.

hope this helps in someway.

It does help in many good ways. At this instant US$150 translate to CAN$195. The best that I can find here on Kijiji or on Ebay.ca is more like CAN$300 used. Montreal is a fairly large city but surely I could find better if I were living in the US.

Don't even think about it. I'd rather pay more for lenses than get covid 19.

Thanks.

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