I've reviewed and read a few different threads/articles regarding legacy lenses. It's interesting to see there's quite a bit of discussion and activity regarding the different options.
I've come across what seem to be two camps.
1: People very excited with the opportunity to use older legacy lenses, and in some cases prefer them to the newer lenses.
2: Those that appreciate the old glass, but think if you're starting with no lenses it doesn't make sense in buying the older glass. The older lenses aren't any better than the newer ones and don't support the modern features such as IS or AF.
I find it interesting because even though they advocate not buying the older lenses, they go through the trouble of using them...
For me, I'm just looking for the best bang for the buck lens that will produce the best image possible under low light conditions. Yes, some may find my quest a bit silly, but none the less, that's what I'm after.
Why? My quest started when I learned my wife cannot be photographed using a flash. The flash has the potential of setting off a migraine, and it's just not a pleasant experience. As such, the majority of the photo's I've taken are noisey/grainy and not very sharp any time we're indoors.
It's amazing how many times low light becomes an issue when taking photographs, at least in my situation. The other thing to note, I wanted the smallest camera form factor I could use. I really hate large cameras, and know I wouldn't use one if it were too large. That gets me to 4/3rds format and quest for a good low light lens.
I'd like to hear what folks on the board think about the fast legacy lens options vs. new for m43's lenses. AF and IS aside. Are the legacy lenses worth the trouble? Can they produce better results in low light that the available Pannys for similar or lower cost. I think the Panny 20mm might be too wide for an all around lens. Not sure how legacy glass prices/performance stand up to the Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm/F2.8.
Any input would be appreciated.