Just bought the G1/14-45 kit from B&H ($639.95 USD) and it will arrive very soon. In anticipation of receiving my new camera, I just listed my gear on the For Sale Forum on this site.
However, in the process of writing up my posting, I realized I couldnít quite bring myself to list my ZD50/2 macro. I loved the ZD12-60 and the PanLeica 25/1.4, but I did not hesitate to sacrifice them in the interests of building my micro4/3 system. For my situation, they are simply too big to use on the G1. End of decision.
The ZD 50/2 macro is a really good lens. I certainly loved using it on my E-510. In addition, several posters on this site say they like it on the G1. But is it really worth keeping the 50/2 for micro 4/3? Consider for a moment:
1. I will need to buy a Panasonic WA-2 adapter for $120 which is aggravating.
2. The 50/2 will essentially be a legacy lens on the G1 with no autofocus.
3. As a legacy lens it needs to justify itself against other legacy solutions as well as new micro4/3 lenses like the 45/2.8 macro or future Oly offerings. (The price of the new 45/2.8 is one more proof of what a great value the 50/2 was).
Therefore, please consider the following line of thought:
1. I sell my ZD50 for ~$250-$300
2. I donít buy the adapter and save $120
3. I use the remaining ~$370 to buy legacy lenses to replace the ZD50/2. For instance, I could buy a Legacy 50/1.8 or 1.4 for portrait ($50-$200) and a 50/3.5 macro ($100-$150).
So, for about $150-$350 I could replace all the functionality of the 50/2 on a G1 and still have $20-$120 to spend on more stuff.
Do you agree or disagree?
One last complication. Someone on this site (or some other site!) said that legacy 50mm lenses, especially 50/1.8 lenses, were designed for general shooting and are no good dedicated portrait lenses as they have bad bokeh. Anyone want to defend or attack that claim?