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    EM-1 Trying to Control my Spending

    Ok - the E-1 will be here this week. I have the 25 1.4. The 12-40 2.8 is on order.

    I still have my Canon 5D3 with a number of lenses. I shoot a little landscape, a little real estate and a lots of people.

    Here's the endlessly repeated question: If I can only buy one or even two more lenses which should they be?

    Jim

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    60mm macro or 45mm 1.8 depending on if you are a 90mm FOV guy.
    In my mind m4/3 lends itself so well for Macro you just need to get one

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    Jim, a macro lens definitely and perhaps something with more reach like the Zuiko 75-300 II or Lumix 100-300.

    Well, plenty choices to get you out of control and into serious GAS ...

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    I made the decision too when i switched over from FT TO mFT. I added the 45 and the 75 mm lens to my 25 mm. For landscape the 12 mm and i won a17 mm f1.8 in a photocontest. And th 60 mm jumped intp my bag as well, into my good old Domke. I did not by a new bag. So controlled my spendings very well
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    Hi Jim,

    I think that I'd recommend the Olympus mZD 45mm f1.8 and the mZD 9-18 - both terrrific value for money and would suit your interests.

    Later on, perhaps the mZD 75mm f1.8 would be a luxury to own.

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    The Noctilux 50/0.95. Buy one and it will automatically put a stop your urges.

    A cheaper option, in the EU, currently will be a Speed Booster plus 14/2.8, 24/1.4 & 85/1.4 (brand new Samyang lenses sold for a ~89 Euros each by amazon.de. Canon EF mount!!!). Fast to super fast lenses for a very small amount of cash. No clicking sound problems either.

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    Thanks to all - while obviously this is for me it's great to hear what lenses others would choose.

    I currently have a number of these in my Adorama cart and I just don't want to get carried away. The 45 1.8 seems like a good choice, for one, based on its reputation and price.

    The 9-18 and 75-300 would give me range but that's two more and I am trying not to do that.

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    I have quite a lot of MFT lenses. For shooting a lot of people, the lenses I would want are the 45mm f1.8, the 25mm f1.4 and the 75mm f1.8, in that order. I have all of the above.

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    I would extend in both directions; Pana 7-14 and Zuiko 75/1.8, but I can see that the Zuiko 45/1.8 would be an interesting choice too, but myself, I'm waiting for the PanaLeica 42.5mm f/1.2. For macro, I don't use AF, so legacy lenses work fine and are sometimes very inexpensive. OM Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 macro?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMaher View Post
    Ok - the E-1 will be here this week. I have the 25 1.4. The 12-40 2.8 is on order.

    I still have my Canon 5D3 with a number of lenses. I shoot a little landscape, a little real estate and a lots of people.

    Here's the endlessly repeated question: If I can only buy one or even two more lenses which should they be?
    Thinkin' out loud:

    My gut feeling was to buy nothing in way of new lenses until I spent a week or three shooting with the E-M1 and one lens. I have/had already Olympus ZD 11-22/2.8-3.5, ZD 25/2.8, and ZD 35/3.5 Macro lenses which will mount on it nicely with the adapter.

    Then I ordered the Summilux 25/1.4 out of fondness for my old FT Summilux, but I'm not happy by what I see in its behavior on the E-PL1. Perhaps using the option on the E-M1 it will not misbehave like that, but I'm sorely tempted to ship it back, stick the ZD 25 on the E-M1 when it arrives, and shoot with just that for a month.

    Buying nothing until it's clear to you what you want (or need) to do the photography you have in mind is the best way to save money. We all buy way too much equipment ... ;-)

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    I'd be tempted just to get the 45mm or maybe 75mm. The 12-40 has you pretty well set on the wide end, unless you need ultrawide.

    In your position I'd probably be waiting for the 40-150 that's coming next year.
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    Godfrey, we do all spend too much on equipment or at least I do. Hopefully you will be pleased with the 25 once you get the EM-1.

    I am tempted to just use the 25 for a little while and wait for the 12-40. However I do think I will at least order the 45 as it's a good lens and very inexpensive. Then again 45 is not that far from 40 and the 12-40 is on order.

    Decisions - right now I have the 9-18, the 45, the 60 macro, 75 and the 75-300 in my basket but I know I am not going to buy all of them. Trying for a max of two.

    Besides all the other things I photograph we do vacation reasonably often and one of the reasons for a smaller camera is to use it when I travel.

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    Hello again Jim,

    before you hit "confirm" on that mZD 75-300, I'd suggest you take a close look at the Lumix 100-300, which is a bit faster on the long end and possibly cheaper, though fatter and heavier than the 75-300.

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    Re: EM-1 Trying to Control my Spending

    Quote Originally Posted by JMaher View Post
    Ok - the E-1 will be here this week. I have the 25 1.4. The 12-40 2.8 is on order.

    I still have my Canon 5D3 with a number of lenses. I shoot a little landscape, a little real estate and a lots of people.

    Here's the endlessly repeated question: If I can only buy one or even two more lenses which should they be?

    Jim
    The 12mm F2 and a short tele : may be wait for the Panasonic 42.5 F1.2 if you like to take people pictures, or the Olympus 45mm F1.8 or go a little longer for the 60mm macro (if you shoot macro); or if you really like it sharp, get the 75mm F1.8, but it is a little long already.

    12mm, 25mm and short tele would make a very nice three primes setup and you would have the zoom for when you need more flexibility (aka when travelling or in non specifically photo outing)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMaher View Post
    Ok - the E-1 will be here this week. I have the 25 1.4. The 12-40 2.8 is on order.

    I still have my Canon 5D3 with a number of lenses. I shoot a little landscape, a little real estate and a lots of people.

    Here's the endlessly repeated question: If I can only buy one or even two more lenses which should they be?

    Jim
    Because you shoot lots of people, get either the Oly 45mm f/1.8 or the 75mm f/1.8 now (depending on your FOV preference). The Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.2 would also be a strong candidate, but not yet available. At the long end, wait for the Oly 40-150mm f/2.8 later this year.

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    Landscape: What do you use currently? The 12-40 would handle the core of what I shoot. You could choose to extend the range in either direction with, for example, the 9-18 or 7-14, or with one of the tele-zooms. But it sounds like landscape is less of a priority than people.

    Lots of people: Again, what do you use now -- primes or zoom or both? Are these more "directed" shots, or "catch the moment"?

    The Oly 45 is a terrific little lens and the 75 is on my wish list. However, when shooting primes in situations where I need to work fast, I like to use two bodies with two focal lengths mounted. With a single body, the 35-100 or forthcoming 40-150 might be worthwhile considering. You won't get the same shallow depth of field as a 70-200 on your 5D3, but you'll have a similar range.

    I'm with the others who enjoy shooting close-up/macro with micro-4/3. I have the Panasonic/Leica 45mm, but the Oly 60mm is very highly regarded.

    Of course, some of these lenses are about the same cost or more expensive than a second body, which gives rise to another possible scenario.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMaher View Post
    Godfrey, we do all spend too much on equipment or at least I do. Hopefully you will be pleased with the 25 once you get the EM-1.
    I hope so. I'm just not comfortable with the 'rattlesnaking' it does on the E-PL1 indoors. It's very disconcerting to me.

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    .. I am tempted to just use the 25 for a little while and wait for the 12-40. However I do think I will at least order the 45 as it's a good lens and very inexpensive. Then again 45 is not that far from 40 and the 12-40 is on order. ..
    For me, it's not the focal length that's the issue, is the difference in size, weight, and shooting frame of mind between a zoom and a prime lens that are significant. I find that when I fit a zoom ... particularly a wide to portrait "normal" zoom ... I see differently when when I have one or two discrete primes in my bag. And I seem to get better results with the primes.

    The ultra-wide zoom and tele-zooms options don't affect me the same way. I think this is because with either of them, I'm operating outside of my normal shooting range which is already forcing my visual thought processes into a different pattern.

    One thought I had was to return the Summilux 25 and order the two Sigma lenses (19 and 30mm) or just the 30 and the Olympus 17/1.8. The goal was to get a dedicated, modestly-sized, normalish prime lens that was fully mFT mount optimized. But I've not made a decision yet—tough when the camera hasn't quite arrived. ;-)

    (Or maybe return the Summilux and beg off the whole game for the moment by spending a couple hundred bux on 20 packs of Impossible Project film for the SX-70 and Spectra ... ]'-)

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    John, On the 5D3 I primarily shoot people in a controlled setting (many times with flash or studio lights) and use a 70-200, 85 or for versatility the 24-105.

    I now use (on FF) the 24-105 for landscape and travel mostly on the wider end. I admit to being tempted to go for the 9-18 and go WIDE.

    Godfrey - I have thought about going primarily prime on the EM-1 with maybe a 17 1.8 as my walk around lens. I am committed to purchasing the 12-40 as I think it will make a great travel lens.

    Thanks again to all - one of the joys of buying a new camera is that it opens up all kinds of opportunities for discussion as well as purchase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Godfrey View Post
    I hope so. I'm just not comfortable with the 'rattlesnaking' it does on the E-PL1 indoors. It's very disconcerting to me.



    For, it's not the focal length that's the issue, is the difference in size, weight, and shooting frame of mind between a zoom and a prime lens that are significant. I find that when I fit a zoom ... particularly a wide to portrait "normal" zoom ... I see differently when when I have one or two discrete primes in my bag. And I seem to get better results with the primes.

    The ultra-wide zoom and tele-zooms options don't affect me the same way. I think this is because with either of them, I'm operating outside of my normal shooting range which is already forcing my visual thought processes into a different pattern.

    One thought I had was to return the Summilux 25 and order the two Sigma lenses (19 and 30mm) or just the 30 and the Olympus 17/1.8. The goal was to get a dedicated, modestly-sized, normalish prime lens that was fully mFT mount optimized. But I've not made a decision yet—tough when the camera hasn't quite arrived. ;-)

    (Or maybe return the Summilux and beg off the whole game for the moment by spending a couple hundred bux on 20 packs of Impossible Project film for the SX-70 and Spectra ... ]'-)

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    The 25mm F1.4 is a lovely lens, don't let it go !

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMaher View Post
    John, On the 5D3 I primarily shoot people in a controlled setting (many times with flash or studio lights) and use a 70-200, 85 or for versatility the 24-105.
    It sounds as if the 35-100, 40-150, and/or the 45 would feel quite natural to you for this type of work (in conjunction with the 12-40 and 25). In a controlled environment, changing lenses isn't as much of an issue, so the 45 and 75 might also work well, and their wider apertures could be welcome for situations when you want to use available light, and have a touch less DOF.
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    I too am trying to acquire the E-M1 on a limited budget. I have an old Zuiko 50mm f/1.4 adapted lens, but I wanted to get a m4/3 lens for starters. I will eventually get the 12-40 & 40-150, but I was contemplating the 17mm f/1.8 for walkabout purposes. Any comments on that lens?
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    60mm, the long end of the zoo is too close to the 45mm. If macro is not important, have a look at the excellent, inexpensive Sigma 60, otherwise the Olympus 60mm.

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    [ QUOTE=etrigan63;550180]I too am trying to acquire the E-M1 on a limited budget. I have an old Zuiko 50mm f/1.4 adapted lens, but I wanted to get a m4/3 lens for starters. I will eventually get the 12-40 & 40-150, but I was contemplating the 17mm f/1.8 for walkabout purposes. Any comments on that lens?[/QUOTE]

    I was put off the 17mm f1.8 for a while based on negative reports of lack of sharpness by early reviewers, and the fact I'd bought the X100 (which I still have - can't bear to let it go)... however now I've got it as part of the E-P5 kit I've been steadily getting more impressed with it. I love the 35mm perspective and it's been a great performer for me.

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    The lenses I've bought specifically for the E-M1 are the Summilux 25/1.4, the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5, and the Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8. That's my basic three prime kit (equivalent 28-50-90). The wide converter nets a 10.5mm small lens with the 14 as well. That's 90% or more of my use.

    Other stuff will come along, I'm sure, but that's enough to keep me pretty busy. :-)

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    Jim: most of the zooms mentioned are comparatively long and heavy...if you want to travel light, I would recommend the 25/1.4, the 45/2.8 macro, and the 75/1.8...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Godfrey View Post
    The lenses I've bought specifically for the E-M1 are the Summilux 25/1.4, the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5, and the Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8. That's my basic three prime kit (equivalent 28-50-90). The wide converter nets a 10.5mm small lens with the 14 as well. That's 90% or more of my use.

    Other stuff will come along, I'm sure, but that's enough to keep me pretty busy. :-)

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    Hi Godfrey

    Have you experienced any aperture chatter using the Summilux 25mm f/1.4 on the EM1?

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    Hi Paul,

    I don't know how the chatter compares with earlier bodies, since I've only used the 25mm f1.4 briefly on the E-M1, but it's certainly noticeable. Noisy aperture blades. You'd probably get used to it over time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_Kerfoot View Post
    Have you experienced any aperture chatter using the Summilux 25mm f/1.4 on the EM1?
    It's funny but no, none yet. Haven't even gotten an opportunity to try the fix (turn off flicker reduction).

    I did get some out of the Macro-Elmarit 45 on my walk with it, when I was walking through the tunnel under the Coleman Street bridge. But not otherwise. Didn't think to try the fix then either...

    I'm pretty happy with this lens kit. I know I'll want a dedicated longer lens option eventually to take advantage of AF etc, but for the moment I'm content to just shoot and not spend more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Godfrey View Post
    It's funny but no, none yet. Haven't even gotten an opportunity to try the fix (turn off flicker reduction).

    I did get some out of the Macro-Elmarit 45 on my walk with it, when I was walking through the tunnel under the Coleman Street bridge. But not otherwise. Didn't think to try the fix then either...

    I'm pretty happy with this lens kit. I know I'll want a dedicated longer lens option eventually to take advantage of AF etc, but for the moment I'm content to just shoot and not spend more.

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    Thank You Godfrey and Brian

    I'm not exactly sure what causes aperture chatter. It seems to occur with Panasonic glass mounted on Olympus bodies and in shooting modes which allow the camera to control the aperture (e.g. program or shutter priority). If that is true, would not shooting in aperture priority prevent it from chattering?

    I have been considering an EM-1 to replace my ancient G1 and it's kind of disheartening to hear some Panasonic optics aperture chatter (25mm, 45mm macro) and some color fringe with bright light sources in the frame (7-14mm and 20mm). http://forum.getdpi.com/forum/images/smilies/frown.gif

    Since all my glass is Panasonic, perhaps I would be better off staying with a Panasonic body.

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    Re: EM-1 Trying to Control my Spending

    Well, now I'm wondering whether the chatter was due to an earlier generation 25mm f1.4, or whether the noise could get worse with wear - since the lens was at least a couple of years old and showing signs of wear (the grey/silver plastic decal around the front of the lens had started to wear off... Giving an impression of cheap plastic build) - not exactly exuding Leica quality :-(

    Can't fault the image quality though!

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    Just got a line on an Oly 40-150mm R lens at a great price. PM'ing the seller (not on this site). This should make a fine addition to my soon-to-be arriving E-M1.
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    i won a 17 mm f1.8 in a photocontest.
    I am contemplating this lens. can you point me to some images taken with it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_Kerfoot View Post
    Thank You Godfrey and Brian

    I'm not exactly sure what causes aperture chatter. It seems to occur with Panasonic glass mounted on Olympus bodies and in shooting modes which allow the camera to control the aperture (e.g. program or shutter priority). If that is true, would not shooting in aperture priority prevent it from chattering?

    I have been considering an EM-1 to replace my ancient G1 and it's kind of disheartening to hear some Panasonic optics aperture chatter (25mm, 45mm macro) and some color fringe with bright light sources in the frame (7-14mm and 20mm). http://forum.getdpi.com/forum/images/smilies/frown.gif

    Since all my glass is Panasonic, perhaps I would be better off staying with a Panasonic body.

    Paul
    Regards the aperture chatter. I'm certain either. It was clearly an annoyance with the E-PL1 body I first tested the Summilux 25 on—I'm not certain whether it's worthy of being called a "problem" as I don't know that it has any effect other than to make some annoying noise. My cameras are almost always exclusively in Aperture priority mode, with some minor trips to Manual exposure mode BTW.

    All these cameras do make coordinated, dynamic adjustments to the aperture opening to maintain the viewfinder brightness when viewing and focusing. That's why both Panasonic and Olympus provide an explicit "preview" function which will hold the set aperture for scene evaluation. The difference between the TTL electronic and SLR world in this respect is that the latter worked more simply: auto diaphragm operation just held the lens wide open for focusing, so any noisy aperture jittering around wasn't an issue.

    I had the G1 too, it was a great piece for being the first Micro-FourThirds offering and returned a heck of a lot of excellent photos for me. The E-M1 is a far more mature and up-market replacement for it, IMO. Never used the 7-14mm. The Panasonic 20mm I had and was never quite pleased with, the M-E 45 was a delight on the G1 and proves the same delight on the E-M1 if not more so (the brief moment of aperture chatter notwithstanding), and the Summilux 25 is as much of a delight as the Summilux-D 25/1.4 ASPH for FT SLRs was (it had rather noisy aperture operation too, although you didn't hear it very much due to being used on the SLRs most of the time).

    The color fringing with the Panny 7-14 is the most serious negative you list, and why that occurs I haven't the foggiest notion. I'm happy I have no urge for such a wide lens ... the ZD 11-22 and the Panny 14 with Sony wide converter do wide very nicely for me.

    So ... well, you have to decide for yourself what you're willing to risk. I rarely let the online reviewers and commentary sway me much one way or another: I buy what I think will work, test it, and figure out where the warts are, avoid them, where the goodness is, exploit it, and then figure out whether I want to keep the stuff.

    With the lenses I've got now, I haven't found too much in way of warts to bother me with the E-M1. I'm pretty happy with it.

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    Well, now I'm wondering whether the chatter was due to an earlier generation 25mm f1.4, or whether the noise could get worse with wear - since the lens was at least a couple of years old and showing signs of wear (the grey/silver plastic decal around the front of the lens had started to wear off... Giving an impression of cheap plastic build) - not exactly exuding Leica quality :-(

    Can't fault the image quality though!
    The image quality is the Leica part of the lens. The plastic build and slightly cheap finish is the Panasonic production and "keeping the cost in the sane realm" side of the game. If the Summilux 25 was built to Leica M or R lens construction standards, it would cost $2000 or more, I suspect. AS it is, I'm happy to have the lens performance and rendering qualities; the build seems good enough.

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    With the lenses I've got now, I haven't found too much in way of warts to bother me with the E-M1. I'm pretty happy with it.

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    Not that this will help anyone's case of GAS, but Olympus has some very nice Black Friday specials going on right now over at Home page | Olympus.

    I just picked up the 40-150mm m43 lens for $119 brand new.
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    some nice deals there, wonder if they will have the same deals for Australasia. the 75mm 1.8 also looks like a good deal

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    Now why would you put a sale information post in a thread about controlling spending?

    It's already cost me the purchase of the 40-150 at a cheap price and the consideration of the 75.

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    Re: EM-1 Trying to Control my Spending

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    Now why would you put a sale information post in a thread about controlling spending?

    It's already cost me the purchase of the 40-150 at a cheap price and the consideration of the 75.

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    Quote Originally Posted by etrigan63 View Post
    Not that this will help anyone's case of GAS, but Olympus has some very nice Black Friday specials going on right now over at Home page | Olympus.

    I just picked up the 40-150mm m43 lens for $119 brand new.
    I looked at it, and decided that if I was going to spend more money on a lens, I'd rather re-acquire the superb Olympus ZD 50-200/2.8-3.5.

    So I did. I can use it on both the E-M1 and on the E-1 as well.

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    Re: EM-1 Trying to Control my Spending

    Godfrey, if I was looking to buy a classic 4/3rds lens to suit both the E-1 and m4/3rds, it would be the PL 14-150mm with OIS

    Can you still find them?

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    lucky for me I was pondering over a well priced excellent condition oly 60mm f2.8 maacro m43 lens. I took long enough to ponder and the lens was sold to another buyer.

    For me i already have a oly OM 50mm f3.5 macro half life size lens. The 60mm has life size advantage and autofocus, but for now the OM will have to suffice.

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    I will order the 17mm tomorrow. Then I have to finish saving up for the EM-1
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Mosley View Post
    Godfrey, if I was looking to buy a classic 4/3rds lens to suit both the E-1 and m4/3rds, it would be the PL 14-150mm with OIS

    Can you still find them?
    There are a few around, yes, and it is a good lens. But too slow for my interest, and it doesn't have the tripod mount.

    As I've said before, I don't really like or use zooms that much. I like them at the ends of the focal length range, where I use the extremes infrequently. So my E-1 system is 11-22, 25, 35, and 50-200 now. My E-M1 system adds to that with 14, 25, and 45 primes. Both are added to with Leica-R 50, 90, 135, and 180 mm primes, and Micro-Nikkor 55 and 105 mm.

    Whew, that's already a whole bunch of lenses. =8^O

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    Re: EM-1 Trying to Control my Spending

    My current lens plans for the E-M1 are:

    OM Zuiko 50mm f/1.4 for portraits.
    m.zuiko 17mm f/1.8 for walkabout.
    m.zuiko 40-150mm f/4-5.6 ED R for sailing club and day sports.
    m.zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO for ballet/dance recitals.

    I currently have the 50mm and the 40-150mm f/4-5.6 is inbound. I am ordering the 17mm tomorrow and the second 40-150mm will be next year. Somewhere in between I will get the E-M1 (waiting for some eBay auctions to finish - anyone interested in a like new Strobel Folding Guitar?)
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    etrigan63 do you already have the OM zuiko 50mm f1.4 lens? If not you can also consider the Oly penf 40mm f1.4. It is only slightly smaller focal length but image quality is impressive, but most important is the lens is tiny!

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    Re: EM-1 Trying to Control my Spending

    Thanks for the tip Mazor, but I already have the 50mm with an adapter. The 40mm looks impressive but I can only get it attached to a Pen F camera at the moment.
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    Re: EM-1 Trying to Control my Spending

    still a relatively cheap buy, and you get a nice classic penf camera for you coffee table

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