7th April 2014, 03:40 PM
Optimal lens set up w GX7
I know there is no real "best" or "optimal" set up as it largely depends on one's needs. But still would like to gather some feedback to help my decision making.
I just bot a GX7 (w 20mm f1.7) recently. In addition, I also have the 14mm f2.5 and the 45-150mm tele-zoom lens.
When I first bot the GX7 I was quite fixated to sell away the 20mm f1.7. I had the 20mm MK1 version which I used on my old EPL5 for abt a year. I love the wide open aperture when I want to isolate my subject, but at the same time have always find that the focal length is too tight, hence I went out to purchase the 14mm which seemed to serve me fine so far.
So my golden question is should I:
(1) keep this original set up and live with no mid-range zoom;
(2) sell away the 20mm MK2 to fund a mid-range zoom lens like 14-45 or 14-42 MK2; OR
(3) sell away the 20mm MK2 AND 45-150mm and purchase the 14-140mm MK2 or Oly 14-150mm
Typically my use is on my kids, parties, gatherings and travel. Esp for travel, to minimise the need to swap lens is definitely a plus point but I don't normally have any need for tele-zoom lens.
For option 2 & 3, please also give me some recommendations which lens is better? I'm no PRO so pro lens are not required
7th April 2014, 05:04 PM
I'll go a (2.5)
Originally Posted by juzluvpink75
Sell away the 45-150mm and get a once and for all 14-140 or 14-150. U mentioned u don't like to change lenses so convenience is impt for u, u also like the performance of the 20/1.7.
If u prefer a mid range zoom, get the 14-45mm, , not the 14-42IIR.
So u will end up with a 14/2.5 , 20/1.7 and a 14-140 or 14-150. More the enough
For days when u wana travel light : 14/2.5.
For trips ; 14-140/150 and a 20/1.7 for the duper low light situations. Keep the 14/2.5 at home.
I'm not recommending other lenses since u've already stated u r looking at these choices
7th April 2014, 07:39 PM
If 20mm is too tight for you, I don't know what is wide anymore. Haha.
Then again, it's your preference.
But if I were you, if I were to consider a one-lens setup, I will actually sell all and get the 25mm summilux, or the cheaper olympus f/1.8 variant. 50mm equivalent ftw.
7th April 2014, 09:42 PM
Re: Optimal lens set up w GX7
IMHO your current lenses are enough and you probably almost always never use the 45-150 mm lens and if so, no point getting any focal length beyond 45 mm. Hence no need to consider the 14-1xx lens. Since u have a great duo, the 14&20mm that covers a lot of your shooting conditions.
As for selling the 20 mm for a slower 14-42/45, I feel is a backward move. You will need a bright lens like a f1.7 or brighter to achieve faster shutter speed in dimmer / indoors condition especially with kids running around. Those lenses are much slower.
7th April 2014, 11:58 PM
8th April 2014, 12:00 AM
The 20mm works fine with my kids but not so when travelling as most of the time I am unable to frame in the building or group pic without standing too far away.
Originally Posted by silvermoon1407
8th April 2014, 12:02 AM
Thanks. Your recommendation does makes alot of sense.
Originally Posted by keithwee