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Next lens for m4/3, not quite sure which way to go

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Next lens for m4/3, not quite sure which way to go

I've been looking at my collection of lenses and trying to sort out what to purchase next. I am a m4/3 user and right now I have:

-Panasonic 20 mm / 1.7
-Olympus 45 mm / 1.8
-Olympus 14-150 mm II / 4-5.6
-Olympus 12-50 mm / 3.5-6.3

I am waffling between the Olympus 60 mm / 2.8 macro of the Olympus 75-300 mm II / 4.8-6.7. I haven't really been into birding though there were occasions when I was in Japan and wished I could get closer to architecture fixtures. I did play around with macro a bit, but only using the macro function on the 12-50 mm to capture a bit more detail on flowers or food shots.

Does anyone here have experience with either lenses or making a similar decision of getting into macro vs going with a long zoom for wildlife?
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The 60mm is a good portrait focal length and super sharp....but it's not a tiny lens once you add it to your bag of other lenses, so you have to balance off whether you need to get more subject isolation and macro at a focal length you already have versus a bit increase in reach.

I'm not into macro at all so I would go for more reach.
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not into macro either. wouldn't a (cheaper) adapted lens make more sense here, manual focus and all? plus the 12-50 already has a macro mode. again, not into macro so i would opt for reach as well.
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I think either the Olympus 12mm might be a good option a bit wider and I love it on vacation as a one lens use or a Olympus 12-40 2.8 Pro lens
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themagekiler wrote:
Jul 15th, 2018 4:11 pm
I think either the Olympus 12mm might be a good option a bit wider and I love it on vacation as a one lens use or a Olympus 12-40 2.8 Pro lens
I was contemplating the 12 mm. I sold the Panasonic 14 mm since I was really not using it. My vacation setup is now:

-14-150 mm II (this stays glued to my wife's camera since she has no patience for swapping lenses)
-12-50 mm (decently sharp, good focal length range, macro and weather sealed)
-20 mm (fast lens for night shots and low light shooting)

I waffle back and forth about taking the 45 mm. It makes for some delicious portraits, but sometimes it's not worth the effort of swapping it out. This is why the 60 mm macro is interesting to me. It could double as a macro and portrait lens when travelling. Having said that, the extra reach would be nice...
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warpdrive wrote:
Jul 14th, 2018 5:48 pm
The 60mm is a good portrait focal length and super sharp....but it's not a tiny lens once you add it to your bag of other lenses, so you have to balance off whether you need to get more subject isolation and macro at a focal length you already have versus a bit increase in reach.

I'm not into macro at all so I would go for more reach.
Yeah, like I said the few times I did macro was when I saw a really intricate flower or food shots, so I'm not hugely into macro. I have zero interest in shooting insects and I'm not sure I would have the patience to setup macro shots all day. The 60 mm is nice in that you get a sharp pseudo-telephoto and dedicated macro lens in one. Having said that, I've seen people get some crazy macro results with the 75-300 II and Canon 250D/500D adaptors. Decisions, decisions.
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warpdrive wrote:
Jul 14th, 2018 5:48 pm
The 60mm is a good portrait focal length and super sharp....but it's not a tiny lens once you add it to your bag of other lenses, so you have to balance off whether you need to get more subject isolation and macro at a focal length you already have versus a bit increase in reach.

I'm not into macro at all so I would go for more reach.
Now a thought just crossed my mind. What about selling the 45 mm and using the proceeds to fund the 75-300 mm?
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unshavenyak wrote:
Jul 16th, 2018 11:12 am
Now a thought just crossed my mind. What about selling the 45 mm and using the proceeds to fund the 75-300 mm?
I have the 45 too and it’s a great lens... so small and sharp. It’s a good portrait-ish lens but I find that I only like to carry one small prime so I tend to leave it behind. I’m always worried about dust so I’ll tend to keep my 25mm panaleica on the camera more often than not. I would probably sell my 45 too but I’m too much of a hoarder when it comes to lenses lol
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warpdrive wrote:
Jul 16th, 2018 11:35 am
I have the 45 too and it’s a great lens... so small and sharp. It’s a good portrait-ish lens but I find that I only like to carry one small prime so I tend to leave it behind. I’m always worried about dust so I’ll tend to keep my 25mm panaleica on the camera more often than not. I would probably sell my 45 too but I’m too much of a hoarder when it comes to lenses lol
I was thinking back to my Japan trip again and thought to myself the number of times I wish I had more reach occurred way more often than wishing I had a sharper/faster macro with a longer focal length. I'm going to go with the 75-300 II and practice more with the 12-50. If I ever bump into the 12-50's macro limits, then I will spring for the 60 mm.
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zero_ wrote:
Aug 3rd, 2018 5:17 pm
How about ultra wide? panasonic 7-14?
Either that or a 12-40 Pro are next on my list.
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Look into manual m43 lenses from Samyang/Rokinon - they have some pretty unique options (https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?N ... av-Search=).

For example:

12MM F/2.0: astro/starscapes
7.5mm f/3.5: a cheap quality fisheye
85mm f/1.4: portraits (very strong background blur - 2.4x stronger than your current 45mm f/1.8)

More exotic manual options:
Venus 7.5mm f/2.0 (rectilinear, not a fisheye!)
Mitakon 25mm f/0.95
Mitakon 20mm f/2 4.5:1 super macro
Mitakon 42.5mm f1.2

I never dealt with Mitakons, but I had/have Samyang/Rokinon and Venus, they are quality stuff.

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