What's in your prime lens kit ???

Taurahe

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I'm a prime lens shooter. I love em. Zooms bore me . That said , I have never been able to afford the super fancy prime lenses .... My kit is pretty boring . My prime kit typically consts of :

Samyang 7.5m 3.5 fisheye, Olympus 17mm 1.8, Panasonic 25mm 1.7, Olympus 45mm 1.8. I also just added a 7 artisans 35 mm 1.2, because it is a lot of fun to play with.

This is usually all I need for most things I shoot. Coupled with either an em1mk2 or em10mk2, they all perform wonderfullyb.

What's in your prime kit ?
 
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Olympus 17mm 1.2, Sigma 30mm 1.4, Olympus 45mm 1.2, Sigma 56mm 1.4, and Olympus 75mm 1.8. Used on my Olympus EM1 MK II.

I used to own the P/L 25mm 1.4, but never really got on with the focal length and sold it.

I also own the Olympus 17 and 45mm 1.8 lenses, primarily used with my Olympus Pen F.
 
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I have stripped back pretty far - right now it's just the Panasonic 20mm, with my Ricoh GRIII as my 28mm wide angle. I will probably eventually pick up a 45mm but I don't shoot tele a whole lot.
 

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Bought my first camera 3,5 years ago. It was Canon G5X. Didn't go to a camera store to try it out. When I got it I realized that M43 camera would fit into a jacket pocket too. And the ability to use lenses later with newer bodies gives more longetivity. Returned it and got E-M10 II with kit lens.

Then I realized I want to try to get good bokeh. Bought Panasonic 25mm f/1.7 and Panasonic 14mm f/1.7 (this just for indoors), but have sold those now. After that GAS hit me and here is my list. Got many of these used with good price.

Samyang 7.5mm 3.5 fisheye, Panasonic 15mm f/1.7, Panasonic 20mm f/1.7, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.7, Olympus 60mm f/2.8 macro, Olympus 75mm f/1.8.

Haven't used that Samyang much yet, but I got it for 100 euros. I might have too many, but Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 was one of the first one's I bought and for full price so don't want to sell it. It's so small too.

With these I can take a bigger camera bag with me, or a smaller one. If I go to nature I take certain lenses, and if to city I take others. Of course I have some zooms in addition in the wide and long end, but shoot mostly primes.

9-18mm, 15mm, 20mm, 30mm, 60mm macro, 75-300mm is very nice for nature.

(7.5mm), 15mm, 20mm, 30mm and/or 42.5mm and/or 75mm (depending on feeling) is very nice for city or walks.

I was lucky to buy into the system, because I have found myself loving macro photography. Focusing on that the most for the past year at least. Perfect system for it.

With these I'm set up for years. Have no plans to buy more lenses and quality is very good in my opinion for the size. Size being perfect for my very small hands. Next buy will be E-M5 III to add to E-M10 II & GX9 and that might be it for a long time. I like the ability to have two cameras ready in the bag with maybe totally different focal lenghts.
 
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Sigma 16mm F1.4, Lumix 25mm f1.7, Oly 30mm macro, Oly 45mm f1.8, Sigma 60mm F2.8. Looking to pick up the Laowa7.5 F2 this holiday season.
 

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APS-C = 35 + 50
m4/3 = 17, with a 45 on the short list
The ONLY reason for these f/1.8 primes, is to shoot in LOW light.

35mm film (on APS-C or m4/3) = 55mm micro Nikkor (for macro stuff) + 500mm mirror (for the LONG shots)
 

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PL 25 1.4
PL 42.5 1.2
Leica 180 2.8 from the 70s.
Nikkor 400 3.5 (in a schoolbag).

My next lens is probably a real dedicated macro lens.
 

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I'm in love, love, love with the PanyNoct 42.5mm f/1.2. And I just purchased the 10-25mm f/1.7 bag 'o primes.

The Pany 20mm f/1.7 goes on the camera for personal events, dinners, parties, etc. And although I haven't used it much since getting the PL8-18, the Samyang 7.5 FE is a sweet little lens as well.
 
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I almost always walk around with the Pany 14, Pany 20, and Oly 45. I bought a Meike 50 to see if I liked fully manual lenses (mostly no) and I bought an Oly OM 28 to see if it rendered significantly differently from a modern lens (not that I can tell) so they sit on the shelf. There's not really enough money in either one to go through the hassle of selling them. For some reason I really don't like the 25mm focal length so I don't have one of those.

I have 3 zooms that overlap the 14 but, for me, there's just something I really like about that lens. Maybe if I had a 2.8 zoom instead of a 4-5.6 I'd feel differently but, then again, there's going to be a big size difference there.

The Oly 9-18 covers me on the really wide side well enough that I don't have something like the Samyang 7.5. The GAS for a Sigma 60mm 2.8 is building up even though I don't really have a huge use for it. On the other hand it's WAY cheaper to get one of those used than the Sigma 54mm 1.4 ;-)
 

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Olympus 9mm BCL, Panasonic 14mm f2.8, Olympus 17mm f1.7, Panasonic 20mm f1.7, PL 25 f1.4, Olympus 45 f1.8 and Sigma 60mm f2.8. This covers nearly everything that I shoot but I do also enjoy my zooms for the sheer convenience :)
 
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All Olympus: 12mm F2, 17mm F1.8, 25mm F1.2, 45mm F1.8, 45mm F1.2, 75mm F1.8, 300mm F4.

The 17mm F1.8 stays on my Pen-F most of the time. Great for street photography, and just generally love the quality of the image with that lens.

I bought the 45mm F1.8 when it first came out, and find it eminently usable, especially on the Pen-F. I purchased the 45mm F1.2 to use on my OMD E1 Mk II, and that is a great combination.

The 75mm F1.8 is still one of my favorite lenses. It has a 3D quality to it's image when shot wide open with a single subject. Love it on both cameras!
 
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14/2.5 lumix
30/2.8 sigma
35/3.5 zuiko macro
50/1.7, 100/2.8, 200/4 pentax

I have a Vivitar 24/2.8 in PK mount, but something isn't right about it optically. Plans are to move the 30/2.8 and pick up a native 25.
Argh, I keep forgetting the nameless 8mm f/3.8 fisheye..

12/13 update (that didn't take long) -
7.5/3.5 Rokinon FE

14/2.5 lumix
20/1.7 Lumix
30/2.8 sigma, 35/3.5 zuiko macro (I should swap for a native 30 macro!)
A50/1.7, M100/2.8+200/4 Pentax
also forgot the 400/6.3 Hanimex preset & 500/8 Sakar mirror lens
 
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I love primes for low light or maximum sharpness. I do have one zoom for these criteria, though - the Olympus 7-14 PRO.

For spacious interiors, my kit is:
- Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 fisheye
- Olympus 7-14
- Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4
- Olympus 45mm f/1.8
- Olympus 75mm f/1.8

For a smaller kit, I'll replace the zoom with the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 and the Leica with the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7. Doesn't get much smaller than that!

I also have the Oly. 60mm f/2.8 macro lens. I use that indoors as well, though I still don't travel with it much. I might start making more use of close-up filters instead.
 

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I currently have these primes:
Panasonic Leica 15/1.7
Panasonic Leica 25/1.4
Olympus 45/1.8
Olympus 60/2.8 macro

For photowalks I typically bring a small bag with the 15, 25, and 60, plus the compact Olympus 9-18 zoom for the wider end. When I first got started in m4/3 one of my favorite lenses was an adapted 50mm lens, but now I rarely carry the 45mm as part of a larger kit. I guess the 25 and 60 cover that range well enough for me. But if I really want to go small I'll mount the 15 and put the 45 in a pocket or something "just in case."

(For non-solo travel I've come around to the ideas of zooms to minimize lens changes, the 9-18 and Lumix 12-60 cover most of what I do. But I'll have either the 15 or 25 along for when the light drops, or I want something small. The Olympus 40-150 kit zoom travels too but usually stays in the suitcase unless I'm going to a park or getting out of the city).
 
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