What's in your prime lens kit ???

Arundo Donax

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My Primes: Oly 17/45/75 f/1.8, and a PL25mm f/1.4.

Most used: 17mm 1.8 and 25mm 1.4
 

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From one end to the other, Oly 9mm BCL, 17mm, 45 mm and 60mm. Panasonic 25 f1.7. Of them, I regularly use the 17, somewhat less regularly the 45. The 60 I very seldom use, the 9mm probably is in a pocket somewhere, haven't seen it in a while and the 25 came with the GX8 and is kept primarily due to its low resale value. Am somewhat keen on the 20mm MkII, for general use, possibly replacing the 17mm(which I love and hence the 20 being somewhat moot) and somehow fancy the holy trinity of PL 1.4s, but I really cant see the need other than lust and greed, which also goes for the PL200. I have a very hard time seeing any use for the Oly 1.2s for what I shoot.

I primarily use Zooms. :O
 
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I had a clear out at the beginning of 2019, the pm1, em10 and Gx80 were replaced with an em1ii. My Son in law took my Sigma 30 and 60 2.8 primes. Although I could use primes on the em1, I really missed the joy of an em10 and small primes.

So I went on a buying spree, starting with a S56, and in the last few weeks I have acquired an em5ii and a PL15.
Today my latest acquisition arrived, an £18 Canon wide attachment 46, that I hope with the PL15 will remove the GAS for a Laowa 7.5, but I suspect not. But again I have a small camera and prime set and, for at least today, I am happy again.

No-name 8mm Fisheye, PL15 (WA converter), O25 1.8, S56 and an old Soligor 300 5.5 with a 3* teleconverter
 

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I had a clear out at the beginning of 2019, the pm1, em10 and Gx80 were replaced with an em1ii. My Son in law took my Sigma 30 and 60 2.8 primes. Although I could use primes on the em1, I really missed the joy of an em10 and small primes.

So I went on a buying spree, starting with a S56, and in the last few weeks I have acquired an em5ii and a PL15.
Today my latest acquisition arrived, an £18 Canon wide attachment 46, that I hope with the PL15 will remove the GAS for a Laowa 7.5, but I suspect not. But again I have a small camera and prime set and, for at least today, I am happy again.

No-name 8mm Fisheye, PL15 (WA converter), O25 1.8, S56 and an old Soligor 300 5.5 with a 3* teleconverter
Nice, I also like the size of E-M10 II and similar a lot!

I'm interested in what do you mean with "£18 Canon wide attachment 46"? I bought PL 15mm 2nd hand.

Where can you buy that (what is the full name of the item), how wide does it go, and how do you find the image quality? What f-number will it give, same?
 

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PL15/1.7
Oly 17/2.8
Sigma 30/1.4
Oly 45/1.8
PL Nocticron.

I want the Oly 75, and I'd love the PL 200 and Oly 300 but will never likely afford the latter two.

I used the 17mm Pro at a demo day and it's simply beautiful. I'm undecided on whether to get it at some point or not.
 

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I have two,
The Panasonic 25mm kit lens that came free with the camera. I have intention of ever using it, but not worth selling.
and the Oly 8mm body cap lens that I carry with me but hardy use, but also takes up no room. Best value lens I own.
 
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RS86, the Canon Wide Attachment 46 was a WAC I got from ebay for £18, I can't find anything about it anywhere so I suspect it is a 1990s video camera attachment with a 46mm screw. I have no docs with it just a sweet little leather case. There are a few on ebay

As to whether it will be any use I don't know . I have owned it for 26 hours now and the 15mm for less than a week, I need to take some photos before I can be sure if it is a keeper or not. However it is small, cheap and doesn't look out of place on the 15mm. It must be .6 or .7 as it is wider than 12mm, somewhere between 9 and 10 I suspect. I don't expect miracles from it, but first impressions are it works and it will give me some fun.

Going through the 15mm showcase before I bought my 15mm I noticed this exchange which you may find useful, and one of the reasons why I gambled my life savings on the canon attachment 15mm WAC
 

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My prime contribution varies year on year depending on my GAS, my time to shoot, and my holidays. Currently own:

Oly 12mm f2
Oly 17mm f1.8
Sigma 56mm f1.4

I’ve had loads of primes in the past. My favourites are the Oly 25mm f1.2 and the Sigma 56mm f1.4. In my view they are both just magnificent lenses.

I’m ambivalent about the 12mm. Don’t use it much at all as I have the 12-100 on my camera most of the time which suits my needs 90%. The 17mm strength is its portability, though I use it on an em-1 MkII so I don’t feel I get the greatest benefit from that boon.
I’m rather taken with the idea of selling the 12 and 17 for the pana 10-25 f1.7. Or selling them both for the 25mm f1.2 again. But that’s just GAS speaking.
 

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I’ve been working with m43 system for 3 years now. After selling all the stuff I had from canon and some m43 sigma ang lumix lenses, I became just a three prime lens owner. This time a PL15, a 45 1.8 and a 75 1.8 do the job for me. I use them with my em1 mark2 and g7 bodies.
 

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I don't have any m.Zuiko primes, but I do have some OM Zuiko's.
OM 50mm f/1.2
OM 100mm f/2.8
OM 100mm f/2
OM 135mm f/4.5 macro
OM 300mm f/4.5
OM 500mm f/8 reflex
and a cluster of Vivitar, Zeiss, Tokina.
Too many to be practical, I just call them money-in-the-bank.
 

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Including adapted glass (legacy, enlarger, projector, microscope...) I've got over 100 primes.
None of my 'kits' is big enough to hold them all & those carried with any particular camera can vary.

Perhaps 10% of them I haven't got round to trying/adapting yet (the proportion of unused is higher for zooms)

One of the prime kits that's remained constant for the last few years has:
A Russian 50mm/1.2, ISCO 40mm/2.8 perspective control, Hanimax 85mm/2.8, M42 pinhole, Kodak Retinar 180mm/4, & Kodak Projar 150mm/3.5. I really should replace the two kodaks, the projar is terribly soft & the retinar needs more extension to be usable.

I THINK my µ4/3 kit currently has Oly 17mm/2.8, Oly 9mm/8 BCL, Pentax 18mm/2.8, Fujian 35mm/1.7 & noname 8mm.3.8 fisheye, but the Samyang 300mm/6.3 mirror, Pentax 24mm/2.8 & Oly 15mm/8 BCL might still be in it.

My A7 bag currently has an Industar 50 (50mm/3.5), OM mount 28mm/2.8, Cosina 100mm/3.5 macro, & Panagor 500mm/8 mirror (all previously used manually on µ4/3, but now mainly used with autofocus on FF)

My DSLR kit has zooms covering the entire range from 5°to 180° diagonal FOV but may now only have one prime a Pentax F50mm/1.7 & a teleconverter. The F50 hasn't been used on µ4/3, I have multiple m50/1.7 copies for that.
 

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I found that using just one prime lens helps me a lot to do good compositions and spot interesting angles. So while I have a kit of Samyang 12/f2, Olympus 25mm/f1.8 and Olympus 45mm/f1.8 I get the best results when I'm out shooting with just one of them.
What I don't like in it is that the 12mm is too heavy and I often prefer to take some of the others. And if I'm not using it regularly I'm not very good with the manual focusing. So I was thinking to replace it with Laowa 12mm/f1.8 which I believe is yet to be released or with the 7.5mm but as I got the 12-40mm Pro zoom most probably I'll just get rid of the 12mm as the zoom is similar in weight to the Samyang and the price of the UWA Laowa (yeah I know the difference between 7.5mm and 12mm is huge)
 
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I don't have any m.Zuiko primes, but I do have some OM Zuiko's.
OM 50mm f/1.2
OM 100mm f/2.8
OM 100mm f/2
OM 135mm f/4.5 macro
OM 300mm f/4.5
OM 500mm f/8 reflex
You have good taste in legacy glass! :)

I see you have both 100s… do you find you prefer the 2.8 for certain things, or did you simply have it first, and then hung on to it when you got the 2.0?

I didn't think it could get better than the 90 macro, which always did great things for me, until I got the 100/2, which is noticeably better at portrait distances, although not quite as good at macro distances.

Too many to be practical, I just call them money-in-the-bank.
You mean "money out of the bank," don't you? :)

Many of them are holding their prices, but I haven't seen OM glass except the extremely rare 250/2 that have actually appreciated much.
 
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