Being lazy (and by lazy I mean crazy busy), I haven’t had a chance to prep the rest of the DC pictures for the blog. They should be up tomorrow. However, I did have some thoughts on the future, or at least my future, in so far as a lens “road map” goes. This is spurred in large part by Olympus stating a rough release date of the 17mm f/1.8 and the early test reports on the lens.
As much as I dream of owning that lens, and its relatively low price (compared to the 12mm and 75mm lenses), it’ll have to wait. Even with selling my 17mm f/2.8 to give me a little more cash for the lens, it just isn’t happening now. First of all because of other financial commitments over the coming few weeks, but also because I need an ultra wide-angle first.
The higher optical quality of the 17mm f/1.8 and faster/quieter focus are traits I really, really, really want in a 34mm equivalent lens (the extra 1 1/3 stops don’t hurt). However, I need something wider angle more than I need a better 17mm right now.
So that brings me to my “road map”. My next lens purchase, unless someone announces something before then, is going to by the Olympus 12mm f/2. First I need something wider angle than my Panasonic 14mm. Next, 24mm equivalent was one of my favorite lenses when shooting 35mm film. The price makes me kind of sad, but it is a lens I NEED. Sooner rather than later, but it’ll likely be later (this spring/summer probably). After that it’s a bit of a toss up. I could use a longer prime and I am very interested in the 60mm Macro, especially with its relatively low price, but it isn’t significantly longer than my 45mm and it is relatively large (okay, it isn’t really that big and it is light). I could go for the 75mm, but that lens is even more expensive than the 12mm.
So that leads to a dilemma, what medium telephoto prime to get? Honestly I am not sure at this point. I think I am leaning toward the 75mm both for the extra reach and larger aperture. That does mean I’ll probably have to wait even longer because of its price. Which means I’ll probably get the Olympus 17mm first and the 75mm next.
However, by then, who knows what kind of fun and yummy lenses might be out (yes, I do suffer from a certain amount of GAS*).
So, hopefully this coming Spring I’ll get the Olympus 12mm and maybe next fall/winter the Olympus 17mm. After that, maybe the Olympus 75mm, but that might have to wait a year or so afterwards and who knows what will be around by then (a 67.5mm f/2 prime for $499 or less please!)
* G.A.S. Gear Acquisition Syndrome. The only treatment is generally spouses and/or total lack of financial resources.