|Panasonic Lumix G 42.5mm F1.7|
|Fujinon XF 60mm F2.4 Macro|
One of a beauty of the compact format is that the most serious manufacturer players, Fujifilm, Olympus and Panasonic, have really invested on focal fixed lenses as major part of their line-up right from the start. One of the best early example was the Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm F2.0 an equivalent of the 24mm in 35mm film format. We are still waiting for a similar lens offer in APS-C format from Canon and Nikon D-SLR which represent in my sens a mesure of the non-committement from those two camera majors manufacturers for a compact format. And wide angle zoom lenses cannot be fully comparable to a good focal fix doted with a better maximum aperture.
|Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm F1.8|
And focal fixed lenses can be more spontaneous photographic tools in same case being less intrusive for the main subject as already mentioned.
Compare to the zoom optics, the focal fixed lenses will ask you more effort to apprehend your subject, prepare yourself and your equipment and take finally the picture. But the result will be very often more precise, more creative on your part and at the end more rewarding.
|Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm F1.8|
|Panasonic Lumix G 42,5mm F1.7|
|Panasonic Lumix G 42.5mmF1.7|
|Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7|
|Olympus M.Zuiko 75mm F1.8|