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Old Nov 27, 2008, 11:05 PM   #1
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Does Olympus have a superzoom equiv. lens for the 4/3rds system. I have been eyeing the Nikon and Canon 18-200mm lenses. I know there are optical trade offs. But, it would be nice to have that option as a walk around one lens option.
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Old Nov 27, 2008, 11:26 PM   #2
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Doh!, I cannot believe I posted this before doing more research. Sorry...

Found it on Olympus site standard lenses.
http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_se...5-63/index.asp

Decent reviews at Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Olympus-18-180.../dp/B000BTFZMS

Anyone have any experience with the Olympus 18-180mm lens?
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Old Nov 27, 2008, 11:57 PM   #3
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The big difference between the Olympus 18-180mmzoom and the two 18-200'sfrom Nikon or Canon to me would be the wide end. The *crop factors" on the Nikon and Canon aps-c camerasmake the wide end of those two zooms approximately 27-28mm. The Olympus system has a 2x effective 35mm focal length equivalent effect on their zooms, meaning the 18mm end of the Zuiko is a 35mm equivalent of 36mm....barely semi-wide. It's also apretty darn slow f6.3 maximum apertureat 180mm, so you'd better be using it in pretty darn good light.

To be honest, I think the 18-180 by itself may be both physicallylarger and heavier than the 14-42 and 40-150 kit lenses combined that Olympus now sells with their consumer DSLR's, and those two lenses are really excellent performers. I've seen some over on DPReview comment on using the 18-180mm Zuiko. From what I remember, image quality was OK, but nothing to reallywrite home about and the lack of a truly wide angle view at the end would be a big minus to me. Of course, you could alsobuy the natural mate for this lens...the 9-18 Zuiko, and your super wide towide angle needs would more than be covered.
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Old Nov 28, 2008, 2:07 PM   #4
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The best Superzoom for 4/3 or any system seems to be the Leica D 14-150. User reports from people that have used both Canon/Nikon 18-200 glass and now the 14-150 f3.5-5.6 (28-300mm) indicate it is substantially better than anything Canon or Nikon have.

leica D 14-150 f3.5-5.6 Pros:

* IQ wise its nearly on par with the Oly 12-60 ZD (just a smidge softer) which for a superzoom is quiet a feat, so its definitely better than the Oly 18-180. From sample shots its has very nice bokeh.
* Focal range - 14-150 (28-300), wider than the Can/Nikon and Oly.
* Size and weight - this lens is small. Its smaller than the 12-60 and just a wee bit bigger than the Leica D 14-50 f2.8-3.5
* OIS - The lens is stabilised so if you any of the older 4/3 cam's or 4XX or go for a Panaleica 4/3 thats a big plus.
* Possibly the best walk about lens about for any system
* Distortion - well controlled across the range
* CAF - so will AF on m43 cameras like the G1.

Cons:

* Price - its spendy close to $1000.00 but then again its quiet unique for a super zoom
* Rare - you'll need to check with B&H photo and the like and pre-order as the lens is pretty much like the LEica D 25mm. As soon as its listed as available its gone.
* Slow - really an outdoor/good light lens, it would have been nice if it were af2.8-3.5 or a constant f2.8 but it does have IS to compensate.
* Some CA - the lens does have some CA although nothing that's not easily removed.
* No mode 2 OIS - on Oly cam;s you on get mode 1 and mode 3 stablisation - which means its constantly on.

here's some of those user reviews:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...14150&qf=m

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...14150&qf=m

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...ssage=29884122

Hope that helps!

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Old Nov 29, 2008, 10:40 PM   #5
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The best Superzoom for 4/3 or any system seems to be the Leica D 14-150. User reports from people that have used both Canon/Nikon 18-200 glass and now the 14-150 f3.5-5.6 (28-300mm) indicate it is substantially better than anything Canon or Nikon have. ...............
Great information.... so much to digest for a first time dSLR buyer... sigh.. I really like the compact size of the 410 expecially with a price of less than $500 for that an a lens pair
http://www.berger-bros.com/page/BBCVD/PROD/OLY262042

But, I fear I would want for IS with zooms and close indoor shots.
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