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Old Dec 31, 2009, 6:19 AM   #11
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Thanx.
I now have 70-300mm and 14-54mm that i will use..i guess the 11-22 mm will be a natural/the best addition for a bit more width...of the semi pro lenses, that is?
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Hi,

I guess the choice depends on what is more important to you. The widest, possible or weather, drip proof and gaining a stop on the speed or getting the lens with the best price to performance ratio.

Of the 3 wide angle lenses currently available from Olympus, the 11-22mm, 7-14mm and the 9-18mm. I would, personally choose the 9-18mm. I know that I would lose a stop on the speed but If I'm going to get a wide angle, I'd want more than the 11-22mm offers. While the 7-14mm is certainly the best, it's outside of my budget. Largely, because I wouldn't use it enough to justify the expense.

The 9-18mm continues to get great reviews due to it's sharpness and lack of distortion. Price is about the same as the 11-22mm but it offers a significantly wider angle of view. Since it's in the standard grade of lenses, it's focus system is fly by wire which is something some people just don't like. For wide angle shooting, primarily landscapes, it would not be an issue for me.


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Can't add any more than what everyone else has mentioned... other than it'll put a nice big chessey grin on your face when you first see it. You can;t knock the kit lenses at all but the step up is noticeable in build quality, faster focusing, etc.

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Hi,

I guess the choice depends on what is more important to you. The widest, possible or weather, drip proof and gaining a stop on the speed or getting the lens with the best price to performance ratio.

Of the 3 wide angle lenses currently available from Olympus, the 11-22mm, 7-14mm and the 9-18mm. I would, personally choose the 9-18mm. I know that I would lose a stop on the speed but If I'm going to get a wide angle, I'd want more than the 11-22mm offers. While the 7-14mm is certainly the best, it's outside of my budget. Largely, because I wouldn't use it enough to justify the expense.

The 9-18mm continues to get great reviews due to it's sharpness and lack of distortion. Price is about the same as the 11-22mm but it offers a significantly wider angle of view. Since it's in the standard grade of lenses, it's focus system is fly by wire which is something some people just don't like. For wide angle shooting, primarily landscapes, it would not be an issue for me.


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But the 11-22mm is F2.8 and the 9-18mm is F4.0..and i've read some experts saying that is why they would choose the 11-22mm...you saying that is not an issue for you?

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But the 11-22mm is F2.8 and the 9-18mm is F4.0..and i've read some experts saying that is why they would choose the 11-22mm...you saying that is not an issue for you?
Yes, because the type of photography I would most likely use a wide angle lens for involves landscapes, seascapes, architecture or basically, static objects. In those instances where low light is a factor - sunrise, sunsets, I can play a bit with the ISO and use a tripod. And, most all of the reviews I've read state that the lens is very sharp wide open.

And, remember, I would buy this lens for the type of shooting that I've outlined. Your application may be totally different. I also forgot to mention that I currently have the 12-60mm lens.

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But the 11-22mm is F2.8 and the 9-18mm is F4.0..and i've read some experts saying that is why they would choose the 11-22mm...you saying that is not an issue for you?
I think what folks are saying here is that they're most likely to use a very wide angle lens in daylight so the slow speed of the 9-18 isn't an issue for them. I have both the 9-18 and the 11-22 and frankly I've mostly used both of them in daylight. If I had to pick only one it would be the 9-18. But I have occasionally used the 11-22 indoors so I'm not planning to sell it. You have to decide whether or not you need a wide angle lens indoors. If so, go with the 11-22. If not, get the 9-18.

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