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Old Jul 5, 2010, 10:58 AM   #1
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Hi everbody,

Using an E-520, I already own the basic 14-42, the 40-150 (the old version who came with my E-500, which I bought before the E-520), the 70-300 and the 35mm macro.

I am thinking about getting a wide-angle lenses to complete my kit.

The choices I have (based on my budget) are:

- The Olympus Zuiko ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 ($619 CND)
- The Olympus Zuiko 11-22mm F2.8-3.5 ($869 CND)

... and the outsider ($$$)

- The Olympus Zuiko 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 SWD ($1069 CND)

Any comments or suggestions?

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Old Jul 5, 2010, 12:14 PM   #2
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Hello,

Another lens to consider for wide angle shooting is the Sigma 10-20mm lens which is available in a fourthirds mount. It sells for around 480 USD. I don't know how that translates to Canadian currency.

I own the 12-60mm SWD lens and find it to be about as good a lens as I've ever used. Even though I would like to add a 9-18mm, The add'l angle of view of the 9-18mm is just not that compelling enough to me, at this point, to buy it.

There are a number of forum members who have the 9-18 as well as the 11-22mm. I''m sure they will provide you with their insights and samples.
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Old Jul 5, 2010, 12:43 PM   #3
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Hi,

Thanks. I didn't think about the Sigma 4/3 lens...

I'll take a look!
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The 11-22 Zuiko is probably the best compromise. Not as wide as the 7-14, but much easier to use and spectacular image quality. For the optics and speed, I'd easily pay the difference for it over the 10-20 Sigma.

The 9-18 Zuiko is very nice and so lightweight, so it's easy to carry. That's why I have it, and that's the biggest plus compared to the 11-22, which is on a much higher level of build-quality and so weighs more. If I were to have to replace my 12-60, I'd do it with the 11-22. I pretty much treat the 9-18 as a 9mm prime since the 12-60 has much of the rest of the range covered.

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Old Jul 5, 2010, 5:42 PM   #5
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The thing I like about the 11-22 is the F2.8-3.5 ....
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folob, I have the 9-18mm. although I just had to send it in for repair it is light & easy to carry & has fairly decent image quality but no where near the quality of glass the 12-60mm is. for my use the 9-18mm is good & you can get great results with it. takes a little extra post processing to get the sharpness & contrast right (Also distortion if that bothers you). I have said previously I would have gone with the 11-22mm if I had to do it over again. but the 9-18mm's weight makes it hard to give it up for what I use it for(hiking/landscapes/waterfalls).

As far as faster aperture of the 11-22mm at this wide I personally think that is a mute point, the 11-22mm gives you superior optics & distortion correction & is weatherproofed that is its real advantages.

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Hi Greg and Charles,

I narrowed my my choices to the 11-22 or 12-60

11-22: After reading all the posts about it (lenses quality, etc...) and seeing the samples ... very interesting indeed. It will complete my coverage.

12-60: Super high quality ... and the kind of lenses that you keep on your camera all the time. However, I can already cover this range (with the exception of 12/13).

At this point of time, the 11-22mm is the winner because of its qualities and ... it fits on my budget!

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You won't regret your decision.
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Hi,

I don't know how you feel about buying used gear, but there is a used 11-22 lens available at B&H Photo for $489.00 USD.

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Hi,

I don't know how you feel about buying used gear, but there is a used 11-22 lens available at B&H Photo for $489.00 USD.

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Sorry for the late reply but I agree with the comments above. Specifically though, I have purchased two SHG lenses used from B&H and neither I nor my bank account has regretted it.

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Edit: I should have said that my bank account regretted it less than if they weren't used.

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