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Old Nov 21, 2010, 9:21 PM   #1
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Hi,

I'd like to know if anybody got some experience with the following lenses:
- Sigma 24mm F1.8 EX DG ASP Macro
- Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DG ASP Macro
- Olympus 25mm F3.8 "Pancake"

I am thinking about getting a "fast lens" for low light shots without spending breaking the bank ...

Thoughts ???
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Old Nov 22, 2010, 12:32 AM   #2
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Forget the Olympus pancake. At f2.8, it's not fast for a prime.

The Sigma 24mm f1.8 is, by all accounts, an excellent lens, but I don't think it's been made for a while. If you can run one down, I'd get it. The 30mm f1.4 is still current and from what I've seen is very good, but f1.4 can be hard to work with if you don't get your focus point exactly right due to the razor-thin depth of field when you use it wide open at f1.4.
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I've heard both good and bad about the 30mm, the 24mm can be had, but it'll take time to get unless someone has it in stock. It may be my next ffl lens.
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Forget the Olympus pancake. At f2.8, it's not fast for a prime.

The Sigma 24mm f1.8 is, by all accounts, an excellent lens, but I don't think it's been made for a while. If you can run one down, I'd get it. The 30mm f1.4 is still current and from what I've seen is very good, but f1.4 can be hard to work with if you don't get your focus point exactly right due to the razor-thin depth of field when you use it wide open at f1.4.
An Olympus mount 24mm 1.8 lens is being sold used on Fourthirdsphoto.com

http://forum.fourthirdsphoto.com/showthread.php?t=61865

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Old Nov 22, 2010, 6:48 AM   #5
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That's a pretty good price - not that much more than what the pancake sells for new.

When the E5 came out, a whole bunch of folks started selling Oly gear over there. Some are switching brands but most, I think, are trying to pull together the funds to get an E-5. If any of you are looking for Oly 4/3 lenses you should keep an eye on that Buy & Sell topic.

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PS: I had meant to mention this before but forgot. Thanks, Zig!
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Thanks for the info Zip. I already asked if the seller to shipping to Canada ...

I will see from there ...

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