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Old Dec 2, 2010, 1:14 PM   #1
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Default Olympus 11-22 Overkill for an E-520

I am looking for another lense for my E-520
Mainly for low light Landscapes and a carry around lense.
Other than the price can a E-520 benefit from this lense ?
Are there any other options ?

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Old Dec 2, 2010, 1:40 PM   #2
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What do you mean "benefit" from this lens?

It is a good lens and, other than maybe focus speed, will work just as well on your e-520 as it would on any of the more expensive olympus' bodies.
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Old Dec 2, 2010, 3:02 PM   #3
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ANY Olympus camera (or photographer) would benefit from the 11-22 Zuiko.

If the 12-60 did not exist I would have bought the 11-22 long ago.
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Old Dec 2, 2010, 6:26 PM   #4
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Default Consider the 9~18 as well ...

Gidday Fred

Before I bought my E-30, I had already got the f2/50 and 50~200 MkI for my E-510. Terrific stuff.

I had always planned to buy the 14~54 and 7~14, so I didn't think of the 11~22 (I had the lust for the 7~14 after using those belonging to a couple of mates ... ). I have since got those both.

However, back to the 11~22. I reckon that it is an almost perfect walk around lens for many people and applications, going from an UWA to a normal lens (EFL = 22~44; perfect ... ).

There is no doubt in my mind that the HG lenses improve the entry level bodies in many minor ways. They are also better built than the standard grade lenses, optically faster, and a tad better optically in every respect, IMO.

The 9~18 is cheaper and smaller and lighter, as well as that huge 2mm wider at the wide end. Optically the 9~18 appears to be excellent. Build quality and optical speed are nothing like the HG lenses.

The BIG questions are - What lenses do you currently have; and what do you really want the new lens for (I mean like write a list ... )?

A disclaimer: I don't own either the 11~22 or the 9~18, so I am equally ignorant of both, and totally unbiased ... .
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Hi,

I had both the 11-22 and the 12-60 (at about the same price) in my hands a couple of months ago. I tried both of them at the store ... and bought the 12-60.

Why ... ? Basically for the range the lens was offering, also 11 vs 12 mm is a lot ... but not that much. Since then, I am happy happy with the 12-60.

However, my E-520 is for sale ... to be probably replaced by the E-30 (even if what I want is the E-5...).
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Other than the price can a E-520 benefit from this lense ?
Are there any other options ?
The question is whether YOU would benefit with this lens...it is wider 89 to 53 degrees, compared to the 75 to 29 degrees of the 14-42mm.

The full FourThirds lens list, with links to more info about each lens is available at:
http://www.wrotniak.net/photo/43/lenses.html

While you're there check out the "Other Articles" link to learn lots more about your camera.
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Old Dec 4, 2010, 9:12 AM   #7
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The question is whether YOU would benefit with this lens...it is wider 89 to 53 degrees, compared to the 75 to 29 degrees of the 14-42mm.
Thankyou for all the feedback.

Mikefellh. Yes That is the correct question

I currently own 3 lenses
14-42 , 40-150, and 70-300 kit lenses

My main interest is outdoors photography Scenery , Landscapes and Nature. My 70-300 or 140-600 does a good jod on the Nature Photography. ( IMO )
The 14-42 is also good , but it is not very wide.
The low light performance is not the greatest.

As I stated, I am looking for a carry around lense .
Good in low light or better than my 14-42 and also wider would be nice.
So I am still open to options.
How about the 14-54 ? I thing the range would also be a factor.

I am looking for $500.00 max ( used if in VG shape )
AF is Very Important . My eye is not the best.

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The 14-54mm lens is a significant I.Q. step up from the kit 14-42mm lens. It is also faster since it ranges between 2.5-3.5 whereas, the 14-42mm is 3.5-5.6.

I owned the 14-54mm and found it to be quite sharp, good in low light( I used it on the E-510) and would still have it today. I went thru the same process you're going thru now. I bought the 14-54mm to replace the 14-42mm, then looked at the 11-22mm ultimately deciding that the 12-60mm was really my answer and upgraded to that lens (I also do a lot of landscape work). It is now my walk around lens.

For what it's worth, KEH.com has a couple of used 14-54mm lenses available at around 300 USD. They are a reputable dealer of pre-owned equipment. Having bought many lenses from them, I have no qualms recommending them.

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Zig's made a pretty good suggestion about the 14-54, esp at that price. You might want to also take a look at the 12-60 Zd as well as its known to be a fair bit sharper better contrast and bokeh to the 14-54 but I'm not sure what the price difference between the two is in the US.
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Zig's made a pretty good suggestion about the 14-54, esp at that price. You might want to also take a look at the 12-60 Zd as well as its known to be a fair bit sharper better contrast and bokeh to the 14-54 but I'm not sure what the price difference between the two is in the US.
I like Zigs suggestion on the 14-54
Here are the prices in Canada from a local Camera store ( Brace yourself )

12-60 SWD 1029.99
11-22 839.99
14.54 MK II 589.99

I will check the US Prices

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