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Old Mar 24, 2011, 12:55 PM   #1
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Ok, I'm stuck trying to make a decision:

The choices are:
1) OLY Pancake 25mm F2.8
2) Sigma AF30mm F1.4 EX DC
3) OLY 9-18mm F4-5.6

and all of them are about at the same price (except the pancake).

What I shoot? Anything but mainly ...
- Landscapes
- Travel shots
- etc..

My heart is going to the 9-18 but I like the fast Sigma lens ... and the pancake size.

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Old Mar 24, 2011, 1:28 PM   #2
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What does the rest of your outfit look like?

Just looking at these three lenses and the subject matter you list, the 9-18 is the one that, to me, makes more sense.

This past week when I went to White Sands, which would qualify as both travel and landscape photography, the least used of all my lenses was the fastest, the 50mm f2. I would have to check the stats in Photoshop to verify, but I THINK the 9-18 was used as much, if not more than either of my two SWD Zuikos, the 12-60 or 50-200.
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Old Mar 24, 2011, 1:52 PM   #3
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I use the 12-60 a lot (it is the lens which is always attached to my E30). The next one is probably the 70-300 (wildlife) followed by the 35mm macro. I don't really use the 14-42 anymore and I still like to carry the old 40-150 with me.

So, the light "packing" is usually the 12-60 with the 40-150 (with the FL-36R) and the "big bag" contains ... everything else

If you go to http://folob.deviantart.com ... it will give you an idea of what kind of photography I do.

Also, I will do a wedding in Quebec City in 2 months and a long trip in Europe this summer...
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I agree with Greg - if you shoot a lot of landscapes you'll really want a UWA lens, which the 12-60 really isn't that great for compared to the 9-18.
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since you put landscapes first on your list, i would agree the 9-18 would make a great choice. it is also great for travel shots of architecture etc.
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Hi,

Most of my photography involves shooting landscapes and seascapes of one form or another. I also own and use the 12-60mm SWD lens. You wouldn't think that the additional angle of view provided by the 9-18mm lens makes much of a difference over the 12-60mm lens. But, it does.

I've got a 9-18mm lens and it is the lens I would recommend.

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Ok, I'm stuck trying to make a decision:

The choices are:
1) OLY Pancake 25mm F2.8
2) Sigma AF30mm F1.4 EX DC
3) OLY 9-18mm F4-5.6

and all of them are about at the same price (except the pancake).

What I shoot? Anything but mainly ...
- Landscapes
- Travel shots
- etc..

My heart is going to the 9-18 but I like the fast Sigma lens ... and the pancake size.

Comments?
I have the sigma 30mm f1.4 lens but I don't use it too much.

I have also the 8mm FE and the 11-22mm, I love the WA lens, you should go with the 9-18mm if you do a lot of landscapes.

Let us know about your decision.

Regards.

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IMO the 9-18 is the most useful
you can acquire shallow DOF in a MF lens that could be relatively cheap
I would be thinking Rokinon 85/1.4, sharp wide open and good fun as a change
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Old Mar 25, 2011, 11:22 AM   #9
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It seems that we have some kind of consensus here. Looks like the 9-18 will win the "contest" after all.

With it, I'll have a complete range from 9 to 300 mm ... I should be ok for a while (until the "lens" sickness come back again at least .... )

Rriley, I will take a look at the Rokinon 85/1.4.

Thanks to all!

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Done!

I just need to wait until Monday to get it

And I am heading to the Jasper National Park (Canadians Rockies) on Wednesday! It will be the perfect time to try it.
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