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Old Apr 7, 2013, 1:37 PM   #11
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Harj is right. The m4/3 12-60mm lens can not compare to the full size 4/3 12-60mm or 14-54mm.

I was actually looking for a used 14-54 when I came across a used 12-60 from a member on another forum's buy/sell section. I bought the 12-60 and like it a lot, but from what I have read about the 14-54, I'm sure I would have also been satisfied with it.
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Old Apr 8, 2013, 8:46 AM   #12
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Thanks everyone. The 14-54mm will be my next lens and likely my walk around lens. They are pretty reasonable, around 210 - 250. Much cheaper than the 12-60 and not losing all that much in focal length.
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Old Apr 9, 2013, 8:14 PM   #13
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Hi James,

As a long time user of all of the lenses that you have inquired about(b4 making a system switch),I feel pretty comfortable in statig the following:
70-300mm; from a price to performance perspective, this lens is hard to beat. Very Sharp, even at 300mm. great macro capabilities. If you don't try to take photos of fast moving subjects, it is a really good lens. It's shortcomings are in low light performance and taking photos of birds in flight, sports, fast action. In these areas, it will hunt incessantly.

50-200mm f2.8 ED or SWD lens. My favorite Olympus lens. Some of my Sharpest images of birds have been taken using this lens-regardless of the systems I've owned. This is a relatively expensive lens- it's worth every penny.

You can also see the sharpness and clarity in the images that Steven R. regularly posts using this lens.

The 70-300mm is a budget lens while the 50-200mm f2.8 is a pro grade lens.

The 14-54mm vs the 12-60mm comparison is a little trickier as both are excellent lenses. I owned the 14-54mm - loved it. Again from a value perspective -hard to beat. I finally sold the 14-54mm and replaced it with the 12-60mm SWD. I never regretted that switch. The 12-60mm offers, 6 degrees
wider angle of view. For someone who shoots a lot of landscapes, it maybe important. It was for me.
There are many reviews out on the net that say that this may be one of the sharpest lens that Olympus has made. Not having tried all of the lenses Olympus has made, I can't say that.

I can say that it is one hell of a lens. Like the 50-200mm , worth every penny.

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Old Apr 25, 2013, 12:36 PM   #14
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Just as an FYI: There is a 70-300mm lens for sell by a member over at the fourthirds photo forum. Asking $215 shipped.
http://forum.fourthirdsphoto.com/f43...ped-74691.html

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Thanks Steve. I'm going to offer him 200 and see what he says.
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