Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Digital SLR and Interchangeable Lens Cameras > Olympus Micro Four Thirds

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Jul 9, 2010, 2:31 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 378
Default Lens thoughts....

So I just ordered my E-PL1 w/kit zoom. It will be arriving on Thursday.

But I'm in a quandary about what other lenses to get. I don't want to spend a lot of money right now if I don't have to, but I'm going to Africa in three weeks, so I want a few, fairly rugged, very portable options.

I think the kit will be fine for most of my portraiture shooting (at least for now... the Panny 20mm f/1.7 will be in my future), but I suppose I need a little bit of a zoom for wildlife, etc.

The obvious choice is the Panny 45-200. It's $280 at Adorama. That's a pretty good deal, gets me effective 400 mm lens, and is quite portable.

But I'm also thinking about getting the Oly 40-150mm f/4-5.6 FT. I can get it reconditioned for $80 (!), and then I could buy the Panny 4/3 to m4/5 adapter for $100. So for $100 less than the Panny m4/3 lens, I get a lens that can reach 300mm effectively, and I get an adapter to use on other 4/3 lenses, should I ever get any more. Oh, and the Oly is 160 grams lighter and almost 30 cm shorter.

I know you get what you pay for in glass, but does anyone see anything wrong with the Oly combination? Reviews of the lens seem generally positive (realizing that it's a value-driven lens).

Are there any other good choices that I'm forgetting? I'm willing to consider anything, even legacy lenses, although I think I'd be sticking with a legacy prime, because I don't want to worry about manual zoom, focus, AND exposure.

(Sorry Shoturtle, if you're getting bored with all of my questions...)

There's also an oly 40-150 f/3.5-4.5, it's twice as heavy, 30mm longer, but B&H has a used one for $95. I don't suppose the extra stop is worth the extra bulk and weight, but if anyone knows anything about that lens, I'd be happy to hear about it.

Last edited by perdendosi; Jul 9, 2010 at 2:36 PM.
perdendosi is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Jul 9, 2010, 3:57 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
shoturtle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Frankfurt AM
Posts: 11,348
Default

Actually the oly combo is a kit they sell in Europe, it is not bad, but when you add the adapter, the lens is not as compact as the panny when fully extended

The 40-150 3.5-4.5 is a higher quality lens as the lens is 1 stop brighter at the long end so it is a fast lens for twilight shooting. The 3.5-5.6 is the kit lens version and it one of the best kit lenses on the market.

http://www.photozone.de/olympus--fou...-oly_40150_456
__________________
Super Frequent Flyer, no joke. Ex Patriot and loving it.
Canon Eos 60D, T1i/500D, Eos1, Eos 630, Olympus EPL-1, and a part time Pentax K-X shooter.

Last edited by shoturtle; Jul 9, 2010 at 4:34 PM.
shoturtle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 9, 2010, 4:04 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
shoturtle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Frankfurt AM
Posts: 11,348
Default

PS the 40-150 3.5-4.5 is equal with the panny at the same ranges in stops. Both are higher grade lens, and optically a bit better then the 40-150 3.5-5.6. But the oly 3.5-4.5 has been discontinued.
__________________
Super Frequent Flyer, no joke. Ex Patriot and loving it.
Canon Eos 60D, T1i/500D, Eos1, Eos 630, Olympus EPL-1, and a part time Pentax K-X shooter.

Last edited by shoturtle; Jul 9, 2010 at 4:23 PM.
shoturtle is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 4:57 PM.