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Old Jun 1, 2012, 8:44 AM   #1
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Default Olympus 25mm f2.8 FT lens, opinions sought?

Looking for opinions or experience people may have had with this lens.

I feel this is a very nice FL and given the only other option is the Panasonic Leica 25mm f1.4 which is $569 new and never offered used. Now that I have a FT -> MFT adapter for my 70-300mm I am considering the Olympus 25mm f2.8 at $249 or $189 refurbished or less used as a budget option to get a 25mm lens on my camera. I have a 24mm f2.8 Sigma super wide that I like the FL but it is nowhere near the sharpness of a MFT lens and obviously it is manual focus and manual aperture, not to mention it is huge with the adapter.

Wondering specifically about focus speed. the 70-300mm can be a little slow but it is also a big lens with the barrel turning to focus, I assume this one is internal focus and therefore probably pretty fast comparatively.
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Old Jun 2, 2012, 2:17 PM   #2
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In terms of IQ this lens is as good as the dedicated m4/3 one, just a bit slower. $249 is a great price for it. I would not buy a refurbished lens ever. I personally am not fond of refurbished anything, particularly lenses. But, the difference in price is significant so as long as you are OK with it, go for it.
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In my experience, refurbished is as good as a new lens. These lenses are either factory demos or lenses that did not function out of the box and were sent in to the company for credit. I feel that these lenses, after being repaired, are gone over quite well to ensure that everything functions as it should. In this regard I am pretty comfortable with a refurbished lens or camera for that matter. My recent purchase of an Oly 35mm resulted in a lens that looks brand new and works great. And I saved 60 bucks in going that route. Oly still gives a one year warranty on the lens. Just my humble opinion.
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In terms of IQ this lens is as good as the dedicated m4/3 one, just a bit slower. $249 is a great price for it. I would not buy a refurbished lens ever. I personally am not fond of refurbished anything, particularly lenses. But, the difference in price is significant so as long as you are OK with it, go for it.
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