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Old Apr 16, 2013, 10:07 PM   #1
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I have an EPL-5 and am very happy with it
lenses I have are 14-42 kit and 43 40-150 with adapter
I like to do landscape and scenery

So what m 43 lens would I get
UNDER $ 500.00 I just got my income tax return

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Have you used the 14-42 and 40-150 enough to know what's missing that you need for what you shoot? If so, is it wider, longer, or are you looking to replace one or both of the two lenses you already have?

14mm to 150mm covers a lot of landscape and scenery ground. Most of the landscapes I capture are between 18-100mm.

The suggestions could go in several directions, from a one lens solution, the 14-150, which is $499 right now, to the 20mm f1.7 or 25mm f1.4 if you just want a fast, middle of the road prime to go with what you have. If $500 is a hard ceiling you're pretty much out of luck if you're looking for wider unless you would not mind something like the 7.5mm f3.5 Rokinon. The 9-18mm f4-5.6 M. Zuiko is $599.

I just about have my pick of any Olympus Micro lens and right now am using the 12-50 or 14-150mm M. Zuikos the most.
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I just about have my pick of any Olympus Micro lens and right now am using the 12-50 or 14-150mm M. Zuikos the most.
Huh? I thought you hated the 12-50mm. What changed your mind.
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I have an EPL-5 and am very happy with it
lenses I have are 14-42 kit and 43 40-150 with adapter
I like to do landscape and scenery

So what m 43 lens would I get
UNDER $ 500.00 I just got my income tax return

Thanks
FWIW,

If it were me, I'd buy a used 40-150 MicroFT lens and a used 12-50mm microFt lens. Reason being, both are optimized and properly sized for the E-PL5.
AND, it would be within your budget of $500
You can get both at KEH.Com


http://www.keh.com/camera/Olympus-Di...99127492N?r=FE

http://www.keh.com/camera/Olympus-Di...99125824N?r=FE

This would provide you with a 12-150mm focal range with both fitting your cargo pants pocket.
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Huh? I thought you hated the 12-50mm. What changed your mind.
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The second copy I received was much better than that original copy for sure. The more I've used it, the more I have warmed up to it..

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The second copy I received was much better than that original copy for sure. The more I've used it, the more I have warmed up to it..

http://gmchappell.smugmug.com/Other/...4253&k=J3bDQ8s
Hi Greg,

Glad to hear that. If that 12-50mm lens is still available at the end of the day, I think I'll scoff it up.

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Have you used the 14-42 and 40-150 enough to know what's missing that you need for what you shoot? If so, is it wider, longer, or are you looking to replace one or both of the two lenses you already have?

14mm to 150mm covers a lot of landscape and scenery ground. Most of the landscapes I capture are between 18-100mm.

The suggestions could go in several directions, from a one lens solution, the 14-150, which is $499 right now, to the 20mm f1.7 or 25mm f1.4 if you just want a fast, middle of the road prime to go with what you have. If $500 is a hard ceiling you're pretty much out of luck if you're looking for wider unless you would not mind something like the 7.5mm f3.5 Rokinon. The 9-18mm f4-5.6 M. Zuiko is $599.

I just about have my pick of any Olympus Micro lens and right now am using the 12-50 or 14-150mm M. Zuikos the most.
Thank you for the reply's Greg and Zig

Currently I am using the 14-42 kit lens 80 % of the time
When I need more range I use the 43 40-150
I think the 43 40-150 for me works fine. AF under 1 second
so for scenery and landscapes its fine

So the 14-150 would be nice. So I don't have to change lenses
I don't like changing lenses

I will look into the 14-150

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The Olympus 14-150 M. Zuiko has impressed me to date. All of the images in these two posts were captured with it..

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/ol...ead-color.html

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/ol...april-7-a.html

I still prefer to also carry a wider option as I have become used to having access to as wide as at least 12mm, but there have been more than 1-2 times the past 3-4 weeks since I bought the 14-150 when I walked out the door with the 14-150 and 9-18 M. Zuikos and never removed the 14-150.

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Bobs1444,

I think I'd save the extra $99 for the 9-18mm if I were you and I enjoyed landscapes as you said you do.

Granted this wouldn't get you an all in one but it would enable you to go wider than anything else.

I would also point out that in addition to the Zuiko 14-150 there is a new lens set to be released from Tamron that covers the same focal length; the Tamron 14-150mm f/3.5-5.8 Di III VC. Probably going to be right around $599 when released.
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Bobs1444,

I think I'd save the extra $99 for the 9-18mm if I were you and I enjoyed landscapes as you said you do.

Granted this wouldn't get you an all in one but it would enable you to go wider than anything else.

I would also point out that in addition to the Zuiko 14-150 there is a new lens set to be released from Tamron that covers the same focal length; the Tamron 14-150mm f/3.5-5.8 Di III VC. Probably going to be right around $599 when released.
Thanx for the reply ramcewan. Feed back is always welcome


The 14-150 is selling here for $ 479, the 9-18 would be very nice
but the price tag here is $ 699.00

So....
How about a what Zig suggested
NEW 40-150 MicroFT lens for $ 200.00
used 12-50mm microFt lens (Locally ) for an ASKING price of $350.00
I am sure I can sell the 43 40-150 for $ 50.00
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