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Kiwi Paul
30th June 2010, 07:43 PM
Mine is the Zuiko 35-100 f2.0 lens. I've owned it about 6 months and it was love at first sight. It's simply an awesome lens that I can completely rely on, it's focus is always spot on, always!!! The quality of the images is just amazing, sharp, detailed, lovely Bokeh and the contrast and resolution are superb.
It has a very distinctive whine as it focusses but that for me anyway gives it a bit of character, it's not an SWD lens but the focus is still fast and most importantly as I already mentioned reliable. Being an f2.0 lens it's very fast and it can be used wide open with no hesitation, the shots ate still sharp as ever, use with the EC20 and you get a 70-200mm f4.0 lens and still retain the image quality.

When I come back from a shoot after using it the only disappointment if any is my compositions or exposure etc, but the lens has done it's job only me to blame.
The cream on the cake is it looks good too, sure it's big, bigger than the 50-200 but not that much bigger but believe me it's not a curse if that's what required to produce a lens of that quality.
It even knocks the 14-35 and 90-250 off my top spot.

Paul

gregles
30th June 2010, 07:51 PM
My fave lens at the moment is the 40 -150 mk1:) It is seldom off the camera at the moment as we capture all the events leading up to our Gala Day.

To think it lay around almost unused for such a long time until PaulS recommended it for its sharpness :o

Us novices need leading by the nose at times:D

pepper
30th June 2010, 08:02 PM
I've only had three 4/3 lenses to try so far, but the favourite amongst them is my Leica 14-50 2.8-3.5. Its a great lens, so sharp and fast.

MarkVarley
30th June 2010, 08:49 PM
an OM 1.4 50mm on a chipped adapter *shh

second favourate is the 14-45 (3.5-5.6), 5 years old and still in daily use *chr

timmypreston
30th June 2010, 09:02 PM
Mine would have to be the 70-300 Zuiko lens.

snaarman
30th June 2010, 09:31 PM
Oh dear. Erm...
Well the 50mm f2 is just so sharp, but to be honest I think my fave is the 11-22mm.

Pete

DerekC
30th June 2010, 09:45 PM
My Favourite Olympus lens is my 90-250mm F2.8
I went through the should I shouldn't faze, but I'm so glad is did.
Yes it's heavy, but so bright and sharp. It has been used for Rallying, Rallycross, British Superbikes, sea birds at Bempton Cliffs and many a day at the local nature reserves. Normally used with a Manfrotto 681 monopod, but I have used it hand held but you arms don't halve ache after a day at a circuit.

Wee man
30th June 2010, 09:51 PM
My favorite is your old 50 * 200 closely followed by the Sigma 150mm Macro.

j.baker
1st July 2010, 07:31 AM
It used to be my 50-200mm SWD, but now the 35-100mm. Mind you apart from the 70-300mm all of the Olympus lenses that I have used are great. The 70-300 major let down is the rotating front element.

I recently let a canon user play with my 14-35 and the 35-100........he was very impressed.....still working on him getting a 4/3rd camera :)

Zuiko
1st July 2010, 08:50 AM
My fave lens at the moment is the 40 -150 mk1:) It is seldom off the camera at the moment as we capture all the events leading up to our Gala Day.

To think it lay around almost unused for such a long time until PaulS recommended it for its sharpness :o

Us novices need leading by the nose at times:D

When I bought my Mk1 I was expecting budget performance at a budget price. I was astonished how good this underrated lens actually is. :)

Zuiko
1st July 2010, 08:55 AM
I suppose my favourite lens is always the one I plan to buy next! Out of the ones I already have, no real favourite, they all do different jobs and all perform impeccably. :)

Must admit that if I won the lottery the first lens on my list would be the 14-35mm. We can all dream. :rolleyes:

Nick Temple-Fry
1st July 2010, 08:57 AM
Got to be the Olympus 11-22, a very good lens for both landscape and church photography with a natural FOV.

Nick

Who's_E
1st July 2010, 09:24 AM
Such an array of opinions! Maybe we should have a voting thingy like the screen resolution.

I like all my lenses equally. However, if I had to take just one it would be the 12-60mm.

It can do wide angle (although not as wide as the 8mm), it can do macro (although not as sharp as the 50mm or Sigmas) and it has the SWD motor (although not the reach of the 50-200mm).

Unfortunately for Olympus, I am so satisfied that I can't think what I could buy to make it better. Dad lends me his 50mm and 135-400mm Sigma from time to time, and I have a teleconverter so I am happy.

Nick

StephenL
1st July 2010, 09:57 AM
My favourite love/hate is the 12-60. Love 'cos of its image quality. Hate because of its bulk.

Favourite for ergonomics (and its pretty good IQ) is the 14-54, of which I'm still seeking a Mk2. (hint, hint)

menace1944
1st July 2010, 10:33 AM
Like Zuiko, above, my favourite lens is probably the one I will buy next. Not sure what this will be but the 9-18 mm is possible.

On basis of most used of my current lenses the 14-54 mm MkII just wins over the 70-300 mm.

My photography has seemed to use either wide or long lenses with nothing in between. In the 'good old days' before zoom lenses were readily available I carried a 29 mm (yes Zeiss made a 29 not 28 in M42 screw) and a 200 mm plus 2X converter. I still used these regularly until about 5 years ago when I got a Konica Minolta A200 to try digital. I moved to a DSLR at the end of last year and after long research chose Olympus mainly on basis of affordable lens quality and smaller size of the E-620. I then changed my mind and bought an E-30 not an E-620 after handling each of them and have not regretted it.

cinders
1st July 2010, 10:46 AM
In the 'good old days' before zoom lenses were readily available I carried a 29 mm (yes Zeiss made a 29 not 28 in M42 screw).

I started off with an old Practica and had one of the old 29mm lenses too! Must dig it out...

benvendetta
1st July 2010, 12:46 PM
For me it has been the 11-22 for a couple of years. But the 7-14 is knocking on the door - not easy to use and needs particular subjects to really show off its capabilities.

yorky
1st July 2010, 12:54 PM
I reckon mostly I use the 12-60 followed by the 9-18 and the 35 mm macro. though I am getting to like the 70-300 quite a lot.

E-3
1st July 2010, 01:32 PM
the 35 mm macro.

Yes, the 35mm macro is a lens that never seems to get the praise it deserves, I love it :)

Radar
1st July 2010, 01:38 PM
I love the tight cropped photo so my 50-200SWD stays on my camera most of the time. I love the lens but to be fair I haven't tried much except the kit-lenses, 12-60 and 50-200. Will get the 11-22 next week for Diamond League and is considering renting the 35-100.

Dogcow
1st July 2010, 01:54 PM
My favourite is the one I don't own (and still scraping money to buy one someday) the 7-14.

I had the opportunity to use it for some hours and I am totally in love with it.

benvendetta
1st July 2010, 05:25 PM
My favourite is the one I don't own (and still scraping money to buy one someday) the 7-14.

I had the opportunity to use it for some hours and I am totally in love with it.

It is a cracker but needs appropriate subjects to do it justice. There is one for sale on this site at the mo at a great price............*yes

Barrie Norman
1st July 2010, 05:35 PM
For many years (almost 30) Tamron 135mm f2.5 Close focus even on digital but that has been knocked of top spot by my ZD 150mm F2.0

PaulE
1st July 2010, 05:55 PM
I'd find it impossible to pick between the 35mm macro or the mk1 50-200mm both are excellent at their intended job.

Greytop
1st July 2010, 06:01 PM
Well I genuinely don't have a favourite, I have a fondness for all my 4/3 lenses. I probably have the 12-60 on my camera most (such a flexible and sharp friend) followed equally by the 50-200 + EC-14 and the Sigma 150 (a special mention here for a stunning non Oly macro lens). The 7-14 is simply wonderful as is the 50.
The 4/3 optics (particularly the zooms) are pretty much the only reason I came back to Olympus after a spell with Pentax so with that in mind I'll say they are all my favourites :)

theMusicMan
1st July 2010, 06:27 PM
Well.. having used the 35-100mm for a week or so I'd have to say that one. But of those I own, mine has to be the awesome 7-14mm.

steverh
1st July 2010, 07:20 PM
Well.. having used the 35-100mm for a week or so I'd have to say that one. But of those I own, mine has to be the awesome 7-14mm.

I'd never have guessed! :D

shenstone
1st July 2010, 07:23 PM
it was the 11-22 by a mile - for all those sweeping landscapes we have in Wales

However in the last 3 weeks the 14-54 is starting to come very close... ask again in a few months and I may have switched allegiance

Regards
Andy

garethlovering
1st July 2010, 07:27 PM
My fav lens is the 50-200 but I am hiring the 35-100 in a fortnight so it might change.

theMusicMan
1st July 2010, 09:12 PM
My fav lens is the 50-200 but I am hiring the 35-100 in a fortnight so it might change.
It will Gareth. It will. :D

Kiwi Paul
1st July 2010, 11:15 PM
The responses have fantastic, one thing for sure no particular lens stands out, everyone has their own idea of what lens suits them or has impressed them, horses for courses and so it should be!! :-)

Paul

Kiwi Paul
1st July 2010, 11:33 PM
I'm also very impressed with the current kit lenses, the 14-42 and 40-150, OK they won't set the world on fire with their performance in absolute terms but for what they are, the compact size and light weight and the relative IQ, they are optically slow too but add that all up and look at what you get and believe me they are Stella performers, I have both of them in my arsenal and they get used regularly.

Paul

blu-by-u
2nd July 2010, 03:37 AM
For me, that 14-150. It's like welded to my camera. But now that I got the E-PL1 and 14-140, that might change. The 2nd favorite would become the 1st..25/1.4.