View Full Version : HELP! lens purchases

2nd September 2010, 08:41 AM
I am new the site and photography in general. I like all types of photograpy and would like some advice on which lenses to purchase. At the moment my kit comprises of the following: E30 + battery grip, FL50-R flash, Zuiko 35mm 1:3.5 macro lens, Zuiko 14-54mm 1:2.8-3.5 mk11 lens, Olympus 70-300 mm 1:4-5.6 ED lens, Tripod, monopod, plus filters.

I am lucky enough to have around 1,000-1,300 to spend in a week or two on more kit but not sure what to buy or what to sell ???.

I am thinking of purchasing a Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX IF HSM Macro lens ( seen a used one for 500) and selling the 35mm macro.

I would like a wide angle lens and have the (Olympus Zuiko ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens) in mind.

I have also seen a (Olympus 50-200mm F2,8-3,5 ZUIKO ED non swd version) used for 500. Would sell the 70-300mm.
Also would like to oppinions on which memory cards to use.

Any guidance from members would really be appreciated and taken on board.
Thanks in advance.

2nd September 2010, 09:48 AM
50-200 is recommended due to the quality of glass. If you get this then 70-300 might be something you can get rid of unless you find yourself shooting in the far en with it. Got my SWD for 520. Complete with a 1.4 extender and you've got a very good quality 70-280mm f.4-...f5.2?

11-22 is a great lens as you've got the 14-54 you get a lot wider photos with a 11-22 compared to 14-54. If you're not going for the 9-18 (not tried it and can't comment on it) I would probably sell 14-54 and get 12-60 both for the SWD and for the 2 extra mm in the wide end (4mm in Full Frame world which is a lot in the wide end) I love the 12-60SWD

2nd September 2010, 01:06 PM
The 50-200 is s great lens (both version). The Olympus 50mm F2 is awesome.

Both can be used with the 1.4 tele. THe 70-300 can also be used the the 1.4 tele.

For my money it would be the EC14, 9-18 and a 50-200. You might be able to come in on budget as well :)

10th September 2010, 07:54 AM
HI guys,
Thanks for the advice you both gave me. Here is an update on what I got for my 1,300. All prices include postage.
Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro hsm 450 Ebay
Oly 50-200mm MK1 325 Amazon private seller (mint condition)Should have been 425 but he knocked it down.
11-22mm 370 (ebay make offer) was up for 450.
FL36R flash unit 108 from this site yesterday.

I know I do not need my oly 35mm macro. It has only been used twice so that can go. The 70-300mm I have used around 20 times and I am undecided if I should keep for travelling (hols abroad) or just get rid while it is reasonably new (around 7 months old).

If I sell the above that should give me enough for the 14 extender (used).
Or sell my 14-54 as well as above and go for a 12-60.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.