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xp1
2nd September 2010, 08:41 AM
Hi,
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.

Radar
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

j.baker
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 :)

xp1
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.
Cheers