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drmarkf
28th October 2010, 11:14 PM
There seem to be some good deals on the 11-22mm f2.8-3.5 at the moment, such as

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/OLYMPUS-11-22mm-F2-8-3-5-ZUIKO-DIGITAL-FOUR-THIRDS-LENS-/290492695440?pt=UK_CamerasPhoto_CameraAccessories_ CameraLensesFilters_JN&hash=item43a2b6c390#ht_3060wt_807

...which is a good saving when WarehouseExpress are listing them at 730.

Does anyone know anything about this company on eBay?

I've been thinking of getting one of these to use in a lightweight travel kit with a 40-150mm and my E-620. For this I have been using a 9-18, which is a great lens, but the 5.6 maximum aperture at 18mm is quite restricting.

StephenL
29th October 2010, 07:24 AM
I've never come across them before. FWIW I picked up a good used version a month ago for 390.

It's a great lens but not what I'd call a lightweight.

The Technician
29th October 2010, 09:00 AM
Curry's have it for 449.97

http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/olympus-zuiko-digital-11-22mm-f2-8-3-5-zoom-lens-05074015-pdt.html

benvendetta
29th October 2010, 11:53 AM
I've never come across them before. FWIW I picked up a good used version a month ago for 390.

It's a great lens but not what I'd call a lightweight.

I find it pretty compact really and not too heavy. It does bulk up a bit with the E-3 but is better with the E-500, which is what I had when I bought it. I took it and the 50-200 to Cyprus last week leaving the 14-54 at home (did take the 7-14 though :eek:) but often I was wishing I had the 'middle ground'. I think that if I had the 12-60 it might be the ideal 'single' lens for me but I think then the 11-22 and 14-54 would have to go!

StephenL
29th October 2010, 11:55 AM
No, it's not too heavy, but compared with the 9-18....

I find it pretty compact really and not too heavy.

benvendetta
29th October 2010, 12:20 PM
Yes, from the limited experience that I have had with the 9-18 it is a crackin' lens AND small and light.
Looks odd on an E-3 but great on one of the smaller bodies.

Nick Temple-Fry
29th October 2010, 12:32 PM
Not that there is any real problem with the 11-22 sitting (with mmf-2) on the front of a m4/3'rds camera, mines been happily taking photos for several weeks now.

Nick

StephenL
29th October 2010, 12:36 PM
Now I've not tried my 11-22 on either of my m4/3 cameras. The 14-54 is good on the G2 but a little unwieldy on the E-P2.

drmarkf
29th October 2010, 06:02 PM
Thanks, folks, that's very helpful indeed - I think I'll go for the Hot Curry deal!

By 'light weight' my point of reference was a kit with maybe 4 lenses plus a monopod, such as I might take to some event or holiday in the UK.

Quite a few times until last year I took a lightweight travel kit with the 9-18 and 70-150: this was ultra-light and fitted nicely in my LowePro Slingshot 100. I was pretty satisfied with this, but I very much missed the ability to get good subject isolation with a big aperture lens, and low light shots in buildings and the evening were very hit and miss.

So, I've just returned from a trip to Japan and Hong Kong when I took the E-620 with the 9-18 and 70-150 plus my Panny Leica 50mm f1.4.

This was a great combination with reasonable weight, and I found I was using the Summicron a huge amount because of its brilliant sharpness and fantastic aperture. There were 2 problems, however: the lenses were a tight fit in the Slingshot, and I often found I'd got the wrong lens on for rapid street shots.

So, for light travel I reckon the 11-22 will be a good compromise combined with the 70-150.

For ultralight travel its the 14-54 alone, of course.

snaarman
29th October 2010, 06:23 PM
So, for light travel I reckon the 11-22 will be a good compromise combined with the 70-150 .... the 14-54 ...

Strangely these were exactly the lenses I took on holiday. Some days I had the 11-22 and the 40-150 covering all the bases between them, other days I just took the 14-54.

If light but sharp is the highest priority, then the two kit lenses take some beating. However, you will find yopurself wanting that 11mm or 9mm buzz or the 200/300 pull at some point.

Decisions, decisions.

Pete

Edit..70-150? Misread it as 40-150 :-)

drmarkf
29th October 2010, 06:33 PM
My finger salad!

I've just bought an 11-22 Curry for 424.97 (that's with an extra 25 off via a voucher code that turned up in a Google search).

Bit of a bargain I reckon.

>> Decisions, decisions. <<

Yes - of course for the not-so-light-but-higher-quality-and-longer-reach option we now have the 11-22 and the 50-200 *chr

pepper
29th October 2010, 08:59 PM
Funnily enough my summer holiday this year consisted of exactly the same lenses as Snaarman, the 11-22 and the 40-150!

My main problem though was my Panasonic 14-50 lens had seized up so was away being repaired!

TBH I coped quite well with just the two lenses.

drmarkf
30th October 2010, 07:54 AM
TBH I coped quite well with just the two lenses.

Using the Summicron a lot took me back so much to my "OM-1 plus 50mm 1.4 Zuiko" that I had in the mid-1970s - TBH there's a huge amount of photographic enjoyment to be had just using a top prime lens.

You just find yourself hunting for opportunities with the right frame of view and, particularly with the Summicron, lots of textural detail.

(It's time I edited my sig!)

drmarkf
3rd November 2010, 02:31 PM
424.97 (that's with an extra 25 off via a voucher code that turned up in a Google search).


That price included free delivery, which has just occurred! Fortunately I'm having a day working at home.

First impressions remind me a bit of the Summicron - it feels about as heavy on the camera, and the feel of the controls and sound of the lens are as satisfyingly solid.

I'm going hiking with some friends at the weekend, so that'll be a good opportunity to try it with the 40-150 in the Slingshot. Looking at the weather forecast, I'll also be able to test its splash-proofing *cry