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Kiwi Paul
1st June 2011, 10:23 PM
I asked this a year or so ago but times move on and so does our ideas of what suits our photography style best. I think last time I said the 14-35.

My current fav lens is the 14-54, I like its combination of size, weight, focal length and build quality. It's not the absolute sharpest or best resolving lens in the Zuiko line up but it stills performs very well and produces fine photos.

I'll quite happily carry it around with an E3 or E5 in a shoulder bag and not feel burdened, I even take that combo when doing hill walks.
It also balances beautifully on the E3 / E5 and makes it a cracker combo to shoot with.

Paul

Zuiko
1st June 2011, 10:26 PM
I asked this a year or so ago but times move on and so does our ideas of what suits our photography style best. I think last time I said the 14-35.

My current fav lens is the 14-54, I like its combination of size, weight, focal length and build quality. It's not the absolute sharpest or best resolving lens in the Zuiko line up but it stills performs very well and produces fine photos.

I'll quite happily carry it around with an E3 or E5 in a shoulder bag and not feel burdened, I even take that combo when doing hill walks.
It also balances beautifully on the E3 / E5 and makes it a cracker combo to shoot with.

Paul

My favourite and most used lens too!

JohnGG
1st June 2011, 10:41 PM
I'm enjoying using the 50mm f/2.0 ZD Macro but I think my favourite lens is still the 90mm f/2.0 OM Macro. I just wish that Olympus would get on and deliver its ZD equivalent :(

Cheers,

JohnGG

Graham_of_Rainham
1st June 2011, 10:47 PM
I've been using my PEN a lot, with the 50mm f/2 and 25mm EX. I don't often use lenses much above "standard" but I bought a new M.Zuiko 40-150 and I'm so impressed with the results, it's become something of a "current favorite".

Wreckdiver
1st June 2011, 10:54 PM
Definitely my 12-60mm SWD. Although I love my two f/2.0 lenses the 12-60 is the workhorse.

Steve

Greytop
1st June 2011, 10:55 PM
Can't say really have a favourite as such but the lens that is parked on my E-5 most of the time is the 12-60 only because it caters for a large proportion of the shots I take. It also happens to be a stunning optic but then so are pretty much all the Zuikos.

On my E-PL2 I find that both the 14-42 and 40-150 kit lenses are extremely good but the Panny 20mm takes the biscuit.

Garrie
1st June 2011, 11:03 PM
Gotta say my 12-60, love it! Think last tear I might have said my sigma 10-20, which is it awesome but I've use the zuiko 12-60 more :-)

crimbo
1st June 2011, 11:13 PM
I wants a 12-60 but at the moment I am using the Konica 40mm...razor sharp

j.baker
2nd June 2011, 12:04 AM
The 35-100 for me and the wife likes her 12-60.

David M
2nd June 2011, 12:29 AM
I'm enjoying using the 50mm f/2.0 ZD Macro but I think my favourite lens is still the 90mm f/2.0 OM Macro. I just wish that Olympus would get on and deliver its ZD equivalent :(

Cheers,

JohnGG

Tell me about it, I've been waiting for the telephoto macro on the lens roadmap for at least 5 years.

Ross the fiddler
2nd June 2011, 03:50 AM
I asked this a year or so ago but times move on and so does our ideas of what suits our photography style best. I think last time I said the 14-35.

My current fav lens is the 14-54, I like its combination of size, weight, focal length and build quality. It's not the absolute sharpest or best resolving lens in the Zuiko line up but it stills performs very well and produces fine photos.

I'll quite happily carry it around with an E3 or E5 in a shoulder bag and not feel burdened, I even take that combo when doing hill walks.
It also balances beautifully on the E3 / E5 and makes it a cracker combo to shoot with.

Paul

My favourite is the 14-54 II & if I could afford other more expensive ones, like the 12-60, it might be that instead, but the 14-54 II does the live view CF when I need it (only on the odd occasion) & isn't too big or heavy.

son of sid
2nd June 2011, 04:36 AM
The 70-300mm is my favorite. Excellent reach and results and good for casual macro work combined with relatively light weight make this a keeper for me and one of the reasons I remain with the 4/3rd's system.

Sid

Chevvyf1
2nd June 2011, 05:06 AM
14-54 for me !

David Morison
2nd June 2011, 05:40 AM
Same as last time, the Leica 14-150mm, not the brightest of lenses but superb IQ throughout it's range. As it's minimum focus is 50cm it does very well for insects and flowers. It's also smaller and lighter than the 12-60mm (just!).

David

Shaw
2nd June 2011, 06:48 AM
My favourite lens is the Leica 14-150. It covers nearly all my needs and stays on the E-5 most of the time.

snaarman
2nd June 2011, 07:15 AM
Another vote for the 14-54 II :)

Kiwi Paul
2nd June 2011, 07:19 AM
I've got the 14-54 Mk1, have you ever compared the MkI and MkII versions, I know the II has better CDAF capability and they have rounded the aperture blades, how much difference does this make to images, I think it's meant to have improved the out of focus areas i.e. better bokeh etc, is it noticeable?

Paul

snaarman
2nd June 2011, 07:22 AM
I've got the 14-54 Mk1, have you ever compared the MkI and MkII versions, I know the II has better CDAF capability and they have rounded the aperture blades, how much difference does this make to images, I think it's meant to have improved the out of focus areas i.e. better bokeh etc, is it noticeable?

Paul
I had both for a short while and carried out a back to back comparison. The differences in sharpness and bokeh were microscopic, almost undetectable IMHO. However, the difference in live view focussing were enormous :-)

Pete

gazza95
2nd June 2011, 07:43 AM
has to be the 9-18 at the moment. Makes me get closer to point of interest and make me look at things differently.

the 150mm f2 was the favorite while it was briefly on the camera.

Gary

Tordan58
2nd June 2011, 08:33 AM
I would say the 12-60 SWD

OlyPaul
2nd June 2011, 08:33 AM
My favourite lens is still the ZD 50mm Macro, but the one I have been carrying around and using the most just lately is the 70-300mm.:)

timmypreston
2nd June 2011, 09:35 AM
Another one for the 70-300mm, very versatile and useful. Have used it on butterflies to Chinook helicopters with great results.

StephenL
2nd June 2011, 10:30 AM
14-54 Mk2 and Panasonic 20mm. However, I've just taken delivery of a mZuiko 14-150 for the GH2. I'll have to give it a trial this weekend down in Gloucestershire and see.

maccabeej
2nd June 2011, 12:06 PM
Probably the 12-60 but have just bought a 25mm pancake and that may be for a little wuntil the 'boy toy' effect wears off.
Jim

stevednp3
2nd June 2011, 12:22 PM
My Fav lens is my 50-200mm I love using it for portraits with out of focus backgrounds, but im limited to how much I can use with the distance needed from the subject, so my 12-60mm is my workhorse and on the camera 80% of the time and although I love it too, I prefer the quality of the 50-200 *chr

The Technician
2nd June 2011, 01:10 PM
Mine is the 70-300mm also but since I got th 14-54 mk2 I have not used the kit lens at all :-(

cinders
2nd June 2011, 02:42 PM
The 14-54 for me currently. It's a great compromise between the kit lens and the 12-60.

shenstone
2nd June 2011, 06:37 PM
The 14-54 for me currently. It's a great compromise between the kit lens and the 12-60.

Is it ?

I certainly love mine and have therefore not been tempted by the 12-60 (yet)

Regards
Andy

Wee man
2nd June 2011, 06:41 PM
Another 12-60 user with the 50-200 a close second.

Fearless Leader
2nd June 2011, 06:41 PM
99% of the time the 70-300 is on my E410

Who's_E
2nd June 2011, 07:12 PM
The 12-60mm, no question.

I really like my other two high grade lenses, the 8mm and 50-200 SWD as they each bring different tricks to the party but the 12-60 is just so, so good. At everything.

Nick

Swordfish
2nd June 2011, 08:08 PM
I bought into the Oly E system for the reason of compactness and the standard kit lenses plus the 70-300mm tick all the boxes in that regard, plus very good quality.

However since I bought a 12-60mm (ebay) it is rarely off my E620 because I also find it excellent for so many situations.

My other favourite has to be the 50-200mm for its superb image quality.

So what happened to my original quest for a lightweight, compact DSLR? :(

PeterD
2nd June 2011, 08:16 PM
I guess this will come as no surprise;)

For Wildlife - The Bigma. Sharp and accurate even at full bore.
For macro - The Sigma 150mm Macro. IMHO no other lens comes close for this type of work. It has a reach that makes macro shooting a dream for the photographer and not a nightmare for the subject.
For general photography - The ZD 12-60mm. A dream of a lens with great versatility and accuracy throughout the focal length.

David M
2nd June 2011, 09:31 PM
Mine's been the same lens for more than a decade, the (now) legacy OM 350mm f2.8.

Being longer than the current ZD 300mm f2.8 means it's a 500mm f4 when used with an EC14 (or the legacy 1.4x-A). And I can stack TC's if I want to.

Roberta
2nd June 2011, 10:11 PM
I have been using a 18-180 on the 620 with not bad results, would love the 50-200but fairies have not brought it to me yet, and I leave the 70-300 on the 600.

roberta

wanderer
2nd June 2011, 10:42 PM
I probably take 90% of my shots with the 12-60.
I would like to move up to the top pro range but would need both the 14-35 and the 35-100 to cover!
I'm also very fond of my 35mm Macro and I'm beginning to get the hang of the 50-200.
Next buy the 7-14mm.

JohnGG
2nd June 2011, 11:01 PM
Mine's been the same lens for more than a decade, the (now) legacy OM 350mm f2.8.

Being longer than the current ZD 300mm f2.8 means it's a 500mm f4 when used with an EC14 (or the legacy 1.4x-A). And I can stack TC's if I want to.

I've been lusting after one of those for a long time now but they rarely come up for sale, and only when I have no money :(

How does the 1.4x-A compare to the EC-14 in terms of IQ?

Cheers,

JohnGG

Ross the fiddler
2nd June 2011, 11:35 PM
I bought into the Oly E system for the reason of compactness and the standard kit lenses plus the 70-300mm tick all the boxes in that regard, plus very good quality.

However since I bought a 12-60mm (ebay) it is rarely off my E620 because I also find it excellent for so many situations.

My other favourite has to be the 50-200mm for its superb image quality.

So what happened to my original quest for a lightweight, compact DSLR? :(

You can tell yourself it is still compact compared to equivalent reach & apertures in an APS-C sized outfit. ;)

David M
3rd June 2011, 12:32 AM
I've been lusting after one of those for a long time now but they rarely come up for sale, and only when I have no money :(

How does the 1.4x-A compare to the EC-14 in terms of IQ?

Cheers,

JohnGG

I don't pixel peep but I've found no noticeable difference between the two. I always used it with the 1.4x-A until a year ago when I got around to testing the EC-14 with the lens. I now use the EC-14 most of the time as it saves taking the OM-4/3 adapter off mount the 1.4x-A.

I've no complaints about the 2x-A on the 350mm despite Olympus not recommending the combination.

wezzzor
3rd June 2011, 03:26 PM
For me at the moment has to be the 50-200 swd but the 14-54 is a nice lens to. Hmmm maybe the 50mm F2. I cant decide there all great. *yes:D

Steve Lane
3rd June 2011, 03:45 PM
I still love the 11-22 several years after purchasing it. As I do not do much telephoto work, the 11-22 suits my needs perfectly.

I also have a real soft spot for the OM Zuiko 50 1.2.

francois
3rd June 2011, 04:23 PM
Today I had some time for a change so I went out with the dog and tested the 70-300. I'm yet to check everything but so far I am impressed by the range and quality offered by this lens. Plus, I took a small crumpler Muffin 5500 including the E-3 without its grip, the 14-54 and the 70-300. This setup was not much bulkier than taking a 4/5/6 series and the two kit lenses, and slightly heavier but nothing you wouldn't manage. For staying light, I think I've found a good combination for me.

stryker
3rd June 2011, 07:25 PM
As I have sold all my lenses except 3, the 14-54 Mk1, 70-300 and 35mm macro as I rarely used the others, it has to be the 14-54 or the 70-300 and the winner is:

14-54 MK1

Without doubt a cracking piece of glass that I could never part with!

Mar
3rd June 2011, 07:38 PM
50mm + E-1 is a wonderful and very old school combo which produces wonderful images.

snaarman
3rd June 2011, 08:50 PM
[quote=francois;118287I took.... the E-3 without its grip, the 14-54 and the 70-300.For staying light, I think I've found a good combination for me.[/quote]

I agree. That combo - but with a E620 - is my favourite set. The 14-54 does it all for a short zoom, and the 70-300 is a nice bit of glass, within its comfort zone.

benvendetta
3rd June 2011, 09:52 PM
Still like my 11-22mm.....................

JohnGG
3rd June 2011, 10:54 PM
I don't pixel peep but I've found no noticeable difference between the two. I always used it with the 1.4x-A until a year ago when I got around to testing the EC-14 with the lens. I now use the EC-14 most of the time as it saves taking the OM-4/3 adapter off mount the 1.4x-A.

I've no complaints about the 2x-A on the 350mm despite Olympus not recommending the combination.

Thank you, that's very interesting :)

I'll have to try a comparison myself as I have both converters. I will use the OM 180mm f/2.8 as my copy of the OM 300mm f/4.5 produces a lot of purple fringing. I'm embarrassed to admit that it hadn't occurred to me to try a comparison before :o

Cheers,

JohnGG

David M
4th June 2011, 11:43 PM
Thank you, that's very interesting :)

I'll have to try a comparison myself as I have both converters. I will use the OM 180mm f/2.8 as my copy of the OM 300mm f/4.5 produces a lot of purple fringing. I'm embarrassed to admit that it hadn't occurred to me to try a comparison before :o

Cheers,

JohnGG

I've only used my 300mm f4.5 briefly with a 4/3 body but have had shots taken with it and the 2x-A on an OM body published despite that combination not being recommended by Olympus. :D