View Full Version : HELP! 18-180 lens

12th April 2012, 11:01 AM
I'm thinking of purchasing the 18-180 to save me lugging around the two kit lenses that came with my camera.

I've trawled the internet for prices - however, sometimes a local dealer comes up with a competitive offer.

Has anybody spotted any deals worth investigation ?

19th April 2012, 05:13 PM
I should also have asked for opinions on this lens.

It gets average reports in online reviews.

Ian Grego
19th April 2012, 09:10 PM
Hello Weecountryman,

I recently purchased a 18-180 off PhilD a few weeks ago for the same reason as you are looking at. I am well chuffed with this lens can not fault it. So keep looking, have you looked on fleabay, you may be lucky.
All the best in your search


19th April 2012, 10:22 PM
Ffordes have a second hand one for 249 here (http://www.ffordes.com/product/12041817302781) or new for 419 here (http://www.ffordes.com/product/100723163510047)

20th April 2012, 08:16 AM
Thanks Ian / Iain,

I've located this lens new and used (good condition) a bit cheaper.

Now all I need to do is convince myself it's "necessary" to replace my 14-42 & 40-150.

Ian Grego
20th April 2012, 02:28 PM
Hello again,

Do it you know you want to.

End of week 16, just think its nearly christmas


Stewart G
20th April 2012, 03:42 PM
Swapping lenses is certainly a pain. One thing that helps me decide (on a purchase, or even merely lens lust) is whether a new lens requires a new set of filters.

Phill D
20th April 2012, 07:50 PM
Yes it's a nice lens and really convenient as a walk round lens. I just never seemed to have the right lens for what I wanted before I got one. Only downsides are it's not as wide as the kit lenses and there were occasions when I missed that. Quality wise it often doesn't get a very good rating but I didn't find anything wrong with it. I'd say it's definitely on a par with the kit lenses so you are not loosing anything in quality and gaining convenience. For me though I wanted the convenience and better quality so when the opportunity of the 14-150 Leica came up I pushed the boat out and grabbed it, hence selling my 18-180 to Ian. At secondhand prices the 18-180 is a bargain at the new price not so much. If you were willing to pay the new price I'd say push it a bit more and go for the s/h Leica Rich S has for sale on here that is definitely a bargain.

1st May 2012, 06:22 PM
OK - you have talked me into it, ordered today.

Now I need your thoughts on this.

Do I need to keep the 14-42 & 40-150, with the 18-180 covering all but the lower end of the range offered by the twin lenses ?

Will I need them once I start using the 18-180 ?

Has anybody punted either and lived to regret it ?

Stewart G
2nd May 2012, 01:54 PM
I would keep both those lenses. They give excellent results, are very light weight, and if you stick the ex-25 on the 40-150 it turns into a very sharp close-focus lens. I've read both also work well on a m4/3 body, if there's any chance of one of those in your future.

In some ways, I think the kit lenses are among Olympus' best products.