View Full Version : price and availability for a 17.5-45mm

12th March 2013, 08:51 PM
Hi, I have just bought an e510 and 70-300mm lens, and although I dont really use the wider lenses very much, I think that perhaps I should get a cheap basic wider lens, just in case I need something a bit wider at any time, as obviously, I will only have from 70mm. I had a look around a few used retailers and also ebay and couldn't find very much at all. I just wondered if anyone had any idea as to how much I will need to pay to pick up one of these. Dont want to spend very much, as I will probably use the 70-300mm most of the time, and I have just paid out for the camera/lens. Just would like to get an idea of what it is likely to cost me, and, if anyone has any ideas of a good place to pick one up cheap, thanks, jacqui :)

12th March 2013, 09:32 PM
Don't bother with the 17.5-45mm, get the 14-45mm mk 1 or 2 version. Better.

12th March 2013, 09:39 PM
Oh ok, thanks, I will have a look :)

12th March 2013, 10:04 PM
Oh, I got mixed up, thought you were both talking about the same lens :o Yes, I would also like to know what the difference is, but, at the moment, just need something as cheap as possible really :) jacqui.

13th March 2013, 12:09 AM
Oh, I got mixed up, thought you were both talking about the same lens :o Yes, I would also like to know what the difference is, but, at the moment, just need something as cheap as possible really :) jacqui.

The 17.5-45 doesn't go very wide (35mm eqiv) but your best bet is one of the 14-45 (42) mm as I believe they are slightly better quality and have a more useful range. I guess that you are more likely to find them on eBay too.

13th March 2013, 12:24 AM
Too bad you're not on this side of the pond. B&H has a used 17.5-45 for $80 USD. Around £50. Can't beat that price.

Ralph Harwood
13th March 2013, 12:42 AM
I have a 14-42mm and a 14-45mm both bought from ebay (the 14-45 came with an E-500 attached). The 14-45mm is physically bigger than the 14-42mm and feels better suited to the E-500 / E510 than the 14-42, although I have got big hands. I haven't done a direct comparison of image quality on the two as yet as they are fitted to different cameras with different sensors, but I am happy with what I have take with both. The 14-42mm is supposed to be better with LiveView (I think it is something to do with how it is told to focus under LiveView), but again I haven't tried the 14-45mm on any of my LiveView cameras yet.

The 14-42mm can be found on Ebay from about 30 (last I watched went for 27 plus 3 postage), you just have to keep your eyes open (or search obsessively:rolleyes:). The 14-45mm were a little more expensive last time I looked but you should still be able to get one for less than 50. These are all second hand private sales, they are more if you want guarenteed from a dealer, but so far I have had no issues with any of my purchases.:)

Ralph Harwood
13th March 2013, 12:50 AM
Just had a look on Ebay and spotted this:- item number 261180096564. It's at £19.99 plus £5 postage at the moment finishing on friday morning (I'm not in any way related to this auction by the way!)

13th March 2013, 07:58 AM
Thanks everyone, for all your advice, and Ralph, thanks, I will keep an eye on it :)

13th March 2013, 08:52 AM
14-42mm was essentially a revamp of the 14-45mm and was optimised for live view when the e-510 hit the streets. AF works pretty well on m4/3 bodies, IQ is also regarded as good as the 14-54mm in some circles. It's just a stop slower, doesn't have such nice bokeh and isn't weather sealed. But at 190g and a 2nd hand price of £20-£30 who can complain?

13th March 2013, 09:34 AM
The 17.5-45 is arguably the worst lens in the FT range. Apart from what has already been said the front rotates when it focuses so you can't easily use things like polarising filters.

13th March 2013, 10:19 AM
But the 17.5 - 45 does focus much closer than the 14 - 45 and 14 - 54 as pointed out by John Foster in his comparative review of the three here: