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JB7846
17th November 2013, 08:04 PM
I have an E520 with a 14-42mm lens. I would like a smaller lens for landscape images. I also have limited funds. can anybody recommend a decent size wideangle less than 14mm at a reasonable price - I am limited to about 250.

thanks

benvendetta
17th November 2013, 08:52 PM
The 11-22 ZD is a corker of a lens. You may have to pay a little more than 250 to get one though unless you are lucky.

Jim Ford
17th November 2013, 11:03 PM
Wide angle lenses can produce disappointing results on landscapes.

It's very easy to produce an image with 95% grass and sky and 5% of interest as a stripe through the middle!

Jim

Imageryone
17th November 2013, 11:53 PM
Wide angle lenses can produce disappointing results on landscapes.

It's very easy to produce an image with 95% grass and sky and 5% of interest as a stripe through the middle!

Jim

I do agree with Jim, why not hire a lens from Ian to try before you buy?

timg
17th November 2013, 11:53 PM
They can Jim, but they can also produce stunning results... it's about learning how to use it! :D

The 43 9-18mm is about as wide as you can go on a budget and you should be able to find one under 250, my copy was really sharp too... just make sure you get the 43 version, not the m43 version.

*not saying this is stunning but it's an example at 9mm:
http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P8166267.jpg

Tordan58
18th November 2013, 09:33 AM
If you are on a budget, the 9-18 is a good lens and should be possible to find a used one at a reasonable price.

Otto
18th November 2013, 10:02 AM
just make sure you get the 43 version, not the m43 version.


I'm considering a 9-18mm for my E-M5; is the m43 one not as good as the 43 one then?

As for using them, the best advice I ever got for using ultra-wide lenses was from the old OM System Lens Handbook: "compose your picture, then take one step closer and compose it again". Worked for me :).

Great pic too, timg :).

Tordan58
18th November 2013, 10:28 AM
I'm considering a 9-18mm for my E-M5; is the m43 one not as good as the 43 one then?


I think the comment regarding getting a 4/3 and not a m4/3 lens was about the original post asking for advise regarding a lens for the E520 since m4/3 lenses not being compatible with 4/3 bodies.

timg
18th November 2013, 08:27 PM
I think the comment regarding getting a 4/3 and not a m4/3 lens was about the original post asking for advise regarding a lens for the E520 since m4/3 lenses not being compatible with 4/3 bodies.

Correct Tordan...

I'm considering a 9-18mm for my E-M5; is the m43 one not as good as the 43 one then?

I swapped my 43 9-18mm for the m43 equivalent, and while I feel the 43 version is optically superior I wanted the smaller more convenient package. Saying that I certainly wouldn't say the m43 version is a slouch in the IQ department either.

Great pic too, timg :).

Thanks! :D

Ralph Harwood
18th November 2013, 10:57 PM
Hi everyone!

There is another (cheaper) alternative, which I have been very impressed with so far - the Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 which I bought through the forum. They appear on E**y for around the 200 mark, I bought mine even cheaper on here:D.

Good luck on your hunt for a lens which ever you choose,

Cheers,

Ralph.