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grumpy69
8th November 2008, 06:56 PM
I have been left a small amount in a will and I am wanting help chosing a new lense. It will be used for portraits and groups, both close-up and if possible "head-to-toe" shots and be good for day and night work, to be put on a E520, and also where do you recommend buying from?

Ian
8th November 2008, 06:59 PM
I have been left a small amount in a will and I am wanting help chosing a new lense. It will be used for portraits and groups, both close-up and if possible "head-to-toe" shots and be good for day and night work, to be put on a E520, and also where do you recommend buying from?

What's your budget and what do you already have?

What a nice predicament to be in :D

Ian

StephenL
8th November 2008, 07:11 PM
If your budget will stretch, there's really no better tele lens than the 50-200 SWD.
Next down, the 70-300.
At the bottom, there's not much wrong with the 40-150.
Really, it depends on budget!

grumpy69
8th November 2008, 07:12 PM
What's your budget and what do you already have?

What a nice predicament to be in :D

Ian

700-ish, but I need to know what lense would do what I need even if I am a bit short. I have 17-45 40-150 70-300

StephenL
8th November 2008, 07:17 PM
In which case you may want to consider either the 12-60 or the 14-54, as it seems you are a bit "quality challenged" at the bottom of the range.

grumpy69
8th November 2008, 07:29 PM
In which case you may want to consider either the 12-60 or the 14-54, as it seems you are a bit "quality challenged" at the bottom of the range.

Thank you Stephen I will check them out, If I could manage it is the 7-14 any good for this job???

StephenL
8th November 2008, 07:34 PM
The 7-14 is a great lens, but not at all suitable for what you describe. If you want to try wide-angle start with the wide end of the 12-60 and see how you go from there. You can always add the 9-18. I had a 7-14 which was superb, but really weighty, and I now use the 9-18 in its stead quite happily.

Thank you Stephen I will check them out, If I could manage it is the 7-14 any good for this job???

Chillimonster
8th November 2008, 07:34 PM
Agreed - what a nice position to be in :)

If you want a 'test-run' of some of the lenses, feel free to get in touch, as i'm only to happy to let you come over and shoot some test shots.

I've got the following that you can have a play with....

50mm Macro
12-60SWD
50-200SWD
Sigma 150mm Macro
EC-14

which are all within budget.


I also have the 35-100mm F2, which is a little over budget, but can be picked up for less than 1K if you get one from ebay etc.

It might help give you an idea of each lens, but you really need to know what type of shooting you are after doing.


Let me know if you are interested.

Chris

Ian
8th November 2008, 07:34 PM
700-ish, but I need to know what lense would do what I need even if I am a bit short. I have 17-45 40-150 70-300

I'm tempted to suggest you sell the 17.25-45 and the 40-150 (is it the f/3.5-4.5 or the 4-5.6?) and go for the Leica D 14-150 f/3.5-5.6. It's a remarkable lens and means you get IS on any body you use it with.

There are some on eBay for under 700:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Panasonic-LEICA-D-VARIO-ELMAR-14-150mm-F3-5-5-6_W0QQitemZ270299340500QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item270 299340500&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1345%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C 240%3A1318

Ian

Chillimonster
8th November 2008, 07:36 PM
I'm tempted to suggest you sell the 17.25-45 and the 40-150 (is it the f/3.5-4.5 or the 4-5.6?) and go for the Leica D 14-150 f/3.5-5.6. It's a remarkable lens and means you get IS on any body you use it with.

There are some on eBay for under 700:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Panasonic-LEICA-D-VARIO-ELMAR-14-150mm-F3-5-5-6_W0QQitemZ270299340500QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item270 299340500&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1345%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C 240%3A1318

Ian

If that was the case, i would contact Kerso by PM and find out his lates price.

The only downside i see withe the 12-150 is that it can be a little on the 'slow' side.

grumpy69
8th November 2008, 07:55 PM
Agreed - what a nice position to be in :)

If you want a 'test-run' of some of the lenses, feel free to get in touch, as i'm only to happy to let you come over and shoot some test shots.

I've got the following that you can have a play with....

50mm Macro
12-60SWD
50-200SWD
Sigma 150mm Macro
EC-14

which are all within budget.


I also have the 35-100mm F2, which is a little over budget, but can be picked up for less than 1K if you get one from ebay etc.

It might help give you an idea of each lens, but you really need to know what type of shooting you are after doing.


Let me know if you are interested.

Chris

Thank you chris I will be intouch just trying to take all this kind help in *chr

Zuiko
8th November 2008, 08:12 PM
No doubt in my mind, considering the lenses you already have and the purpose you describe ("It will be used for portraits and groups, both close-up and if possible "head-to-toe" shots and be good for day and night work") it really has to be the 14-54mm.

That will leave you with enough cash to go a long way towards funding either a 9-18mm, 50-200mm or 50mm macro once you have a bit more experience and have discovered what other types of photography you'd like to do.

Other options for the change left from the 14-54m include a good quality tripod, flash gun or a photographic workshop/course. The latter really would improve your photography more than any other purchase, including the lens!

Hope this helps,

Chillimonster
8th November 2008, 08:13 PM
Thank you chris I will be intouch just trying to take all this kind help in *chr


No worries matey, just let me know when and we'll get something arranged.

Chris

grumpy69
8th November 2008, 08:37 PM
Thank you all for your great help now I am off to do some pricing *chr

grumpy69
8th November 2008, 09:00 PM
I'm tempted to suggest you sell the 17.25-45 and the 40-150 (is it the f/3.5-4.5 or the 4-5.6?) and go for the Leica D 14-150 f/3.5-5.6. It's a remarkable lens and means you get IS on any body you use it with.

There are some on eBay for under 700:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Panasonic-LEICA-D-VARIO-ELMAR-14-150mm-F3-5-5-6_W0QQitemZ270299340500QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item270 299340500&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1345%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C 240%3A1318

Ian

Thanks Ian, the 150 is the 4-5.6 I think I am gonna have to sell something :D

grumpy69
9th November 2008, 04:40 PM
Ok folks, I have been looking and pricing up, I have decided to go with a 14-54 and a FL36 R flash gun and a me-1 eyecup as I wear glasses, all from Bristol cameras, never dealt with them before so I hope all goes well, order will go in tomorrow. Thanks again for your help and advice *chr

StephenL
9th November 2008, 05:39 PM
PM sent to you, Grumpy69

michaelavis
9th November 2008, 07:49 PM
No doubt in my mind, considering the lenses you already have and the purpose you describe ("It will be used for portraits and groups, both close-up and if possible "head-to-toe" shots and be good for day and night work") it really has to be the 14-54mm.

That will leave you with enough cash to go a long way towards funding either a 9-18mm, 50-200mm or 50mm macro once you have a bit more experience and have discovered what other types of photography you'd like to do.

Other options for the change left from the 14-54m include a good quality tripod, flash gun or a photographic workshop/course. The latter really would improve your photography more than any other purchase, including the lens!

Hope this helps,

Totally agree, the 14-54mm is a fantastic piece of lens engineering, made me realise what real quality was versus very good kit lenses. It can be the heart of a lens system, leaving you free to persue wider lenses and longer lenses as you gain experience and insight into what you really enjoy, as Zuiko says.

HughofBardfield
10th November 2008, 10:54 AM
See if you can try the ME-1 before you buy. I find it "helpful" but not essential, and a number of people on various forums have been disappointed with it. If you wear glasses, you won't be able to see the viewfinder info display without moving your eyepoint each time. You get used to it IMHO, but not everyone does.

I would also suggest you try and pick up a used FL50 rather than a new FL36. The FL36 has an annoyingly slow recycle time with anything less than fresh, first-class batteries. You could also look at the Metz range, which includes E-system compatible flashes that are highly rated by many users.

The 14-54 is an excellent lens. The improvements over the kit lens are incremental in several areas, rather than stellar, but they add up to a big difference overall. You'll love it for its versatility.

grumpy69
10th November 2008, 09:37 PM
Ok all sorted wilkinsons cameras at burnley lancs, I am collecting on saturday :D:D the eyecup ?? I will try 1st. Thanks to you all *chr

StephenL
11th November 2008, 02:27 PM
If you, like I do, wear specs then try the EP-6 or EP-7 rather than the ME-1.

the eyecup ?? I will try 1st.

grumpy69
15th November 2008, 03:55 PM
Hi all I got my NEW 14.54 wow I cannot wait till tomorrow to give it a good seeing to oh and a FL36R but not played with that yet, I did not buy the eyecup it was not any good at all, Thanks stephenL for the advise. *chr

theMusicMan
15th November 2008, 05:33 PM
Should get some decent shots tomorrow with it then yea:)

StephenL
15th November 2008, 05:43 PM
You will enjoy that lens! Going up to Bolton Abbey and the Strid to check it out?

grumpy69
16th November 2008, 05:50 AM
You will enjoy that lens! Going up to Bolton Abbey and the Strid to check it out?

Hi Stephen, do you know I have not been to Bolton abbey for years I really must go and now the holiday possy have gone