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lizziebea
23rd December 2008, 01:38 PM
I have Olympus 14-54 and 50-200 mm lenses and would like a lens to cover the 50 mm gap - something like 35-100mm (mmmmmm!!) or failing that 18-180mm which is lighter and cheaper. Does anyone have any views on quality of the 18-180mm Lens?

Lizziebea

HughofBardfield
23rd December 2008, 01:57 PM
The 35-100 is a fantastic lens, but is too heavy to use for extended periods without a monopod or other support...not to mention the small detail of the price tag!

If you already have the the 14-54 and 50-200, I don't think you will be that impressed with the quality of the 18-180 in comparison. I'm afraid, with lenses in particular, you get pretty much what you pay for.

Makonde
23rd December 2008, 03:23 PM
What about the 50mm F2 macro?.... That would seem ideally suited for your existing armoury

lizziebea
23rd December 2008, 04:19 PM
Keith

Thanks but I already have the 50mm. I have on a couple of occasions been to see parades like "gay Pride" and the Art Car Parade here in Manchester and found that the 14-54 does not stretch far enough at times and the 50-200mm brings most things too close and the close things out of focus. Hence the perceived need for something which covers the gap!

Liz

Nick Temple-Fry
23rd December 2008, 04:52 PM
Keith

Thanks but I already have the 50mm. I have on a couple of occasions been to see parades like "gay Pride" and the Art Car Parade here in Manchester and found that the 14-54 does not stretch far enough at times and the 50-200mm brings most things too close and the close things out of focus. Hence the perceived need for something which covers the gap!

Liz

Must admit I'm not sure I understand - with the 14-54 and the 50-200 you have everything covered from 14-200, 'bout the only drawback I can see is the need to change lenses - which I suppose is the problem.

Might wonder about the ec1.4 or ec2.0 teleconverter as a solution - you'll lose a bit of speed but gain on the range on the 14-54. Plus of course they'll work on the 50-200.

Nick

garethlovering
23rd December 2008, 06:09 PM
I have one of these lenses in my kit and I am happy with it. I call it my travelling lens, it saves me carrying my 12-60 & 50-200 lenses and having to change from one to another when I want to travel light. A few photos taken with the 18-180 can be seen here
http://garethlovering8828.fotopic.net/c1625938.html

Ian
23rd December 2008, 10:19 PM
I have one of these lenses in my kit and I am happy with it. I call it my travelling lens, it saves me carrying my 12-60 & 50-200 lenses and having to change from one to another when I want to travel light. A few photos taken with the 18-180 can be seen here
http://garethlovering8828.fotopic.net/c1625938.html

I used to be less than enthusiastic about the 18-180, but I have revisited some shots I took with it using an E-330 and they're surprisingly good. It's remarkably compact for a 10x zoom.

I'd suggest trying one in a shop, if possible.

Ian

lizziebea
23rd December 2008, 11:32 PM
Brilliant Nick

It's all so obvious really. I have just used them on the big lens when shooting animals but of course they will do the trick exactly on the 14-54 and solve my problem. And I thought I could think laterally!

Cheers Liz

Nick Temple-Fry
24th December 2008, 12:17 AM
Brilliant Nick

It's all so obvious really. I have just used them on the big lens when shooting animals but of course they will do the trick exactly on the 14-54 and solve my problem. And I thought I could think laterally!

Cheers Liz

Liz

I hope the idea works for you and that you can share some shots in the gallery.

Nick