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Bob
19th March 2009, 09:08 PM
Hi,

I currently have an Olympus E-520 with 14-42mm lens (f3.5-f5.6). I'd like a lens with a wider aperture, which I figure means a lens with a fixed focal length.

However, I was surprised to find that fixed focal length lenses cost as much as zoom lenses, and don't necessarily even have a wider aperture!

Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced lens with a wider aperture (ideally around the wide angle end of my current lens' range, but I'm open to other options). Or am I asking the impossible?

Thanks,

Bob

PaulE
19th March 2009, 09:40 PM
Hi,

I currently have an Olympus E-520 with 14-42mm lens (f3.5-f5.6). I'd like a lens with a wider aperture, which I figure means a lens with a fixed focal length.

However, I was surprised to find that fixed focal length lenses cost as much as zoom lenses, and don't necessarily even have a wider aperture!

Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced lens with a wider aperture (ideally around the wide angle end of my current lens' range, but I'm open to other options). Or am I asking the impossible?

Thanks,

Bob

What about the 14-54mm F2.8 - 3.5 ? I've been in the same situation as you until today when I recieved that very lens after buying it from a member on this forum. After just a day of quick playing I can already see that it is a big improvement over the slower 14-42 ZD (in terms of aperture and autofocus). The 14-54mm ZDs seem to be holding their value at just over 200 or so. If your budget is bigger the 12-60 F2.8 - 4 is probably worth looking at. Or if you want really want a fixed FL with the largest aperture possible on an Olympus / Zuiko lens then the 50mm F2 Macro might be what you're looking for.

crimbo
20th March 2009, 06:51 AM
There is always the legacy lens route if you do not mind manual focus and manual aperture

rich s
20th March 2009, 12:20 PM
As the other poster said, the 14-54 is quite a big step up from the 14-42, and that's what I would suggest. Very good all round performer with no real weak spots, and very capable at close-ups as well.

If you are looking for a prime, then its worth a look at Leica R lenses - the 50mm and 90mm f2 Summcrons, or the f2.8 Elmarits. Superb quality, with those rich Leica colour. You may struggle to focus with the E520 small viewfinder, but the faster the lens, the easier it is which is why I would recommend the 50mm Summicron. These regularly show up on eBay or you can find them at specialist dealers eg Ffords.