View Full Version : a little help...please

19th April 2009, 02:39 PM
hello again!
i am in the process of deciding which lens to buy next...at present i have the ZD 14-42mm, ZD 40-150mm, ZD 70-300mm and OM 50mm f1.8.

i am torn between the ZD 14-54mm f2.8 and the Sigma 105mm macro. if i get the 14-54mm, how big a difference is it from the 14-42mm kit lens? as a hobbyist, would i be able to know the difference? if i get the sigma, it would definitely compliment what i already got but ill be missing out on a fast and brighter lens(the 14-54mm)

i am also thinking of getting the EX-25. my question is would it be worth buying the ex-25 and would this be useful with my present kit? is this compatible with the sigma macro?


19th April 2009, 03:16 PM
They are all fine lenses, the Sigma would open a lot of doors in so much as although a macro lens (and a very good one) It also makes a light tele lens.but with the kit you have it may be just extra weight with not a lot of benefit! Save up and buy the 12-60 or dare I say the 9 - 18 but you don't need both.

19th April 2009, 03:21 PM
The 14-54mm would replace your 14-42mm, with far better results!;)

19th April 2009, 03:25 PM
This may be of help in working out your options...


It will show you on a graph all the focal lengths that you use, so that you can then see which new lens would get the most use and hence be the best value for money...:cool:

Let us know how you get on...;)

19th April 2009, 04:21 PM
I think, the next lens will greatly depend of your style of photography.

Changing a perfectly good 14-42mm for a 14-54 ...... I would not.

The Sigma 105mm macro would be a great addition.

If you are into the highly addictive field of the wide's th 9-18mm would be a good choice, you might even start thinking about the 7-14mm beast.
The last one is expensive, I know.


E410, E520, 7-14, 11-22, 14-42, 40-150

20th April 2009, 04:09 PM
Thank you for all the input...i have placed an order for the Sigma 105mm and will get it in 2 weeks' time...a friend is going to the US hence the wait, but for 100 less i dont mind waiting

20th April 2009, 08:19 PM
I started, like you, with ZD 14-42mm and 40-150mm.

I upgraded to a ZD 14-54mm and use it all the time: Excellent Lens
I then added a ZD 70-300mm: Probably most used Lens.
I have now added a ZD 9-18mm last week.

I haven't got a decent macro lens, but all the other bases will be covered once I purchase a EC14!

I feel happy with my chosen upgrade path, accepting advice from others. I also joined the Olympus photo safari group and getting hands-on on all the equipment is really worthwhile.

Hope this helps