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8th October 2009, 06:14 AM
Just been away and the 11-22 hardly came off the camera...used the 40-150 a couple of times and the 14-42 stayed in the bag...
So what is the 18-180 really like?
Are there other lenses I should consider - including legacy lenses?

8th October 2009, 06:39 AM
It really depends on what you want to photograph Chris, and of course your budget. As for the 18-180mm - well this has received a mixed response. Initial thoughts by many was that this lens was the weakest in the Oly line up, but Ian revisited using it recently and was pleasantly surprised. There's a thread on here about it somewhere.

I would also try what many consider the dark horse of the Oly range; the excellent 70-300m. I actually sold my Bigma to solely use this for my birding and longer range photo requirements. It is also very good with the EC14.

8th October 2009, 07:28 AM
I use a small bag, so its usually camera + 2 lenses for me. I used exactly the same combination 11-22 and 40-150 for a holiday last year and it covered most of my needs. As always the long end of the 150 is a bit dark, and maybe I didn't really need 150mm very often..

So - more recently I took the 11-22, the 50macro and the EC14 which gives you 11-22, 15-30, 50 and 70 to play with. All this with excellent image quality - the 50+EC14 is pretty much faultless.

(OK, I admit I sneaked my Tamron 200 f3.5 in the car as well, but its bulky and heavy and I only used it half a dozen times).

I am certain many would suggest the 50-200 zuiko digital. I have never tried one, they get good reports, but my impression is that they are expensive and heavy. How about that for an ideal general pair. 11-22 and 50-200 :)


8th October 2009, 08:41 AM
The 12-60 plus EC14 does it for me! Add the 9-18 for a lightweight wide.

8th October 2009, 08:59 AM
Recently went away with all three of my lenses. As I had a hire car the weight didn't really matter.
That being said, I am looking at getting an E30 with the 14-54. I think that lens along with the 70-300 would make quite a good set up.

Steve Lane
8th October 2009, 09:12 AM
The 11-22 and 50 f2 do it for me. They are the only two DZ lenses I own, but they cover the focal lengths I need. They make a superb travelling kit, so much so that I have little desire to add anything else!

Cheers, Steve.

8th October 2009, 11:29 AM
the 12-60 and E400 are becoming attached at the mount - I remain convinced that the 620 + 12-60 is about the best travel combination out there currently. I also understand why so many that travel extensively would like a weather proof 620 for exactly this reason!

I took the 3 to Scotland recently (for obvious reasons weather wise!) and the 7-14 stayed in the bag, the 50-200 got an airing soley to try and capture a red squirrel I met in a tree - the 12-60 just handled it.

Barrie Norman
8th October 2009, 12:07 PM
I have recently got the Sigma 18-50 F/2.8 and I am realy pleased with it, It works well with both EC14 and EC20 reasonably priced around 300.00 and you have 18-100mm in 35mm terms 36-200mm this should cover everything you would need for holiday photographs all for around 650.00 (Sigma 8-50 f2.8 and EC20) what a bargin!

8th October 2009, 03:30 PM
I guess it depends where you are going doesnt it? My recent trip to New York, and my 9-18mm barely came off the camera, and the day I left it back at the hotel in favour of the 17-45, I regretted it dreadfully...