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SkinHead
28th May 2010, 03:56 PM
Hi everyone!
Its been 3 years since ive started this expensive hobby that is photography, and the expenses never stop...might as well just get used to it. *chr
at the moment im thinking of buying another lens but havent got a clue what that might be...im no pro so im not buying the high end glass...so far i have the 14-54mm f2.8, 9-18mm f4, 70-300mm f4, 105mm f2.8 Macro and the 50mm f1.8 OM...im thinking of getting either a teleconverter(ec 1.4) or the 50mm prime from sigma or oly...or pancake or the 30mm Sigma...
i know i cud make use of the OM but the fact that its fully manual makes it unfavorable on moving subjects
OR i could just simply be happy with what ive got...*yes
Suggestions welcome. Thanks

Zuiko
28th May 2010, 07:52 PM
You don't seem too sure what you want so it doesn't appear you have any real need for a new lens. Here's a few alternative suggestions:-

1) Spend the money on a workshop, it's bound to improve your photography more than a new lens would.

2) Spend the money on visiting new locations. If you are into landscapes take a holiday somewhere scenic that you haven't been before. If sports are your thing, visit some top venues with your camera. Or why not hire a studio and a couple of models for a day? Whatever the type of photography you enjoy, a little spare cash can open up new opportunities.

3) Upgrade your tripod, buy a flashgun, or maybe some new software. Look at Silver Efex for great B&W conversions, Photomatix to explore HDR, or maybe a noise reduction program. Whatever your type of photography there is bound to be some specialist software to give you greater versatility.

4) Save the money pending the anticipated E5. It might be something really special rather than just an incremental upgrade of the E3.

5) Lighten your load and make sure you have a camera with you more often with one of the MFT Pen range.

6) If you really must have a new lens what about something totally different? Consider a Peleng 8mm fisheye which gives a full frame fish eye image on the FT format. Available new on Ebay for around 250 including FT adapter. O.K. It's manual focus, but with its tremendous DOF who needs AF on a fish eye?

7) Last but not least, hire a few different lenses from the forum hire service to see what they can really do for you before you decide which to buy.

Whatever you decide, enjoy spending that cash - I wish I had some! :)

SkinHead
30th May 2010, 07:04 AM
Thanks John, you have definitely opened my mind on a lot of things...i've realized that the money spent on a lens can go a long way on a lot of more important aspects of photography towards getting better pictures like the ones uv mentioned. so, yes, there's an advanced course coming up locally, so i'll try to secure a slot. will probably get a better tripod than the one i have right now...and the anti-noise software uv mentioned is very interesting indeed!
have a nice day and thanks again!

Barrie Norman
30th May 2010, 07:58 AM
Looking at the few pictures you have posted and the selection of lens you have, have you considered a wide angle lens either the ZD 9-18 or the Sigma 10-20 this would give you another dimension to your images. I have the Sigma 10-20 and can recommend that.

Jim Ford
30th May 2010, 12:13 PM
Looking at the few pictures you have posted and the selection of lens you have, have you considered a wide angle lens either the ZD 9-18

Ermm, the O.P. already has one:

"... so far i have the 14-54mm f2.8, 9-18mm f4, 70-300mm f4, 105mm f2.8 Macro and the 50mm f1.8 OM."

Jim