Olympus UK E-System User Group
Olympus UK E-System User Group

Join our unique resource for Olympus Four Thirds E-System DSLR and Pen and OM-D Micro Four Thirds photographers. Show your images via our free e-group photo gallery. Please read the e-group.uk.net forum terms and conditions before posting for the first time. Above all, welcome!


Go Back   Olympus UK E-System User Group > Cameras, lenses and system accessories > Lens focus

Lens focus The place to talk about your camera's glassware.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 16th August 2017
chris's Avatar
chris chris is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Yorkshire
Posts: 1,183
Thanks: 143
Thanked 63 Times in 57 Posts
Likes: 692
Liked 354 Times in 102 Posts
lenses on a budget

Hi, this may end up a ramble with quite a few questions.....

I pick up my new EM10 Mkii body at the weekend, and after recently selling my other stuff the only lens i currently own is the 17mm f2.8 pancake...

Budget at the moment is fairly tight, so no Pro range, and I dont want anymore than 3 lenses maximum. So what would you recommend to cover the range.... just general use for family outings, landscapes and delapidated buildings etc and I'd like to get into long exposure stuff too. But I wont be shooting sport or birds.

I do want a pancake for its small size but does the older 17mm offer any actual benefit over the newer 14-42mm pancake? I could swap that out to cover a range of focal lengths...

The 40-150 seems an obvious choice too.

Then I guess I'd like a nice prime - the 45mm 1.8? or is there something else? the Sigma DN's?


Thanks for any thoughts....
Chris
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 16th August 2017
Phill D's Avatar
Phill D Phill D is online now
Full member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Derbyshire
Posts: 9,629
Thanks: 1,159
Thanked 1,375 Times in 1,270 Posts
Likes: 986
Liked 2,273 Times in 1,080 Posts
Re: lenses on a budget

Chris, Dave in Wales has a 40-150 for sale on here at the moment if you are interested. Looks like a good buy to me.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 16th August 2017
chris's Avatar
chris chris is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Yorkshire
Posts: 1,183
Thanks: 143
Thanked 63 Times in 57 Posts
Likes: 692
Liked 354 Times in 102 Posts
Re: lenses on a budget

Thanks - Indeed it was a good buy, alas someone else has snapped it up!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 16th August 2017
Walti Walti is online now
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Cambridge
Posts: 3,299
Thanks: 307
Thanked 214 Times in 182 Posts
Likes: 235
Liked 1,635 Times in 610 Posts
Re: lenses on a budget

I recently bought a mk 1 14-150 for Mrs Walti to use with the EM1 it's really surprised me how good it is!

Maybe worth a look out for?
__________________

Some Olympus stuff
I didn't get where I am today...
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Walti For This Useful Post:
chris (16th August 2017)
  #5  
Old 16th August 2017
OM USer's Avatar
OM USer OM USer is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: London
Posts: 11,849
Thanks: 2,329
Thanked 1,479 Times in 1,407 Posts
Likes: 6,053
Liked 1,391 Times in 889 Posts
Re: lenses on a budget

Well, the 12-50mm zoom is actually very good and has extremely useful wide end. Coupled with the 40-150mm you have (almost) everything covered in an extremely light package. I do take the 14-42 EZ when I want small but I do prefer the bigger kit zoom for its better handling.
__________________
Cameras: E-M5, E-PM2, OM40, OM4Ti
Lenses (M.Zuiko Digital): 7-14mm/F2.8, 12-40mm/F2.8, 40-150mm/F2.8+TC1.4x, 12-50mm/F3.5-6.3, 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 EZ, M.ZD 40-150 F4-5.6 R, 75-300mm/F4.8-6.7 Mk1, 12mm/F2, 17mm/F1.8
Lenses (OM Zuiko): 50mm/F1.2, 24mm/F2, 35mm/F2.8 shift
Lenses (OM Fit): Vivitar Series II 28-105mm/F2.8-3.8, Sigma 21-35mm/F3.4-4.2, Sigma 35-70mm/F2.8-4, Sigma 75-200mm/F2.8-3.5, Vivitar Series II 100-500mm/F5.6-8.0, Centon 500mm/F8 Mirror
Learn something new every day
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to OM USer For This Useful Post:
chris (16th August 2017)
The Following User Liked This Post:
Ross the fiddler (17th August 2017)
  #6  
Old 16th August 2017
chris's Avatar
chris chris is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Yorkshire
Posts: 1,183
Thanks: 143
Thanked 63 Times in 57 Posts
Likes: 692
Liked 354 Times in 102 Posts
Re: lenses on a budget

Thanks Walti - I've just had a quick look, a little more expensive than the 40-150 but definately an option with the larger range.

I've also read some interesting older threads on the subject of the benefits of the 12-50 Oly against the 14-45 Pan....

I'll think I'll go round in circles on this one for a while
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 16th August 2017
OM USer's Avatar
OM USer OM USer is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: London
Posts: 11,849
Thanks: 2,329
Thanked 1,479 Times in 1,407 Posts
Likes: 6,053
Liked 1,391 Times in 889 Posts
Re: lenses on a budget

The 75-300mm is a not quite as budget friendly as 40-150mm but in combination with the 12-50mm you will not notice the gap and gives you something for the garden birds.
__________________
Cameras: E-M5, E-PM2, OM40, OM4Ti
Lenses (M.Zuiko Digital): 7-14mm/F2.8, 12-40mm/F2.8, 40-150mm/F2.8+TC1.4x, 12-50mm/F3.5-6.3, 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 EZ, M.ZD 40-150 F4-5.6 R, 75-300mm/F4.8-6.7 Mk1, 12mm/F2, 17mm/F1.8
Lenses (OM Zuiko): 50mm/F1.2, 24mm/F2, 35mm/F2.8 shift
Lenses (OM Fit): Vivitar Series II 28-105mm/F2.8-3.8, Sigma 21-35mm/F3.4-4.2, Sigma 35-70mm/F2.8-4, Sigma 75-200mm/F2.8-3.5, Vivitar Series II 100-500mm/F5.6-8.0, Centon 500mm/F8 Mirror
Learn something new every day
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to OM USer For This Useful Post:
chris (16th August 2017)
  #8  
Old 16th August 2017
pdk42's Avatar
pdk42 pdk42 is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Leamington Spa
Posts: 5,671
Thanks: 370
Thanked 1,245 Times in 934 Posts
Likes: 149
Liked 5,949 Times in 1,938 Posts
Re: lenses on a budget

The Panasonic 45-175 is a little more than the 40-150 but offers slightly better IQ and much better build quality. It's also constant length on zooming.
__________________
Paul
E-M1ii, Pen-F and too many lenses
flickr
Portfolio Site
Instagram
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to pdk42 For This Useful Post:
chris (16th August 2017)
  #9  
Old 16th August 2017
Cerebus Cerebus is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Raynes Park
Posts: 101
Thanks: 3
Thanked 17 Times in 17 Posts
Likes: 48
Liked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Re: lenses on a budget

Some more budget lenses with very good performance for the money:

Panasonic 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS
Panasonic 45-150mm f/4-5.6 ASPH OIS

Both around the 100 mark used.

The 45 f/1.8 is excellent value for money too.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Cerebus For This Useful Post:
chris (17th August 2017)
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
budget accommodation >> South Aust IanB Foto Fair 1 29th June 2015 09:17 AM
Wot - No Budget Thread (Political) son of sid The lounge 12 19th March 2015 03:35 PM
What's the best 'budget' short zoom? snerkler Standard zoom and mid range 16 6th February 2015 01:17 PM
WANTED Budget dslr body only E-P1 fan For sale or wanted small ads 3 24th October 2011 10:12 PM
Diamond League on a budget with Olympus Radar The lounge 5 2nd July 2010 06:19 PM


All times are GMT. The time now is 10:09 AM.


The Write Technology Ltd, 2007-2019, All rights reservedAd Management plugin by RedTyger