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Wide angle Lenses with focal lengths shorter than 14mm.

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Old 1st December 2015
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Suggestion for an alternate lens

I would like to purchase the Zuiko Digital ED 12-14mm 1:2.8 Pro Lens but the price is out of my range. The important part is the 2.8 aperture.

Does anyone have a suggestion for a Legacy lens or some other option with a much lower price tag.
I am using the E-10

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Re: Suggestion for an alternate lens

Hi - I wonder if there is a typo in your message - do you mean 12-40? And presumably E-M10?

If the f2.8 aperture is important there are some good legacy alternatives but only if you are happy with manual focus or pedestrian autofocus (unless you are prepared to get the E-M1 which sorts that issue out quite nicely by being able to autofocus legacy glass rather well).

The most obvious lens is the Olympus Zuiko Four thirds 14-54 f2.8-3.5 (preferably mk ii for faster AF) and you could also consider the 12-60 although that tends to be more expensive. Either of them would be quite large on the E-M10 body though.

If you really did mean 12-14mm, then I have an 11-22 Four Thirds lens for sale on this forum, which is also f2.8-3.5, and a lovely lens to use (but I'm going with the typo theory!).
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Re: Suggestion for an alternate lens

You may be able to pick up a pre loved Lumix 12-35 lens, they are excellent and have been out a few years now, a few pre loved ones might be about for a reasonable price, cira 350 -400.

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Re: Suggestion for an alternate lens

If you're on a budget I would plump for a 14-54 (Ideally MK2) and a MMF(1, 2 or 3) adapter, make sure it's a genuine Olympus one.
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Re: Suggestion for an alternate lens

Thanks to all - yes my blooper - I did mean 12-40 and I do have a OMD-E10.

Will look around with these suggestions.

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Re: Suggestion for an alternate lens

Personally I don't see the attraction of a zoom lens, and f2.8 isn't all that fast.
Have you considered something like a Panny 1:1.7/15mm (theres one for sale on the forum for silly money) and an Oly 1:1.8/45mm, again dead cheap. Both are brilliant lenses and more or less cover the focal range. If you have a 25 prime already, you're good for most shooting, plus you're getting much more light.
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Re: Suggestion for an alternate lens

I do have the M45/1.8 - great lens but too narrow for some of my work.

Got me thinking . . . . .

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Re: Suggestion for an alternate lens

Tim - it's my 15mm lens that is on offer here for "silly money" and it would be a brilliant accompaniment to the 45mm (the only thing is, the build quality is in a different stratosphere - the Lumix lens is stunning.
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Re: Suggestion for an alternate lens

Tim,
This is NOT a double act, in fact I don't know Jon at all. But I have a copy of the 15mm and I can tell you it's an absolute stunner, I have it permanently 'welded' to one of my cameras, and probably gets more work than any (until the M240 arrived).
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Re: Suggestion for an alternate lens

I am assuming the 1:1.7/15mm will fit on the OMD-E10 w/o an adapter.

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Re: Suggestion for an alternate lens

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I am assuming the 1:1.7/15mm will fit on the OMD-E10 w/o an adapter.

Tim
That's correct, the mount is the same and no adapter is needed.
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Re: Suggestion for an alternate lens

TClement, do you really want a wide bright prime,
or do you really want a cheap F2.8 zoom?
Very different kettles of fish but both easily doable.

...for your E-M10
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Re: Suggestion for an alternate lens

The more feed back I get to my original post the more I lean towards a wide sharp prime as I can always crop.

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Re: Suggestion for an alternate lens

Ffordes have a Samyang 12mm f/2; I've no idea of the quality of this lens but it would seem to fit your requirements

http://ffordes.com/product/15092911082971

They also have a used 12mm Zuiko for a bit more money

http://ffordes.com/product/15112610592331
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Re: Suggestion for an alternate lens

Erm, shameless plug but I have a 12-60mm 2.8-4 SWD lens, works great with MMF adaptors, and many people will say it is sharper, or at least AS sharp as a 12-40 PRO. It's only 230 so a good cost saving, plus the build quality of a tank Even if you dont buy one, try one to see just how good it is
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