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Thinking of buying a 7-14 & 35-100

Hello all,

I have for a few months been considering the purchase of both the Olympus 7-14 F4 & 35-100 F2 4/3 optics for use with my two E5 bodies. I know that ultimately only I can make the decision but I will be grateful for any thoughts you may have.

So, if like me you currently owned a 12-60 SWD / 50-200 SWD / 150 F2 / 25 F1.4 Pana/Leica / EX25 + 1.4 & 2x convertors would you ........

a) Sell both the 12-60 & 50-200 and replace them with the 7-14 & 35-100 to
end up with a system comprising of:-
7-14 F4
25 F1.4
35-100 F2
150 F2
EX25 & Convertors

or

b) Keep the 12-60 & 50-200, SELL the 150 F2 and just buy the 7-14 thus
ending up with a system comprising of :-
7-14 F4
12-60 SWD
50-200 SWD
25 F1.4
EX25 & Convertors

or

c) SELL the 12-60 & 150 F2, buy the 7-14 only thus ending up with a
system comprising of:-
7-14 F4
25 F1.4
50-200 SWD
EX25 & Convertors

There are several "pros & cons" to all the above, the reason I am "leaning" towards (a) is because I like the option of fast apertures and shallow DOF but of course this "benefit" needs to be weighed up against the "drawback" of extra bulk, weight and cash outlay. So what would be your prfered choice and why ?

In advance, thank you for your thoughts

Kind regards Simon
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Re: Thinking of buying a 7-14 & 35-100

Hi Simon,

I would prefer B for the following reason(s).
a) Lens ranges are overlapping/complementing each other
b) Is making more sense if having in my eyes
c) You never can go wrong with those set of lenses because of a).
d) You probably would have always the right lens with you for most cases.

If you look at my signature you'll see my photo kit. My lenses are also overlapping/complementing each other with exception for the Samyang/Delamax 650-1300mm. Personally, I would love to have a lens that would fill the gap between 300-650mm.

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Re: Thinking of buying a 7-14 & 35-100

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b) Keep the 12-60 & 50-200, SELL the 150 F2 and just buy the 7-14 thus
ending up with a system comprising of :-
7-14 F4
12-60 SWD
50-200 SWD

25 F1.4
EX25 & Convertors

Kind regards Simon
That's my current Olympus 4/3 lens set up.

I added the Samyang 85mm f/1.4 and Samyang 8mm f/3.5 recently and may add the Samyang 24mm f/1.4 depending on user reviews once it starts shipping.

I also have a dozen or so OM primes filling in a few gaps like macros and super-telephotos.
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Re: Thinking of buying a 7-14 & 35-100

Option A will give you the best quality system in terms of glass. I like the 35-100mm and it is my favourite along with the 14-35mm if I'm doing a photojournalistic assignment. The only downside as with all the Top Pro lenses is weight so where that is an issue, flying for example, the 12-60mm and 50-200mm go instead.

I've never been tempted by the 150mm and would use the 90-250mm in the unlikely event I had a particular need for that focal length. For really lightweight travel it's the E620 and Leica 14-150mm every time. Back in 2010 I came to the conclusion that money sitting in the building society was going downhill fast so I took it out and bought a selection of the best lenses Oly has on offer. All were secondhand and have probably held their walue. I've had huge fun (much more than 0.5% worth) using them.
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Re: Thinking of buying a 7-14 & 35-100

It all depends what you want to shoot, and you haven't given us many clues about that. The 150 is lovely if you need f/2 at that length. The 50-200 is excellent and versatile but not very fast in comparison, specially at the long end with a converter. The 35-100 is fast and versatile but not very long. Put a converter on and it's longer, but also slower.

And so on - all lens design is some compromise between speed (as in aperture), focal length, size, weight, cost etc. The lenses you already have are all excellent in their own ways, as are the 7-14 and 35-100. The differences between them are that the compromises have been made in different parameters.

So just sell the kids and buy both

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Lightbulb Re: Thinking of buying a 7-14 & 35-100

While I really enjoy using the 7-14, it is not used that much.

The 14-35 lives on the camera.

The 50mm f/2 Macro + 25mm Ext gets quite a bit of use.

The 1.4 Multiplier is handy

I too am seriously considering the 35-100.

My 50-200 is rarely used

Strangely the 70-300 lives on another body for grab shots of the "goings on" in the watermeadow out the front of my house.

The bottom line is always get the best glass for that which you work at most.

Download "exposure plot" from http://www.vandel.nl/ and set it to produce a graph of the focal lengths of all your images and see what is the best lens that suits your style of shooting.

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Re: Thinking of buying a 7-14 & 35-100

Thanks for the replies that have so far come in,

With regard to "what I like to shoot" , it's all sorts really and thats why the 12-60 & 50-200 covers most of my needs. I do however like to have the option of a fast aperture so that I can have a nice shallow DOF when it is called for, I guess if I break it down even further it can become more complicated because the 14-35 F2 may well be a more logical choice.

I say this because most images I take are either between 24mm to 100mm ( 135 terms ) or over 300mm ( 135 terms ).

The 150mm is a superb optic for wildlife and performs very well with the convertors, effectively providing me with the equivalent of a 600mm F4 in 135 terms .... perfect for bird photography. Therefore I cannot really see me letting this one go.

Although not mentioned in my original post I also have a Sigma 50 F1.4 which I use for "head & shoulder" portraits with a shallow DOF, the 35-100 would see most use for portraiture, I already have the Sigma and it's faster and much smaller so the main reason for considering the 35-100 is its highly regarded optical performance, size wise the Sigma is far more practical.

So is it just a case of "lens lust" ? Well if you break it down I guess it possibly is. Do I "need" the 35-100 .... NO , would it be nice to have in my outfit ..... YES , would buying it be a "sensible" decision .....H'mmm that's a tough one, probably not if I'm truthful.

So back to the new "spanner in the works" ... the 14-35 F2 , on reflection it's probably more logical than the 35-100 , after all the focal range is ideal for general photography, its a lot smaller and lighter ( albeit not tiny and light ) and it has the fast constant aperture that I wish for which the 12-60 doesn't have.

Perhaps I should look at this from a different angle given the areas of photography I photograph most:-

14-35 F2 .... to replace the 12-60 & 25 F1.4 Pana/Leica
50 F1.4 Sigma for classic Head & Shoulder portraiture
150 F2 with convertors for wildlife

I could also keep the 50-200 SWD as it would be a nice zoom to go with the 14-35 but then again I don't take a lot of photo's in the range between 50 & 150mm and the Oly convertors work nicely with the Sigma 50 so that option would cover that need if and when it arose. The 7-14 could be added later if I so choose as it's not an "essential" lens for me, just nice to "round out" my outfit.

So on reflection ( and for the sake of my back ) perhaps the more logical choice would be the 14-35 F2 & 50 F1.4 Sigma & 150 F2 & convertors.

Kind regards Simon
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Re: Thinking of buying a 7-14 & 35-100

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So is it just a case of "lens lust" ?

Kind regards Simon
Probably. Most of us suffer from that and from the point of view of the manufacturers that's no bad thing!
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Re: Thinking of buying a 7-14 & 35-100

The sheer image quality you get from the 14-35 and 35-100 lenses is just amazing. They are the 2 best lenses I have ever owned by a margin, I sold them because of the size, weight and investment but after looking through archived photos am seriously considering getting them again, well at least the 14-35. The 12-60 pales in comparison with these 2 SHG lenses, I'm not even sure the 25 1.4 would match them.

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