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Wide angle Lenses with focal lengths shorter than 14mm.

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Old 28th March 2010
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Which Lens?

I'm looking at getting a wider angle lens for my E-30 and i'm torn between either the Olympus 9-18mm, 11-22mm or the Sigma 10-20mm. I've read plenty of good things about the two Olympus lenses but wonder whether the 300 difference in price makes much difference to the performance of the lens? Not heard much about the Sigma lens and they didnt have a 4/3rd's version at Focus for me to try and wondered how it compared to the two Olympus'
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Re: Which Lens?

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I have the Sigma and can't fault it, I have used it with my E300, 500, 510 and E3 and had excellent results and would certainly recommend it as an alternative to the Oly if budget is a consideration. Will try and pull ot some sample images and post them here later this week

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Re: Which Lens?

I have the Oly 9-18, and a member here was kind enough to post photos taken at 9 and 11 to show how much difference that extra 2mm makes I'll try to find the post and link to it.
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Old 29th March 2010
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I'd say the 9-18 it's a cracker lens.

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Re: Which Lens?

The 9-18 is a great lens. The 7-14 is even better and it just so happens I have one for sale....
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Re: Which Lens?

I was torn on that same decision, the sigma is quite good and probably good enough for the money but not as good as the 9-18 and the price difference seemed too small to me at the time to justify not getting the better lens. now between the two Olys, the price difference is big, if you are only considering new but there are bargains to be had in used 11-22s(I am not selling mine) so it came down to a compromise if I get the 11-22 will I be sorry it isn't wider or if I get the 9-18 will I be sorry it isn't faster, more distortion free and weather sealed. I ended up getting a used 11-22 that is indistinguishable from brand new for considerably less than a new 9-18 and I have no doubt that I made the right choice for me, I think it is a more useful range, the number of times I have been able to zoom in to a normal view without missing a shot while changing lenses is significant, and it makes lovely images.

one other thing the 9-18 will do CD-AF, so it will autofocus in live view on your E-30 without doing the mirror flip thing, neither the 7-14, 11-22 nor the sigma 10-20 will, maybe that is a consideration for you, it meant nothing to me
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Re: Which Lens?

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I have the Oly 9-18, and a member here was kind enough to post photos taken at 9 and 11 to show how much difference that extra 2mm makes I'll try to find the post and link to it.
Possibly my one, further down the page, on this message.
http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=7202

Hope this helps. I love the 9-18mm.

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Re: Which Lens?

Thanks for the info, i've been looked at a 7-14mm too. I originally discounted it due to its price, weight and the fact you can't fit a filter. I didn't think that they would be a popular lens for those reasons but I've seen a lot of people on here us one. Do you find the fact you cant fit a filter limits the shots you can take?
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I presume you mean a polariser, using them with a ultra wide is not desirable as it produces strange effects with skies etc due to the polarisation of the light being different across the scene.

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Re: Which Lens?

I was thinking more along the lines of ND grad filters. I use them a lot shooting landscapes.
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Re: Which Lens?

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Do you find the fact you cant fit a filter limits the shots you can take?
Hardly ever. I haven't used my ND grads on my other lenses in a couple of years.

I sometimes wish I could use a ND filter on the 7-14 to get longer shutter speeds.
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Re: Which Lens?

I don't own the 9-18mm lens but do have the other two. Seems the 7-14mm is out as you can't fit the filters you require and also the perspective distortion is more noticable than the other two, requiring more care in use. I would have thought that any perspective distortion would be slightly worse on the 9-18mm compared with the 11-22mm. Also, the 11-22mm is in the Pro bracket whearas the 9-18mm is Standard. The 11-22m is faster than the 9-18mm.

If cash is not an issue then you can see where I am going with this. I personally would go for the 11-22mm.

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Re: Which Lens?

Thanks for all you're help, I'll go and have a think what to do now!
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