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  • HELP! Landscape lens

    A question on a suitable lens for landscapes. I currently have a 14-52, 40-150, 70-300 and a 35mm macro. The criteria is, as sharp as possible for as cheap as possible with a wide FOV but not distorted like the fish eye. Make doesn't matter but it has to be 4/3 as I am using an E1. All suggestions welcome if such a lens exists. Pancake lens??
    Conor.
    Ever wondered what happens the dark when the light is switched on?

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    Re: Landscape lens

    I suggest you contact Ian re hiring a lens , that way you can decide if this is the lens you want to invest in
    The picture tells the story, great when you have a bad memory.DW.

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    • #3
      Re: Landscape lens

      Since you have everything covered from 14-300mm, the obvious choice would be the Olympus 9-18mm, or maybe the Sigma 10-20mm. The latter is no longer in production, but occasionally pops up second hand.
      Personally I'd go for (read went for) the 9-18mm.

      OK not quite as wide as the 7-14mm, but a darned sight cheaper and it will take graduated filters, which is a useful attribute for a landscape lens.

      To do the job even cheaper, you could always use what you've got, take a few exposures and stitch them together.
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      • #4
        Re: Landscape lens

        The 9-18 a good wide angle lens at an attractive price/performance. I think they quite often pop up for sale here (if used is of interest).

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        • #5
          Re: Landscape lens

          another vote for the 9-18 .... great piece of glass at an affordable price!
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          • #6
            Re: Landscape lens

            I do landscapes and got rid of mt 7-14mm cos it sat in a cupboard for about a year. Most of my pics are taken with the 14-15mm. Just got a 9-18mm which comes out of the bag quite often.
            sigpicDave

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            • #7
              Re: Landscape lens

              The 9-18 is a useful lens, and of decent quality.
              Stephen

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              • #8
                Re: Landscape lens

                the cheap option is to use the 35 with a tripod and multiple frames stitched together in post...makes even more sense with the E1

                the lens option is as others have said, the 9-18. however, don't rule out the 12-60 which, although not as wide and more expensive, would probably become your most used lens very quickly.
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                • #9
                  Re: Landscape lens

                  Agreed re the 12-60. I used it on my E 5 for nearly all my landscape shots. (Not used it since I got the E-M5, which will be going soon I think, got the E-M 1 now)
                  sigpicDave

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                  • #10
                    Re: Landscape lens

                    Ditto, 12-60 rarely comes off my E-5
                    Iain

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                    • #11
                      Re: Landscape lens

                      I have the 12-60mm which I use with the E M5; a lovely lens but probably even better weight wise on the E1.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Landscape lens

                        Price-wise, on a lateral thinking side note... have you thought about an xz-1. It has a 6 - 24mm f1.8 lens and some of the photo's posted on the forum show just how adaptive it is. It also has a built in panorama function - up to 3 shots stitched in camera - as a back-up camera it would be hard to beat and it's pocketable.
                        It's not what inspires us that is important, it's where the journey takes us.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Landscape lens

                          Found this as it may prove useful... or not?

                          Olympus-XZ-1-10-0-MP-Digital-Camera-Black-Boxed
                          It's not what inspires us that is important, it's where the journey takes us.

                          Wally and his Collie with our Oly bits & bobs

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                          • #14
                            Re: Landscape lens

                            Thank you to all who recommended lenses from their experience. This could be a case of penny wise and pound foolish. A used 12-60mm is the lens that makes most sense. I'll try to gather the price of a second hand one. I anyone has one to sell send me a PM.
                            Conor.
                            Ever wondered what happens the dark when the light is switched on?

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                            • #15
                              Re: Landscape lens

                              Originally posted by Wally View Post
                              Found this as it may prove useful... or not?

                              Olympus-XZ-1-10-0-MP-Digital-Camera-Black-Boxed
                              Thanks Wally, nice of you to put up the link for me but I will stick with the E1 for now.
                              Conor.
                              Ever wondered what happens the dark when the light is switched on?

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