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fionaj 14th June 2011 05:01 PM

e-410 lense advice needed
I am new to forum & so pleased to find somewhere talking solely about olympus.
I have been using an e-410 for a few years now but have never bought any lenses apart from the 14-42mm that came with my kit.

would you have any recommendations for my next lense purchase. I am interested in all types of photography so the most versatile (not too dear) would be the best for me. I will be adding to my kit gradually .

all advice will be gratefully received

Fiona J

rsh1960 14th June 2011 05:13 PM

Re: e-410 lense advice needed
The 40-150 wouldn't be a bad place to start.

carlos 14th June 2011 05:16 PM

Re: e-410 lense advice needed
Have a look at the 18-180 mm , not sure what its like but I quite like the idea of a lens that will cover such a range


Greytop 14th June 2011 05:36 PM

Re: e-410 lense advice needed
Hi Fiona, which focal lengths do you find you are most missing out on?
Or to put another way what would you like to photograph which you find you can't or challenges you most with your 14-42?

Ian 15th June 2011 08:33 AM

Re: e-410 lense advice needed
Huw has hit the nail on the head - it's down to what you want to photograph. Do you find yourself thinking that you need a wider view or to bring distant subjects closer?


Ulfric M Douglas 15th June 2011 09:16 AM

Re: e-410 lense advice needed

Originally Posted by fionaj (Post 120692)
would you have any recommendations for my next lense purchase.

Fiona. Buy the 40-150 kit lens, either MkI or MkII, both super and the e-410 is particularly handy with the small MkII version.
Best lens value we've ever bought, really!

Paulg1 15th June 2011 09:39 AM

Re: e-410 lense advice needed
Hi Fiona

Glad you found the forum, happy reading and look forward to seeing some pics.

Hoorah!! an E-410 user. Like you, I've had my E-410 for a few years, but got the 2 lens kit (299 from Comet back in Nov 2008, a bargain as my intro into DSLR!!) So if Olympus can package them together, it seems the obvious step to add this to your kit.

Just had a quick look on the e-bay and a chap in Ireland has one on offer:


However, (and as others have said), it's what you feel you want to get into or what you're missing from the kit lens you have. And of course funds available.

Best regards

Greytop 15th June 2011 09:40 AM

Re: e-410 lense advice needed
Ulfric is quite right, if you are finding reach is your challenge then certainly either version of the 40-150 would be my recommendation.

The newer and more compact version http://www.olympus-europa.com/consum...-5_6_14199.htm

The older but equally if not better performer (but larger version) http://www.olympus-europa.com/consum...ifications.htm many available on the second hand market.

fionaj 15th June 2011 05:57 PM

Re: e-410 lense advice needed
hiya everyone

thanks a million. I suppose what I am looking for is to get two lenses, one for a wider more detailed shot for landscapes & groups & something that can get me a sharper slightly longer focal range than the one I have. (Apologies for lack of tech terms).

Speed would also be a factor as I understand that lenses can have an impact on this also.

if I can get second hand this would be great as would like to keep costs to a minimum as much as I can without impacting on quality.


Greytop 15th June 2011 06:36 PM

Re: e-410 lense advice needed
If you want to go wider than your current 14mm and keep costs down then the excellent 9-18 http://www.olympus.co.uk/consumer/ds...-5_6_19277.htm is your best option.

For longer focal lengths the 40-150 kit lens or perhaps the 70-300 are probably the best options when working to a budget.

As lens speeds increase (larger apertures in relation to the focal length) so does the price, so opting for something like the 50-200 http://www.olympus.co.uk/consumer/ds...8-3_5_SWD_.htm is a more costly proposition.

I hope that helps.

Phaedrus 20th June 2011 11:41 PM

Re: e-410 lense advice needed
Hi Fiona - yay Ireland! *chr

Aren't Olympus clever - original bundle with E-410: 14-42 + 40-150. Coverage from 14mm to 150mm.

Now two lenses will cover from 9mm to 180mm: 9-18mm + 18-180mm.

Fiona, I reckon you'll do just fine with the 14-42mm you already have, and add a 40-150mm as others have suggested.

The 9-18mm is relatively new, and costs 643, and the 18-180 is listed as 572.

If you're still struggling to zoom in as close as you want to distant subjects and/or to get as dramatic a wide-angle effect as you may have seen elsewhere, then consider your options, maybe trading the 14-42 + 40-150 in against the 9-18 & 18-180 (or whatever else you may subsequently realise you might like).

Me? Adding a 70-300 to the 14-42 + 40-150 is all I need. And maybe a 1.4 converter at some point, to get even closer to the action. *yes

Enjoy the E-410 - great little camera. Been using ours for 3 years or so.


zuiko-holic 10th July 2011 11:42 AM

Re: e-410 lense advice needed
E-410 is a small and lightweight camera so the logical thing to do is to look for small and lightweight lenses.

I strongly suggest the Zuiko 35mm Macro that offers 1:1 magnification and it is super sharp.
Zuiko 9-18mm is of course the best WA lens on a budget and it is very lightweight.
Zuiko 40-150mm Mk II is the best option for the E-410 and last, but not least, have you considered the Zuiko 25mm f/2.8 pancake? Not the most versatile lens but it is really small and it very suitable for street photography when you don't want to carry other lenses.

47johnnyj 19th November 2011 08:45 PM

RE:- 14-54 lens
Have E410 looking for 14-54mm lens at reasonable cost, prepared to exchange 40-150 and 17.5-45mm as part exchange*chr

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