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Old 26th November 2007
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E-500 17.5-45 lens v Sigma 17-70 EX DC f2.8-4

Hi all,

Advice please

I purchased an E-500 several months ago as a package with 2 lenses the 17.5-45 zoom and the 40-150 zoom.

I am disappointed with the 17.5-45 lens, it seems OK in bright conditions, but seems a tad soft and not as sharp in lower lighting conditions (typical British Oct/Nov overcast day) – I thought that it was me with camera shake, but I seem to be getting the same results on a tripod using a remote release and 10 second delay.

One report/comment I read on the lens states that it was made in China as ‘Olympus were cutting costs in selling the E-500 as an SE package’.

So, my question is – should I get the standard 14-45 lens as a replacement, or should I ‘push the boat out’ and get the Sigma 17-70 EX DC f2.8-4.

Any comments/guidance much appreciated.

bobg
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Old 26th November 2007
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Re: E-500 17.5-45 lens v Sigma 17-70 EX DC f2.8-4

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Hi all,

Advice please

I purchased an E-500 several months ago as a package with 2 lenses the 17.5-45 zoom and the 40-150 zoom.

I am disappointed with the 17.5-45 lens, it seems OK in bright conditions, but seems a tad soft and not as sharp in lower lighting conditions (typical British Oct/Nov overcast day) – I thought that it was me with camera shake, but I seem to be getting the same results on a tripod using a remote release and 10 second delay.

One report/comment I read on the lens states that it was made in China as ‘Olympus were cutting costs in selling the E-500 as an SE package’.

So, my question is – should I get the standard 14-45 lens as a replacement, or should I ‘push the boat out’ and get the Sigma 17-70 EX DC f2.8-4.

Any comments/guidance much appreciated.

bobg
I recommend the 14-42 3.5-5.6. It's excellent. Nice & compact too.

I don't think that sigma is available on 4/3.
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Old 30th November 2007
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Re: E-500 17.5-45 lens v Sigma 17-70 EX DC f2.8-4

Especially as you can get it for £80 atm from Park Cameras. I'm a little tempted myself.
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Re: E-500 17.5-45 lens v Sigma 17-70 EX DC f2.8-4

Hi,

I had exactly the same problem with the 17.5-40 lens but opted for the Sigma 18-50 f2.8 lens and it is just brilliant. It is not small but it is so fast and bright.

The only problem is I now want the 11-22 Oly lens.

Good luck.
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Re: E-500 17.5-45 lens v Sigma 17-70 EX DC f2.8-4

[QUOTE=bammo;906]I recommend the 14-42 3.5-5.6. It's excellent. Nice & compact too.
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Another handy thing is that it shares the 58mm filters of the 150mm lens you have, if you use them.
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Re: E-500 17.5-45 lens v Sigma 17-70 EX DC f2.8-4

Thanks guys for all of your replies,

I have decided to stick with Olympus and have just bought the Oly 14-54f2.8-3.5.

Looking forward to trying it out once I receive it.

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