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price and availability for a 17.5-45mm

Hi, I have just bought an e510 and 70-300mm lens, and although I dont really use the wider lenses very much, I think that perhaps I should get a cheap basic wider lens, just in case I need something a bit wider at any time, as obviously, I will only have from 70mm. I had a look around a few used retailers and also ebay and couldn't find very much at all. I just wondered if anyone had any idea as to how much I will need to pay to pick up one of these. Dont want to spend very much, as I will probably use the 70-300mm most of the time, and I have just paid out for the camera/lens. Just would like to get an idea of what it is likely to cost me, and, if anyone has any ideas of a good place to pick one up cheap, thanks, jacqui
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Re: price and availability for a 17.5-45mm

Don't bother with the 17.5-45mm, get the 14-45mm mk 1 or 2 version. Better.
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Re: price and availability for a 17.5-45mm

Oh ok, thanks, I will have a look
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Re: price and availability for a 17.5-45mm

Oh, I got mixed up, thought you were both talking about the same lens Yes, I would also like to know what the difference is, but, at the moment, just need something as cheap as possible really jacqui.
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Re: price and availability for a 17.5-45mm

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Oh, I got mixed up, thought you were both talking about the same lens Yes, I would also like to know what the difference is, but, at the moment, just need something as cheap as possible really jacqui.
The 17.5-45 doesn't go very wide (35mm eqiv) but your best bet is one of the 14-45 (42) mm as I believe they are slightly better quality and have a more useful range. I guess that you are more likely to find them on eBay too.
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Re: price and availability for a 17.5-45mm

Too bad you're not on this side of the pond. B&H has a used 17.5-45 for $80 USD. Around £50. Can't beat that price.
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Re: price and availability for a 17.5-45mm

I have a 14-42mm and a 14-45mm both bought from ebay (the 14-45 came with an E-500 attached). The 14-45mm is physically bigger than the 14-42mm and feels better suited to the E-500 / E510 than the 14-42, although I have got big hands. I haven't done a direct comparison of image quality on the two as yet as they are fitted to different cameras with different sensors, but I am happy with what I have take with both. The 14-42mm is supposed to be better with LiveView (I think it is something to do with how it is told to focus under LiveView), but again I haven't tried the 14-45mm on any of my LiveView cameras yet.

The 14-42mm can be found on Ebay from about 30 (last I watched went for 27 plus 3 postage), you just have to keep your eyes open (or search obsessively). The 14-45mm were a little more expensive last time I looked but you should still be able to get one for less than 50. These are all second hand private sales, they are more if you want guarenteed from a dealer, but so far I have had no issues with any of my purchases.
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Re: price and availability for a 17.5-45mm

Just had a look on Ebay and spotted this:- item number 261180096564. It's at £19.99 plus £5 postage at the moment finishing on friday morning (I'm not in any way related to this auction by the way!)
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Re: price and availability for a 17.5-45mm

Thanks everyone, for all your advice, and Ralph, thanks, I will keep an eye on it
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Re: price and availability for a 17.5-45mm

14-42mm was essentially a revamp of the 14-45mm and was optimised for live view when the e-510 hit the streets. AF works pretty well on m4/3 bodies, IQ is also regarded as good as the 14-54mm in some circles. It's just a stop slower, doesn't have such nice bokeh and isn't weather sealed. But at 190g and a 2nd hand price of £20-£30 who can complain?
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Re: price and availability for a 17.5-45mm

The 17.5-45 is arguably the worst lens in the FT range. Apart from what has already been said the front rotates when it focuses so you can't easily use things like polarising filters.
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Re: price and availability for a 17.5-45mm

But the 17.5 - 45 does focus much closer than the 14 - 45 and 14 - 54 as pointed out by John Foster in his comparative review of the three here:

http://www.biofos.com/esystem/stnd_tst.html

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