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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??
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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
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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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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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Re: Landscape lens

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

The 9-18 is a useful lens, and of decent quality.
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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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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)
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Re: Landscape lens

Ditto, 12-60 rarely comes off my E-5
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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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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.
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Re: Landscape lens

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

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

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Thanks Wally, nice of you to put up the link for me but I will stick with the E1 for now.
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