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wide angle lens for landscape work....

Evening folks.....
Can anyone recommend the ideal 4/3 lens for lanscape work. I would like someting thats nice and fast as i generally like shooting very early morning/ late evening.
I would prefer to stick to olly lenses but am open to other suggestions if the lens is really good

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Re: wide angle lens for landscape work....

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Evening folks.....
Can anyone recommend the ideal 4/3 lens for lanscape work. I would like someting thats nice and fast as i generally like shooting very early morning/ late evening.
I would prefer to stick to olly lenses but am open to other suggestions if the lens is really good

cheers

Phil
Hi Phil.
First a general observation. You shouldn't need a lens that's really "fast" for landscapes even in the dawn and dusk "golden hours". Two reasons for this,firstly your E-520 has excellent Image Stabilisation and you should be able to reasonably use ISO400 to shoot hand held at lower shutter speeds.
Secondly I believe many/most landscape specialists use a tripod (as the scene isn't likely to move,only the photographer).

My favourite 4/3 lens for landscapes (and architecture) is the Oly 9-18mm f4-5.6.This is a "standard grade" lens but is excellent quality and value. Even though I have recently moved to micro 4/3 with the EM-5 I have kept this lens and use it both on the new camera with an adapter and on my E-600 which I still have.

Another possibility is the Oly 7-14mm f4 but this is a "top pro" lens and at 1500 compared to 479 for the 9-18 is a non starter for me. Of course both lenses can be found cheaper second hand.

To show what the 9-18 can do here are some shots I have taken with it. There are two scenes each taken at both 9mm and 18mm.

First Audley End taken on the E-600.
9mm


18mm


Second Great Notley Country Park sunset taken on the EM-5.
9mm


18mm


These are just my thoughts, others will no doubt have other suggestions.

Regards.
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Re: wide angle lens for landscape work....

Heh . . . that's about like asking someone to pick you the ideal wife.

However (to speak for myself) my dream lens would be the Oly 7-14mm f4.0, but as I did not have 1800USD new or even 1200USD used in the budget, I purchased a used 9-18mm f4.0/5.6 for 325 dollars.

The 9-18 is an awesome little lens, for all that it is on the "lower" end of the Oly lineup and has gotten high marks from people far better at the craft than I am. Note that, as far as speed goes the only diff between it and the 7-14 is that the 7-14 is a constant 4.0, whereas the 9-18 goes to 5.6 at the long end.

I've a friend who regularly gives me grief about my "dimestore" 9-18. He swears mighty oaths upon his 11-22 . . . but I'll take those 2 little mm's on the short end any day.

Here's a pic from the Beara peninsula on a very dark and gloomy day - handheld.



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Re: wide angle lens for landscape work....

7+14 and a decent tripod.
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Re: wide angle lens for landscape work....

Firstly...many thanks for taking the time to answer my query.
, and secondly those are fantastic images posted by John and Peter.
Looks like i will be in the market fo a 9-18mm for my 520
The reason i asked for a fast lens in my original post is due to the fact i have jst moved up from a bridge camera and that had very limited aperature range, which made for some difficult composition in darker conditions .
I think i still have a great deal of learning to do as far as the olympus system is concerned !!
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Re: wide angle lens for landscape work....

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Hi Phil.
First a general observation. You shouldn't need a lens that's really "fast" for landscapes even in the dawn and dusk "golden hours". Two reasons for this,firstly your E-520 has excellent Image Stabilisation and you should be able to reasonably use ISO400 to shoot hand held at lower shutter speeds.
Secondly I believe many/most landscape specialists use a tripod (as the scene isn't likely to move,only the photographer).

My favourite 4/3 lens for landscapes (and architecture) is the Oly 9-18mm f4-5.6.This is a "standard grade" lens but is excellent quality and value. Even though I have recently moved to micro 4/3 with the EM-5 I have kept this lens and use it both on the new camera with an adapter and on my E-600 which I still have.

Another possibility is the Oly 7-14mm f4 but this is a "top pro" lens and at 1500 compared to 479 for the 9-18 is a non starter for me. Of course both lenses can be found cheaper second hand.

To show what the 9-18 can do here are some shots I have taken with it. There are two scenes each taken at both 9mm and 18mm.

First Audley End taken on the E-600.
9mm


18mm


Second Great Notley Country Park sunset taken on the EM-5.
9mm


18mm


These are just my thoughts, others will no doubt have other suggestions.

Regards.

John...I know both these locations very well as i used to live in london road in braintree....not far from great notley.
Do you by any chance belong to the great notley photographic club ? as one of my workmates joined there a few months back?
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Re: wide angle lens for landscape work....

For Reference this was taken with the 7-14 on the E-M5 (Dramatic tone filter):



This one with the 7-14 on E30

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And this one with 9-18 on E30




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Re: wide angle lens for landscape work....

Thanks David....the depth of field in your shots is superb with the small detail in the foreground and the distant scenery all in focus....thats quite impressive to me as my bridge camera had a limited aperture range and could not achieve such results very easily.
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Re: wide angle lens for landscape work....

My favourite lens for landscapes was the 11-22mm, little distortation and not prone to flare.

11mm end


22mm end
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Re: wide angle lens for landscape work....

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John...I know both these locations very well as i used to live in london road in braintree....not far from great notley.
Do you by any chance belong to the great notley photographic club ? as one of my workmates joined there a few months back?
Small world.
I live on Whitecourt off London Road which is now part of Great Notley.
I know of the GN photographic club but I'm afraid I'm not a photo club sort of person.I much prefer the friendly, helpful and non-competitive scene on this group.

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Re: wide angle lens for landscape work....

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My favourite lens for landscapes was the 11-22mm, little distortation and not prone to flare.

11mm end


22mm end
A big ditto on this. The 7-14, whilst a great lens is far better for architecture and interiors. The 12-60 is no slouch either.
Answer...............no perfect lens!
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Re: wide angle lens for landscape work....

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Heh . . . that's about like asking someone to pick you the ideal wife.

However (to speak for myself) my dream lens would be the Oly 7-14mm f4.0, but as I did not have 1800USD new or even 1200USD used in the budget, I purchased a used 9-18mm f4.0/5.6 for 325 dollars.

The 9-18 is an awesome little lens, for all that it is on the "lower" end of the Oly lineup and has gotten high marks from people far better at the craft than I am. Note that, as far as speed goes the only diff between it and the 7-14 is that the 7-14 is a constant 4.0, whereas the 9-18 goes to 5.6 at the long end.

I've a friend who regularly gives me grief about my "dimestore" 9-18. He swears mighty oaths upon his 11-22 . . . but I'll take those 2 little mm's on the short end any day.

Here's a pic from the Beara peninsula on a very dark and gloomy day - handheld.



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John, that's another amazing landscape - I'm so glad you joined the forum!
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