Free Shipping on ALL Products
camera reviewsbest cameraslens reviewsphotography tipscamera forumvideo toursphotography bookssupport me
It is currently Thu Apr 17, 2014 2:08 am

All times are UTC




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 9 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Best Olympus Prime
PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 4:46 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Dec 11, 2009 4:07 pm
Posts: 20
Hi gang, I posted a similar query in some other forums... I'm comparing lens selections for the Canon 500D (T1i), Nikon D5000, and Olympus E-620, to help me select a DSLR.

With my old film SLR, I have a 50mm f1.8 that I used to use a LOT. Inside work, portraits, semi-macro. I loved how bright it was, and how shallow I could make the depth-of-field.

So for the Olympus E-620, what is the best fast (aperature of 1.4-2.0), fixed-focal-length, that will result in something in the 28-50mm range (actual, which I know is something like 17 or 30 in today's cropped-sensor world)? i.e. I'm looking for something that will result in 35-50mm (fixed) if full-frame.

In other words, something to augment the kit lens.

I'll add the other end (telephoto) later.

My biggest priority is IQ and detail/sharpness.

Thanks!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 8:43 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sun Aug 10, 2008 2:22 am
Posts: 340
Location: Oakland, CA
Well perhaps the best 50mm (35mm equiv) prime wouldn't be by Olympus then. The Panasonic Leica 25mm f1.4 lens would be the lens you are after. Arguably one of THE lenses to have for the 4/3 system.


No need to add a whole new thread for the telephoto end, the Olympus 150mm f2 (300mm 35mm equiv) would be the best telephoto prime lens of the system.

_________________
www.iandavisphoto.com
aim s/n: idotddot


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 10:53 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Dec 11, 2009 4:07 pm
Posts: 20
Thanks for the info, idavis!

I've heard of the "Leica" lens, but I've also heard they're expensive. I should have mentioned in my original post: I'm looking for something less than $250, hopefully...


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 11:20 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sun Aug 10, 2008 2:22 am
Posts: 340
Location: Oakland, CA
Ed P wrote:
Thanks for the info, idavis!

I've heard of the "Leica" lens, but I've also heard they're expensive. I should have mentioned in my original post: I'm looking for something less than $250, hopefully...


I see. Indeed the PanaLeica is an expensive one. There is also the Olympus 25mm f2.8 pancake lens as an alternative option, albeit it is slower.

You also have the option of maybe getting an AF Confirm OM/Nikon/Canon => 4/3 adapter. I've been considering getting some 35mm => 4/3 adapters to try out some older lenses. You would just have to get used to manual focusing.

You could probably get a 3rd party OM => 4/3 adapter and the OM 50mm f1.4 lens for less than $175.

_________________
www.iandavisphoto.com
aim s/n: idotddot


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 1:54 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Fri Apr 04, 2008 8:14 pm
Posts: 669
Sigma 30mm F1.4

I have it and its very useful, although not as much of a joy to use as Olympus glass. [12-60mm is the most exciting lens to use]

_________________
E-3!
12-60 2.8-4.0
12-60 2.8-40 [Also going]
40-150 3.5-4.5
70-300 4.0-5.6
Fl-48


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 1:58 am 
Offline

Joined: Fri Dec 11, 2009 4:07 pm
Posts: 20
idavis wrote:
Ed P wrote:
Thanks for the info, idavis!

I've heard of the "Leica" lens, but I've also heard they're expensive. I should have mentioned in my original post: I'm looking for something less than $250, hopefully...


I see. Indeed the PanaLeica is an expensive one. There is also the Olympus 25mm f2.8 pancake lens as an alternative option, albeit it is slower.

You also have the option of maybe getting an AF Confirm OM/Nikon/Canon => 4/3 adapter. I've been considering getting some 35mm => 4/3 adapters to try out some older lenses. You would just have to get used to manual focusing.

You could probably get a 3rd party OM => 4/3 adapter and the OM 50mm f1.4 lens for less than $175.


Hmm... that's an interesting proposition... my old SLR camera is an Olympus OM, and I still have the lovely 50mm/1.8 on it... (as well as a pretty nice 35mm-70mm zoom).

But don't adapters usually "cost" another step or two?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 2:00 am 
Offline

Joined: Fri Dec 11, 2009 4:07 pm
Posts: 20
Atomic wrote:
Sigma 30mm F1.4

I have it and its very useful, although not as much of a joy to use as Olympus glass. [12-60mm is the most exciting lens to use]


Yeah, the guys in the Canon and Nikon sections mentioned that too (I'm looking at lens solutions for all three makes). Definitely going to have to go to a camera store and check out Sigma. Thanks!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 1:38 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Jul 15, 2008 5:36 pm
Posts: 474
The 50/2.0 is superb. It is almost perfect, with the exception of the AF which can be a bit jerky.

As for the Leica, I think I'll just link to my user review of the lens here.

:-)

_________________
Olympus shooter and a calm voice of reason.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 5:16 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sat Jun 14, 2008 11:29 pm
Posts: 198
Location: Würzburg, Germany
One might take a look at micro 4/3 too, because the 20mm 1.7 really sounds like a great lens and you can use the 4/3 primes as well.

_________________
Olympus E-30, ZD 9-18mm 4.0-5.6, ZD 50mm Makro 2.0, ZD 14-54mm 2.8-3.5, ZD 70-300 4.0-5.6

Light travel equipment:
Olympus EP-2, µZD 14-42mm , Panasonic 20mm 1.7 pancake.

Cullmann Trento IT Daypack


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 9 posts ] 

All times are UTC


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

All words, images, videos and layout, copyright 2005-2012 Gordon Laing. May not be used without permission.
/ How we test / Best Cameras / Advertising / Camera reviews / Supporting Camera Labs

Webdesign by Alphabase IT
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group