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Lens choice

Discussion in 'Olympus Chat' started by Spyder01, Nov 22, 2020.

  1. Spyder01

    Spyder01 Member

    I'm looking for recommendations for an everyday lens, telephoto and wide angle for my OM-D E-M5. I appreciate that you get what you pay for, just wondered what similar users choose and have been happy with?
    Many thanks
     
  2. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    Do you want primes, short range zooms or a superzoom?
     
  3. Snorri

    Snorri Well-Known Member

    Adding to Andrews question, what kind of budget are we looking at?
     
  4. Spyder01

    Spyder01 Member

    Thanks Andrew & Snorri,
    I'm embarrassed to say that at this stage, I don't know the difference in those. I'm looking to learn technically so start at the bottom and work at it. I appreciate that good lenses don't come cheap but don't need the highest quality
     
  5. Snorri

    Snorri Well-Known Member

    Ok, so fixed vs zoom. Prime (fixed focal length) usually give better quality for price as they don’t need to compromise in the design. But on the other hand zoom lenses give you much wider range while cutting corners on f stops (the amount of light they take in) and image quality (usually seen on the extreme wide or long end). There are zooms that come close to then primes, but that usually pushes the price up.
    But at the end of the day you are starting out, I would be tempted to tell you to go for the m.Zuiko 14-42mm II R and pair it with the 40-150mm R. These are relatively cheap manual zoom lenses (they are auto focus) but have good image quality, they cover the range most photos are taken in and would give you a good start.

    Then when(if) you run into the limits of these two lenses you can sell them and spend some serious cash on the glass you really want/need. The thing is about lenses, the good ones are very expensive so don’t rush it until you know what you will use.
     
  6. Snorri

    Snorri Well-Known Member

    And don’t be embarrassed, we all started at some point. I for one wish I had asked more questions.
    Would have been so much easier and far less expensive... ;)
     
  7. Spyder01

    Spyder01 Member

    That's great advice, thanks
     
  8. IvorETower

    IvorETower Little Buttercup

    Wide angle: Olympus 9-18 ; everyday and telephoto can be combined with the 14-150 II.
    If you shop second-hand, there are some good bargains to be found although the 9-18 is in fairly short supply used, and finding one at a reasonable price may take a bit of time.

    If you are after image quality for an everyday lens, try the 12-40 f/2.8... again it is pricey new, but there are a good number available second-hand.

    Personally I'd pay a bit more for second hand lenses and get them from decent dealers that offer a warranty with them
     
  9. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    Do you already own a 'kit' less, probably sold with the camera body? If so, use this as your 'everyday' lens and don't spend any money on other lenses until you have outgrown it - by which I mean tried to photograph subject that it cannot cope with. And then, having an idea of what you want to do that it cannot cope with, you will know if the first priority is 'wider', 'longer', etc.

    Have a look at the 'Camera Lenses' section of this web page from the 'Cambridge in Colour' website. Other members have recommended this website in the past, and as you learn more there are other pages on this site that will help. If you try any of the help features that require you to tell it what kind of camera you have, select 'Digital SLR with 4/3" sensor' (your Olympus is not Digital SLR, but for the purpose of using the website selecting the correct sensor size is what is required).

    https://www.cambridgeincolour.com/camera-equipment.htm

    When you decide exactly what type of lens you want to buy, tell us what your budget is and members with cameras of the same lens fitting as yours ('micro four thirds') will have advice about what to look for. Always consider good condition used equipment from the reputable retailers who advertise regularly in AP - I haven't purchased a lens new since 2008 (and that was a discontinued model packaged with discontinued model DSLR at a good price). Also relevant is telling us what you will want to do with your pictures - if they will only be viewed on a PC monitor or device with a small screen, the lens quality will be less critical than if you want large prints done for your wall (where some will look wonderful).

    Re. 'I'm embarrassed to say that at this stage, I don't know the difference in those.' There is nothing wrong with not knowing things - everybody here started out like that (perhaps a very long time ago). Fortunately with a digital camera you can take thousands of pictures and quickly learn from your successes and failures. When I was first doing this at the age of 16 I was using Kodachrome colour slide film, and had to work a whole day in a job in my school holidays to buy one 36 exposure roll of process-paid film, and then wait a week for processing and return by post. You can shoot this number of shots in a few minutes, look at them on a PC monitor immediately, all at no additional expense.
     
  10. IvorETower

    IvorETower Little Buttercup

    OP .... what lens(es) do you use at the moment, and what shortcomings to you have with them?
     
  11. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    If I recall correctly (it’s in another thread) this is a first time camera purchase.
     
  12. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    And we still don't know if the OP already has any lenses to use with the camera body... hence my opening question (above) 'Do you already own a 'kit' less, probably sold with the camera body?' It's difficult to be helpful without enough information.
     
  13. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Sorry - it is a first time s/h body only purchase is what I understood
     

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