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Would putting the Olympus 12 - 60 lens on the E510 or new E520 be overkill? The range and quality of the lens tempts me, but I don't want the weight of the better E3 camera.
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Would be better than the kit lens on both bodies, have you looked at the 14-54. Its older than the 12-60 and still a great lens.
The SWD feature of the 12-60 would not be of much added benefit unless using the E3, plus the 14-54 could be picked up a lot cheaper.
I had thought of the 12 - 60 because of the increased range - I would also like the 70 - 300 and there would be less of a gap in the range covered with these two lenses.
Why is the SWD not much benefit on the E510? I would have thought it would work on all cameras as it's integral to the lens itself.
Quote: I would have thought it would work on all cameras as it's integral to the lens itself
SWD lenses were designed with the E3 in mind
Quote: I had thought of the 12 - 60 because of the increased range - I would also like the 70 - 300 and there would be less of a gap in the range covered with these two lenses
True there will be less of a gap. By getting the 14-54 instead could save you as much as £300. That would more or less cover the cost of the 70-300 or get you the new 9-18mm when it comes out.
I used 12- 60mm SWD on E510. with no problem. Now I use it as first choice on E620. The quality and range of 12mm wide-angle - 60mm is good and I find I use it in most situations. I also use the 70 -300mm on same body.
As a previous poster says - the SWD bit (sonic wave drive) is optimised for the E3, which I have.
It was Olympus's "fastest autofocus in the world!" when used with the E3, ad campaign.
You should realise that in the 12-60 SWD lens you are paying for the SWD and weather-sealing along with the optics
On the E3 both lens and camera are weather-sealed + SWD optimised so it make good sense.
Same for 50-200 SWD.
Still, as a "lens" on a E510 body it is still a viable option.
Once on - it tends to stay on (for most occasions!)
A bit late of course but still. hope this helps
A kind word is never too late!!
I use the early Mk1 14-54 on my old E-510 and E-450 and the IQ is superb. One of the great high end kit lenses. Read the reviews.
I had that lens with the E510, many moons ago. Thought it was a fine combination, but my favourite lens for the E510 was the 35mm macro. I put that on the camera, and just went nuts shooting pictures.
I wouldn't mind getting the 25-mm F/2.8 pancake for my E-450 if I could find a decent one at a sensible price. I agree with Straycat, there is some thing about a prime that urges you to go out and take pictures using your brains rather than a zoom.
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