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    camay
    camay  7119 forum posts Scotland3 Constructive Critique Points
    1 Jun 2008 - 4:23 PM

    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.
    Camay

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    Paul Morgan
    Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315238 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
    1 Jun 2008 - 5:00 PM

    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.

    camay
    camay  7119 forum posts Scotland3 Constructive Critique Points
    2 Jun 2008 - 7:51 AM

    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.

    Paul Morgan
    Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315238 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
    2 Jun 2008 - 5:06 PM


    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.

    das7
    das7  33 forum posts
    16 Sep 2013 - 2:07 PM

    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
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    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 Blush

    A kind word is never too late!! Tongue

    Last Modified By das7 at 16 Sep 2013 - 2:10 PM
    kodachrome
    17 Sep 2013 - 6:40 PM

    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.

    StrayCat
    StrayCat e2 Member 1014721 forum postsStrayCat vcard Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
    17 Sep 2013 - 8:14 PM

    I had that lens with the E510, many moons ago.Smile 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.Grin

    kodachrome
    26 Sep 2013 - 4:39 PM

    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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