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Which lens are you thinking of Conrad?
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Well, er ... several, actually, as you may have gathered from my questions.
It all depends on my work anniversary present. I may be asked what I want as a present (within an as yet unknown budget) for my 25th anniversary as a translator, and I intend to ask for a gift voucher rather than the more usual watch. Depending on the value of the voucher, I may want to look at an ultra wide angle lens, a macro lens, or a telephoto longer than my 12-50 lens. Preferably ultra wide or telephoto - macro is easier and cheaper to do since I don't really need autofocus, so this could be done with a legacy lens and an adapter, I should think.
9-18 seems nice, 7-14 even nicer, but I don't think the budget will stretch that far.
Telephoto I'm undecided on - all the reviews I've read have mentioned disadvantages. I don't want anything heavy anymore - I loved my Tamron 28-300 on the 20D, but it made my neck, shoulders and back hurt, it was just too heavy.
I still can`t make my mind up between the 75mm f1.8 and the 60mm macro.
I don`t do a lot of macro so I might wait and see what this new Sigma 60mm is going to be like.
Were getting spoiled for choice now
Sigma do a couple of fairly nice primes that are very cheap now, £100 each or less for the 19mm and 30mm.
Looks good. Now just to add a cheap ultra wide...
I've had the Panasonic 100-300mm since last may, and have taken about 95% of my shots with it, one of the best lenses I've ever used. As you say Conrad, turn off the IS on the lens and go, it works better than you could imagine.
I recently got the Olympus 60mm macro, and its size, weight, and IQ are amazing. Very easy to use also. I'm looking for a wide-angle, but haven't narrowed it down as yet.
Quote: Now just to add a cheap ultra wide...
I'm not sure such a thing exists. The Oly 9-18mm and Panny 7-14mm will fit the bill but are certainly not cheap.
How wide is 'ultra', Conrad?
14mm + the Panasonic wide angle adapter, 22mm equ.
Quote: How wide is 'ultra'
It's a relative term, CB - on my Canon, I considered the Sigma 10-20 to be ultra wide. In view of how MFT systems work, and what's available, I suppose 7-14 would be considered ultra wide, but I'd be happy with 9-18 as well.
Interesting adapter, Paul, but 11mm is only 1mm wider than my current widest option.
The Sigma 10-20mm on APS-C would be equivalent to 8-16mm on M4/3. So either of the lenses you mention could do the job. But there is a big difference on price.
Unfortunately, yes. Seeing that Sigma is now active in the MFT market, however, gives me hope. Surely they should be able to repeat their APS-C ultra wide successes in MFT.
Quote: Interesting adapter, Paul, but 11mm is only 1mm wider than my current widest option
Its a good budget option if you can find the 14mm cheaply.
Quote: The Sigma 10-20mm on APS-C would be equivalent to 8-16mm on M4/3
Not sure I get what you on about CB, since when has a 10 been an 8 ?
Quote: Not sure I get what you on about CB, since when has a 10 been an 8 ?
If I understand correctly, 10mm on APS-C gives the same FOV as 8mm on MFT (Conrad was saying 10mm on APS-C is ultrawide in his terms).
Mike has spelled it out correctly.
I find it pretty pointless comparing.
Quote: I find it pretty pointless comparing.
Who is "comparing"? We are talking about angles of view.
10mm on APS-C has the same FOV as 8mm on M4/3. The FF equiv would be 20mm and on MF it would be 32mm. It really is a simple as that!
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