Wide aperture lens for Olympus E-520

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  1. BitsAndBob

    BitsAndBob Guest

    Hi,

    I currently have an Olympus E-520 with 14-42mm lens (f3.5-f5.6). I'd
    like a lens with a wider aperture, which I figure means a lens with a
    fixed focal length. However, I was surprised to find that fixed focal
    length lenses cost as much as zoom lenses, and don't necessarily even
    have a wider aperture!

    Does that sound right? How can that be?

    Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced lens with a wider aperture,
    ideally around the wide angle end of my current lens' range. Or am I
    asking the impossible?

    Thanks,

    Bob
     
    BitsAndBob, Mar 19, 2009
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    Just Me Guest

    "BitsAndBob" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Hi,
    >
    > I currently have an Olympus E-520 with 14-42mm lens (f3.5-f5.6). I'd
    > like a lens with a wider aperture, which I figure means a lens with a
    > fixed focal length. However, I was surprised to find that fixed focal
    > length lenses cost as much as zoom lenses, and don't necessarily even
    > have a wider aperture!
    >
    > Does that sound right? How can that be?
    >
    > Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced lens with a wider aperture,
    > ideally around the wide angle end of my current lens' range. Or am I
    > asking the impossible?
    >

    Pretty hard as the Olympus 4/3 system isn't well supported by 3rd party
    makers.
     
    Just Me, Mar 19, 2009
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    MoParMaN Guest

    "Just Me" <> wrote in message
    news:gptipp$qqr$...
    >
    > "BitsAndBob" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >> Hi,
    >>
    >> I currently have an Olympus E-520 with 14-42mm lens (f3.5-f5.6). I'd
    >> like a lens with a wider aperture, which I figure means a lens with a
    >> fixed focal length. However, I was surprised to find that fixed focal
    >> length lenses cost as much as zoom lenses, and don't necessarily even
    >> have a wider aperture!
    >>
    >> Does that sound right? How can that be?
    >>
    >> Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced lens with a wider aperture,
    >> ideally around the wide angle end of my current lens' range. Or am I
    >> asking the impossible?
    >>

    > Pretty hard as the Olympus 4/3 system isn't well supported by 3rd party
    > makers.
    >

    I'm pretty sure Olympus has a 4/3rds lens, just not a cheap one.

    http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/lens/dea/products/lens/index.asp


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    MoParMaN, Mar 19, 2009
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  4. BitsAndBob

    BitsAndBob Guest

    Thanks for the replies so far.

    I'll try the e-group too...

    Bob
     
    BitsAndBob, Mar 19, 2009
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  5. BitsAndBob

    dbd Guest

    On Mar 19, 6:39 am, BitsAndBob <> wrote:
    > Hi,
    >
    > I currently have an Olympus E-520 with 14-42mm lens (f3.5-f5.6). I'd
    > like a lens with a wider aperture, which I figure means a lens with a
    > fixed focal length. However, I was surprised to find that fixed focal
    > length lenses cost as much as zoom lenses, and don't necessarily even
    > have a wider aperture!
    >
    > Does that sound right? How can that be?
    >
    > Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced lens with a wider aperture,
    > ideally around the wide angle end of my current lens' range. Or am I
    > asking the impossible?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Bob



    Bob

    Your best bet might be the recently released 9-18mm zoom from Olympus.

    Dale B. Dalrymple
    http://dbdimages.com
     
    dbd, Mar 20, 2009
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  6. BitsAndBob

    Alan Hoyle Guest

    "BitsAndBob" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Hi,
    >
    > I currently have an Olympus E-520 with 14-42mm lens (f3.5-f5.6). I'd

    like a lens with a wider aperture, which I figure means a lens with a
    > fixed focal length. However, I was surprised to find that fixed focal
    > length lenses cost as much as zoom lenses, and don't necessarily even
    > have a wider aperture!
    >
    > Does that sound right? How can that be?


    > Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced lens with a wider aperture,
    > ideally around the wide angle end of my current lens' range. Or am I
    > asking the impossible?


    There are several larger aperture options. All the prices I list are
    estimated prices and aren't precise.

    It sounds to me like you want the Olympus 11-22mm f2.8-3.5

    Wide zooms:

    Olympus 9-18mm f4.0-5.6: $550
    Olympus 11-22mm f2.8-3.5: $700
    Olympus 7-14mm f4: $1700

    Normal zooms (would replace your 14-42):

    Olympus 14-54mm f2.8-3.5: $400
    Olympus 14-54mm f2.8-3.5 mk II: $600
    Olympus 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 SWD: $800
    Olympus 14-35mm f2.0 SWD: $2000
    Panasonic/Leica 14-50mm f2.8-3.5 OIS: $1000 (?)
    Sigma 18-50mm f2.8: $400 (probably not quite wide enough for you.

    Prime lenses:

    Olympus 25mm f2.8 "pancake": $250
    Olympus 50mm f2.0 Macro: $400
    Sigma 24mm f1.8 Macro: $350
    Sigma 30mm f1.4: $400
    Panasonic/Leica 25mm f1.4: $800

    I'd also ask on the MyOlympus forum.

    http://myolympus.org/
    http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/MyOlympus/

    -a

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    Alan Hoyle, Mar 20, 2009
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  7. Rich schrieb:
    >> Olympus 9-18mm f4.0-5.6: $550

    I don't see any wider aperture here.

    > That is a good choice. And pricing is fine, relative to rubbish like
    > Sigma's 12-24mm lens.


    A good choice, if you prefer standard oder slightly telephoto, really is
    the Sigma 30mm, 1:1,4.
    Real fast fixed wideangle lenses other than the top-pro class of olympus
    may come out by panasonic or the other 4/3s manufacturers.

    For now, i recommend the 11-22, 1:2,8-3,5, maybe used for ~450$

    HTH
    Roland
     
    Roland Kölzer, Mar 20, 2009
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    dguilmette

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    wideangle for realestate interiors.

    I'm taking realestate pics and though a wideangle lens would be useful. I have an Olympus E520 and I was thinking about this adapter at website "neewer [dot] com/58mm-wideangle-lens-for-e510-e520-e3-e410-e420-e620-e30.html" It's supposed to be a 58mm WIDEANGLE LENS for E510 E520 E3 E410 E420 E620 E30 cameras. Any opinions on wether this will work well for realestate interiors?

    It's about $10 and it seems that it screws onto the front of my 14-42mm, 1:3.5-5.6 stock lens that came with the E520 body. The ad says tthe it fits the Olympus E520, but the pic shows it mounted on a Panasonic lens. I'm not sure if that matters. It is suspect that the price is so rediculously low.

    Thanks a bunch,
    Dave
     
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    dguilmette, Oct 11, 2011
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