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jmccalip
11-16-2005, 08:31 PM
I'm planning on getting a Olympus E-300 soon, and I have no idea what type of lenses I should get. I would like the zoom to be equal to about 5-6x optical, and under $100.00(If that's possible, ;)). All I've seen are the ZUIKO lenses, what are some other good brands for this camera? Thanks

Rex914
11-16-2005, 08:36 PM
I'm planning on getting a Olympus E-300 soon, and I have no idea what type of lenses I should get. I would like the zoom to be equal to about 5-6x optical, and under $100.00(If that's possible, ;)). All I've seen are the ZUIKO lenses, what are some other good brands for this camera? Thanks
No such lens exists. Not to burst your bubble or put you down, but if you think you can spend $100 or under on lenses, you're in the completely wrong market. :(

You'll need to spend a bare minimum of $200-$300 for any lens described. In DSLR land, we almost never use the term optical zoom, because it's just a marketing term. We use focal lengths instead which measure "zoom" in an absolute sense rather than a relative sense.

A 10-100mm lens for example is 10x optical zoom, but so is a 1-10mm lens too. And a 100-300mm lens is "only" 3x optical zoom. See what I mean by relative vs. absolute?

If I were you though, I would stick to the E300's kit lenses instead. They're probably a better buy then anything else out there (due to the 2x crop factor). Is there any reason why you're taking the E300 over the Nikon D50 (or Oly's own E500)? They're both in the same price range which is the principal reason for most people buying the E300. The D50 alone costs $550, and you can pick up a lens as you described for about $250, making the total cost $800.

jmccalip
11-16-2005, 10:28 PM
Well, we all gotta start somewhere.:o

Thanks for the reply. I'm choosing the E-300 over the D-50 because of the price difference. I can get a new E-300 kit with both lenses on ebay for about $550.00-600.00, the D-50 alone will cost me that much.

Auction(Tons from this guy)

http://cgi.ebay.com/Olympus-Evolt-E-300-Digital-Camera-2-Lens-E300-1yr-Warr_W0QQitemZ7563305933QQcategoryZ43457QQrdZ1QQcm dZViewItem


The info about the lenses cleared some things up. I think the Zuiko 40-150mm f/3.5-4.5 will better suite me.:)

Rex914
11-16-2005, 10:59 PM
Good luck with the auction!

speaklightly
11-17-2005, 09:08 AM
I purchased my E-300 on e-bay for $440 and two weeks later was able to purchase the Oly 40-150mm lens for $135 and I really like the camera. Here is a photo taken with the E-300.

Sarah Joyce

Norm in Fujino
11-17-2005, 09:10 AM
Well, we all gotta start somewhere.:o
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The info about the lenses cleared some things up. I think the Zuiko 40-150mm f/3.5-4.5 will better suite me.:)

Rex was right about the lens prices. The kit lenses with the E-500/E-300 are probably better optically than any other kit lenses out there. Those two (14-45 and 40-150) are great lenses for the price and will suit most general photography needs. If you want to do macro work, a set of extension tubes will be a lot cheaper than the 50mm f2 macro, although it is really an excellent lens both for macros and portraits.

If you do get the E-300 just be sure to update the firmware first thing. That helps cure several early issues with WB and metering, and also gives you support for the super fast Sandisk Extreme II CF cards.

Norm in Fujino
11-17-2005, 09:11 AM
I purchased my E-300 on e-bay for $440 and two weeks later was able to purchase the Oly 40-150mm lens for $135 and I really like the camera. Here is a photo taken with the E-300.

Sarah Joyce

Lovely shot, Sarah.

speaklightly
11-21-2005, 07:03 PM
Hi Norm-

I am off tomorrow for a month of workshops in the Caribbean. But for what it is worth here is yet another and different sunset combined with a Nikon 5400 image. Have some great holidays and enjoy.I will bet nobody is watching us!

Sarah Joyce

Norm in Fujino
11-22-2005, 05:39 PM
Well, we all gotta start somewhere.:o

The info about the lenses cleared some things up. I think the Zuiko 40-150mm f/3.5-4.5 will better suite me.:)

The two-lens kit will cover most of your ordinary shooting needs. Sigma makes three lenses for the four/thirds format, and Olympus has added four more to their lineup, but you won't find anything new under $100. For a look at the lens lineup, see:

http://www.wrotniak.net/photo/oly-e/lenses.html

Norm in Fujino
11-22-2005, 05:42 PM
Hi Norm-

I am off tomorrow for a month of workshops in the Caribbean. But for what it is worth here is yet another and different sunset combined with a Nikon 5400 image. Have some great holidays and enjoy.I will bet nobody is watching us!

Beautiful shot, Sarah. Yeah, I think we're pretty much alone in here! ;)

Here's a sunset I took two days ago above my house:

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c197/Peregrinor/PB173948-01a.jpg