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penz
01-25-2006, 01:15 PM
I just got an E-500 and it's my first DSLR camera. I'm looking into lens options. I have the 17.5-45 and was thinking about a 40-150 4/3 lens but I could also pickup a used Tokina OM mount 80-200 4f for 50 euros in Colonge and the adapter for around 80 euros. Then I would have a big selection a lenses but maybe a lower quality. I realy don't know with way to go. I think I saw something about the 4/3 lenses were double what a standard lens is and this being my first digital SLR I realy don't know if this is the same for a digital SLR's or only the 4/3. My last SLR camera was an old Nikon from the 60's my mom gave me as a kid. Any help on any of the would be great.

speaklightly
01-25-2006, 01:29 PM
You are correct. The Olympus multiplier is 2.0. That makes the Oly 40-150mm lens quite convenient and it is small in size as well. Add to that the cheap price and you have a winner.

Speaklightly

coldrain
01-25-2006, 01:36 PM
I just got an E-500 and it's my first DSLR camera. I'm looking into lens options. I have the 17.5-45 and was thinking about a 40-150 4/3 lens but I could also pickup a used Tokina OM mount 80-200 4f for 50 euros in Colonge and the adapter for around 80 euros. Then I would have a big selection a lenses but maybe a lower quality. I realy don't know with way to go. I think I saw something about the 4/3 lenses were double what a standard lens is and this being my first digital SLR I realy don't know if this is the same for a digital SLR's or only the 4/3. My last SLR camera was an old Nikon from the 60's my mom gave me as a kid. Any help on any of the would be great.
You probably can even use the lenses from that Nikon, but you again need an adapter ring, and keep in mind that it will be manual focus and manual aperture setting on the lens. Like speaklightly says, the small sensor ofthe Olympus 4/3 system is 2 times smaller than 35mm film, so you need to multiply the focal lenghts with a crop factor of 2 to understand what field of view the lens will give in relation to your old 35mm Nikon.
So your 80-200 lens will "become" a 160-400 lens, and your 40-150 lens has a field of view of a 80-300mm lens on 35mm film, your 17.5-45mm lens gives 35-80mm.

penz
01-25-2006, 02:05 PM
Thanks for the quick replies. I think I'll go for the 40-150 then. I'll save the adapter for a rainy day (unless I see some really good deals on lenses when I got to the shop next week). What lenses are you all using?


Edit:
I was just looking at this (http://www.molon.de/E500/#Lenses) and it is saying Sigma makes lenses for the 4/3 system. Any idea how good these lenses are? Does AF and MF still work? Half the price of the Olympus is a big differance. I would get the 55-200.

coldrain
01-25-2006, 04:09 PM
Some Sigma lenses are very good, some are not good, and some are inbetween. So it depends on the type... the 55-200mm is not a particularly wonderful lens, the 70-300 APO DG would be a better choice. And MF never works, it is you who has to do the work with manual focussing. AF will work.

Norm in Fujino
01-25-2006, 04:45 PM
Thanks for the quick replies. I think I'll go for the 40-150 then. I'll save the adapter for a rainy day (unless I see some really good deals on lenses when I got to the shop next week). What lenses are you all using?


Edit:
I was just looking at this (http://www.molon.de/E500/#Lenses) and it is saying Sigma makes lenses for the 4/3 system. Any idea how good these lenses are? Does AF and MF still work? Half the price of the Olympus is a big differance. I would get the 55-200.

I have the Sigma 55-200 and the Oly 50-200. There is no comparison in quality--at least on my specimens (yes, the Oly is much more expensive, too). The Sigma gets very soft past 150mm, which means that it's really not any more useful than the Oly 40-150, since the latter has better optical quality all the way to 150. If I were you, I'd get the 40-150, or save money until I could get the Oly 50-200.

FWIW, here's a comparison of shots from the Sigma 55-200 and Oly 50-200 lenses:

Sigma 55-200, full frame image:
http://photobucket.com/albums/c197/Peregrinor/P5261725-01w.jpg

Sigma 55-200, 100% crop of above image:
http://photobucket.com/albums/c197/Peregrinor/P5261725-01_fa.jpg

Olympus ED 50-200, full frame image:
http://photobucket.com/albums/c197/Peregrinor/P7102587w.jpg

Olympus ED 50-200, 100% crop of above image:
http://photobucket.com/albums/c197/Peregrinor/P7102587a.jpg

penz
01-28-2006, 05:02 PM
I am looking a the cheaper end so I was thinking the Sigma 55-200 for around 125 Euros or the Oly 40-150 for 234 Euros. Has any one tried the Sigma AF 3,5-6,3/18-200 DC E 62 FT/Olympus e-system? I could get it for 285 Euros.I don't want to spend more than 300 on a lenses. These are in Dusseldorf at http://www.fotokoch.de

penz
02-08-2006, 03:41 AM
Well I picked up the Sigma 55-200mm and a B&W Pol Filter for just under 170 euros. Now I can still get some other stuff and still be under budget. Maybe now I'll get a flash.

Norm in Fujino
02-08-2006, 09:11 AM
Well I picked up the Sigma 55-200mm and a B&W Pol Filter for just under 170 euros. Now I can still get some other stuff and still be under budget. Maybe now I'll get a flash.

Let us see some shots from the 55-200 when you get a chance, and let us know how you like it.

penz
02-08-2006, 01:01 PM
As soon as the cloud and rain go away I'll get some up! I don't want to walk down to the castle or the river with this German weather.

penz
02-15-2006, 02:54 PM
Sigma at 55mm f4.0

http://penz-world.com/55mm_Sigma.JPG

Sigma at 200mm f5.6

http://penz-world.com/200mm_sigma.JPG

I didn't have a tripod with me that day and this was through a fence but I still like it.

kgosden
02-26-2006, 10:56 AM
So who is going to run out and buy the new Sigma 30mm/1.4? At last we have a non-macro prime four-thirds lens. Assuming it is the same basic lens as the versions for Canon & Nikon it should run $400.

Norm in Fujino
02-27-2006, 08:56 PM
I'll probably get it, though I want to see some reviews first. I already have the Oly 50mm f2.0, which is a great lens. I'll want to see what the 30mm 1.4 can do better (besides being merely a bit wider and 1 stop faster ;) ).
I'm also interested in the 150 macro and the big zoom, although I can't really justify the latter given what I do at present.
--and of course the new Leica lens will be interesting; I'll have to see some reviews and pricing to decide how valuable the OIS is to me, tho.