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  1. #1
    Member erikzen's Avatar
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    May 2008
    Harrison, NY

    Which Prime Lens for E-510

    OK, those of you who have been following my few initial posts realize that I have not had the E-510 very long. Despite the fact that I feel like I am very much still learning the camera I also feel like I need a different lens.

    I am not unhappy with either of the kit lenses. When I get the lighting and exposure right, the images are crystal clear. However, I'm not really used to always having a zoom lens. I grew up using a fixed focal length lens on my film slr and despite the fact that I always wanted one of those "fancy" zoom lenses, I miss having the old faithful single focal length lens. I guess we always want what we don't have.

    I want the lens primarily for indoor portraits but I could see how it could also be useful for wide angle shots. I have never done any macro photography but that is because I never had the equipment. What amateur photographer doesn't want to take a picture of a bee on a flower in enough detail to see the pollen on its legs or to catch that drop of dew dripping off a rose. Still, it is not my priority.

    It seems there are my basic choices for a fixed focal length lens:

    Olympus 25mm f/2.8

    Olympus 35mm f/3.5

    Olympus 50mm f/2.0

    Panasonic 25mm f/1.4

    Sigma 30mm f/1.4

    Sigma 24mm f/1.8

    My first choice of course would be the Panasonic (Leica) but the price and the fact that it seems to be out of stock everywhere make it something of a non-starter. I know that the lenses make all the difference in a camera but just starting out I can't see spending more on the lens than on the whole kit right off the bat. So it's not really my first choice.

    My other "first" choice is the Olympus 50mm f/2.0. Reviews are uniformly positive and the price is right.

    Then again perhaps the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 would be nice because of the low f-stop but I've read about problems focusing.

    Anybody have any opinions?

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    Member Atomic2's Avatar
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    Chicago Il

    Re: Which Prime Lens for E-510

    i only hear good things about the 50mm, id go for that. not to mention the 30mm sigma has a pretty far minimum focusing distance for a prime lens, 15.7 inches. you would be better off buying the 14-54mm for about the same price [cheaper actually!] and get a high grade lens with a focusing distance of nearly HALF that at 8.6 inches and have it weatherproof.

    but if you're really set on a prime, then the 50mm is what you want, sure its a bit slower but its MUCH better for macro work, with a focusing distance of 9.45inches and that extra 20mm [40mm equivalent] of zoom. not to mention its cheaper.
    E-3, E-510
    12-60 2.8-4.0
    40-150 3.5-4.5
    Sigma 30 1.4
    Zenit 58 F2 [with M42 adapter]
    Metz 48

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    Senior Shooter Greg McCary's Avatar
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    Rome Ga.

    Re: Which Prime Lens for E-510

    If it were me I would swing for the new pancake 25mm. Just because of the size it would make a great street lens. You should really consider the 14-54mm if you have been shooting with the kits. It is an awesome lens.
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