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Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Tothepetercopter, Feb 12, 2012.
What would you all consider the best wide angle for under 500$ for my EP3?
Lumix 7-14mm f/4?
That's a really nice one but way out of my lens budget lol.
Second hand 7-14/f4, with a couple of weeks of overtime?
I just got the 7-14 and love it. I've spoken to a few people who purchased a 9-18 only to sell it a few weeks down the line to buy the Panasonic. Going the "expensive" route might cost you less money in the long run.
The best wide angle really depends on what you want to do.
I love the 9-18 and have no interest in selling it for a 7-14. It is a little slower and not quite as wide but tests have indicated it is as sharp as the 7-14. And it is very small and can take filters. Under $500 a used Oly 9-18 is possible
The Oly 17/2.8 and Panny 14/2.5 are the only native wide primes that meets your $ requirement.
The Samyang 7.5 fish-eye is also available in your price range ($300ish) and it is getting good reviews but it is manual. And a fish-eye.
I've yet to see one in person, but the new slr magic 12mm 1.6 is supposed to be $495. Barely under your budget limit, but supposed to be amazing.
The mZuiko 9-18 zoom is an awesome lens for a lot less money than the 7-14 zoom.
If this is true then I recommend the OP attempt to fleece these people for their excellent and almost new 9-18mm lenses for ~$400-450.
I love the 7-14. It produces beautiful images, and the difference between 7 and 9 is really substantial if you like ultrawide rectilinear distortion. I'm a huge fan and really only shoot that lens at 7mm. If you're wanting wide just for landscapes and are not a fan of distortion, the 9-18 would probably do you just fine.
The 7-14 and 9-18 are both great lenses without enough optical difference to worry about. The 7-14 is obviously really nice for its wider angle and it's a bit faster, but the 9-18 is much smaller, much closer to your budget, and takes filters. It's also a really useful walk around range, going up to 36mm at the longer end. I could have afforded the 7-14 and would love to have it, but I found the 9-18 a better set of tradeoffs for my needs. If you can afford one but not the other, that makes your decision easy.
The Samyang 7.5mm is an outstanding ultra-wide for under $300. You can de-fish it in PP if you'd like something less fishy.
Are we talking about wide or ultra wide? The Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 is a great choice without heading into distortion. And it can be had really cheap, too.
I think this is a very important point. If you like to experiment and use rectilinear distortion as a part of the imaging process, the 7-14 is for you. But if you just want a wide-angle lens with as little distortion as possible, I'd go with the 9-18, which is a smaller and lighter lens, BTW.
Not to mention ~3/5 the price. Those other 2/5 are so worth it, though
I might be the only one looking forward to the upcoming Panasonic converter that turns the 14mm into 11mm. I've never used such a converter and I expect it'll be nowhere as good as the native wide lenses, but at least it'll be affordable. I hope.
If you stack 3 or 4 of them together, you may even be able to get out to 7mm
Not the only one.
I have the m 9-18 and love, I have considered switching to the m7-14 but the IQ of the 9-18 is so good I just don't see the point, sure the extra 2mm wider would be nice but for me it's just not worth the extra bucks.
The 9-18 is so small and compact too and as mentioned can take filters.