Thinking about the Olympus 11-22mm zoom

PeterB666

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I need a good wide angle lens for dawn/dusk/night photography for my E-P1.

Currently I am stuck with my Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 which isn't wide enough and the Olympus 14-42 doesn't care for Coken filters due to the weak AF motor.

I have been thinking of either the Olypus 11-22mm as is a faster than other wide offerings and is readily available second-hand at a price I can afford.

My other option would be the forthcoming Olympus 9-18mm zoom but gee that's slow at the long end. While the aperture itself isn't a problem, it shure makes a difference trying to compose on the LCD in bad light.

Anyone using the 11-22mm on either the E-P1 or E-P2. What's it like with handing and AF (even though I won't be using AF much).

Any opinions on which may be the best choice? I would consider other alternatives but the Panasonic 7-14mm is far too expensive.

Cheers

Peter
 

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Rather than the 11/22 I would consider the current 4/3 9/18, cheaper and lighter and AF works which I think 11/22 doesn't suport contrast AF. (not 100% sure)





I need a good wide angle lens for dawn/dusk/night photography for my E-P1.

Currently I am stuck with my Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 which isn't wide enough and the Olympus 14-42 doesn't care for Coken filters due to the weak AF motor.

I have been thinking of either the Olypus 11-22mm as is a faster than other wide offerings and is readily available second-hand at a price I can afford.

My other option would be the forthcoming Olympus 9-18mm zoom but gee that's slow at the long end. While the aperture itself isn't a problem, it shure makes a difference trying to compose on the LCD in bad light.

Anyone using the 11-22mm on either the E-P1 or E-P2. What's it like with handing and AF (even though I won't be using AF much).

Any opinions on which may be the best choice? I would consider other alternatives but the Panasonic 7-14mm is far too expensive.

Cheers

Peter
 

Brian Mosley

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I use the ZD 11-22 on the Pen, CDAF works with all 4/3rds standard lenses no problem.

E-P1 + ZD 11-22mm f2.8-3.5
1/800s f/2.8 at 11.0mm iso200
View attachment 142315

It's optically superior to the ZD 9-18, and the build quality is superb - weather sealed and bombproof... designed for use with the E-1/E-3. If you want the speed of aperture at this focal length, there's no better choice.

However, I do like to have the lighter, more compact ZD 9-18 to hand, and it balances better on the Pen... the m4/3rds option will be even better.

Cheers

Brian
 

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Brian

Thanks for clarifying that, out of interest can you confirm which current 4/3 lenses will work with AF using a Panny G1

Regards Phil


I use the ZD 11-22 on the Pen, CDAF works with all 4/3rds standard lenses no problem.


It's optically superior to the ZD 9-18, and the build quality is superb - weather sealed and bombproof... designed for use with the E-1/E-3. If you want the speed of aperture at this focal length, there's no better choice.

However, I do like to have the lighter, more compact ZD 9-18 to hand, and it balances better on the Pen... the m4/3rds option will be even better.

Cheers

Brian
 

Brian Mosley

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Peter, I made a note of my filter kit... here we go :

For anyone wondering exactly what you'd need for an Neutral Density Graduated Filter kit for use with the ZD 11-22, ZD 12-60 or Leica 14-150 OIS... here's the parts list.

LEFK Lee Foundation Kit : £49.70
LEW72 Lee Wide-angle Adapter 72mm : £33
CKZNDKIT Cokin Z-Pro ND Kit : £89.95

+ P&P & VAT = £180.60 in total

Speed Graphic are a recommended source in the UK.

Very good customer service.

Cheers

Brian
 

Chris Light

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Hi all. First post here, so be gentle :)

i just purchased the Oly 11-22 discussed in this thread. I'll be using it with my GH1. I havent gotten the 4/3 to m4/3 adapter yet, but i had a question...

regarding the focus distance markers on the lens.....is it supposed to rotate with the focus ring when the lens isn't mounted, or is it engaged when the lens is mounted? just curious, because mine does not rotate when it's not mounted, and i want to make sure there's no defect before i order the adapter.

Thanks for any input!

Chris
 

Chris Light

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The focus distance markers operate when the lens is attached to the camera Chris. The 11-22 is a wonderful lens, I use mine on my EP 2 and although it is a little big the image quality is wonderful.
thats just the info i needed Gilly, thank you much! im excited to start using it.
 

Boyzo

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The focus distance markers operate when the lens is attached to the camera Chris. The 11-22 is a wonderful lens, I use mine on my EP 2 and although it is a little big the image quality is wonderful.
How does it AF ( I use the 12-60 with EP2 EPL1) works ok but AF hunts quite a bit Results are SHARP
11-22 is one great lens as all HG/SHG lenses .. some say they are the best Digital lenses out there. :2thumbs:
 
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None of my 4/3 lenses autofocus quickly (by SLR standards), even the CDAF optimized ones. I don't expect my E-P1 to be speed machine anyway so I don't particularly mind.
 

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