Lens combination for starting out in 4/3rds

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Lens combination for starting out in 4/3rds
Jan 29, 2007

I currently own a Canon PowerShot S1 IS, which has a 38mm to 380mm image-stabilized lens, and I also own a pocket sized Canon PowerShot S30, which takes better quality pictures within its zoom range. I'm interested in upgrading to a 4/3rds system, assuming that a body with sensor shift image stabilization is coming out soon.

Would the 11-22mm and 50-200mm lenses be a good combination to start out with? I fear leaving out the 14-54mm lens, but part of its range is covered by the 11-22mm, most of my pictures are taken either at the wide or telephoto end, and I don't want to carry around or pay for an extra lens.

Is it easy to keep swapping lenses on your camera, or would you rather have the 14-54mm lens so you don't need to swap as often?

I wrote a program to collect all of the focal lengths of my photo album, which also contains pictures taken by my friend's cameras, and bin the results into logarithmically separated focal length bins. Here are the results:

Focal_Length_(35mm_equivalent) - Number_of_Pictures

26.908685288118868 - 8
29.34412938254948 - 9
32.0 - 0
34.896247445288246 - 2131 - wide end of the S30
38.05462768008707 - 683 - wide end of the S1 IS
41.49886574883231 - 58

45.25483399593904 - 19 - start of range not covered by 11-22 or 50-200
49.35074641305411 - 71
53.817370576237735 - 44
58.68825876509896 - 62
64.0 - 67
69.79249489057649 - 89
76.10925536017415 - 84
82.99773149766462 - 71
90.50966799187808 - 69
98.70149282610822 - 32 - end of range not covered by 11-22 or 50-200

107.63474115247547 - 580 - telephoto of S30
117.37651753019792 - 29
128.0 - 38
139.58498978115298 - 18
152.2185107203483 - 21
165.99546299532923 - 35
181.01933598375615 - 36
197.40298565221644 - 17
215.26948230495094 - 17
234.75303506039583 - 7
256.0 - 19
279.16997956230597 - 8
304.4370214406966 - 4
331.99092599065847 - 8
362.0386719675123 - 9
394.8059713044329 - 571 - telephoto of S1 IS
430.5389646099019 - 0
469.50607012079166 - 0
512.0 - 0
558.3399591246119 - 0
608.8740428813932 - 0
663.9818519813169 - 0
724.0773439350246 - 0
789.6119426088658 - 1
861.0779292198038 - 0
939.0121402415833 - 9
1024.0 - 0
1116.6799182492239 - 0
1217.7480857627863 - 26 - Digital Zoom

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