Wanted: Affordable fast everyday zoom

Started Jun 9, 2012 | Discussions thread
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In reply to sderdiarian, Jun 9, 2012

sderdiarian wrote:

Whenever I start to consider jumping into mFT with both feet, I come back up against the lack of an affordable fast zoom akin to the 14-54 f2.8-3.5 MkII in 4/3's.

I have an E-PM1 with its serviceable but slow kit zoom along with an E-620 and E-510 with a selection of 4/3's zooms. Both DSLR's are compromised by older and noisier sensors, but still take excellent photos at low ISO's and have a highly flexible zoom range of 18mm to 600mm in 3 lenses. Total cost of the E-620 with kit zoom plus the 9-18mm and 70-300mm approx. $1350.

Were there a new Olympus E-xxx DSLR featuring the E-M5 sensor, I'd immediately buy both it and the 14-54 f2.8-3.5 MkII zoom, instant class leading performance.

But that's not happening, and the E-M5 simply doesn't AF quickly with 4/3's zooms, which leads one to either the slow and so-so resolution 12-50mm or a bunch of expensive primes to cover the same range. Cost of the first option is $1300, cost of the latter (E-M5 with say Pan 14mm f2.5, Pan 25mm f1.4, Oly 45mm f1.8) about $2300. And then there's the Pan 12-35mm f2.8 for about $1100, putting you at $2100 with an E-M5.

If mFT is really primarily about primes, it's not going far with me. $1300 in 3 lenses to only partially cover the range of a $600 14-54 f2.8-3.5 MkII, and with the inconvenience of lens swapping, just doesn't sound like progress to me.

Olympus, there's a hole in the current mFT lens line-up, and it happens to be a work-horse fast zoom with HG quality build, optics and a reasonable price, a lens many would have glued to their camera 90% of the time. The 12-50 was a okay throw-in kit lens, time for the real deal.

The 12-35 / 2.8 for $1300 and the 35-100 / 2.8 for $1600 (?) seems a bit steep, but they're killer lenses with constant aperture and fast for the format.

So, I can see an interest in a 12-35 / 4 and 35-100 / 4 for half the price that are smaller and lighter and perform just as well stop for stop.

Alternatively, you can use the 4/3 lenses with an adapter until the lenses you want come, or the 12-50 / 3.5-6.3 which only runs $500.

Maybe they will come in time. Be patient.

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