Wide Angle Zoom Options

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tjdean01
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Wide Angle Zoom Options
3 months ago

I'm having trouble deciding which lens to buy for a wide-angle zoom. Price, IQ, IS, and size are all of interest.

1. Oly 14-42mm - ($80) Sharp only until 30mm.  2nd smallest and a very cheap option.

2. Pan 14-45mm - ($200) Sharp, IS, good range. Accepts 11mm converter (worth $100). IS is a plus as my PM2's IBIS is not acceptable.  This lens seems to be the best all-arounder.

3. Pan 12-32mm - ($400) Compact, sharp, IS. 32mm is kind of short and with $400 more could get a f2.8..but the again this is so tiny!

4. Pan 12-35mm - ($800) Sharp, IS, fast. But now I'm unhappy that 35 isn't as long as 40.

5. Oly 12-40 - ($950) Sharp, fast, good range. But for the price I want IS.

None of these options fit all my needs. What I want is a 12-40-something that's sharp throughout the range, has IS, and is either a) f2.8, b) small, or c) cheap. Uggh!

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