Olympus 14-54mm Mark ii or 11-22mm

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aspire
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Olympus 14-54mm Mark ii or 11-22mm
Mar 11, 2013

Hi Folks

I would like to add a Olympus 14-54mm Mark ii or Olympus 11-22mm but still unable to decide which is the better choice. I will need user feedback for the above 2 lens in order for me to make the correct choice.

Thanks for the help in advance.

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In reply to aspire, Mar 11, 2013

The two lenses have very differrent purposes. What do you hope to shoot with it?

The 11-22 is a very fine WA lens. It accepts 72 mm filters for using ND filters in long exposures. It focuses very close for dramatic effects with subjects close to the viewfinder but it is not a macro due to the WA.

The 14-54 is has a longer range of focal length. 54 mm is a short tele on Olympus. It focuses very close for near macro work. 14 mm is a 28 mm equivalent which is a good working WA focal length for lots of scenic and landscape situations, but it is not nrealry as wide as 11 mm.

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In reply to aspire, Mar 11, 2013

Well last year I was faced with a choice of getting rid of one of these two. In the end I sold the 14-54mm. But you need to know what other lenses I have to see why I made that choice. The 14-54 is an excellent walk about lens because of the range. I also have the 50mm f2 Macro and the 40-150mm MK1 so the 50mm range of the 14-54mm lens was taken care of. The 11-22mm gives me that crucial range of 11-13mm which the 14-54mm doesn't have. Also the 11-22mm is sharper and more contrasty then the 14-54mm. The 23mm - 39mm that I loose by not having the 14-54mm is a range that I don't really need or am likely to use much. So it all depends what other lenses you have or are planning to get. If you have no other lenses then the 14-54mm is probably the better choice for it's versatality as a all-round walk about zoomlens. Hope this helps.

Ps. By the way the 11-22mm can also focus quite close-up but not quite as close-up as the 14-54mm

The 11-22mm is a great lens for landscapes and inner city scenes.

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In reply to aspire, Mar 11, 2013

I have both.  The 14-54 is used constantly, the 11-22 not so much.  Both are great lenses but serve different purposes.  28-108 is such a useful range and the 14-54 is also a great portrait lens that I can't live without it.  You also have the 12-60 option that is a superb lens and covers most of the range.

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High there,

I'm a lucky guy because I have them both (14-54 mk1). Both for an attractive prise. Your question is difficult to answer because those two lenses have there own strenghts and weaknesess.

The 11-22 is higher in price and has more wide angle effect than the 14-54 mm. For landscape photography I love it. The wide angle at 11 mm is beautifull. I use the lens also when I'm photographing in a crowded place. I can easily zoom in and out and still get a group of people in the image. So do not under estimate the focal lenght of 22mm. Very handy.

For portraiture the 14-54 mm has it's own strenghts because of more tele effect than the 11-22. The minimum focus distance is nice as well. Yes the focal lenghts you have with this lens are handy and convenient too.

So which one if you have to choose? It depends what you own already. Is it yoy first lens, than I'll choose the 14-54. But if you have already a standard zoom like the 14-42, than i'll choose the 11-22.

Do not forget what your own preferences are in photography and than look which of those two beauties can help you two realise the pictures you want.

I do not own the 14-54 mk2 but I do own the MK1 which has no round diafragm and no contrast auto focus, which can be faster when using live view or in combination with a pen or OM-D.

Good luck!

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I currently own the 14~54 Mk II, but I have also owned the  11~22.  I sold it because I seldom used it and it overlapped the 14~54 too much, and had no tele capability.  It is however an excellent lens.

For me, if I could only own one lens it would hands down be the 14~54 which I think is a far more useful general purpose lens.   For a lightweight travel wide angle, I own the 9~18.  It's certainly not built as well as the 11~22 and not as good optically, but it's still a very good lens and weighs about half what the 11~22 does. That makes a good, light travel system, especially when coupled with the diminutive 40~150 MKII.  Total weight of about 2.5 LB.  

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Actual weight of those three lenses is 935 g, which is I think just slightly over 2 pounds.

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I have the 50mm f2 , 18-180 f3.5 n 70-300mm lens

I would purchase either a wide angle lens 11-22 or 14-54 for landscape to my E30 as this will be my first f2.8 lens

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I am not sure there is a "correct" choice between the two lenses.  It really depends on what you want to capture.  That extra 3 mm on the wide end for the 11-22 mm does provide opportunities, but then so does the other end on the 14-54 mm.  Of course there are other SG and HG lenses to cover this range as well.  I do have the 11-22 mm but not the 14-54 mm (I have the 12-60 mm) and find it to do a solid job.

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In reply to aspire, Mar 11, 2013

Without reading all the replies, I don't like to shoot that wide, so 14-54mm would be my choice.

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You have already got some good advice on this thread.

I own both lens and like them both.

I use the 14-54mm II as an all purpose walkaround lens and get very pleasing results with both the E-30 and E-5.

Here is one shot with the E-30 and 14-54mm combo.

The 11-22mm is my all time favourite lens which I use almost exclusively for landscapes which has given me some of my pleasing images.

Here is one with the E-30 and 11-22mm.

If you are looking for a landscape lens I would recommend the 11-22mm above the 14-54mm as the extra WA is much more useful.

Good luck with your choice.

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aspire wrote:

Hi
I have the 50mm f2 , 18-180 f3.5 n 70-300mm lens

I would purchase either a wide angle lens 11-22 or 14-54 for landscape to my E30 as this will be my first f2.8 lens

Thanks

Hi there,

I do agree with the others that both lenses serve quite different purposes.

I don't own the 14-54, but from all I've seen in the past 10 years, it seems to be a highly versatile workhorse.

Looking at  the lenses you already own, it seems to me that the 11-22 might add more to your line-up. Here is my reasoning:

18-180 probably serves you well as a walk around lens

50/f2 is great for portraits and macro, 70-300 does the obvious and is also good for macro

so your "greatest gap" would be in the wide-angle department (if you are interested in wide-angle of course!)

I find the combo of 11-22 and 40-150 quite handy, and I could imagine that 11-22, 50, 70-300 make a great match. I don't think that those gaps matter all that much.

just my 2c,

Kai

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In reply to aspire, Mar 12, 2013

having the ZD 14-54 MK II for using with both PL-2&E-3, i find the cdaf usage when using with PL-2. And to me, the essential of Wide so far has been done with the 14 while i also can get to the 54 (28-108)

rather than the special purposed 11-22...so the choice is yours,suit as what your needs from it

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aspire wrote:

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I have the 50mm f2 , 18-180 f3.5 n 70-300mm lens

I would purchase either a wide angle lens 11-22 or 14-54 for landscape to my E30 as this will be my first f2.8 lens

Thanks

Well then the choice is a simple one. Read my earlier reply to this thread. You have the 50mm f2 Macro so the 50mm range is covered. You should keep the 11-22mm lens. Then you can buy a secondhand 40-150mm MK1 for around a $100 or less. This will cover you very nicely. Be sure to go for the 40-150mm MK1 not the MK2. The MK1 is the first version and is sharper and much more sturdily built. It is almost HG quality except that it's not water resistant but the MK2 is not water resistant either anyway.

You might also consider adding the 70-300mm instead of the 40-150mm if you have a little more to spend.

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Hi

I posted another thread with pictures for viewing and enjoy.

Cheers

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aspire wrote:

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I have the 50mm f2 , 18-180 f3.5 n 70-300mm lens

I would purchase either a wide angle lens 11-22 or 14-54 for landscape to my E30 as this will be my first f2.8 lens

Well the 11-22mm would give you the least overlap between the lenses. But if you wanted to only carry one lens, the 14-54mm tends to catch more of the range many people shoot at. There are people that see the world many through wide angle eyes, some through telephoto eyes. I tend to be more of a telephoto shooter, and use my 11-22mm about 3% of the time, but I find over time, I'm going more wide angle than telephoto. There are some specific things that I shoot (notably stage shows at renaissance faires) where even 11mm is not wide enough.

I would suggest looking at your pictures. How many pictures do you shoot at 18mm? If a lot of your pictures aren't at 18mm, you might not find the 11-22mm being used as much. Of course that only captures the pictures you took, and not the pictures you wish you could have taken or plan to take in the future.

In terms of landscape, shooting panoramas can be used to get more wide angle. Tight shots involving people, particularly inside where you can't back up is when you really need the wide angle lens.

Have fun no matter which lens you buy, and don't second guess after you've paid your money.

One thing to keep in mind, if you are planning to use the lens indoors with a flash, the pop-up flash will not cover the 11-13mm range of the 11-22mm.  The FL-36R/FL-50R flashes will cover that range if you put the drop down diffuser on the flash.

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In reply to aspire, Mar 12, 2013

both len has no similarity in range so it will be difficult to choose, while you didn't mention your current lens collection.. it is like chissing between SUV car and City Car the both have different purpose. the ZD 11-22mm is a good lens so is ZD 14-54mm i had ZD 15-54mm but i prefer ZD 12-60mm more.. so i sold my ZD 14-54mm, and that is why i don't pick ZD 11-22mm..

my recomendation, if you don't have issue with budget, you should go ZD 12-60mm you will not disapointed..

cheers

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In reply to aspire, Mar 12, 2013

aspire wrote:

I have the 50mm f2 , 18-180 f3.5 n 70-300mm lens

I would purchase either a wide angle lens 11-22 or 14-54 for landscape to my E30 as this will be my first f2.8 lens

If I were in your position and based on [a] my experience, [b] photos that I have seen from various lenses and [c] reviews that I have read I would choose from one of the following options:

Option 1. Sell the 18-180 and buy both the 11-22 and 14-54

Option 2. Sell the 18-180 and buy a 12-60

Option 1 gives you the WA end and a good all-purpose lens, and with the 50 and 70-300 you have the whole range pretty much covered. I've not used either the 11-22 or 14-54 but based on what I've seen and read they are good lenses.

Option 2 gives you both a good WA lens (not quite as wide as the 11-22 but I'm not sure how much difference the 1 mm makes) and a great all-purpose lens. I do not own the 12-60 but have rented it for two trips overseas. In spite of the fact that I had several other lenses in my bag, (the 50 f2 and 70-300 actually) the 12-60 never came off my camera. I think its a great lens and it will be the next lens that I purchase.

In any case have fun with whatever you purchase and post some photos.

Regards, Conrad

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aspire wrote:

Hi Folks

I would like to add a Olympus 14-54mm Mark ii or Olympus 11-22mm but still unable to decide which is the better choice. I will need user feedback for the above 2 lens in order for me to make the correct choice.

Thanks for the help in advance.

Buy both.

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In reply to aspire, Mar 12, 2013

augment the 18-180, or replace it?

The 11-22 adds a lot more range, while the 14-54 duplicates a lot of the range you already have.

You already have the 50, so that plus the 11-22 gives you a nice coverage.

The 14-54 MkII gives you CD-AF compatibility, and some degree of future proofing, while the 11-22 will be slower to focus under imager AF.

All that said, I'd try to pick up a good deal on a 12-60mm... but that's just me.

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