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    Default Other options for wide-angle macro prime

    I am currently looking for a fast (2.8 or less) "wide-angle" prime lens. Some kind of macro capability would be a nice addition (doesn't have to be 1:1, just something that allows me to get close to my subject).

    The Sigma 24mm f1.8 fits the bill rather perfectly on paper. However, after digging around this forum for some discussion on the 24mm, I've noticed that Sigma gets some pretty harsh smack talk 'round these parts.

    So, I'm wondering what other options I have. Aside from the Summilux (which is so far beyond my price range as to make it non-existant), I can't seem to find any decent options. I am more than happy to use manual legacy glass; as long as it somehow fits on my 620, I'll use it!

    Please share your opinions on the Sigma or share any alternatives you may know of.
    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Other options for wide-angle macro prime

    Quote Originally Posted by jimmi232 View Post
    The Sigma 24mm f1.8 fits the bill rather perfectly on paper.
    Well, a 24mm lens on a four-thirds camera yields 48mm equivalent, which is not really wide-angle at all. So, I think your only option is one of the Oly zooms (7 - 14; 11 - 22; 9-18).
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    Default Re: Other options for wide-angle macro prime

    24mm is not "wide-angle", its 48mm in old terms which is about as standard as you get.

    A fast wide angle prime is the biggest gap in Olympus' line up. Many a poster have begged for a lens like this, but all we get is rumours that they'll remove mirrors and make more m4/3 stuff.

    The sigma is a cheap man's option of the Summilux. You get what you pay for - you pay less for the Sigma, and you get less quality, you pay more for the Summilux, and you get more quality. There's no lens that will have the image quality of a Summilux and the price of a Sigma.
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    Default Re: Other options for wide-angle macro prime

    Well, its wide on FF... the Oly macro 35mm is by far the most bang for the buck for any lens, legacy or dedicated, that will fit on the Oly 4/3 cameras. If the 25mm is in your ballpark, you could think about that, only 1/2 stop slower than f2.8, and sharp as a tack even wide open.
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    Default Re: Other options for wide-angle macro prime

    Quote Originally Posted by jimmi232 View Post
    I am currently looking for a fast (2.8 or less) "wide-angle" prime lens. Some kind of macro capability would be a nice addition (doesn't have to be 1:1, just something that allows me to get close to my subject).

    The Sigma 24mm f1.8 fits the bill rather perfectly on paper. However, after digging around this forum for some discussion on the 24mm, I've noticed that Sigma gets some pretty harsh smack talk 'round these parts.

    So, I'm wondering what other options I have. Aside from the Summilux (which is so far beyond my price range as to make it non-existant), I can't seem to find any decent options. I am more than happy to use manual legacy glass; as long as it somehow fits on my 620, I'll use it!

    Please share your opinions on the Sigma or share any alternatives you may know of.
    Thanks!
    There are no 'wide angle' prime lenses I've found that really work well on FourThirds SLR bodies. Best one I tried was an adapted Nikkor 20mm f/3.5 AI.

    If you want a 'normal' FoV lens, the little Olympus ZD 25/2.8 is a surprisingly good performer despite what you might read. I have both it and the Summilux ... the Summilux is without a doubt a better performer, but I'd take the ZD 25/2.8 over anything made by Sigma in an instant. That extra stop the Sigma nets you comes at double the price and three times the size and weight. I have not used the Sigma 24/1.8, but I simply don't trust their quality, particularly wide open.

    An adapted Pentax DA14/2.8 might work well if you don't mind fussing about to adjust the aperture (it has no aperture ring so lens opening must be jiggered by jamming the iris actuation lever).

    The best wides for FourThirds SLRs are the zooms Olympus makes: the 9-18/4-5.6, 11-22/2.8-3.5 and 7-14/4. I have the 11-22: it's absolutely superb, but not cheap.

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    Default Re: Other options for wide-angle macro prime

    Don't forget, was it samyang that's making a 14mm f2.8 in 4/3 mount now? That may fit the bill for what you want. other than that, there's the 11-22mm f2.8-3.5 zuiko, I've heard and seen great things about that lense.
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    Default Re: Other options for wide-angle macro prime

    How about these, any good ?
    I have been thinking about that...

    http://www.rugift.com/photocameras/p...sheye_lens.htm

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    Default Re: Other options for wide-angle macro prime

    ZD 11-22mm F2.8 my favorite lens. It's not that big. You get them used for about $500.
    E620: 11-22, 25/2.8 pancake, 50/2.0 macro, 40-150, 70-300

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    Default Re: Other options for wide-angle macro prime

    Quote Originally Posted by Spunkweed View Post
    Don't forget, was it samyang that's making a 14mm f2.8 in 4/3 mount now? That may fit the bill for what you want. other than that, there's the 11-22mm f2.8-3.5 zuiko, I've heard and seen great things about that lense.
    I believe the Samyang is an 8mm fisheye.

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    Default Re: Other options for wide-angle macro prime

    Quote Originally Posted by Spunkweed View Post
    Don't forget, was it samyang that's making a 14mm f2.8 in 4/3 mount now?
    If they did, it wouldn't matter. You can get f/2.8 @ 14mm with something usual, like the 14-54mm zoom, which comes standard with several cameras.

    It needs to be faster, like f/1.8 or maybe (I dream) f/1.4
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmunds View Post
    If they did, it wouldn't matter. You can get f/2.8 @ 14mm with something usual, like the 14-54mm zoom, which comes standard with several cameras.

    It needs to be faster, like f/1.8 or maybe (I dream) f/1.4
    That'll never happen for FourThirds SLR cameras.

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