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    Default Weatherproof lens for E-1

    I just bought an E-1 (for fun and for the Kodak CCD)and I would like to have a weatherproof outfit. Is there any prime lens that is weatherproof or do I have to get a zoom in order to go out in the rain?

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    Default Re: Weatherproof lens for E-1

    Quote Originally Posted by bobbyg View Post
    I just bought an E-1 (for fun and for the Kodak CCD)and I would like to have a weatherproof outfit. Is there any prime lens that is weatherproof or do I have to get a zoom in order to go out in the rain?
    Any HG and SHG lens is weatherproof, I recommend the 300/2.8 for the ambitious starting lens, or maybe the 50/2.0 macro.

    Cheers,

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    Default Re: Weatherproof lens for E-1

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick_D View Post
    Any HG and SHG lens is weatherproof, I recommend the 300/2.8 for the ambitious starting lens, or maybe the 50/2.0 macro.

    Cheers,

    Rick

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    Default Re: Weatherproof lens for E-1

    Are all the 4/3rds lenses by Olympus still available and listed on their web site, or are there older ones that I wouldn't see there, but might be available used, say, on Ebay?

    And do you known of any HG lenses with a focal length of 25 or less?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick_D View Post
    Any HG and SHG lens is weatherproof, I recommend the 300/2.8 for the ambitious starting lens, or maybe the 50/2.0 macro.

    Cheers,

    Rick

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    Default Re: Weatherproof lens for E-1

    For the focal length you want, consider one of the weather sealed zooms - the 14-54 or 12-60. There are two versions of the 14-54 and the MK1 can be had for around $300 or less. Some places to look for used lenses are keh.com, bhphoto.com, adorama.com, and cameta.com. There is also ebay of course.
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    Default Re: Weatherproof lens for E-1

    Bobbyg,
    If you buy at KEH the bargain lenses are sometimes a good buy, they may have character marks on the outside, but generally have good glass. Do read the description they WILL say what may be damaged like filter thread, etc.
    If you miss split image you are able to change the viewfinder focusing screen. I did that with my old E1.
    Lou Cioccio

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    Default Re: Weatherproof lens for E-1

    The 11-22mm would be another option to get, depending on whether you prefer wider views. Some people feel it is sharper than the 14-54mm, and does not have the distortion that the 12-60mm has in the 12-13mm range.

    You don't need the contrast detect auto focusing, so you can save some money and get the original 14-54mm (which along with the 50-200mm mark 1, 50mm, and 300mm where the lenses announced with the E-1).

    In terms of primes, there is only one HG prime (50mm) and two SHG primes (150mm, 300mm).

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    Default Re: Weatherproof lens for E-1

    Quote Originally Posted by bobbyg View Post
    Are all the 4/3rds lenses by Olympus still available and listed on their web site, or are there older ones that I wouldn't see there, but might be available used, say, on Ebay?

    And do you known of any HG lenses with a focal length of 25 or less?
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    Default Re: Weatherproof lens for E-1

    IMO, your best bet is the 14-54 Mk I. You will not notice any real focus improvement with the MkII, and the Mk I literally goes for peanuts on ebay. You can expect to pay as little as $100.
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    Default Re: Weatherproof lens for E-1

    Quote Originally Posted by bobbyg View Post
    Are all the 4/3rds lenses by Olympus still available and listed on their web site, or are there older ones that I wouldn't see there, but might be available used, say, on Ebay?

    And do you known of any HG lenses with a focal length of 25 or less?
    As far as I'm aware, all of the HG and SHG series lenses are still available new. They may be NOS, but eh? who cares if you can still buy them? ;-)

    The ZD 11-22/2.8-3.5 is one of my all-time favorite lenses. Perfect range for a lot of photography: from ultra-wide to wide-normal, with superb rendering throughout and very close to zero rectilinear distortion by 15-16mm. And what distortion there is at 11mm (about 3%) is simple spherical distortion that can be fixed with virtually no losses. A great lens for E-1, E-5, E-M1, and any FourThirds format camera, really.

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    Default Re: Weatherproof lens for E-1

    A bit off on price...

    I've been buying the first 14-54 commonly called the Mk I repeatedly for the last year on eBay for $100 to $175. Usually in near mint condition. I am buying a MKII and expect to find a nice one in short order for $200, perhaps a bit more.

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    Default Re: Weatherproof lens for E-1

    I second the 11-22, it was also one of my favorite lenses. I never used the 14-54 once I got it. However, wide isn't always better and 14-54 is probably a better place to start unless you are comfortable at the wide end.

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    Default Re: Weatherproof lens for E-1

    the 11-22 is very nice but I found the 12-60 a much better overall option with the extra reach.

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    Default Re: Weatherproof lens for E-1

    Quote Originally Posted by Future Assassin View Post
    the 11-22 is very nice but I found the 12-60 a much better overall option with the extra reach.
    It's a personal preference. I like primes in the normal and longer range, usually. On the E-1, I use the 11-22, 25, 35, and 50-200. Used to have the Summilux 25 as well, but I sold it to the friend that bought my E-5. (On the E-M1, I use the 11-22, 'Lux 25, ME45, 75, and 50-200.)

    I didn't like the balance of the 12-60 in the hand, nor the mustache-shaped rectilinear distortion of the 12-60 at wide settings. But again, it's just a personal preference.

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