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    Question ED 18-180 mm

    Dear Friends,can anyone pls provide some expertise advise on this new lens ED 18-150mm, I am using a E 300 with 40-150mm and a 14-45mm lens,can this telephoto lens replace this two kit lens,any of the members tried out the new lens,thanks in advance.

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    I'm not expert but i know 18-180mm is 62 degree view; if you think this is wide enough then the answer is "Go Go Go"... 14-45mm is 75deg but not easy to sell leh...let me know if you got lobang !!! ok
    Last edited by u2nofear; 9th May 2006 at 05:40 PM.

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    The 18-180mm can replace the both kit lens, just that you lose some speed since it is an all-in-one zoom.
    Look around @ depreview forums, i seen some pretty good pictures taken with it.

    BTW: i am on a lookout to buy the 40-150mm lens, so if you are selling, do drop me a message.
    Last edited by Raptor1; 9th May 2006 at 07:09 PM.
    <<To be updated>> / Vivitar S1 70-210 f3.5

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    Default Re: ED 18-180 mm

    I am asking the same question, would the quality of the photo taken by the 18-180mm differ from one by the 40-150mm?

    how much is the 40-150? I may sell it(which I have yet to even get, lol)

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    Retail price is about $400 for the Lens if bought seperately.
    Quality wise, i believe it would be similar, but the 40-150 would edge out by a tiny bit in terms of F stops and slightly faster focusing. It is all expected as the 18-180 is an all in one zoom lens.
    <<To be updated>> / Vivitar S1 70-210 f3.5

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    I have not tried out the 18-180mm lens yet but have checked out the images posted by users at DPReview.

    If you really wanna nitpick the image quality, at the FOV that they overlaps, the 18-180mm cannot compared with the combination of the 14-45mm+40-150mm lenses in terms of sharpness and contrast. That is what you have to expect for an all-purpose zoom lens that covers a large FOV. The image quality from the optics is what I will call good enough for most intents and purposes. The same argument applies to zoom lenses from other makes/mounts such as the Nikon 18-200mm VR, in which people have complained about the lack of sharpness compared with their other cheaper and less zoom lenses but many people find it a great lens to use when going for a tour.

    Thus, for travel purposes, the 18-180mm is certainly very versatile and makes your package much more lightweight compared with the 2 kit lens package. Convenience, size and weight are key points that may sway your purchase decision here.
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    You really have to consider the speed you can change between your two lenses as a measure against how much sharpness in a picture you're willing to lose. That's the only fair comparison between a 14-45+40-150 and a 18-180 setup.

    Do note that the dof lost can be compensated with a longer zoom range, at the sacrifice of speed.

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    Is convenience more important than picture quality for you?

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    Hi. See review below.

    http://www.ephotozine.com/equipment/...fm?test_id=429

    I was tempted to get the 18-180mm lens too when I was caught with the wrong lens and missed shots. But from reviews, the 18-180 optically not fantastic. Decided to spend my money on the better Oly lens like 11-22mm and the 50-200mm. Perhaps to achieve such coverage, can get one of those 12X optical zoom P&S. For travel, I bring my Sigma 55-200mm in place of Oly 50-200mm (which I find too heavy); but for travel I find 11-22mm range would be more often used than the long end.

    Just 2 cents worth. Cheers.

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    How is the sigma 55-200mm compared to the 40-150mm of the Oly offerings? I am currently on a lookout for a budget(which means 50-200mm is out of my league) zoom ^_^
    <<To be updated>> / Vivitar S1 70-210 f3.5

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    Default Re: ED 18-180 mm

    Quote Originally Posted by Raptor1
    How is the sigma 55-200mm compared to the 40-150mm of the Oly offerings? I am currently on a lookout for a budget(which means 50-200mm is out of my league) zoom ^_^
    If you are talking about the image quality that either lens can afford you, get the Oly 40-150mm, it is better of the two.

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    Ok, thanks for the advice
    <<To be updated>> / Vivitar S1 70-210 f3.5

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raptor1
    How is the sigma 55-200mm compared to the 40-150mm of the Oly offerings? I am currently on a lookout for a budget(which means 50-200mm is out of my league) zoom ^_^
    There's a comparison of the Oly 40-150, Sigma 55-200 and Oly 50-200 here:
    http://www.biofos.com/cornucop/telecomp.html

    The Sigma 55-200 is very light weight and better reach (at the long end) than Oly 40-150mm. Overall the Sigma gives good performance per dollar (cost only $290 new), more bang for the buck. Although I have the Oly 50-200, I find it too heavy for travel, so the Sigma comes in handy. As for the Oly 40-150, it is better optically compared to the Sigma (but cost more, around $400). It really depends on what you want to shoot.... if telephoto reach is important then I guess the Sigma will serve you better. But if 150mm is all you need then the Oly 40-150 will probably give you better results.

    Cheers.

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    Hmm....the sigma doesn't lose out too much....really value for money......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red-I
    There's a comparison of the Oly 40-150, Sigma 55-200 and Oly 50-200 here:
    http://www.biofos.com/cornucop/telecomp.html

    The Sigma 55-200 is very light weight and better reach (at the long end) than Oly 40-150mm. Overall the Sigma gives good performance per dollar (cost only $290 new), more bang for the buck. Although I have the Oly 50-200, I find it too heavy for travel, so the Sigma comes in handy. As for the Oly 40-150, it is better optically compared to the Sigma (but cost more, around $400). It really depends on what you want to shoot.... if telephoto reach is important then I guess the Sigma will serve you better. But if 150mm is all you need then the Oly 40-150 will probably give you better results.

    Cheers.
    Thanks! great link, a very good comparisons of the lens, now I am wondering is it worth buying the 18-180 mm lens and go for the sigma 55-200 for the extra mile. Anyone using the sigma pls give your comments,thanks.

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