Sigma 19/2.8 vs Olympus 14-42 Mk. I kit lens ??

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by soeren_engelbrecht|1, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. Hello all,

    For a couple of years now, I have been thinking about unloading my extensive DSLR kit due to weight and size issues. Since I find myself more and more into working with compact (film) rangefinders and SLRS, I consider a mirrorless system a very likely replacement. Camera/sensor IQ doesn't worry me :)

    Recently, I've had some good fortune - three weeks ago, I bought an E-PL1 kit for the equivalent of 125 USD plus tax on close-out at a supermarket. And this week, I won third prize in the "Wide angle" category in a Sigma photo competition, netting me a gift certificate of 175 USD to use on Sigma gear.

    I would have preferred one of the 14/17/20 pancakes, but since it has to be a Sigma, it must be the 19, since I'm a wide angle kind-of-guy and I really like the natural perspective of 35/40/45 mm lenses.

    And now for the questions: How does the 19 compare to the Mark I kit lens that came with my camera ??

    - Image quality wide open (I don't expect much of a difference in IQ, but I do gain one stop, of course)

    - Focusing speed (The Mk I kit lens really isn't that fast - I'm on Camera FW 1.1 and Lens FW 1.0)

    - Start-up speed (I hear rumours that the Sigma lens delays camera start-up by as much as four seconds)

    Thanks in advance for any help and advice !!


  2. The EPL1 is pretty fast, if you coming from a d70, leica M, manual slrs background. It's pretty slow, if you are coming from modern dslrs or even recent premium compact segment.
  3. Congratulations on your win! It's a better (IQ), faster lens. The AF is much faster and quieter than the Panasonic 20/1.7. Unlike DSLR's, the Olympus will give IS allowing lower shutter speeds, so the the f2.8 is less of a problem.
  4. Awesome photo. I too am interested in this lens. Please let us know how you like it.

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