?Wide Angle? Lenses

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  1. Vautrin

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    Hi All,

    So I have a Olympus EVOLT 512 -- that uses Olympuses 3/4s (or is it 4/3?) system.

    And my lowest lens goes from 10mm, which I guess is effectively a focal length of 20 or 30 mm?

    A lot of times, even standing back, I still want to capture more in the photograph. What kind of lens can I buy that would give me good pictures with more of what I see? Any recommendations? Ideally I'd like something I could get used / off ebay for a few hundred...

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    Dan
     
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    I know that Olympus make a 7-14, but it may be expensive. Google it.
     
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    Will I see that much of a difference between 7 and 10mm?
     
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    I think you will. Keep in mind that although 3mm may not sound like a lot if you're talking about standard of telephoto lengths, but in wide terms, even 1mm makes a big difference in your angle of view.
     
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    What is the smallest they go? Can I get a 1mm lens?
     
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    i highly doubt it, since i've never seen anything less than 6mm. and i'm pretty sure olmypus uses 4/3
     
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    Well what's the best way to get something like a skyscraper completely in the picture? If I take a shot from far away other buildings are in the way, if I take from close up I don't get everything...
     
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    well if you can't get the entire building into view with a 10mm lens, the 7-14 might help. due to the 4/3 system though it's difficult to get very wide with olympus cameras.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/358162-REG/Olympus_261009_7_14mm_f_4_0_Zuiko_ED.html

    that's olympus's widest lens to my knowledge, and it's pretty pricey unfortunately
     
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    If you get much under 10mm you get into the fisheye lenses. Broader field of view, but distorted.
     
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    the 7-14mm is not a fish eye though
     
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    Yes definitely. Going from 10 to 7mm focal length on a 4/3 sensor changes the diagonal field of view from 94 to 114 degrees. That is a big difference.
     

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