I have found that as with many things in life photography can be both very rewarding and also extremely inbittering. A couple of weeks ago I had been perusing Ebay’s OM lens listings and I ran across a closed auction for a Sigma 28mm f/1.8 lens. I got both really excited and very disappointed because I had missed the auction, but I also found out because of the auction that there was a fast wide angle lens made in OM mount. Previous to seeing the auction the only fast wide angle I knew about was the Vivitar series 1 28mm f/1.9 and the Vivitar 35mm f/1.9 lenses (not including f/2 lenses).
Then a couple of days later while going through the listings again I saw the same lens relisted. It turns out that the buyer wanted a ridiculous amount of things, so the seller relisted it. I was extremely excited! Well I lost the bidding on the lens at the last second because my browser hanged while I was trying to enter a higher maximum bid in the last 15 or 20 seconds of the auction. I was completely crushed because I had never seen the lens before in manual focus let alone in OM mount.
While fast forward another week and I saw another listing on Ebay for one, but starting at a much higher price. I had just decided that I would be willing to pay the price for it, as I really had never seen an example before after a couple of years of somewhat regularly looking at Ebay and other photography websites. I decided to look semi-last minute on some of the photography stores and I found that B&H had a mint condition example for a bit over $100! Much less then the Ebay auction was going for. I jumped on it and just yesterday my Sigma 28mm f/1.8 aspherical lens showed up on my door step.
Read the page with information and impressions on the lens (it is great). In general I am striving to buy and test out ‘low cost’ OM gear. That being said I am certain not above spending more on gear or lenses when the opportunity presents itself and I have the extra money. In general, for the lenses I am really interested in acquiring I am going to have to be willing to spend more.
Next I am going to try to go wider and get a Vivitar 19mm f/3.8 (fairly cheap $50-80) or a Tamron 17mm f/3.5 (not so cheap $150-250). Then I am going to try to get a Zuiko 300mm f/4.5 and then a Sigma APO 400mm f/5.6 or Tokina AT-x 400mm f/5.6. Lastly I would like to try to acquire a 35-70mm f/2.8 lens and a 70 or 80-200mm f/2.8 lens.
There are a number of other inexpensive and expensive lenses I would like to try to acquire, but those are my high points. Here and there with money permiting I would like to try to get other prime and zoom lenses to try out.
I am going to try doing some photography at my Wife’s Cousin’s wedding which is Labor Day 2009 and before the wedding I would like to try to acquire a Zuiko 85mm f/2 to complete my low light kit which would also include mySigma 28mm f/1.8 and Zuiko 50mm f/1.4.