Tele choice for E-PM1

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  1. mnhoj

    mnhoj burrito polisher Subscribing Member

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    I'm looking for a tele zoom that auto-focuses with the E-PM1. My mini shows inconsistent IBIS so I'm thinking the Pan 45-200 OIS looks like a better choice than the Oly 40-150.

    Are there any other considerations? Any peculiarities with the Panasonic lens and Oly bodies?

    Forgot to add, I don't want to spend the extra for the 100-300.

    Thanks.
     
  2. dannat

    dannat Mu-43 Regular

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    I much prefer the reach of 200 over 150, my 45-200 had no problems on e-p1
     
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    robertmwilliams Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

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    I personally find the Olympus 40-150mm sharper than the Panasonic 45-200mm on my E-PM1.
    It's also a lot smaller and lighter.
    Also I have had no IBIS issues using either lens (I had OIS off on the Panny).
     
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  4. WT21

    WT21 m43 Boom-a-rang Subscribing Member

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    I think either lens works.

    When I'm shooting a long tele, I'm usually shooting in daylight, and shutter speeds are not an issue for me, so I chose the 40-150 for size.

    I tested the 150 vs. the 200. I found the 200 as sharp if not sharper than the 40-150 at most focal lengths BUT the 200 softens at 200. If you shoot automatically at the end of the range, then you'll be shooting at 200, and it will be softer than the 150. If you shoot purposely at 150, you'll have just as good a lens. Also, the 45-200 stops down at a slower right, so it had a slightly brighter aperture at equivalent focal lengths than the 40-150. I think the 45-200 also had slightly better color and contrast, though neither lenses will win prizes here.

    For me, I test the IBIS on the 40-150 and the OIS on the 45-200 in good light. Oddly, the BOTH showed issues with IS at good shutter speeds, but the 45-200 has a handy external IS switch, so you can turn it on only when needed. If IS is really important to you, then the 45-200 is really the choice. For compactness and if IS is not important, then I prefer the 40-150. Some of the other factors above may or may not sway you one way or the other.

    Good luck!
     
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  5. Sammyboy

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    The 40-150 is sharper,smaller, lighter and less expensive than the 45-200
     
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    mnhoj burrito polisher Subscribing Member

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    Thanks all for your time.

    Is there a difference in AF speed?
     
  7. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

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    I had the 45-200, it's a sharp lens as long as it's used in good light. It focuses pretty quick on the E-PM1 and it's not that big if you're used to Nikkor zooms. This was all shot with the E-PL2. Personally I prefer the 100-300. Which is still pretty sharp at 300mm! :smile:

    http://www.mu-43.com/f54/trip-los-angeles-zoo-19181/
     
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    I really like the 45-200. I found that I really needed to get the hang of it but I think it is a bit nicer than the 40-150. I prefer the greater reach. I think the 40-150 is better size-wise than the 45-200.
     
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    Here are the test shots I used when deciding on which lens to keep.
    Very unscientific I know, but it was good enough at the time.
    I was mainly looking for sharpness and accurate focus.
    Both lenses where shot on an E-PM1 at 150mm (well the Panny was at 151mm according to the EXIF) and focused on the center of the text in the middle bottle.
    OOC jpgs.


    Olympus 40-150mm II R
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    Olympus 40-150 by Robert M. Williams, on Flickr

    Panasonic 45-200mm
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    Panasonic 45-200 by Robert M. Williams, on Flickr
     
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  10. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

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    The thing that I like about the 45-200 is that the OIS does make looking through the EVF a lot more stable without camera shake and the lens has a metal mount.
     
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    Good point for video. OIS is much nicer.
     
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    drewbot Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Regarding the 45-200 @ 200, you have to stop down to about f/8.0 to get sharp photos. Wide open at f/5.6 looks muddy to me. But in good light, stopping down to f/8.0 is a non-issue (at least for me).
     
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    I would say VERY close..
     
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    MrDoug Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Depends on your glasses.. :smile:
     
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    mnhoj burrito polisher Subscribing Member

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    And both very good.

    I'm still leaning toward the 45-200 but it would seem that I can't go wrong with either.

    Edit: I pulled the trigger on Ken's 45-200 in the classifieds. :)
     

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