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14-140 or 14-150?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by jeffg53, Aug 22, 2014.

  1. jeffg53

    jeffg53 Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Aug 22, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
    Jeff Grant
    I am planning to buy one of these lenses and am wondering if there is much to choose between them. What I have read seems to indicate that they are both quite good considering the range and price. I would like to hear any opinions on these lenses please.

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  2. manzoid

    manzoid Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 9, 2011
    I have the Olympus 14-150mm and am quite happy with it, but it is the only 'superzoom' lens I've owned that wasn't attached to a compact camera. I think the 14-140mm generally gets better reviews, but that may just be my impression.

    Most importantly, do you have an Olympus body with 3 or 5 axis stabilisation? Even if so are you planning on buying a Panasonic body later that you may want to use it on? If so Id probably go for the 14-140mm all other things being equal.
     
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  3. jeffg53

    jeffg53 Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Jeff Grant
    Thanks, I am planning on putting it on an EM 10 for my wife. She has a compact now with that zoom range but wants something better. I have an EM 1 so can't see myself getting a Pana body.

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  4. I have an Olympus 14-150 superzoom and for what it is it produces pretty decent results. There is no question in my mind that it's superior to the copy of the 12-50 I owned and generally on par with the 40-150 zoom I had within their respective ranges (no not the future F2.8 version, the consumer one). I got rid of my 12-50 and 40-150 simply because the 14-150 did the same job without the lens swapping.

    Those comments however relate to using the lens on my previous EM-5 and my current EM-1, it just doesn't feel very well balanced on my EPM-1.

    As for the 14-140 I can't comment but I'd be interested in a side by side comparison :) 
     
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  5. jeffg53

    jeffg53 Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Aug 22, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
    Jeff Grant
    Thanks Geoff. A side by side would indeed be good.

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  6. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    An American would get the 14-150 because 150 is bigger than 140. I say this just to give you the international perspective.
     
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  7. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    You might also want to consider the Tamron superzoom as well.
     
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  8. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
    I have the older 14-140 Panasonic and it does the job. On the E-M10 I would recommend getting the removable grip.

    If I were buying new I would also consider the Tamron.
     
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  9. Has anyone get any experience of the Tamron? From what I hear it appears smaller than the Olympus and Panasonic offerings. In the UK the Tamron is cheaper than I could get a second hand Panasonic V2.
     
  10. jeffg53

    jeffg53 Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Aug 22, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
    Jeff Grant
    Thanks for all the feedback. I have owned two Tamron lenses and swore that was enough. The grip is a challenge. My wife's first requirement is that it be light

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