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14-150 focus speed

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by mikegrr, Dec 7, 2010.

  1. mikegrr

    mikegrr New to Mu-43

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    Dec 7, 2010
    I'm about to buy an E-P2, but am worried about the focus speed. The 14-150 lens seems like a great addition to the camera.
    Does the 14-150 focus faster than the kit 14-52 lens?

    I have a Canon 450d with a 18-200 lens. It's a very responsive camera and relatively small for a DSLR, but I'm taking a long trip and looking for something more compact. The EP-2 is a very attractive alternative and I am really drawn to the in-body stabilization. With longer lenses it keeps the balance point of the camera closer to the body. The Panasonic 14-140 is heavier, thicker and moves the weight away from the center of the camera.

    Is the focus speed an issue with the E-p2 in your opinion?

    The alternative is the Panasonic GF-1, but with the 14-140 lens, it seems to be a bulkier package. The reviews give the GF-1 the advantage in speed and the E-p2 the advantage in IQ.

    Mike
     
  2. compositor20

    compositor20 Mu-43 Regular

    32
    Oct 21, 2010
    its much faster than 14-42 since i have both the autofocus of the superzoom 14-150mm allows me to take pictures when my father is driving the car and it focus but the collapsable doesnt because the tiem the shutters is pressed we have already passed a building
     
  3. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    The EPx + 14-150 will focus much faster than the EPx + 14-42, but slower than the DSLR. Also, the Oly at the long end will miss focus more often than the DSLR (often focusing on the background instead of the subject, if the subject is not filling the screen).

    Having said that, the portability of the EPx + 14-150 is really fantastic. Bring along the 20/1.7, and you are covered for most travel uses.
     
  4. mikegrr

    mikegrr New to Mu-43

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    Dec 7, 2010
    Thanks for the feedback. I hate to press the issue, but does it focus as fast with the 14-150 as a Panny GF1 14-140 if anyone knows? Inquiring minds would like to know!

    Mike
     
  5. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    Not sure, but check the specs of the 14-140. I think it's slower (in terms of f/stop) at 140mm, and also much heavier, if I recall. Price is a big difference, as well.