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14+25+45 making 14-140 obsolete?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by flojoto, Aug 29, 2012.

  1. flojoto

    flojoto Mu-43 Rookie

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    Aug 16, 2012
    I have the Pana 14+25+45 combination at the moment and the Pana 14-140 and am thinking about giving up the 14-140 to make some cash for the 100-300 at the moment. What do you think. I'm shooting on an OMD, so IS is no argument and I don't take video at all.

    Do you think there's lot's of occasions in which I'll miss the 14-140?
     
  2. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nov 7, 2010
    You know your shooting style and priorities best, but I certainly can see your logic.

    In your shoes I'd probably go ahead and flip the 14-140 for a 100-300. If you find you are missing the normal zoom range you can consider the 12-50 next, which gets you a bit wider, weatherproofing, and macro capability.
     
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  3. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 15, 2011
    Aberdeen Scotland
    I have the 14-150 Oly lens and use it when convenience is more important than absolute quality. My others lenses are better in terms of IQ and speed (maximum aperture) but when hill walking or out with friends who aren't into photography the 14-150 is a better option and there are times where you just want to go out with a camera and walkabout lens and don't mind the compromises of super zoom.

    Paul
     
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  4. crsnydertx

    crsnydertx Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 31, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Chuck
    Sounds like a good idea; one I should consider as well. I bought a used 14-140 with the thought I'd take up video using a GH2; hasn't happened and probably won't. The 14-140 is too big for me to use as a standard walk around. Thanks for the tip!
     
  5. flojoto

    flojoto Mu-43 Rookie

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    Aug 16, 2012
    Yeah, that is the main use for me at the moment as well and it is a very convenient thing when traveling with my girlfriend or friends. I traded my 14-45+45-200 for this 14-140 half a year ago and I enjoyed it quite a bit (and my girlfriend was happy two ;).

    But now I have all these primes and in the end of the day I could either afford the 100-300 and a vacation or just the 100-300 without the possibility of taking pictures and great locations. So in the end of the day it boiles down to having the money or not. I guess, it's a tuff decision though, I really like the superzoom sometimes.
     
  6. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 15, 2011
    Aberdeen Scotland
    Happy girlfriends has it benefits lol.
    I used to have the 100-300 but never used it enough so sold it, I found myself taking pics of birds and stuff because I had the lens, not got the lens because I wanted to take pics of birds and stuff. But thats me, if you think you want a long telephoto zoom and will put it to good use then sell the 14-140, get the 100-300 and a holiday.

    Paul
     
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  7. flojoto

    flojoto Mu-43 Rookie

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    Aug 16, 2012
    yeah I definitely want to shoot some birds and other animals and some semi-macro. I have been missing this range quite a few times in the past. So I guess I should really do it.

    And maybe Oly will really bring out a weather sealed ยต43 version of the 12-60 f2.8-4 for under 1000$ in the future and I will be a poor and happy person ;)
     
  8. strang

    strang Mu-43 Veteran

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    May 7, 2012
    On trips out with girlfriend and friends, when they don't want to wait around, take the 14-140, 14 or 25 (although a wider one is probably better here).

    On trips out by yourself when you have time to properly compose, take the 14, 25, 45.
     
  9. sprinke

    sprinke Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 5, 2011
    Pasadena, CA
    Debi
    Ultimately it's your shooting style and your decision, but I don't think I'd ever give up my 14-140. It's versatile and quick to use in rapidly changing situations. Yes it's slow, but I know its limitations and work around them. It's my go-to lens for most day trips with the family.
     
  10. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    Oregon
    I sold 2 lenses to get the 14-140, as I hate to change lenses. Came froma P&S superzoom.

    We do mostly nature and I couldn't be without a long zoom. For now, my G3 has the 14-140 and bought an e-pl1 from cameta for $129 and my 20mm is on it permanently. Works for me. Now I am eyeing a 100-300 on e bay, see I can snatch it under $400
     
  11. m43man

    m43man Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 28, 2012
    Vancouver
    @KiwiPaul, I'm surprised you're the only one in this thread who recommended the Oly 14-150mm, if "light walking" and "happy girlfriend" are the intentions, wouldn't this smaller, lighter and "sexier" (depending on whether you like the ugly silver ring thingy) lens be a better fit?

    I'm having a hard time deciding whether to go either 14-140 or 14-150 right now especially Aden Camera has the Oly on sale for ~$450 brand new which is almost half the cost of 14-140.
     
  12. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    Oregon
    On e bay, you can get a 14-140mm for just over $400 any day, in like new condition.
     
  13. peterpix

    peterpix Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 8, 2010
    So. Maine
    Peter Randal
    I've commented elsewhere in these forums that I think the oly 14-150 is a nice travel lens. I've made 16 x20s that are pretty good. Do they match mr 5dmkii? No but I might not have gotten them because m43 is so much easier to carry. Plus nobody who has seen the m43 s prints have questioned their quality.
     
  14. crsnydertx

    crsnydertx Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 31, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Chuck
    Out of curiosity, I just looked on eBay (which I do not use). Cheapest used one I could find was $525. Are you talking about a price that can be achieved by bidding?

    p.s. I'll admit that I have no idea how to use the site; just did a simple search.
     
  15. jon595

    jon595 Mu-43 Veteran

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    May 2, 2011
    PA
    My 2 cents... I have an oly 14-150, 14, 20 (sold, 25 on its way) and 45.

    The primes get used in either low light or for my personal photo time (read: wife and daughter not with me).

    I bought a super zoom for those times like camping and lugging around non-photo stuff and when changing lenses is tough.

    Everything gets used at different times. Its all about the right tool for the job.

    Just a hobbyist.
     
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  16. m43man

    m43man Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 28, 2012
    Vancouver
    @Jon, I'm gonna remember this quote, to justify me spending on overlapping lens ranges :smile:
     
  17. yekimrd

    yekimrd Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 14, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
    Mikey
    My 2 cents is if you are willing to foot the additional 200-300usd, get the mZD 75-300. You really won't miss much between the 45-75mm focal length. If your camera was anything but an OM-D, I wouldn't recommend that lens but speaking from experience, I greatly appreciate that the mZD is a 4x zoom and is much less bulky than the P100-300.
     
  18. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    My Oly 14-150 sees enough use to keep it handy despite the fact that I mostly shoot with the primes. That wasn't the case for my Pana 14-140, which I eventually sold because of a lack of use. The Pana is a better performer, but it was a bit too heavy for me.
     
  19. jon595

    jon595 Mu-43 Veteran

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    May 2, 2011
    PA
    Haha. I actually don't consider having a zoom and primes to be overlapping. Now, if I still had a 14-42mm and the 14-150mm, yeah, that is what I consider overlap.

    The primes I use indoors with natural light or when I really want a simple setup. The Oly 45mm has been the most used lens by far. It stays on my camera probably 75% of the time. The 14mm gets almost no use, but I know if I sell it then I'll end up buying another just to have it in case I need it. The 20mm is now on its way to a new home and my PL 25mm arrives tomorrow. The 20mm AF just wasn't quick enough to catch my highly mobile 2 year old.

    The zoom I bought primarily for camping and hiking around. I put that on the E-M5, put the E-M5 in my SpiderHolster and once it's on the belt, I have a wide range of options when walking around outside.

    My wife is smart enough to know that when I say "I have all the lenses I need" that I really mean "I'm out of my spending money and have all I need until I get more". Luckily, if I keep producing nice images of our daughter and not run up any credit cards, she doesn't care.
     
  20. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 15, 2011
    Aberdeen Scotland
    I think both lenses (14-150, 14-140) are pretty much on par, I've never seen or handled the 14-140 although it may have a bit better clarity at the long end (the 14-150 is a bit soft above 100ish, ok if you don't try to post crop but soon as you try to use a 100% crop the softness shows).
    The 14-140 has OIS too, I think it may be a bit bigger and heavier than the 14-150 but not sure on that.
    I think the only way to keep a girlfriend happy is to spend the money on her and not camera gear lol ;-)

    Paul