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14-42 + 40-150 or 14-150

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by thomastaesu, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. thomastaesu

    thomastaesu Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 16, 2012
    ATL, GA
    Thank you for all your advise on "If you had $1400..." thread.

    With Black friday deal,

    14-42 R II (part of kit $50) + 40-150 ($99) with PEN purchase.
    14-150 $330 (refurb on cameta)

    What do you think? Having to carry one lens is worth $200??
  2. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2012
    David Dornblaser
    I have both the 14-42RII and the 40-150 but not the 14-150. I am sure that both lens grouping would serve you well. For me, the issue is whether or not I would always want to mount a long lens on my camera. While I use the 40 - 150, I use smaller, shorter focal lengths more. FWIW - I use an E-PM1 with the 14 - 42 & 40 -150 as my fly fishing, hiking, etc., camera when I want the smallest size possible camera and between the two lenses I use the 14 - 42 most of time. YMMV depending on how or what you shoot.
  3. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
    In one of the technical post I have read that the golden number for zoom lenses is x3. The guy have stated that it is rare that a zoom lens which is bigger then x3 is causing the lens designer has to make compromise. this compromise can be in the optical characteristics, size or both.
    The technical blogger suggested not to buy those extended zoom lenses.
    In your case you will have to walk all the time with a bulkier and a bit slower and the wide end.
  4. turbo16fan

    turbo16fan New to Mu-43

    Nov 26, 2012
    I went ahead and purchased the 40-150 with the kit lens. I really thought about getting the 14-150 mm, but couldn't see for the price difference that it was worth it. One lens is convenient, but the majority of the time the 14-42 will the range I need and is half the size and from what I have read, higher quality.

    Here is the main discussion points between the two options - the 14-42 + 40-150 is a better optical solution, but the 14-150 is better for travel or when you don't have the time to switch lenses. If you want to travel with minimal items go 14-150, if you have the space and time to switch lenses, go with the 14-42+ 40-150.

    I did see a 14-150mm on ebay that was new going for around $250. You may want to check it out. I already bought my PL-5 with the kit and for only $99 added on the 40-150, so I'm done spending money, unless I can get the Pany 20 mm f/1.7 for a good price. That's my next lens.

    What body are you looking at?
  5. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2012
    David Dornblaser
    I don't accept that, the 40-150 while a longish lens, is still very compact. In the pouch that I use for that lens, Amazon.com: Medium Micro Lens Pouch for Leica, Micro Four Thirds, Fuji X-Pro 1, Sony NEX, Pentax Q, Nikon 1 Lenses: Camera & Photo, it is shorter than my iPhone4*, slightly wider, and deeper. I find that there are very little situations when you need to switch back and forth from the 12-42 to 40-150. It is either one or the other but never, or hardly ever, switching back and forth. It really depends on your definition of travel. Add a prime like the new 17mm and you have a really nice kit.

    * - what gives with 5 week delivery date from when I ordered my iPhone 5?
  6. turbo16fan

    turbo16fan New to Mu-43

    Nov 26, 2012
    I totally agree that the 40-150 is not large, especially compared to my old Canon T1 with 70-300mm. From what I have read the 14-150 and the 40-150 are nearly the same dimensions with the 14-150 heavier by 3 oz. So really it comes down to carrying an extra lens, which is also very small.

    I personally have noticed when on vacation that the lens that is on my camera is what I use 90% of the time. An example for me would be in Machu Picchu where I wanted to take WA photos of landscape, tele shots of birds and somewhere in between for everything else. When hiking around with a guide it was difficult to get all those shots while changing out lenses. I am not a pro by any means so the flexibility of a large range helps in that situation. But like you said, it depends on your definition of travel.
  7. Geoff3DMN

    Geoff3DMN Mu-43 Veteran

    I owned the 14-42/40-150 pair and bought a 2nd hand 14-150. I mainly use primes with my OM-D but for casual snap shots it's hard to beat the convenience of the 14-150 sitting on the EPM-1, so much so that I've recently decided to sell off the twin lens kit which were starting to gather dust.
  8. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Thomas, what did you end up getting on Black Friday? I thought you pulled the trigger on the OMD + 14-150mm, no?

    Between the 14-42 + 40-150 combo and the 14-150, I would suggest selling off the 14-42 to help fund the 14-150. Then, you'll just have to worry about getting a fast prime to your collection in the future, and this 14-150 + fast prime combo will make a nice efficient kit...
  9. thomastaesu

    thomastaesu Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 16, 2012
    ATL, GA
    Yes, I ended up buying 2nd hand OM-D with 14-150mm. They are in the mail and can't wait for them to get here.

    I'm trying to get PL25mm on ebay because I need the fastest lens for kendo shots.

    I'm debating wheather to go with O45 or 60macro for my next prime.
  10. dennisk

    dennisk Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 4, 2011
    Bay Area, California
    I also owned the 14-42/40-150 pair and recently exchanged it for the 14-150. Swapping between the two lenses while on vacation just didn't work for me, especially when you are in a group where you only have a few seconds to take pictures before the group moves on.

    The PL25 is the most used lens for me because of it's ability to shoot in daylight and low light.
  11. tomas

    tomas Mu-43 Regular

    At one time I had both the 14-150 and the 40-150. I used the 14-150 a lot for trips and the 40-150/14-42 as backup lenses. However I sold all of them when the Panisonic 12-35 and the Olympus 75 mm became available. Both Olympus long zooms were too soft at 150 and not fast enough for serious indoor/low light work.

    In my humble experience the current Panasonic zooms: 45-175, 7-14, 12-35, and probably the 35-100 (which is on the way) are much, much sharper than the current Olympus zooms.

    My Olympus primes, 12, 45, 60, and 75 are outstanding. I also have the Panasonic 25 which I am completely satisfied with.

    I love using all of these lenses with the great sensor on the om-d 5 body. I have two of these bodies, with the 12-35 on one and the 7-14 or the 75 on the other for most trip situations.

    Needless to say, it's taken a lot of saving and selling of other gear to raise the cash to pay for these lenses.
  12. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    The 14-150 is great if you need that full range and can't change lenses{or don't want to}. I work for a church and for shooting events a full range zoom makes things a LOT easier. It isn't the sharpest lens but fine for general purpose that isn't going to be blown up to large poster sizes.

    One thing I have found with the 14-150 is that the AF in low light is horrible at the tele end. From about 110{or so}-150mm it hunts and hunts and sometimes finds focus. In good light it works fine and it works OK from 14-110mm. My Pany 45-200mm also has trouble with AF in low light at the tele end.

    The 14-150mm is only a tiny tad larger and heavier than the 40-150mm.
  13. aimawayfromface

    aimawayfromface Mu-43 Rookie

    Jan 19, 2012
    For the $200 price difference you could get a decent wide angle compact camera like the S100 (24mm at the wide end) in your pocket and the Olympus with 40-150 on a neckstrap (sell the 14-42). It's always a good idea to have a spare camera when traveling anyway.
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