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40-150 f2.8 or 7-14 f2.8

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by DoofClenas, Nov 18, 2015.

  1. 7-14 f2.8

    7 vote(s)
    35.0%
  2. 40-150 f2.8

    3 vote(s)
    15.0%
  3. 40-150 f2.8 with EMC-14

    4 vote(s)
    20.0%
  4. Kit 40-150 and 7-14 f2.8

    5 vote(s)
    25.0%
  5. Garage

    8 vote(s)
    40.0%
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  1. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror!

    943
    Nov 9, 2012
    Traverse City, MI
    Clint
    Internal struggle with which direction to go. I used to own a ZD 7-14 f4 and a 50-200SWD (with ec-14), but sold them both to jump in fully to m4/3. That was roughly 2 years ago. Now I'm looking at the 2.8 versions of the 40-150 and the 7-14.

    I'd get more use out of the 7-14, but the family (ie wife) would likely benefit more from the 40-150 as I'd take more family shots vs landscapes. I know the old adage (happy wife, happy life), but still I'm torn.

    Don't think I could swing them both (unless I went with the kit 40-150)...otherwise I'll be sleeping in the garage.
     
  2. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'd get the 7-14mm 2.8 if you think you'll use it more. There are several cheap M43 telephoto lenses that are very good for those times you need to shoot long.
     
  3. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror!

    943
    Nov 9, 2012
    Traverse City, MI
    Clint
    I'd probably use the 40-150 more, but I'd have more satisfaction with using the 7-14, if that makes any sense.

    I often go off (during the summer/fall months) to do hikes on my own for landscapes/nature. Being a graphic designer, I feel like I can be more creative with the 7-14 lens...although some of my favorite family shots came from when I was using the 50-200.

    The garage is starting to look comfy. Wifi reaches the garage, so I could still stay in touch.
     
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  4. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 13, 2012
    Chicago-area
    David Dornblaser
    I am not sure how to reply to your question as those lenses and the reasons for them are so different. Can you add a refrigerator and TV to the garage?
     
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  5. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    I wouldn't enjoy carrying the 40-150/2.8 with me on any hike, so the 7-14/2.8 sort of wins by default in my eyes. The E-M1 and 40-150/2.8 together weigh almost as much as my 6x7 medium format film setup.

    But if I was looking at spending the money, I'd rather take the Panasonic 7-14/f4 and 35-100/2.8 and end up with a kit that weighs less than the 40-150/2.8 alone and doesn't cost any more if purchased used. You're giving up very little optically, albeit a little bit of length on the long end.

    But we are all different people, so what's right for me isn't necessarily right for you!
     
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2015
  6. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Ian
    Is there any reason why you're going with Olympus in particular? If you don't need the weather sealing or extra stop of light with the Olympus 7-14 (which is sounds like you don't, having owned the 43 7-14 f/4 previously), why not go with a Panasonic 7-14 f/4? Really all you lose is the one stop of light, as test results have said that the Panasonic version is just as good as the Olympus version from f4 on. If you own an Olympus body, the purple flare may be a concern, but that's an easy $25 fix. Amazon is selling brand new 7-14's for $550 (vs. $1200 for the Olympus). The Panasonic is also much smaller, and 234g lighter.

    As for the telephoto end of things, why not look at a Panasonic 35-100 f/2.8? I gives you the 2.8 aperture, but is MUCH smaller and lighter (it's only 4 inches long and 360g vs. 6.5 inches long and 880g). You can pick up used copies for around $700 that are like new (that's how I got mine).

    If you're willing to buy used (8 out of the 10 lenses I own I bought used, and I haven't had a single issue with any of them), you could get both the Panasonic 7-14 and 35-100 for $1250, compared to $1200 for the Olympus 7-14, or $1400 for the Olympus 40-150.

    Just something to think about...
     
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  7. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Ian
    I just saw in your signature that you own an E-M1. You should be able to pick up a 50-200 SWD with the MMF3 adapter and EC-14 TC for around $600. If you don't mind the size/weight, buy that and the Panasonic 7-14, and you will have 7mm to 280mm covered, all for less cost than the Olympus 7-14 f/2.8.

    OR, if you don't mind the size/weight of the 43 lenses, buy the 7-14 f/4 again and use it on your E-M1. AF performance is excellent with FW 4.0 on the E-M1 and 43 glass.
     
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  8. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror!

    943
    Nov 9, 2012
    Traverse City, MI
    Clint
    Would like weather sealing...the weather can turn to crap up here in an instant...I also do a lot of work on the beach...so the potential for fine grains of sand are always imminent.
     
  9. Speedliner

    Speedliner Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 2, 2015
    Southern NJ, USA
    Rob
    I'd get the 7-14 and another 50-200 for most bang for the buck. 50-200s are so reasonable these days and superior to the 40-150R unless you really need the small and light size.
     
  10. budeny

    budeny Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 4, 2014
    Boulder, CO
    Amazon recently had new, USA warranty, Pany 7-14 for $457
     
  11. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    Oof! At that price you could destroy 2 Panasonic 7-14s in monsoon season and still come out ahead after buying a 3rd one...
     
  12. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    The 40-150/2.8 is a great lens, but very specialized. It is a favorite, but it is not used as much as my other lenses. I think the only one that gets used less might be the 75-300. If you don't need that tele performance then save the money and get a kit 40-150 and the Oly 7-14/2.8 or Panasonic 7-14/4
     
  13. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror!

    943
    Nov 9, 2012
    Traverse City, MI
    Clint
    DANG...someone needs to notify me when these things go on sale ;-)
     
  14. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror!

    943
    Nov 9, 2012
    Traverse City, MI
    Clint
    I had a feeling the Garage vote would be popular.
     
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  15. Drdave944

    Drdave944 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    698
    Feb 2, 2012
    7-14 gives freaky distorted pictures but is fun to use. Definitely not for family photos. I have a 40-150 but it is seldom used,since it is kind of heavy. Why not split the difference with he 12-40 f2.8 Oly. It will cover most every situation. And is so easy to use.
     
  16. budeny

    budeny Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 4, 2014
    Boulder, CO
    I think, I'm confusing $447 price with used one..
    Though, they have it now at $547 - temporally out of stock, but you still can order it.


    PS: and subscribe to Hot Deals forum - it was posted there.
     
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2015
  17. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
  18. Wisertime

    Wisertime Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 6, 2013
    Philly
    Steve
    I have to admit, the 40-150 is pretty awesome after handling it. The Hood is great. I kinda had the same dilemma and they couldn't be more different. I got the 7-14mm F4 + MMF3 not long ago, but the 40-150mm more fits my style I think and I've been using a lot since. I think I prefer shooting at 12mm or longer for landscapes anyway, plus it's easier to use my filters that I have now and I get more keepers with the longer focal lengths.

    You could buy back the 7-14mm F 4 and 50-200mm + adapter and still have money left over. The size/weight is a little more, but not really that much I think. For the type of shots, you might take it's not going to make much difference IMO and F2.8 isn't really crucial on the wide end. Or get the Panny F4 version. I've actually got my 7-14mm listed on the buy/sell section, because I don't think I'll get enough use out of it to justify having it sit around. Bought it on a whim, because I never shot that wide before. Also the 35-100 F2.8 has come down in price lately and the difference between 100-150mm isn't gigantic, unless you plan to add the TC. The kit 40-150mm is no slouch either for the money....could hold you over til you can get out of the garage.

    In a nutshell, what's more important? Budget or Size/weight. I feel like the EM1 really has brought new life for the old lenses, which were practically unusable on the EM5.
     
  19. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror!

    943
    Nov 9, 2012
    Traverse City, MI
    Clint
    Part of my issue with 4/3 glass is that I used the 8, 7-14 12-60, 50, 50-200 (with and without the Ec-14) all on my EM1 when it first came out. The AF speed and accuracy (IMHO) was terrible (all using S-AF), but that was with Firmware 1.0. Granted times have changed with firmware updates, but I'm not sure I want the excess weight (I carry enough of that around my waist).
     
  20. Wisertime

    Wisertime Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 6, 2013
    Philly
    Steve
    I tried a few with the EP1 and EM5 when I first got them and it was slow and sold them....then got the EM1 right around 3.0 firmware and the ones I've tried work well...I even re-bought the 14-54ii. The 14-54 Mki wasn't really that bad though (but I was spoiled by M43 AF speed), but I was able to get some decent prices to justify the upgrade.

    I also was the one who bought your 12-60 (my 2nd copy), but decided at the time it was too large and bulky for M43. Then got 12-40mm, but figured if I really need great IQ or speed I can use the 14-54 and sold the 12-40 to get the 40-150 pro...and I still travel with or use the 12-50mm for long exposures...90% of the time it's good enough...sometimes I look at the enlargements and can't believe I took them with that "kit" lens. I really wanted to try a 150mm F2, but figured the 40-150 was more practical and easier to resell if I changed my mind. I still kinda want one, but holding off for now unless I find an offer I can't refuse or make more money with photography at some point to justify it.

    I haven't tried the 50 or 50-200 w/M43, but for the prices nowdays it's almost tempting to go back to them. The 40-150 pro is awesome though. Despite the size/weight, it's just a joy to use and built lovely. I could even consider selling the 75...already sold the 60, which I loved.