40-150mm F2.8 Pro, expensive, but worth the coin?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Angus Gibbins, Dec 28, 2015.

  1. Angus Gibbins

    Angus Gibbins Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 6, 2015
    Brisbane, Australia
    Angus
    Just after opinions here but I know ultimately I'm the only one who can make this decision. I just bought the 12-40mm F2.8 (which I now love) during Boxing Day sales and I was planning on buying the 40-150mm in a couple of months time (after my wallet's recovered from Xmas). However, I can get a deal on it and the MC14 until tomorrow (under $1500 for the Australians on here).

    It's one of those purchases where I probably shouldn't, but I can make it happen if it's a good deal.

    Is it worth it? I'm mainly into outdoorsy stuff (urban, nature, forestry, animals etc).

    Also is the teleconverter worth it if I can afford it?
     
  2. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    Hi, both the lens and TC are excellent... but the lens is also large & heavy, and may be too short for some wildlife (e.g. birds).

    Barry
     
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  3. Harvey Melvin Richards

    Harvey Melvin Richards Photo Posting Junkie

    Feb 15, 2014
    Southwest Utah
    I have 2 EM-10's. My 40-150 + MC-14 lives on one of them, the other gets to use all my other lenses. Other than the size, for me the 40-150 is an extremely versatile lens. I love the close focusing almost as much as I love the telephoto aspect. I have 5 times more photos with the TC than without. But your preferences may vary.

    My Flickr page for the 40-150 + MC-https://www.flickr.com/photos/25215809@N04/sets/72157649460222340
     
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  4. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    BTW, the 40-150mm 'R' can frequently be found for $99USD; if you don't have a lens in that FL already, it'd give you a feel for the range.

    Also, the ZD 50-200mm is much cheaper if you have an E-M1 and buy an adapter (e.g. MMF-3, $150USD).

    Barry
     
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  5. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    I'm a professional photographer and if I had to, I could run my entire business with 2 EM1 bodies and the Oky 12-40 & 40-150/2.8 lenses - they are that good.

    Speed is great, AF is fast and sure, well constructed, weather sealed. You couldn't ask for a whole lot more, IMHO.
     
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  6. Angus Gibbins

    Angus Gibbins Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 6, 2015
    Brisbane, Australia
    Angus
    I bought it, but going to leave it in the box for a month or two. Going to set myself a goal (probably financial) and go shooting with it as my reward for hitting it.
     
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  7. Harvey Melvin Richards

    Harvey Melvin Richards Photo Posting Junkie

    Feb 15, 2014
    Southwest Utah
    I think we need a poll on how long it stays in the box.
     
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  8. mcasan

    mcasan Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 26, 2014
    Atlanta
    I did at least half of my Kenya trip shots with the 40-150 Pro. great lens.
     
  9. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Phil
    Worth every cent, hardly gets off the body, and then usually to add or remove the mc14
     
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  10. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    If you need this focal length range then I can't think of any better alternatives. For me, the Panasonic 35-100 is as long as I need most of the time and it's a lot smaller and lighter. I also have the 50-200 as a cheap long lens if I really need the reach. However, if I used FLs longer than 100 often then I'd sell both and get the 40-150.
     
  11. mcasan

    mcasan Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 26, 2014
    Atlanta
    Exactly! With the the TC, better that the Canon 100-400L I used to own.
     
  12. Ian.

    Ian. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2013
    Munich
    Ian
    I'm waiting until it comes down in... size.

    Sent from my D5803 using Tapatalk
     
  13. WendyK

    WendyK Super Moderator

    Feb 28, 2014
    Northern Virginia
    Wendy
    If I were in your shoes, I would want to at least try it out to make sure that it isn't defective and that the size/weight would work for me while I could still return it if needed. Just in case you need a reason to justify opening it...
     
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  14. Drdave944

    Drdave944 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 2, 2012
    it is big and heavy for an M-43 lens. The 75mm f1.8. Oly is better for most purposes,if you need a tele. However for low light shots in a jungle it beats a Canon 100-400 by far. I found this out in Costa Rica.
     
  15. 50orsohours

    50orsohours Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 13, 2013
    Portland Oregon
    In my experience, the 40-150 locks focus a lot faster. Also, close focusing is not something you can mention in the same sentence with the 75mm, although I love the lens.
     
  16. RMills

    RMills Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 7, 2014
    Test your lens before you cannot return it. For a 2.8 80-300 Equivalent lens it is small and light.
     
  17. Angus Gibbins

    Angus Gibbins Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 6, 2015
    Brisbane, Australia
    Angus
    No chance of returning it. They charge a 25% restocking fee.
     
  18. newphoto1

    newphoto1 Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 24, 2014
    Oklahoma
    Colin
    I used mine exclusively in Costa Rica this summer. Sharp and colorful and very versatile, from macros of frogs and lizards to birds of all sizes. For my uses, the 1.4x is a must.
     
  19. Angus Gibbins

    Angus Gibbins Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 6, 2015
    Brisbane, Australia
    Angus
    Today could be the day. Still haven't saved as much as I'd like but heading out on a photoshoot about an hour away that's costing about $40 and don't really want to regret not having it there
     
  20. Indianpeaksjoe

    Indianpeaksjoe Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Oct 1, 2012
    Colorado
    I love the 40-150, it takes amazing shots and focusses faster than the 75f1.8. The MC-14 is a must. Last year I got almost exactly as many keepers from the 40-150 and the 40-150 w/MC14. The pro lenses truly are amazing.

    Info from my keepers last year.

    PicByLens2015.