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45-175mm (panny) or 40-150mm (oly)

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by cannedpineapples, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. cannedpineapples

    cannedpineapples New to Mu-43

    Aug 9, 2011
    I've been thinking of getting a m.Zuiko 40-150mm Oly, but just read that the soon-to-come 45-175 will be smaller, cheaper, and well has more range.

    What should I do? Get the 40-150, or wait for the 45-175?
  2. Toonman

    Toonman Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 19, 2010

    You probably mean 45-200 Panny I have not heard ant rumours of a 45-175 but correct me if I am wrong). One of the issues is image stabilization the Oly uses in body the Panny uses lens based. It depends on which body you have.

    Yep, just read the rumour!
  3. ssgreenley

    ssgreenley Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 12, 2011
    It sounds like you don't need it urgently, so I'd at least wait for the next Panasonic announcement before buying. If you do need it urgently, then go for the Olympus and never look back. Good luck!
  4. WT21

    WT21 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    There is a rumor about the Panny. Rumors can be wrong. The Oly is here now and $150. If you have an Oly body, get the Oly and go shoot. If you don't have an Oly body (and therefore need OIS), then you might wait, or get the 45-200.
  5. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    Definitely get the Panasonic 45-175. I have heard it is brilliant, without par. And besides, who wouldn't want a lens that doesn't exist?

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  6. John M Flores

    John M Flores Super Moderator

    Jan 7, 2011
    It's really lightweight too!
  7. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    I'm actually sorta intersted in this lens.

    1. 150mm isn't enough reach sometimes for shooting some of the stuff I like.
    2. I think OIS is slightly more effective at stabilization.
    3. The m.zuiko at 150mm isn't terribly sharp at 150mm, neither is the panny 45-200. If the new panasonic was sharper, I'd be really inclined to buy it.

    Of course, right now, its just vaporware.
  8. Mellow

    Mellow Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2010
    Florida or Idaho
    Like everyone else I'm interested in any new Panny zoom, but . . .

    (1) The Olympus 40-150mm is really cheap; I got mine for $107, and it can be had for about $150 I think now. So I doubt the Panasonic will be cheaper, especially if it has OIS.

    (2) And if it has OIS I doubt it will be lighter, or smaller, because the Olympus 40-150mm is . . . well, about as small as you can imagine a 40-150mm lens.

    (3) Finally, the 40-150mm is pretty darn good, even at 150mm and wide open, so the bar is pretty high for a lens that tries to be cheaper, lighter, and better.

    Like I said, I can't wait to see it.
  9. arbutusq

    arbutusq Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 10, 2011
    I'd be interested in this lens if the quality is decent. The only lens I have currently is the oft maligned 14-42 which is pretty decent as far as kit lenses go. Certainly better than Nikon or Canon's equivalents. I'd like a tele and don't hear good things about the 45-200 (I have a G10 so I need OIS)
  10. carpandean

    carpandean Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 29, 2010
    Western NY
    Smaller is good. Lighter maybe good, but combined with cheaper, I think it means lower build quality. I'm guessing that the 45-175mm will be to the 45-200 what the 14-42mm is to the 14-45mm. I'm guessing that we'll see a lot of the 14-42, 45-175 double-lens kits from Panny in the future.
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  11. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    iono, I'm pretty happy with my OM Zuiko 75-150mm f/4. ;) 

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    So what if it's not as compact or as sharp? At least it's very slightly faster, lol.
  12. ivoire

    ivoire Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2011
    Naperville, IL
    Vaporware or available? not a tuff choice. i can't find a 40-150 for $150 anywhere, but cameta camera has them currently for $200
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