A better IQ tele lens than the 14-150

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Kiwi Paul, Jul 4, 2012.

  1. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 15, 2011
    Aberdeen Scotland
    I have the Oly 14-150 and for what it is its a great lens, it actually performs very well from 14 to about 70mm and after that the softness and lack of resolution compromises it, especially if you try to take crops.

    I was wondering if the the Oly m40-150 or the Lumix 45-175 are much better IQ wise? I imagine they will be an improvement but if it's only marginal then it doesn't seem worth it. Has anyone been able to compare them?
    I know the 35-100 is forecast and that focal length and speed would be ideal, but since it's likely to be expensive I'm finding hard to justify spending that kind of money on a lens.

    I'm keeping the 14-150 as it's a truly excellent walkabout lens but just want a better lens when I want to take more discerning pics.

  2. tomas

    tomas Mu-43 Regular

    Pany 45-175

    I sold my 14-150 and my 40-150 for the same reasons that you cited. In May I bought the Pany 45-175. I use it on my em5 with very satisfactory results. It's not the 4/3 50-200, mind you, but overall it's quite good and IMHO much better than the lenses I sold with respect to IQ. I've not had any problems with the lens IS fighting the body IS.
  3. strang

    strang Mu-43 Veteran

    May 7, 2012
    Judging from what I've seen the 75-300 is the sharpest telephoto for micro four thirds. But you already have the 100-300, wouldn't that solve your telephoto needs?
  4. tomas

    tomas Mu-43 Regular


    I also had and sold the 75-300. I didn't find it to be particularly sharp. Also I didn't use it very much. It's not fast enough for good early morning and late evening wildlife shots.
  5. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 15, 2011
    Aberdeen Scotland
    Thanks Strang, I've updated my signature, I sold the 100-300 a while ago as I never used it, I'm looking for a lens to cover 40-150ish.

  6. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    I'd vote for the 40-150. The 45-175 is smaller, but from what I've seen it's not quite as sharp. Plus if you find one refurbished, the 40-150 is literally half the price of the 45-175. However, both options are a good amount better than the 14-150 at the long end, which is probably the weakest native m4/3 lens at 150mm.

  7. bongestrella

    bongestrella Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 2, 2011
    Mechanicsburg, PA
    Very timely, this is a copy and paste of my message to a user here about my oly 14-150 vs 40-150..