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Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by xanaduflipper, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. xanaduflipper

    xanaduflipper Mu-43 Regular

    May 12, 2011
    Kent, UK
    I’m thinking about getting an ‘all round’ lens that covers wide angle right through to telephoto.

    Currently I have the Oly 17mm pancake, the Oly 14-42 kit lens and the Panny 45-200 but I want something that covers the whole range and not have to keep changing lenses every 5 minutes.

    I’ve done a bit of research and believe I can either get the M4/3rds Olympus 14-150mm lens
    I could get the Olympus 4/3rds 18-180mm lens and get an MMF1 or MMF2 adaptor.

    Both will cost round about the same.

    But, I’m not sure whether I will miss the last end of the range that the Panny gives me (i.e to 200mm).

    Are there any other options that I could get. I do want full autofocus, so not interested in manual lenses.

  2. The 4/3 18-180mm is quite a decent lens but it is not a CDAF optimised lens so the AF is very slow, and of course it is much larger than the m4/3 14-150mm. As a personal preference the extra 4mm at the wide end of the 14-150mm is worth much more to me than the extra 30mm at the long end. At the same price point I would take the 14-150mm in a heartbeat.
  3. s0nus

    s0nus Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 13, 2010
    I'm going through the same decision making process, and came to the same conclusion as Nic - the 4mm on the wide end is much more valuable to me than the 30mm more on the long.

    I have both the 14-42 and the 43 version of the 40-150. I'm planning on picking up the 14-150mm to cover that range in a single lens. I hesitate a little, however, since I fear that the extremes of 14mm and 150mm are not going to be as sharp as the same extremes on the separate lenses.

    Check out Brian Mosley's experience diary with the 14-150mm.
  4. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2010
    I've used both native m4/3 superzoom lens with my GH2, the Oly 14-150 and Pany 14-140. IMO, the native lenses are definitely the way to go with any m4/3 camera if you want an all purpose lens. The 14-140 is a little bit better than the 14-150 in terms of IQ and it also auto focuses a tiny bit faster (IMO). But given that you have a camera with IBIS, the Oly may be a better option if you want a smaller package (and cheaper too).

    I've played with the 18-180 at a shop when I used to have 4/3 cameras. It's nicely constructed. But put it together with the MMF adapter, and the 18-180 will go from chunky to chunkier. And like someone else said, the AF speed will be s-l-o-w. Also, the 18-180 has a reputation for being an underperformer according to some reviews I've read.
  5. xanaduflipper

    xanaduflipper Mu-43 Regular

    May 12, 2011
    Kent, UK
    Thanks guys, looks like 14-150 is the way forward then.
  6. xanaduflipper

    xanaduflipper Mu-43 Regular

    May 12, 2011
    Kent, UK

    one more question. Will the FCON-P01 fisheye converter fit on the bayonet of the 14-150mm lens?
  7. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2010
    I don't think so. I believe it only fits the 14-42.
  8. drpump

    drpump Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 28, 2010
    Your fears are real (the separate lenses are likely to be better at the wide and long ends) but I have the 14-150mm and I'm fairly happy with its performance: not perfect, but certainly adequate. It's also faster and quieter than the twin kit lenses, I believe (it's a video-optimised lens).
  9. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Between the Oly 14-150mm and the Pany 14-140mm, the Oly is definitely the way to go if you are using a PEN. I have tried the Pany 14-140mm before, and it is so much heavier than the Oly 14-150mm, while I find the IQ only marginally better.

    My "light" travel equipments include the Oly 14-150mm and a Pany 20mm f/1.7...
  10. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 15, 2011
    Aberdeen Scotland
    I use the Oly 14-150 on my G3 and it's fine, the IQ is good, certainly considering the large focal range it covers. It feels like a solid well built and well designed lens too.

  11. Gwendal

    Gwendal Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 6, 2010
    One more vote for the Oly 14-150... 14mm at one end means you get something really wide, and it really has good IQ while being small and light. Maybe you can do a search in Lightroom or the equivalent app you are using to manage your photos and see what focal lengths you use the most - how many of your good shots were made with the 150-200 mm range ?
  12. xanaduflipper

    xanaduflipper Mu-43 Regular

    May 12, 2011
    Kent, UK
    Hi Gwendal,

    I probably don't shoot over 150mm more than 20% of the time so I guess I'm not going to miss that extra length at the far end.

    Bit disappointed though because I thought the fisheye converter would fit on the bayonet buy doesn't look like it does :( 
  13. 150mm is not that far removed from 200mm, and cropping a 150mm image down to the same angle-of-view as a 200mm will still give a large image file. I've found the following focal length comparison tool from tamron quite useful.

    Focal length comparison tool, Tamron USA

    Choose the 35mm film option and scroll between 300 and 400mm to compare the equivalent focal lengths. The digital option is for APS-C sized sensors.
  14. Gwendal

    Gwendal Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 6, 2010
    Ditto on that - I remeber there was something similar for Olympus, with different frames for different focal lengths (can't find it right now). Guess if you really want the fisheye you will have to buy the new 14-42 as well...
  15. Art

    Art Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2011
    San Francisco, CA
    Oly 14-150mm is outstanding lens. It's my most used lens in daytime especially for hiking and travelling. It's small and light, same size as Oly 40-150mm but with metal mount. It's sharp, has nice bokeh at longer FL. Add Marumi Achromat close-up lens and now you have some powerful macro. Of course, you need to watch your shutter speeds as there is no OIS and I beleive IBIS is less reliable at longer FL. I find that to get really sharp photos at 150mm I need to have at least 1/1000s. It gets softer at 1/500s with or without IBIS. It's not the easiest lens to use in that regard.
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