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Anyone with a m.Zuiko 40-150?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by luguidomanski, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. luguidomanski

    luguidomanski Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 11, 2010
    Curitiba, Brazil
    Luiz
    I am willing to buy this lens as a Christmas gift for... myself. But I didn't find any review around. Since I like the 14-42, I am not willing to pay USD600,00 for a 14-150, but USD300 for a 40-150 seems reasonable.

    Any thoughts and/or experience with this lens? Comments would be welcome.

    Luiz
     
  2. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Jason
    I'd be curiou as well, especially for focus speed. I have the standard 4/3 version, and while its ok, it focuses too slow for my tastes.
     
  3. luguidomanski

    luguidomanski Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 11, 2010
    Curitiba, Brazil
    Luiz
    Come on, nobody???
     
  4. elshaneo

    elshaneo Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 26, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
  5. drpump

    drpump Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 28, 2010
    Depends what you want. The Panasonic is double the weight (380g vs 190g) and significantly larger. Since no-one has reviewed the new Olympus in depth, it's hard to say that the Panasonic is better.

    $260 vs $300 (Adorama). My guess is that they will reach parity once stock of the Olympus is readily available.

    Note for the original poster, I not sure that the M.Zuiko 40-150 is available yet, hence no reviews. Adorama have it listed as "back ordered" with no estimated availability date.
     
  6. luguidomanski

    luguidomanski Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 11, 2010
    Curitiba, Brazil
    Luiz
    Portability is essential for me. 380 grams is way too much.


    They are available at B&H.
     
  7. playak47

    playak47 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 4, 2010
    i would love to see reviews on the m.zuiko 40-150 because its good price. I wonder how new it is?
     
  8. drpump

    drpump Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 28, 2010
    Ditto, although I bought the 14-150mm in a kit with an E-PL1 because I wanted the versatility (it's 280g and quite compact). I'm expecting the 40-150 to be better at the long end, but mine is still quite decent. Exposure (light) is likely to be more of an issue than lens quality for me.
     
  9. starlabs

    starlabs Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Sep 30, 2010
    Los Angeles
    It's available. If you search through the m43 forum on dpreview.com, I saw one or two threads from new owner(s) discussing it.
     
  10. playak47

    playak47 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 4, 2010
    besides the price...which would you prefer more? 14-150mm or 40-150mm?
     
  11. drpump

    drpump Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 28, 2010
    I haven't tried the 40-150mm, but for my purposes (travel and video lens), the 14-150mm makes a lot more sense. I bought a 20mm Panasonic as the walkaround lens, with the 14-150mm as a backup when I need some flexibility in focal length.

    I've been pretty impressed with the image quality of the 14-150mm, although I find the zoom control a bit stiff for video (although they say you shouldn't zoom while filming).

    Note regarding price that I bought the 14-150mm in a kit with an E-PL1. It was about AUD$250 more than a twin kit (14-42 and the old four-thirds 40-150mm). I wasn't especially impressed with the small kit lens and thought this option was better value.
     
  12. playak47

    playak47 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 4, 2010
    Is it safe to get rid of my 14-42 kit lens if i get the 14-140mm? How is quality of the two lens at 14-42 range compared to each other?
     
  13. drpump

    drpump Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 28, 2010
    Probably (I assume you mean the 14-150mm). The 14-150 is only slightly longer than the uncollapsed 14-42, but it doesn't collapse. So putting the camera in a pocket, even a large one, is impractical with the lens attached. Since I'm using a 20mm Panasonic as the primary lens and carry the 14-150 in a bag, I'm not concerned about this.

    I don't have the 14-42mm. The reviews I've read suggest that the 14-150mm is a little softer at the wide end but is otherwise as good or better than the kit lens. It should focus faster (making it better for video). Probably worth your while to read a few reviews: I'm working from memory.
     
  14. starlabs

    starlabs Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Sep 30, 2010
    Los Angeles
    Alright, I finally have more time and luckily I knew I bookmarked the thread discussing the 40-150.

    Zuiko-M 40-150mm f4-5.6 Very Nice!: Micro Four Thirds Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review
    Re: buying olympus epl1 is the 40-150 worth the extra $200?: Micro Four Thirds Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review

    Looks like a pretty solid lens. For me personally I think I might have to save up for the 14-150. I've found that changing lens "in the field" is a major hassle for me. Dunno... still haven't fully decided myself :rofl:
     
  15. playak47

    playak47 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 4, 2010
    The price difference between those two lens is only $180 now in US. Seems like these lens prices are going down. So 14-150mm might be better choice overall if the image quality is the same.
     
  16. Spuff

    Spuff Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 5, 2010
    Berkshire, UK.
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  18. Mellow

    Mellow Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2010
    Florida or Idaho
    Tom
    Just got it (I was one of those blighters!) and ran some tests against my old 4/3 40-150mm, which is a very good lens. Bottom line: just as good as the 4/3 version, but lighter, smaller, and cheaper! It's really amazing how tiny this thing is considering it has a reach equivalent to 300mm on FF.

    The post above says all you need to know about performance relative to the Panasonic 45-200mm. If you go to the original link you'll see that the Olympus upsampled 133% even beats the Panny at 200mm; pretty darn impressive.

    One negative: the lens doesn't come with a lens hood, like the original 4/3 version did. The 4/3 version fits perfectly though, and that's how I tested it.
     
  19. Kosta

    Kosta Mu-43 Veteran

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    Sep 29, 2010
    Australia
    it's not very prone to flare imo so I'm not sure it needs a hood...the performance is very good though. very light weight and portable. doesn't unbalance the camera.
     
  20. stratokaster

    stratokaster Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 4, 2011
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Pavel
    Spuff, thank you for posting these samples. It seems optically Oly lens is a good deal better than Panny 45-200. It's also twice as small and light. Hmmm. I'd say even for a Panny shooter like myself the lens is very tempting, considering the price. Of course, one could miss IS, but on the other hand - IS doesn't compensate for subject movement, so it's better to keep shutter speed high nevertheless.