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Best quality IQ in a 40ish to 150 to 200ish zoom?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by DHart, Aug 5, 2012.

  1. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    Don
    I haven't been keeping tabs on the zooms covering to 40ish to around 150 to 200mm range and there are a number of options in this category.

    What seem to be the very best models in this category for image quality?

    I expect the 35-100/2.8 will be a stunning performer, but what else might be at that high level of performance, or close to it?
     
  2. dannat

    dannat Mu-43 Regular

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    May 2, 2010
    Melbourne Australia
    I would have said the 45-175 pana, but the new 45-150 might trump it if you look at the mFT chart in the other thread
     
  3. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 5, 2011
    The 45-175 seems to suffer from some of the same double-vision effects, at least with IS on, that the 14-42 does. I'd wait to see how the 45-150 performs before making any decisions, unless you need something right now.

    The 45-200 is quite good, I think, up to about 150mm. It gets a bit soft at the long end, though. I have no experience with Oly's 40-150.
     
  4. drewbot

    drewbot Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Oct 21, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    The 45-200 pulls away hands down at 176-200 mm ;)
     
  5. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    Don
    I'm in no hurry to pull the trigger on such a lens yet... And do want to see how the 45-150 turns out.

    I had a 45-200 for a few days and wasnt happy with what I was getting from it, my keeper rate was abysmal, so I returned it. Not sure if that was because I had a bad copy, or pre-firmware update or what. It left a bad impression on me for the lens... But that may be an aberrant impression.

    If the 45-200 is considered to be about the top lense in this category, it would seem there is great opportunity for new contenders in the market.
     
  6. phrenic

    phrenic Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 13, 2010
    I don't know of any complaints against the 40-150mm. Incredibly light and quite sharp imo. I've seen tests on dpr where it performed better than the 45-200mm even when cropping to an equiv focal length. Cant beat it for the 150-200$ range imho.

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  7. MrDoug

    MrDoug Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Sep 5, 2011
    Boise, Idaho
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  8. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    Don
    Those are very nice images, Doug, primarily due to the subject matter, composition, and the lighting itself. It is very difficult to determine the IQ of the lens from these images, though, due to the tiny screen resolution displayed.
     
  9. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Zuiko 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5, FTW.
     
  10. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    Don
    Wouldn't it be nice if they designed a m4/3 version of that lens!

    It seems like all of the tele zooms for m4/3 are a just a bit short of really top performance... though it looks like the Pany 35-100 may well edge up into that level of quality.

    I do find the IQ from the Pany 14-140 to be surprisingly good for the extremely broad range of focal lengths it provides.

    Any indication how the 45-150 will compare to the 14-140 for IQ?
     
  11. htc

    htc Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jan 11, 2011
    Finland
    Harry
    So it means with the adapter? How does it focus, manually?
     
  12. htc

    htc Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jan 11, 2011
    Finland
    Harry
    It definetely would ;-)
     
  13. SkiHound

    SkiHound Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 28, 2012
    Yes, it definitely would. Wouldn't surprise me to see some kind of lens like that sometime in the future. Assuming rumors of a faster 12-60 become reality I could certainly see a longer companion telephoto. I'm pretty impressed with the 40-150. Very small (when not zoomed in), light, inexpensive, and seems remarkably good optically for the money. Optically I find my copy better than my 12-50.
     
  14. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    Ken
    I have been very surprised by my Oly 40-150. I was taking sunset photos with it the other night, and in quickly previewing the images, I had very little to complain. It reminds me a bit of my Nikkor 70-300VR, especially as that lens compares to my 70-200VRII. The latter is quite a piece of glass, delivering some amazing shots, especially when used for shooting sports. However, the former, like the 40-150, delivers quite nicely when stopped down a few stops. It's not a fast lens, and it does have a plastic mount, but optically, it is quite nice. And with a Marumi close-up filter attached, its a great lightweight "macro". As much as I did not think much of this lens as I acquired a variety of primes, it has probably delivered most of my shots these past few months. Would I consider a 35-100 f/2.8? You bet I would. But mostly for speed and build quality.

    --Ken
     
  15. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    Don
    I'm starting to think that up to 140, the Pany 14-140 may offer about the best IQ of native tele m4/3 zooms at present. I've been really impressed with the performance of the 14-140, considering it's not a super premium lens. Of course, it really should be quite good, given it's price. Can't wait to get my hands on the 35-100.
     
  16. MrDoug

    MrDoug Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Sep 5, 2011
    Boise, Idaho
    I posted in another thread, but thought this may a good spot as well..

    Oly 40-150.. with EPL3.. ISO 1600 .. I like the lens. CHEAP but GREAT..

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  17. oto02

    oto02 Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 24, 2012
    Melbourne, VICTORIA, AU
    Flo
    I haven't used this Oly m.40-150, the one I used is Oly 4/3 40-150 mkII wich is not bad one, but doesn't compare with the bigger brother (4/3) 50-200 mkI.

    I was wondering how would be the m.40-150 compared with 4/3 40-150 mkII, regarding to IQ.

    Anyone out there have them both and can show a side by side pics taken with them? m4/3 vs 4/3.

    Thanks.
     
  18. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 15, 2011
    Aberdeen Scotland
    I'm wondering the same, I've had 2 4/3 40-150 Mk2 in my 4/3 days and to be honest I wasn't that impressed with them.

    Paul
     
  19. BigTam

    BigTam Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Mar 19, 2012
    Dortmund, Germany
    Ron
    Agreed. I've been pleasantly surprised by some of the shots from it. See my recent post on Scenic, North Berwick.