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Comparing The Panasonic 45-150 to the Olympus 40-150R

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by gugarci, Aug 21, 2014.

  1. gugarci

    gugarci Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 8, 2012
    Lyndhurst, NJ
    Bill
    I recently bought this lens to replace my Olympus 40-150. Compared to my copy of the Olympus this lens appears to be a little sharper
    at the short & long end. But the difference is nothing major. If it was the other way around i would still love this lens. Build wise this lens is better
    than the Olympus and feels really nice in your hand. Lens looks expensive, has a metal mount, & came with a nice hood. The zoom ring & manual focusing rings turn very smoothly & it has no zoom creep. The Olympus 40-150 looks & feels cheap compared to this lens. If my primary camera was an E-M5 or an E-M1 with the 5 axis IBIS I would of probably kept the Olympus. Unless I had cash to spare because this lens just looks & feels better. But since the IBIS on my GX7 is good not great, I decided to replace my lens Olympus 40-150 with this lens mainly to get the better performance of the lens OIS.

    I paid $249 for my new copy, & you can usually buy the Olympus for $149 or less, Is this lens worth about $100 more? Only the user can decide. If your
    primary body is Panasonic, yes, If you use an E-M1 or an E-M5, I still think so. Because this is a beautiful looking lens & would look great on those bodies. Olympus needs to cosmetically update the 40-150. However If you use an E-M1 or an E-M5 & you are not shallow like me use the Olympus 40-150. it's really good inexpensive lens.
     
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  2. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 28, 2012
    Shenyang, China
    贾一川
    Thanks for your input Bill, and since you've got both lenses, it could be quite interesting to see some comparison shots. I have both Panasonic G5 and Olympus E-PL5, and since my friend took my advice and have bought the 45-150 to use on his E-PL5, I decided to give the Olympus 40-150 a try for two (odd) reasons, one is the 45-150's aperture narrows pretty quickly towards zooming into the long end; and two, I think the Olympus one renders more beautiful bokeh. I'm aware of the subtle sharpness difference and more apparent build quality differences, but just like everybody said, both are excellent performers for very affordable prices. I prefer the 40mm wide end instead of 45, though I'm missing the amazing OIS on the 45-150.
     
  3. gugarci

    gugarci Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 8, 2012
    Lyndhurst, NJ
    Bill
    Sorry that's not going to happen. I have my 40-150, my E-P3, VF2 & my Olympus 14-42 lens packed. I'm getting ready to sell it .
    For me the difference between 40-45mm is negligible. But the difference in over-all looks & build quality is not, although IQ wise they are similar. If you have the 40-150 & you like it use it. I like the 45-150 much better.
     
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  4. gugarci

    gugarci Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 8, 2012
    Lyndhurst, NJ
    Bill
    Just came back from Unique Photo. Sold my E-P3, the Olympus 40-150, the Olympus 14-42, & the VF2. I got $250 for these items. The 45-150 cost me $266 with tax. Over-all I'm very happy. I was not expecting anything over $150.
     
  5. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 25, 2012
    Australia
    I appreciate the direct comparison. I do agree the oly 40-150, feels very plasticy and toy-like, however when I took it travelling, I did appreciate the light weight.
     
  6. gugarci

    gugarci Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 8, 2012
    Lyndhurst, NJ
    Bill
    I hear you but is not that much lighter than the 45-150.
    According to Photozone the 45-150 is 200g's, the Olympus 40-150 is 190g's.
    I'll gladly carry the extra 10g's for the better build & looks.