Confused about R versions of Olympus kit lenses

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by FlyPenFly, Jun 10, 2012.

  1. FlyPenFly

    FlyPenFly Mu-43 Veteran

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    Especially the 40-150mm, is the R version an optical improvement or just different lens casing designs?
     
  2. Sammyboy

    Sammyboy m43 Pro

    Oct 26, 2010
    Steeler Country
    Metal body, all else is the same.
     
  3. FlyPenFly

    FlyPenFly Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 15, 2011
    Is the body actually metal or metal look plastic?
     
  4. pictor

    pictor Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    As far as I know, it is plastic.
     
  5. Grinch

    Grinch Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    The R versions just have a different texture, they are identical optically and mechanically to previous version.
    14-42:
    MkI w/metal mount, MkI w/plastic mount, MkII, MkII R
    40-150:
    Original, R Version
    I'm not sure if the 14-150 has an R version.
     
  6. ageha

    ageha Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 14, 2011
    I think the R stands for improved focussing speed with the latest three PEN bodies.
     
  7. silversx80

    silversx80 Mu-43 Veteran

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    I have the 40-150, non-R, which has the same MSC-type focusing motor. The focusing speed between it and the 12-50 is nearly unnoticeable on my E-M5.

    You won't be disappointed if you prefer either style.
     
  8. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    The 'R' indicates the newer styling. Focusing speeds (with current firmware) are identical, as are the optics.

    DH
     
  9. FlyPenFly

    FlyPenFly Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 15, 2011
    Thanks will go for the R, doesn't seem much more and I prefer the styling.
     
  10. Sammyboy

    Sammyboy m43 Pro

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    The barrel or body is made of metal, the lens mount is plastic. Same optics as the first MSC version.
     
  11. silversx80

    silversx80 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nope, it's pretty much all engineering plastics, both versions.
     
  12. twokatmew

    twokatmew Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2012
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    Margaret
    Sorry, plastic....
     
  13. Sammyboy

    Sammyboy m43 Pro

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    Steeler Country
    This discussion was brought last year, it can be found here:

    https://www.mu-43.com/f38/anyone-m-zuiko-40-150-a-7064/index5.html

    My response is a direct copy of the published Olympus data sheet for the 40-150R.

    M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 R

    The latest generation of the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150 mm f4.0-5.6 R (35mm equivalent focal length: 80-300 mm) has now arrived. It features a brand new, optimized overall design in a stylish metal body. It’s small, lightweight and variable in performance – perfect for close-up portraits or long-distance scenes – and it is flexible for indoor or outdoor use. You can use this high-power zoom as the perfect companion of your standard kit lens without being burdened by travelling with too much equipment. It features a screw drive mechanism that is especially quiet and fast (MSC), so it is ideal perfect for shooting films and taking rapid-fire still shots.
     
  14. silversx80

    silversx80 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Time and time again, marketing folk demonstrate their lack of expertise when it comes to product announcements.

    From Olympus America's website Click Here:

    The latest generation of the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150 mm f4.0-5.6 R (35mm equivalent focal length: 80-300 mm) has now arrived. It features a brand new, optimized overall design in a stylish black or silver body. It’s small, lightweight and variable in performance – perfect for close-up portraits or long-distance scenes – and it is flexible for indoor or outdoor use. You can use this high-power zoom as the perfect companion of your standard kit lens without being burdened by travelling with too much equipment. It features an MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) focusing mechanism that is designed to deliver quiet and precise operation, for an affordable, high quality means to capture your life in still images or HD videos.


    No mention of a metal body. Sorry.
     
  15. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    It's a particularly amusing cockup to make because one of the few complaints about the 40-150 and 40-150R is that it doesn't have a metal bayonet mount.

    DH
     
  16. Joe777

    Joe777 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Apr 11, 2012
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    It's all plastic.
     
  17. ageha

    ageha Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 14, 2011
    The more plastic the better, every gramm less counts! :)
     
  18. sutherland

    sutherland New to Mu-43

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  19. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    This is a typo on lenstip. The previous lens does have an HR lens, as seen in the specs on Olympus's website.

    There is no difference in the optics of the two.

    DH
     
  20. sutherland

    sutherland New to Mu-43

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