EM1 + 12-40: would 14-150 be redundant? How useful?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by vincent, Nov 13, 2013.

  1. vincent

    vincent Mu-43 Rookie

    Oct 6, 2013
    New York, NY
    Dear All:

    I have the EM1 and the 12-40 -- enjoying the speedy autofocus and relatively wide aperture/brightness of the lens. The zoom range, is, of course, so so, but for a zoom, it's to be expected. Greater zoom range would equal a much dimmer lens.

    I'm tempted to return the 14-150. it is not nearly as fast nor as sharp as my 12-40, and has barely even gotten out of the box!

    Granted, the 14-150 is lighter, which suits the concept of the Micro43rds world rather well. Still, the hunting, the slower autofocus and the dimmer lens, all in all, makes the experience so much more pleasing when one couples the 12-40 with the EM1.

    I'm speculating that only for a very long day's walk, or being out all day when traveling, would one wish to sacrifice the constant f/2.8 for the longer ranger. The weight is another matter...

    May I ask what the good folks here think of keeping the 14-150? It seems to me that it's really rather redundant.

    Btw, the only other lens I have in Micro43rds is the 60mm Macro, so my stable merely consists of the 12-40 and the 60mm Macro.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. RamblinR

    RamblinR Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Aug 16, 2012
    Qld Australia
    I had the 14-150 which I loved for the range it offered but I couldn't live with the changing aperture and it's quality after 100 wasn't very good.
    If I were you I would work with the 12-40 and 60 macro as a kit as this gives you a pretty good range at fast aperture.
    Wait for the 40-150 f2.8 and put your money on that.
    If you really need something long while you wait, pick up the 40-150 kit lens which has better quality than the 14-150 at matching focal lengths
  3. SkiHound

    SkiHound Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 28, 2012
    Well, I don't have either. I will buy the 12-40. I'm actually kind of interested in the new Panny 14-140 which I've generally read good things about. I'm fairly often out walking with wife, dogs, and sometimes additional pack members. And if the light is good I could really see the value in a lens like that. I'd also use it for stuff like kayaking where changing lenses just isn't really a viable option. I have no idea what the IQ of the 14-150 is like. My concern about the 14-140 is I find the 12-50 pretty compromised in terms of IQ. I had an E620 and 12-60 which really spoiled me in terms of normal zooms.
  4. bredman

    bredman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 30, 2013
    Sherwood Forest
    This is what i was going to say. :smile:
  5. JamieW

    JamieW Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 25, 2013
    I have the 12-40 2.8, the 75 1.8 and the 14-150 F4-F5.6.

    I personally think the 12-40 is a good lens, and the 14-150 lens is almost a no-brainer for the price. Together it gives you a 35mm equiv of 24-300mm. If you want better image quality, as suggested, there's the 60mm or the 75 1.8, or you could wait until the 40-150 2.8 but that won't be out until late next year from what I hear.

    If I had it all over to do again, I'd get the 12-40 2.8 again, and the 75 1.8. I'd probably skip the 40-150 and get the 75-300 instead.
  6. RamblinR

    RamblinR Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Aug 16, 2012
    Qld Australia
    Would have to agree to this. If you don't mind a larger lens the 75-300 offers the same quality from 40-150 of the smaller zoom and then adds a further 150mm for when you need it.
    If you don't need this focal length then go with the 40-150 and wait for the fast prime as this lens is cheaper.

    The following is a 50% crop of a 300mm shot which has been processed in topaz for more oomph but you get the idea

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  7. bigal1000

    bigal1000 Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 10, 2010
    New Hampshire
    Agree I bought a 40-150 brand new for $98 it came from a kit. It is a great lens for such a low price.
  8. oly18

    oly18 Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 21, 2011
    The 12-40 is also weathersealed, whereas the 14-150 is prone to dust/moisture. That being said, the 14-150 is a very useful lens when you don't have time or can't change lenses. I don't have the 12-40 (yet) but I use my 14-150 fairly often as it's a great travel lens in good light, particularly with kids. My copy is pretty sharp...
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