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Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Hendrix, Jan 20, 2015.

  1. Hendrix

    Hendrix Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 14, 2014
    Netherlands
    Hi , I want to buy a lens for the holidays ,I want to travel light , now I have the choise between a mft 14-150 and a mf 18-180 , both second hand . What is the best choice ?
    Thanks Henk.
     
  2. DynaSport

    DynaSport Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 5, 2013
    Dan
    What kind of camera do you have? The 18-180 will likely focus slower if you don't have an E-M1. I don't have any personal experience with either though, so perhaps someone with more experience will chime in.
     
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  3. Hendrix

    Hendrix Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 14, 2014
    Netherlands
    I have a E-P1 .
     
  4. Atom Ant

    Atom Ant Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 24, 2012
    Melbourne, OZ
    Adam
    I don't know the 18-180, and have never used the 14-150, but if the IQ is comparable, I would sacrifice the tele end to gain at the wide end.
     
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  5. Hendrix

    Hendrix Mu-43 Regular

    43
    Dec 14, 2014
    Netherlands
    In the showcase I see some very nice shots ,taken with the 14-150 . I also read that the AF is very good and thats important for me , I can't find much about the 18-180.
     
  6. MikeB

    MikeB Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 10, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    I've got the Oly 14-150, and find it's a great snapshot lens. I can leave it on all day and always have a reasonable focal length available for the situation. Compared to the 18-180, I think that the wider end is more useful, I take lots of scenic shots in the 14-16mm range.
     
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  7. MadMarco

    MadMarco Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 30, 2014
    Guildford, England
    I've got the Oly 14-150 and used it exclusively on my E-PL2, it's a really nice lens and I think that it's very much under-rated.

    Optically I'd say that it's better than the kit zoom lenses, the AF is about the same i.e. fast and it's about as compact as you could make a super-zoom. The only downside is that it is a little bit slow; starting at f4, but that's the nature of the beast with compact super-zooms.

    I've never tried the 18-180, but I would bet cash that the 14-150 will focus much faster on the E-P1 than the 18-180, it's smaller and will have a lens profile that will automatically correct in camera jpegs (this won't be a big advantage if you shoot raw). I know which one I would rather have.
     
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  8. Hendrix

    Hendrix Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 14, 2014
    Netherlands
    Okay , thanks , I think I buy the 14-150.
     
  9. flamingfish

    flamingfish Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Nov 16, 2012
    Emily
    I know nothing about the 18-180, but I like the 14-150 as a travel lens. Mine rarely left my camera during a recent three week trip. It's not as sharp as the primes (the ones I had with me were the Pana 20 1.7 and the Oly 60), but for trips when you don't want to carry a lot of lenses and can't count on having the opportunity to switch lenses much, it's great.
     
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  10. Jfrader

    Jfrader Guest

    A lot depends on what range you prefer to shoot. For me, that extra 4mm at the wide end would be crucial. I would take 50 or more shots between 14 and 18mm for every one I would shoot between 150 and 180mm. You need to consider your own shooting style but I really think the wide end is more used by most folks.
     
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  11. Hendrix

    Hendrix Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 14, 2014
    Netherlands
    The 14-150 arive tomorow , so thanks you all.
     
  12. Hendrix

    Hendrix Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 14, 2014
    Netherlands
    The 14-150 arrived . First impression : lightweight, faster and acurated AF then my 14-54 and40-150 . Coming weekend I'll make some test pics.
     
  13. MadMarco

    MadMarco Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 30, 2014
    Guildford, England
    Post back when you've had a good chance to get the feel of the new lens.
     
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  14. Hendrix

    Hendrix Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 14, 2014
    Netherlands
    Some (foggy) test pics :
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    And a flower.
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