Do you know one good FD 1.4x TC? I only need one.
Yes, my nFD 50/1.4 is not sharp until f/1.8 or f/2.0. It gets better (and usable) at f/1.8 and much better at f/2.0. That is why I wrote "good 70mm f/2.5 or f/2.8" (after 1.4x TC extension).
Last time I searched, 100mm f/2.8 FD lenses are not cheap (and I usually don't spend much for vintage manual primes).
I'm sorta in the same boat, though I went with the newer model and have the Panasonic version of the shorter tele-zoom. Haven't used the p45-150 since, though I'd agree that the long end of the p45-150 is sharper than the p14-140II, it's not a huge difference. I should off it but I'm lazy...
There's always the shot of the interior. I've shot UWA from an airliner before and sure you get the wing. But being open door, you'll only get a little of the helicopter in at the edges, which can give useful context. When I'm thinking UWA I'm thinking 8-18mm which is fairly flexible. I'd not want to be stuck with a 7.5mm.I've not shot from a helicopter, but I think if you went too wide, you'd have more helicopter in the shot than scenery.
There's always the shot of the interior. I've shot UWA from an airliner before and sure you get the wing. But being open door, you'll only get a little of the helicopter in at the edges, which can give useful context. When I'm thinking UWA I'm thinking 8-18mm which is fairly flexible. I'd not want to be stuck with a 7.5mm.
Sell it locally on craigs or offer up. I sold one a couple of months ago for $60 a couple of days after posting so it sold quickly. No fees to creep in on your profit.I just bought a Panasonic 14-140mm f/4.0-5.8 and wonder if I would have any reason to keep my Olympus kit zoom 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6.
The advantage of O40-150 kit lies in its light weight (190 grams vs 460 grams of the P14-140) and faster aperture at some focal length. That aperture difference is not a lot, though I wonder if it will help in automatic macro focus bracketing in-camera? I sometimes do that with a Raynox DCR-150 or 250 clipped in front of O40-150.
I do have a P100-300 though, so I mostly only use O40-150 for macro focus bracketing between 40-90mm.
I do realize that the minor weight difference of 270 grams may not matter in real life.
The kit O40-150 seems to sell for $55 shipped on eBay now, even though I bought it for $90 a few years ago. So I won't recover much funds from selling the O40-150, if I should bother to sell it at all.
I bought the P14-140 for convenience in travel. We just went to Keystone Colorado for a family ski trip with E-M10 II and kit zooms O14-42 and O40-150. I actually used O40-150 a bit more than O14-42 there (especially at around 70-100mm) and found that changing lens or carrying 2 cameras won't work well for my travel. However, I don't want to spend that much for newer versions of 14-140/150 (would rather get used primes or pros at those prices), so I went with a deal on an older used P14-140 f/4-5.8.
Your comments would be highly appreciated. Happy New Year!
Sell it locally on craigs or offer up. I sold one a couple of months ago for $60 a couple of days after posting so it sold quickly. No fees to creep in on your profit.
I think the P14-150 would indeed be the only lens on my only camera 95% of the time, when I go to Hawaii next time. I will likely ride a windowless helicopter tour with that lens there.
I will also have, in my Hawaii backpack, an O9-18, a Samyang 7.5; but I may not use them much (maybe only 5%). Most likely, I will bring Raynox DCR-150/250 macro converters to add on P14-150, but won't bring my P100-300. Not sure yet.
As I mentioned above, I brought my O14-42 and kit O40-150 on my Colorado family ski trip with a single E-M10 II and switch between those lenses A LOT. So much so, that I would rather trade image quality for convenience. I actually never wanted a super zoom lens until that ski trip (even though super zoom has been mentioned for family travel many times; reason being one should focus on light, the moment/mood and composition, instead of changing lenses constantly - I have to agree with that now) and I knew O40-150 might be optically superior.
Also consider the shooting scenario on a windowless helicopter. Switch lens would be too slow and nearly impossible (wind, debris and possibility of dropping camera or lens). A super zoom would be a lot faster than two cameras with O14-42 and O401-50 too.
12-60 won't work for me, as I have many shots taken at 70-100mm.
Fast and uncooperating kids can be hard for ANY camera to handle. You need a Go-Pro type camera on your hat, and have it constantly running.
FYI, the O 14-150mm is exactly the same size as the O 40-150. Since you have an Olympus body, you might consider the O 14-150mm. You will get the extra reach in the same sized lens. I find the P 14-140mm a bit "fat" on smaller bodies, e.g., as compared to the O 14-150mm.
The 14-150 has a plastic barrel.The O-14-150 is 90 grams or 50% heavier than the O-40-150R. Probably due to the metal barrel on the 14-150 vs. plastic on the 40-150R.
I also think the volume of glass is more likely the reason.I'd say it's due to the glass required to cover 14-39mm range, too.