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My impressions with Olympus 40-150 2.8 PRO and E-M1

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by noncho, Nov 20, 2014.

  1. noncho

    noncho Mu-43 Rookie

    Nov 20, 2014
    Hi all,

    I had one weekend with Olympus 40-150 2.8 PRO, 1.4x converter MC-14 and E-M1.
    I really wanted to check how good is that combination in action shooting (official football game) and I have also made some portraits, macro and street.

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    Here are my impressions - http://www.nonchoiliev.com/blog/2183

    This small review is a good reason to start posting here, I hope it will be helpful :smile:
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  2. hodad66

    hodad66 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 27, 2010
    Indialantic, Florida
    Thanks for the review!!!
  3. Aqualung

    Aqualung Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 10, 2013
    Central Mass
    Very encouraging...
  4. zulfur666

    zulfur666 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 30, 2014
    great set of photos, very impressive. thanks for sharing your thoughts and welcome to the mu43 forum.
  5. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    So what did you think of the combination?
  6. noncho

    noncho Mu-43 Rookie

    Nov 20, 2014
    Thank you all!
    I really like telephoto lenses and 40-150 2.8 is one of the most impressive which I have ever tried. The reach is very useful, the optics are excellent, it feels great for hand-held shooting with E-M1. The combination is very fast and responsive.
    I'm very curious about the expected 300/4 - with E-M1 might be amazing light combo for birds and other super telephoto needs :) 
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  7. Aniseedvan

    Aniseedvan Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 25, 2011
    Another thank you - really encouraging to see some low light sharp shots of sports.
  8. gobeatty

    gobeatty Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 15, 2014
    Do you know what iso and noise reduction (if any) was used in the soccer shots? The out of focus bleachers look a mess to me. Similar in the full length portrait.
  9. barry13

    barry13 Mu-43.com Editor Subscribing Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    The EXIF in the image above shows ISO 2500.

  10. noncho

    noncho Mu-43 Rookie

    Nov 20, 2014
    The information about image settings and ISO is in the review :) 
  11. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    And one more thread that could detail more in the forum than simply referring members to a blog.
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  12. noncho

    noncho Mu-43 Rookie

    Nov 20, 2014

    You are right about that, but gobeatty looks like he was there and I have even bold that "JPEG from the camera with no noise reduction and sharpness -1" :) 

    I have also noticed the busy background in some of the pictures, especially if it's not at 150mm.
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    Here is one full body at 150/2.8, where the background is better:
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  13. gobeatty

    gobeatty Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 15, 2014
    Ok - not bad at all for iso 3200 and no NR. Apologies for missing the camera setting notes.
  14. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    I was really hoping for better performance against busy backgrounds. This is one scenario where the 150F2 is significantly better than the 50-200, and I was hoping the 40-150 would be better than this.
  15. minibokeh

    minibokeh Guest

    This may be a worst case, but definitely not happy with the rendering of background out of focus areas in those test shots (M.40-150mm F2.8 with MC-14):

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  16. minibokeh

    minibokeh Guest

    here is what "best in class bokeh" looks like (same camera, OM-D E-M1, but with Zeiss Makro Planar 100mm)
    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/101667287@N08/15904411927" title="141223-135355 by Moritz Berger, on Flickr"> View attachment 399807 "1024" height="732" alt="141223-135355"></a>
  17. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Legend

    Mar 21, 2014
    While the robin shots definitely have a nervous edge to them that isn't very pleasing, I actually quite like the background in the model shot with the stump. It provides nice context and still has good separation, whereas the wall of blur in the 150/2.8 full body shot is pretty blah to me.
  18. kawhona

    kawhona Mu-43 Veteran

    Santa just brought mine yesterday and I had limited time to shoot with it. I am still trying to figure out how to post pics here but, what I can say it is a damn impressive lens. I know some don't like the size but, compared to my 70-200 VRII on my D800 its a piece of cake and quite honestly I don't feel its weight or size is an impediment. I gave it a quick try , attempting to shoot some hummingbirds today and when I got the subject focused the results were quite impressive. Shooting flying hummingbirds with a narrow DOF isn't a high winner rate even with the D800 but, it does do a better job catching the little buggers but, when my OMD e5 gets them with this lens it is awesome. Expensive for m4/3rds but, to me this lens filled a gap that needed to be done.

  19. minibokeh

    minibokeh Guest

    Besides the meh-bokeh, I like much of the other characteristic of this lens. Specifically pleased that as expected I'm shooting a lot beyond 100mm, which was one of the reasons to get the Olympus next to the 35-100 f/2.8 Panasonic that I already had.

    This picture is taken at 130mm, f/2.8, 1/160", ISO 200, E-M1:
    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/101667287@N08/16082538326" title="141225-204009_DxO by Moritz Berger, on Flickr"> View attachment 400100 "768" height="1024" alt="141225-204009_DxO"></a>
    Notable torture test shooting a subject with "halo flash" from behind.

    CPTKILLER Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 8, 2014
    Austin, Texas USA
    Jim Phipps
    Sharp piece of glass.

    Also excellent work.
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