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Nikon 18-200 VR II vs Oly M.Zuiko 40-150 R

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by Kpp80202, Jun 21, 2014.

  1. Kpp80202

    Kpp80202 Mu-43 Rookie

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    Jul 3, 2013
    Colorado
    Kevin
    I have a Nikon D300 along with an 18-200VRII lens, and wondered how the Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150R on an OM-D EM-5 compares as far as IQ in the area where they overlap in focal length. (I have primes and the 14-42 kit lens to handle the short end.) I plan to eventually get a pro telephoto, but the 12-40 2.8 is next on my list, and I need something longer at the moment. Can anyone here chime in? Thanks!

    Kevin
     
  2. Sammyboy

    Sammyboy m43 Pro

    Oct 26, 2010
    Steeler Country
    ..... check out the O40-150 photo thread on this forum ......
     
  3. BigTam

    BigTam Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Mar 19, 2012
    Dortmund, Germany
    Ron
    I used to have the D7000 with the 18-200 (Version I, not II). As long as the light is sufficient, the 40-150 gives results which are out of all proportion to its price. It drops off a little at the long end (as did the 18-200), but I suspect you would be very happy with it.

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  4. Kpp80202

    Kpp80202 Mu-43 Rookie

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    Jul 3, 2013
    Colorado
    Kevin
    @BigTam, was the 40-150 roughly in the same league as the your 18-200? Thanks.
     
  5. InlawBiker

    InlawBiker Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 1, 2012
    Seattle, WA
    Greg
    I have used both... I would say the 40-150 is somewhat sharper and a lot lighter, in the same overlapping range. Of course the Nikon is a super-zoom going from wide to telephoto, so they're not really in the same class. As such it's probably the best of its type made. The 40-150 is impressive especially given the low price and tiny size, there is practically no reason to not own one.
     
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  6. BigTam

    BigTam Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Mar 19, 2012
    Dortmund, Germany
    Ron
    I fully agree with InLawBiker's assessment. I don't know anyone who doesn't like the 40-150.

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  7. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    I put my 40-150 on an EM5 against my Nikon Df with Tamron 70-300. In normal day to day shooting, 99% of the population could not tell the difference which camera/lens combo was used. The only time that really changed was for low light shooting... You can surmise which kit had the advantage there.

    For the price, the 40-150 is a very fine optic and if you need that range is well worth it.

    My review is here if interested.
    http://bestlightphoto.blogspot.com/2014/04/tamron-70-3004-56-vc-vs-olympus-40-1504.html
     
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