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

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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!

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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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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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I fully agree with InLawBiker's assessment. I don't know anyone who doesn't like the 40-150.

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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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