O40-150 or P45-150/200?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by RoyBell, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. RoyBell

    RoyBell Mu-43 Rookie

    Apr 14, 2013
    Hello all. I purchased my GX1 about a month ago. I have been happy learning and shooting with it. It came with the 14-42 :)redface:) kit lens and I purchased the 20mm shortly after for some better indoor shooting. I am happy with the 20mm, and my next lens was going to be a wider 7/9mm. That was until the sun has emerged and soccer season has started.

    Now I am looking at zoom lenses. Contenders are the O40-150, P45-150 and the P45-200.

    The Oly is nice because I can get down to 40mm. However, I have heard both the 150s get a little soft at the 120mm mark. The pannys should work better with my system. I am just wondering if the extra 50mm of the 200 is worth the extra cost and size. Does anyone have any experience with these lenses side by side?

    I think the P45-150 will suit me fine based on my 45 at soccer games. I would be tripling my zoom which should be more than sufficient. All three lens sample photos seem to be all over the board. I'd like to hear some real world experience if possible.
  2. chasm

    chasm Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 2, 2010
    a vote for Olympus

    I have a G3 and an E-PM1. I decided to get the Olympus 40-150 for the following reasons:
    1) I tried the Panasonic 45-200 in a shop and wasn't impressed by the OIS - perhaps I wasn't using it correctly, I know some people have got excellent results with this lens.
    2) The Olympus was only £100 - admittedly as part of a bundle with the E-PM1, but still... even separately you can get them for £129!
    3) it is wonderfully small and light, and the results are at least decent.
  3. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    I had the 45-200 and was very unimpressed with the performance at 200mm. I tried OIS on, OIS off, IBIS on, IBIS off, tripod mounted + no IS at all and it was just soft at 200mm. Maybe I had a bad copy, but I think my experience is one others have had.
  4. RoyBell

    RoyBell Mu-43 Rookie

    Apr 14, 2013
    That's too bad Paul. After comparing lens sizes I didn't realize the 200mm was so huge. I like the form factor of the 2 150s. I am currently crossing the 200 off my list.
  5. Geoff3DMN

    Geoff3DMN Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 29, 2012
    Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia
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    You've got a GX1 which doesn't have in body stabilization and the Oly 40-150 doesn't have in lens stabilization.

    In your particular case I'm wondering if the 150 without stabilization is going to create issues for you and personally I'd count that as a factor towards the Panasonic zooms which do have in lens stabilization.
  6. cookme

    cookme Mu-43 Regular

    May 25, 2012
    if you care about the lens size, also consider P45-175 for its internal zoom.
  7. yekimrd

    yekimrd Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 14, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
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  8. mauro

    mauro Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 26, 2012
    near Venice, Italy
    and optically is the best standard zoom.
  9. RoyBell

    RoyBell Mu-43 Rookie

    Apr 14, 2013
    Thanks for the suggestions guys. Like said above, having a Panasonic I think having a panasonic lens with in-lens stability is probably the better option for me. I was looking at the 45-175. It is just a bit too costly for me right now. I got the 45-150 for the $199 amazon price. 45-175 looks to be almost $160 more. I do like the option for the extra reach and the in-lens focusing, but not for almost double the price. My buddy has the O40-150 so it should be fun to compare them side by side. Most of my shooting will consist of kids playing outside (sports) around the 100-120 range I think. This lens should suit my current shooting and budget fine. I will report back with my impressions and possibly side by side comparison of the Olympus vs Panasonic.
  10. kwalsh

    kwalsh Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 3, 2012
    Baltimore, MD
    I think you made the right decision. You want an IS lens for the Panasonic bodies. The 45-200 is significantly larger than the other options and there seems to be a lot of "copy variation" of some form - mine is actually excellent but I've seen lots of a competent people who have had "bad copies" that I'm confident were not user error.

    That leaves the 45-175 or the 45-150. I'm seeing a lot of folks giving good reviews for the 45-150. The 45-175 still appears to have a "shutter shock" issue on some bodies (G3 in particular) so it isn't a perfect lens even at the higher price.

    If I had to purchase one of these lenses right now I'd probably put my money down on the 45-150 just like you did. Let us know how it works out!
  11. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
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    I'll say this. I love my oly 40-150. 5 out of 10 times, I wish I had more reach, though. Especially when I like to shoot birds.
  12. sammykhalifa

    sammykhalifa Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 22, 2012
    Pittsburgh PA
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    Well I had found the 45-200 for a hundred bucks new, so the decision was kind of made for me.
  13. RoyBell

    RoyBell Mu-43 Rookie

    Apr 14, 2013
    Hard to beat that kind of lens for $100! Nice find!