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Oly 14-150 vs Panasonic 14-140 on OMD

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Sophia5, Jun 22, 2012.

  1. Sophia5

    Sophia5 Mu-43 Rookie

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    Apr 17, 2012
    Looking for a walk around zoom for my OMD. Anyone with hands on experience with both?
     
  2. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    I have the 14-150ED. Great lens :smile: - but looks silly (to me) at 150mm focal length...:biggrin: (But not as silly looking as a NEX with the 18-200)...:wink:
     
  3. bongestrella

    bongestrella Mu-43 Veteran

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    Sep 2, 2011
    Mechanicsburg, PA
    Just purchased the 14-150 at Cameta. I figured this will be a better fit for me than the 12-50. No idea with the 14-140, though reviews say they are pretty close; the 140 probably a bit better, but the body it is mounted on is usually what makes the difference.
     
  4. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    Easy call - unless you need the OIS of the Pany lens (which you don't with the OMD), get the Oly. I have the 14-150 and have briefly owned two copies of the 14-140. The Pany is a MUCH bigger and heavier lens. It's a tank. Partly due to OIS and partly due to the optimization for video. I never wanted to use the Pany as a walk around lens - I do it easily with the 14-150. Optically, there's either no difference or too little to worry about. The extra 10mm isn't huge but certainly isn't a bad thing. The Pany is a fine lens but it's a bit of a monster. The Oly is much more consistent with the scale of these cameras.

    -Ray
     
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  5. strang

    strang Mu-43 Veteran

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    May 7, 2012
    Makes you wonder how much lighter Olympus versions of the F2.8 zooms would be?

    Sorry for being off topic. Couldn't resist.
     
  6. jonh918

    jonh918 Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 13, 2012
    San francisco,ca
    i picked up a e-pl1 w/ 14-150mm kit for $545 shipped from cameta, i like it.. my bro has a gf3 w 14-140mm which is nice also but i notice @ 140mm the images look alittle soft, but you can fix that w/ lightroom etc...Cameta has some good deals on e-pl1 and e-pl2
     
  7. Sophia5

    Sophia5 Mu-43 Rookie

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    Apr 17, 2012
    Anyone knows if I will loose in term of image quality moving from 12-50 TO 14-140 or 14-150 in the same range?
     
  8. bongestrella

    bongestrella Mu-43 Veteran

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    Sep 2, 2011
    Mechanicsburg, PA
    I traded up my 12-50 and got myself a 14-150. Still waiting until Cameta delivers it. I will know in a week.
     
  9. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    Very little if anything within the rang, given that the range doesn't go as wide. I really like the functionality of the 12-50 but it doesn't have the greatest rep for IQ and I guess that's true of both of the super zooms too, but they're both very good for what they do.

    -Ray
     
  10. Sophia5

    Sophia5 Mu-43 Rookie

    13
    Apr 17, 2012
    Can't wait to hear your hands on comparison
     
  11. Promit

    Promit Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 6, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
    Promit Roy
    Can someone chip in with thoughts on build quality of the two lenses? I've got the 14-140mm and I'm happy with it but it IS a rather large lens. I'm just wary that the Oly has that cheap feeling of the kit zooms.

    I hope they do a weather sealed version of one of the superzooms, though. I can't give up the 12-50mm as long as there are no other sealed lens choices. I've got the 14-54 II, which is fantastic but doesn't quite fit the niche.
     
  12. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    I'd say the difference in build is a mixed bag. The big Pany lenses (I've spent notable time with the 100-300 and 45-200 also) feel very solid, but I think that's mostly because they're heavy. But I've had issues with zoom creep and sort of scratchy zoom mechanisms on nearly all of them. I've owned two 14-140's (neither for more than a couple of weeks though) and they're typical of the breed. Nothing that really affects them in use, but just not a feel I particularly enjoy.

    The Olympus is a lot lighter and narrower in the barrell but it's a very precise mechanism - no creep or friction in the zoom mech. And I've noticed the same with the 75-300 compared to the 100-300 - lighter and somewhat less substantial, but very smooth and precise and no problems.

    In short, I haven't had any functional problems with any of these larger lenses from either manufacturer, but I like the feel and precision of the Olys more so far. Or maybe I've just been lucky with my samples and less lucky with the Pany versions?

    Hope that helps,

    -Ray
     
  13. The only area of operation that I prefer the Oly 14-150 is the lack of zoom creep. Otherwise it has the same build quality as the 9-18mm and 14-42mm zooms i.e. okay but not great. Everything about the Panny 14-140mm feels built to a higher standard.
     
  14. mauro

    mauro Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 26, 2012
    near Venice, Italy
    I have the oly 14-150 and my friend have the panny 14-140 oh his e-p1.
    The oly is lighet and al little bit smaller than the panny but the image quality of yhe 14-140 in a little bit better, more crisp.
     
  15. bongestrella

    bongestrella Mu-43 Veteran

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    Sep 2, 2011
    Mechanicsburg, PA
    I just did a quick and dirty comparison yesterday!

    Based on my copies (meaning your miles may vary), the 14-150 gives up little to no image quality disadvantage to both the 14-42 and 12-50 on same/similar focal lengths. You'll have to give up portability on the 14-42; and 12-13mm, e-zooming, weathersealing, semi-macro mode on the 12-50mm. If any of those is essential to your shooting, then obviously the 14-150 is not the way to go. I realize most of these are already well-known to most people but I wanted to see for myself.

    I just wish it's better on the long end (the 40-150 is miles ahead on IQ around 80-120mm) but overall, I'm pretty satisfied with this purchase.