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 Subscribing Member

    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 Subscribing Member

    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

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    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 Subscribing Member

    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.