Oly 40-150 2.8 PRO on and EP-5

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by LOZ, Jan 3, 2016.

  1. LOZ

    LOZ Mu-43 Rookie

    Jul 8, 2013
    I'll be spending two months in Alaska this summer. I normally carry a Canon DSLR, 70-200 2.8 L, 24-105 L and 17-40 L. A very heavy and cumbersome kit. I'd really like to lighten up.

    I have a EP-5, Oly 45 1.8, Oly 17 2.8, Pany 20 1.7 and a totally worthless Oly 40-150 R 4.0-5.6.

    So....I'm thinking about adding a Oly 40-150 2.8 PRO to the mix. I'm wondering if anyone here has experience with the 40-150 2.8 PRO mated to a PEN. Is it an ergonomics disaster or is it a brilliant combination?
  2. mcasan

    mcasan Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 26, 2014
    For our trip to Alaska this coming fall we will take two E-M1 bodies, 7-14 Pro for landscapes and night skies, 12-40 for walk around, 40-150 Pro and TC for wildlife, and either the 300 Pro or the Leica 100-400 for wildlife. It is the kit we took to Kenya for November except we used the Panasonic 100-300 as neither the 300 Pro or 100-400 were available. Watch the news and announcements this coming week about lenses and maybe some new bodies.

    BTW, the wife and I both used to carry 5DIII, 7D, and a big bag of L glass. We gave up the size, weight, and cost of 35mm. We are very glad we did.
  3. rfortson

    rfortson Mu-43 Veteran

    I found that telephoto lenses just don't work for me on Pen-style bodies. The cheapie 40-150 was the longest I could use on a Pen body (and it did quite well, especially for the money). But my 40-150 Pro stays on my EM-5, usually with the grip. Same with my 75-300. Ergonomically, the SLR-style body of the EM-x using the eyepiece as another brace against my body works the best for me.
  4. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    I've used the 40-150Pro on a PM2 Pen just because I could. Looks super weird and ergonomically silly however it works surprisingly ok, hold the lens by the tripod foot (left Hand) and the camera with the right hand..... just keep the shutter speed up a little bit.
  5. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    The 40-150 PRO really benefits from having a camera with a grip.
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  6. LOZ

    LOZ Mu-43 Rookie

    Jul 8, 2013
    Thanks everyone for your responses.

    I'm wondering if the M.Zuiko ED 14-150 f4.0-5.6 II (not the R) would be a better match for the E-P5 in terms of ergonomics. Is it worthwhile when considering it's IQ. How does the IQ compare to the 40-150 2.8 PRO?
  7. Chris5107

    Chris5107 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 28, 2011
    I have used several large lenses with my E-P5. I have not found it to be a problem at all but this may be due to the fact that I always use the VF-4 when I use the E-P5. I don't see much difference between the ergonomics of the E-P5/VF-4 and the EM-5.
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  8. fdifulco

    fdifulco Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 28, 2011
    New Orleans, Louisiana
    they are not in the same class. you can get some nice pics with the 14-150 with the correct light and f-stop. but the 40-150 is a real gem. i have been using it the last few days with an EP5.
  9. DeoreDX

    DeoreDX Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 13, 2013
    Never tried the 40-150 but the 12-40 really wasn't bad at all on my E-P5. Though it was a lot better with a grip I made.

    23693706514_c93ac3e411_c.jpg P8150476 by deoredx, on Flickr
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  10. I was a big fan of using the 12-40 pro on my E-P5, and at first thought the 40-150 pro would work out OK, too. But the more I used the larger lens, the more I missed having an EVF. Finally upgraded to the E-M5m2.
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