Oly 40-150 2.8 worth getting / upgrading?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by gr8Shot, Jan 14, 2015.

  1. gr8Shot

    gr8Shot Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 13, 2013
    I currently own the Panasonic 30-100 2.8 for my E-M1. I appreciate the small size, internal focusing and optical quality.

    Now that the Olympus 40-150 2.8 is finally available, how many of you are interested?

    Is it a worthy upgrade from the otherwise excellent Panasonic? The Olympus 1.4x Teleconverter seems like a worthy companion. What do you think?
  2. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror! Subscribing Member

    Nov 9, 2012
    Traverse City, MI
    If I had the money, I'd buy it...especially if you need more than 100mm (from your 35-100).
  3. evilnim

    evilnim Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 27, 2012
    I made the switch. The size difference is significant to me. However the extra reach is good, and I assume more so with the TC (which I don't have). Image quality is excellent - from an untested, anecdotal, possibly GAS-justifying viewpoint, a bit better than the Panny was particularly at the longer end. However they are both tremendous. For me, the reach was more important. For others, the size will be more important. Individual choice. I don't regret mine.

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  4. PSH

    PSH Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 6, 2011
    I also made the switch.
    The extra reach and the fact that is weather sealed made me do it.
    I don't have the TC (it's not available in europe at the moment).
    But it's a fact that it's much bigger.
  5. tomO2013

    tomO2013 Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Oct 28, 2013
    Short answer : depends on what you want!
    If space and size are issue - then the Panasonic is unquestionably the better glass to own.
    If reach is the issue - then go the Olympus.

    Optically both are fantastic and as good as each other IMHO. The 40-150 is a little sharper across the entire zoom. The rendering from both are quite different and the bokeh is a lot smoother from the Oly.
    However this is not a white wash - lines on a chart only tell you one thing, how a lens works at close to MFD. Looking at images focussed a bit further out, and the two look extremely close in performance. However at this level of quality it really comes down to your subjective preferences.
    In some ways the Pan renders a little warmer and the Oly a little cooler.
    If size/space don't matter it may be worth getting the Oly for the reach. But remember that you will be practically locked to an Olympus body if you pick it up - there is no IBIS on the majority of Panasonic bodies.
    Rent both and try both if it is a question of which renders better - you may end up preferring the slightly warmer and nice character from the Panasonic. I'd be hard pressed to pick one over the other from a pure quality perspective.
    Another option is the older 4/3 35-100 and 50-200 Olympus via MMF3 adapter. Again fantastic optical quality, very fast and nice reach.
  6. gr8Shot

    gr8Shot Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 13, 2013
    Good point. I do have a used 4/3 50-200. Lots of reach but not much smaller than my old DSLR kit. The lack of internal focusing has also meant more play/lateral movement in the extension mechanism over time. I prefer the more rugged design found in the Pany 35-100 and Oly 40-150, when I can get it.
  7. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I'm considering it. For the moment, I'm keeping my 35-100/2.8 because I think I appreciate the size/weight advantage more than I'd appreciate the extra reach.

    If you're talking about switching from the Panasonic 35-100/2.8, that lens is weather sealed.
  8. EarthQuake

    EarthQuake Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 30, 2013
    I am not particularly interested in swapping the 35-100/2.8, for the 40-150/2.8, however I have considered swapping both the 35-100 and 75-300 for the 40-150/2.8 and 1.4x. From what I've seen, even cropped to match at 300, the 40-150/2.8 with 1.4x is just as good as either the 75-300 or 100-300 which are both relatively soft at the long end.

    I'm worried that I would still have the same issue as I have with the 75-300 and to a lesser extent the 35-100, I simply do not have them most of the time when I need them, because I don't actually shoot with telephoto lenses that much. The 35-100 is small enough to grab and go when I think I might need it, but I feel the 40-150/2.8 would only be taken out of the house when I really know I'm going to use it, as the 75-300 currently is. So its really hard to drop $1500+ on a purchase that will see relatively little use.

    I'll probably stick with what I have for now.
  9. PSH

    PSH Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 6, 2011
    Hummm, didn't know that. And had it for 6 months
  10. gr8Shot

    gr8Shot Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 13, 2013
    Internal focus beats "weather sealed" for me everytime.

    Weather I can deal with. Extended focus tubes kinda suck on so called pro lenses. Weather I can deal with.
  11. ashburtononline

    ashburtononline Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 21, 2015
    New Zealand
    I just replaced my Lumix 35-100 f2.8 with the 40-150 f2.8 (with 1.4x) and I don't regret it. The Olympus lens is sharper .... especially at f2.8. Its also better built and I know this firsthand as I dropped my EM1 and 40-150 onto a wooden floor when it fell off my shoulder shooting a wedding last Saturday. Made a hell of a noise in that tiny church :). The lens hood took most of the impact and its guts spilled. lots of little ballbearings in there :) lens and camera are fine...
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  12. bassman

    bassman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 22, 2013
    New Jersey
    The Bassman
    I have the 35-100/2.8, 40-150/4.0-5.6 and the 43 50-200/2.8-3.5. Since I got the 35-100 the 40-150 hasn't left the cupboard. The 50-200 is reserved for when (a) I know I'm going to use it, such as kid's sports, and (b) I don't have to carry it far or long. So apparently the 35-100 meets my needs when I'm on the move, and I probably won't get the 40-150/2.8 any time soon(*).

    I just ordered a used EC-14 teleconverter, so the 50-200 becomes a 70-280/4-4.9. Pretty awesome(*).

    (*) all opinions are subject to change at any time.
  13. gr8Shot

    gr8Shot Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 13, 2013
    Your experience is similar to mine. The 35-100 comes with me all the time and the 50-200 only on 'special' order :)

    For some reason, I thought EC-14 works only with Olympus pro lenses. Sounds like you have discovered that it works with the 4/3 50-200?
  14. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Both the EC14 and the EC20 work with the 50-200, the later needs bright light.
  15. bassman

    bassman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 22, 2013
    New Jersey
    The Bassman
    The EC-14 and -20 are the older four-thirds models. The MC-14 is the new m43 model for the 40-150/2.8 and 300/2.8 lenses.
  16. bassman

    bassman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 22, 2013
    New Jersey
    The Bassman
    I just came back from a two hour hike. The E-M1/12-35 was on my Spider Black Widow and the 35-100/2.8 was in a pouch, both on my belt. I didn't even notice the 35-100 while I was walking.
  17. Lcrunyon

    Lcrunyon Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2014
    One additional factor that has not been brought up is the amazing twin autofocus motors on the 40-150. It is fast as lightning. I have been using it (along with the teleconverter) for bird photography, and it is the best m4/3 combo I have come across for birds in flight. It's minimum focusing distance is also a big advantage. That said, it is heavy for a m4/3 lens. If size and weight are serious factors, you may not want it. You can find a comparison of the two from TheCameraStoreTV: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeUCr1sHg0I
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  18. Lcrunyon

    Lcrunyon Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2014
    If you are saying that the 40-150 pro extends when you zoom in, it doesn't.
  19. TRCPhoto

    TRCPhoto Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 13, 2014
    Princeton, NJ
    Just tossing in my two cents. I've used the 40-150 at an event held in a lowlight venue and on 3 portrait sessions recently and I love it. As someone else pointed out it's very sharp even wide open. AF still not quite up to par with Canon 70-200 2.8L, but that has more to do with the E-M1 than the lens itself...
  20. The MC-14 can also be used with some glassless lens adapters.

    It won't work my Meike extension tubes, but it does work with my OM to m43 adapter.
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