Oly 40-150 v Oly 14-150?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by ZimBushBoy, Nov 27, 2013.

  1. ZimBushBoy

    ZimBushBoy New to Mu-43

    Nov 27, 2013
    Cambridge, UK
    I'm considering buying a small telephoto and would welcome some advice on the difference between these two lenses. There's a small difference in their respective focal ranges & a massive difference in price. Does anyone have any information on the quality of their results? (or anything else that is relevant)

    All advice appreciated by a naive buyer of lenses.
  2. M4/3

    M4/3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 24, 2011
    Optically I believe the lens reviews have reported the 40-150 is a tad sharper. And it's very compact and lightweight. I personally enjoy using the 12-50 mm zoom + the 40-150mm zoom. Then I have the wide angle of the 12mm + super macro capability + power zooming over the 12-50 range which is handy for shooting video. But if hauling around two lenses is awkward for you then the 14-150 would be a good choice.
  3. I think there's quite a big difference in how you would use the two lenses. The 14-150 is a 'do anything' lens, while the 40-150 is purely a telephoto. This means that in normal use, you'll be swapping lenses with the 40-150, for subjects that need a wider view.

    The question of sharpness is quite interesting. If you look at the test results on SLRgear, the 14-150 definitely shows up as being softer at the long end, particularly at the edges. However, I've tested both lenses and for the examples I have, the 14-150 is at least as sharp as the 40-150 over most of its range. It's also sharper than the kit 14-42 most of the time.

    The 14-150 is quite a bit more expensive, of course, but for me the convenience of never having to change lenses when I'm not on a dedicated photo excursion is worth it.
  4. I own both lenses, I quite enjoy using the 40-150mm and I've gotten some quite nice photos in the 40-100mm range but it gets a little soft as you get closer to 150mm.

    OTOH I've never quite come to terms with the 14-150, for some reason the results I get with it seem to be errr umm uninspiring. I really should get rid of it and use the money for something else.
  5. bigal1000

    bigal1000 Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 10, 2010
    New Hampshire
    The 40-150 IIR is the best bang for your buck of any lens out there,I use it all the time and the good part I bought it from a guy on Ebay from a kit purchase he did not want it and I got it for $95 a steal.
  6. LeeOsenton

    LeeOsenton Mu-43 Button Clicker

    Jun 25, 2010
    Hayes, Virginia, U.S.A.
    Lee Osenton
    The current Olympus discount on the 40-150mm makes it $119. I just got a silver one with free shipping.


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  7. mf100

    mf100 Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 26, 2012
    Sawbridgeworth, England
    Personally I'd go for the 14-150mm. If you're out and about anywhere when dust is an issue this avoids changing lenses and risking dust on the sensor. On a few holidays in Greece I could have really done with this lens.
  8. ZimBushBoy

    ZimBushBoy New to Mu-43

    Nov 27, 2013
    Cambridge, UK
    Thanks fellas; really insightful comments. it looks like it comes down to versatility of having a single all purpose lens (14-150) or a telephoto.

  9. dav1dz

    dav1dz Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 6, 2012
    What else do you have for lenses?
  10. Andym72

    Andym72 Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 4, 2013
    Reading, UK
    I concur.

    If you think you'll be in situation where you'll be switching between wide and tele a lot and lens swapping would mean missing the shot or getting dirt in the camera, get the 14-150. The other upside is it is sharper than the 14-42 II in their shared region.

    The 40-140 has less CA, is sharper, lighter and cheaper.

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