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Oly 40-150 vs. 40-150R

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by 67DGS, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. 67DGS

    67DGS Mu-43 Regular

    43
    Oct 5, 2012
    Vancouver, Canada
    Hi:

    Just bought an E-PL5 and would like to add a 40-150. Just what is the difference between the older version and the "R" version. There is a bit of a price difference and is it worth the extra for the R.

    Thanks:

    Jack
     
  2. mring1

    mring1 Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 28, 2012
    Phoenix, Arizona
    John Taska
    The "R" is Olympus's definition of a cosmetic change

    Doesn't affect the optical performance at all, and not worth paying more for. You shouldn't have to pay more that about $150 for a 40 - 150 new in the box.

    (Pause for editorial comment) The 40 - 150 is one of the best values of all the m4/3s lenses. I won't say "best" because that's in the eye of the beholder. But it's in a LOT of camera bags (including mine) and it's an excellent complement to my 12-50, since that lens - while good in some ranges - gets slower and softer over 40 mm.

    At $150, it's close to a no-brainer. Stop it down 1/2 stop for best results, since it is a kit lens.
     
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  3. vinay

    vinay Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 18, 2012
    Toronto
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  4. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 13, 2012
    Chicago-area
    David Dornblaser
    Comments on dpreview.com indicate that the R lens will focus faster with the newer PEN models.
     
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  5. 67DGS

    67DGS Mu-43 Regular

    43
    Oct 5, 2012
    Vancouver, Canada
    Thanks to all!

    David, I seem to remember coming across something to that effect, somewhere. That is why I was questioning the difference. Thanks again.

    Jack
     
  6. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 13, 2012
    Chicago-area
    David Dornblaser
    When I was faced with the same choice after spending way too much time researching it I opted for the R version. I think this is another case of Olympus not providing information for its consumer base to make an informed decision.
     
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  7. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    Unfortunately, those comments are incorrect.

    There is no difference in focusing speed between the two variants.
     
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  8. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 13, 2012
    Chicago-area
    David Dornblaser
    Well, if nothing else the R variant looks great! :biggrin:
     
  9. jack92029

    jack92029 New to Mu-43

    3
    Aug 23, 2012
    I had the 40-150mm and sold it on eBay for $150.

    Then I purchased my E-M5 and purchased both the 45mm & a 40-150R. I got a $150 rebate on the 45mm (net cost $249) and a $100 rebate on the 40-150R (net cost $99).

    I prefer the looks and feel of the 40-150R over the original model. The barrel also feels stiffer ( stays where I put it), and it might be the E-M5, but the version of the 40-150R seems sharper (slightly)

    I'm happy I took the time to "upgrade" to the R version by selling my old version on ebay and buying the new version with the rebate.
     
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