Olympus 14-150 vs 40-150 AF/IQ Question

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Swandy, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. Swandy

    Swandy Mu-43 Veteran Charter Member

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    Dec 15, 2009
    For anyone who had/has used the 40-150 (I have the second, smaller version) with the adapter on any of the Olympus m4/3 cameras and has used/tried the 14-150: How does the AF of the older lens compare to the new m4/3 version?
    How about IQ of the two lenses?

    I have the EP2 (and just picked up the EPL1 that I am going to convert to IR) and have the adapter w/the 40-150, but seriously considering the 14-150.

    Thanks, Steve
     
  2. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Hi Steve,

    the mZD 14-150 has fast CDAF... in the same ballpark as the Lumix 14-45.

    IQ is excellent - on a par with the ZD 40-150.

    Cheers

    Brian
     
  3. MacBook

    MacBook Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

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    Jul 24, 2010
    South Carolina
    Brian,

    Do you mean that the two lenses have very similar IQ, but that the the 14-150 focuses more quickly? I was hoping to see more comparisons between the two lenses as the 40-150 cost $100 effectively with the MMF-2 and the 14-150 costs $600.

     
  4. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Northumberland
    Quite a difference!
    Your $500 (assuming the 14-150 has good enough IQ) is there to allow you to NOT swap lenses as you currently need to for shorter than 40mm ... right?

    $500.

    You could employ some bloke to follow you around and swap your lenses for you instead ... granted, not for too long but ... just saying. :smile:
     
  5. MacBook

    MacBook Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

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    Jul 24, 2010
    South Carolina
    I agree, quite a difference. That is why I am wondering if there is not much discernible difference in performance. I have read that the 14-150 is quite sharp, but haven't really read or seen that it is better than the two lens combo. Just mostly curious.
     
  6. Swandy

    Swandy Mu-43 Veteran Charter Member

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    Dec 15, 2009
    I have both the 40-150 (version 2) and the adapter and recently got the 14-150.
    #1 - the m4/3 lens focuses close to the speed of the m4/3 9-18, which is the fastest of the Olympus m4/3 lenses (have/had all of them). The only Pana m4/3 lens I have is the 20mm, which is no speed demon to begin with so I can't compare to the Pana lenses. And it is significantly faster than the 40-150 (even the newer CDAF version) at AF.
    #2 - IQ - while I have not done any direct comparisons yet - seems equal to the 40-150. And considering that the new lens is much wider on the wide end, that is a nice advantage to the 14-150. And it is lighter/smaller than the 40-150 with the adapter.