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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

    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

    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.


  3. MacBook

    MacBook Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jul 24, 2010
    South Carolina

    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
    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?


    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 Veteran Subscribing Member

    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

    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.
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