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Olympus 14-150mm or keep Pan 45-200mm?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by hipertec, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. hipertec

    hipertec Mu-43 Rookie

    Jan 8, 2012
    I may have a chance to get a Oly 14-150mm for my Panasonic G2. I currently have the pana 45-200mm with IS, kit 14-42, and the 20mm.
    Will the OLy 14-150mm be better than my pana 45_200mm? Was thinking about selling that one or the kit lens if the Oly is a better lens.
    Also would the Oly work fine with my Panasonic G2?
  2. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    My next purchase is a zoom lens for sure. I really liked the 45-200 at the store but they didn't have the Oly in stock to compare. I'd like to see what others have to say.
  3. Phoque

    Phoque Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 18, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    Some reviews might help you make up your mind, along with opinions of people for real life experience, none of which I have:

    Oly 14-150mm:
    Olympus Lens: Zooms - Olympus 14-150mm f/4-5.6 ED M.Zuiko Digital (Tested) - SLRgear.com!

    Pana 45-200mm:
    Panasonic Lens: Zooms - Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 MEGA OIS LUMIX G VARIO (Tested) - SLRgear.com!

    I haven't looked for your other lenses.
  4. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    I would keep the kit you have now. You have better coverage and faster performance with the more dedicated lenses you already own, so why would you want to replace them (rather than complementing them) with a superzoom? Especially when superzoom lenses are NOT cheap. Instead, I would put that money to better use by getting lenses which will ADD to your capabilities, like maybe the m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8, Leica 45mm f/2.8 Macro-Elmarit, Lumix 7-14mm f/4, m.Zuiko 12mm f/2, or m.Zuiko 9-18mm f/3.5-5.6. Some of those lenses are even cheaper than what you'd pay for the superzoom.
  5. hipertec

    hipertec Mu-43 Rookie

    Jan 8, 2012
    I was told that the Olympus 14-150mm was a much better (sharper) lens than the Panny 45-200mm that I have. Wonder if this is true on a Panny G2?
  6. Gwendal

    Gwendal Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 6, 2010
    Oly 14-150 user here - and very satisfied with it. I use mine on travel and family occasions when you can't go with limited focal lengths, and the results are quite sharp. Having the 14 to 150 in a single package makes a great difference over having two zooms for the same purpose... Now, it depends what you want to do with it - I would say go for that superzoom if you want the ease of use, follow Ned's advice if you want lenses that give you additional creative possibilities.
  7. I actually just found a copy of the Oly 14-150mm for $300 used (which is only about $100 more than the 45-200mm) and decided at that price to give it a shootout with my Panny 14-140mm and see which one I preferred. I think overall the Panny still just has the edge, and of course has OIS, but it is much larger than the Oly. Even the 45-200mm is significantly larger than the 14-150mm! Based on my own shooting and experience with both the superzooms, I would gladly use the Panny 14-140mm in place of both the 45-200mm and the 14-42mm, but I am not a big telephoto shooter so take that for what it's worth. As for the 14-150mm, I get the feeling that it drops off right at the extreme telephoto end, and on a Panasonic body the lack of OIS may be a deal breaker.

    For reference, the 14-150mm on a Panasonic GH1:

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  8. NVar

    NVar Mu-43 Rookie

    Sep 4, 2011
    As Luckypenguin stated, I think it depends a lot on how much tele shooting one does. Recently I found a m.zuiko 14-150 lens used for 195 euros at a local camera store and traded in my m.zuiko 40-150.

    I don't shoot tele often, mostly when hiking, but then I also want a wider angle for landscapes and such. I want to be able to change FOV fast, so the combination of a tele and a kit zoom didn't quite work out for me.

    For example, on a recent trip to Mauritius, I was very frustrated with swapping between the 40-150 and a 14-45. I tried to take pics of giant flying foxes in a national park, but they seemed to appear only when I had the 14-45 on, so I missed a lot of shots changing lenses. And two camera bodies is not a very good option if one wants to avoid extra weight.

    For serious BIF shots, longer teles will serve you better, but I think the 14-150 is a good "get-the-damn-shot" -lens when you don't know what you will encounter. It's also a lot lighter than the Panny.

    I use a GF-1 and know I will lose IBIS compared to Olympus camera bodies, but I'm willing to sacrifice that for the lesser weight. The right decision for you depends on your goals.
  9. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2010
    I own/owned the 14-150, 14-140, 45-200, and 40-150. 14-140 is definitely the best of the bunch in terms of IQ and AF speed (and most expensive too). The 14-150 is not too far behind the 14-140. I have yet to use the 40-150 (got it for cheap), so I have no idea how it performs. The 45-200, IMO, is an underrated lens. Excellent at 45-80 (good for portraits), and needs stopping down at the long end to achieve good sharpness. The OIS on both the 45-200 and 14-140 seem to be better than Oly's IBIS on the EP2. I'm assuming the IBIS on the OMD will be pretty awesome though.
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  10. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2010
    Love the fourth shot Nic! Great PP as well!!! Awesome!
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  11. Glenn S

    Glenn S Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 1, 2010
    If you ditch the Panasonic you will loose IS. The latest firmware for the 45-200 (V1.3) really improves the IS of the lens, if you haven't updated it might be worth doing to see what you think
  12. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2010
    FYI, the Pany 14-140 is now priced at $650, which is just $50 more than the Oly 14-150. The Pany used to be $800 or $850. So if lighter weight and smaller diameter are not important, and with prices fairly close now, the Pany takes the edge IMO.
  13. Grinch

    Grinch Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 9, 2011
    I own both the panny 45-200 and the oly 14-150 and shoot w/oly bodies. I've actually been contemplating letting the 45-200 go,as it's 2/3 redundant. I've found that when I need the reach, I need more than it offers and am thinking about the 100-300 instead. I don't think I'd ever give up my 14-150 as its great as an all rounder( small,light,and quality build). The 45/200 is a brick in comparison as is the panny 14-140( large,heavy, quality build except for the lens creep). Since your running a panny body I'd think either the 14-140 or 45-200 will be more beneficial due to OIS. If your not looking at the 14-140, then the 45-200 is your best bet. Full range of the lens is new coverage for your kit, it is reasonably sharp, and great value.
  14. KS11

    KS11 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 31, 2011
    Busan/Hong Kong
    I'll be curious to hear what you say about the 40-150, out of the research i did, i settled for a 40-150 due to cost and favorable reviews (compared to 40-200 lumix)
  15. Wolf

    Wolf Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 14, 2012
    I think the Oly 14-150 can be had a lot cheaper then over 600 USD.
    I just sold mine for 230 Euro.

    The lens isn't bad but I don't like it that much.
    It's quite a lot smaller and lighter then the 45-200mm though.

    For some reason I prefer the 40-150
    So I think i'll buy that one in the near future to complement with my future purchase of the OM 5 + 12-50
  16. Dave in Wales

    Dave in Wales Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 5, 2011
    West Wales
  17. htc

    htc Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 11, 2011
    Oly 14-150 with E-PL1 goes here in Finland 349 euros TOGETHER. Oly 40-150 under 200 euros, all new. I personally think that it's not wise to pay 600 from Oly 14-150. In real world 45-200 with working IS is a better option.

    I have that toy-a-like Oly 40-150 and it's quite sharp and cheap lens and I like it a lot. Even though it's toy-a-like ;-)
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