Olympus 40-150 as landscape lens: more observations

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by tanngrisnir3, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. tanngrisnir3

    tanngrisnir3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Oct 18, 2011
    I've been using this lens almost exclusively since I last posted about it, and have come to the conclusion that, bang-for-the-buck wise, it's the best lens I own.

    Up to around 70mm, F/5.6 gives the best results and F/8 for all lengths thereafter. I try and zoom with my feet if a shot is going to be longer than about 110mm.

    I'm REALLY interested now in the rumors, however shaky, about higher quality glass in this same focal length. For that matter, I'm also interested in the Oly 75mm/1.8 to complement this in the longest end.

    Forget the UWA lenses, although they do have their place. I've taken far more high quality and commercially viable shots with this lens than any other one I've got, and that's only in a few months of using it.

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    Hornitos Road Oak, Fog #3 by tanngrisnir3, on Flickr

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    Hornitos Road, Morning in the Forest by tanngrisnir3, on Flickr

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    Hornitos Road Oak, Fog #2 by tanngrisnir3, on Flickr


    Hornitos Road Oak, Fog #1 by tanngrisnir3, on Flickr

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    Morning Fog & Trees, Lone Madrone Vineyard by tanngrisnir3, on Flickr

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    Morning Fog & Trees, Lone Madrone Vineyard #2 by tanngrisnir3, on Flickr

    Oh, and sorry, I've just been around a LOT of trees and fog lately.

    I cannot recommend this lens highly enough in terms of value in what you pay.
     
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  2. sam_m

    sam_m Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 26, 2010
    Absolutely stunning shots, very Impressed. :2thumbs:
     
  3. OhWellOK

    OhWellOK Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 4, 2012
    Brooklyn, NY
    Thanks tanngrisnir3-your stunning photos and write up have me very interested in this lens :thumbup: I'm planning on picking one up when I get an E-PL5 before the end of the year. $100 is too good of a deal to pass up, will be handy to have a longer option in my kit since my longest zoom is only the 12-50 kit.
     
  4. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Northumberland
    :cool: Surely not.

    So, you think I should try to rein back the zoom to 110 or less for sharper wide-open photos? I like wide-open.
     
  5. tanngrisnir3

    tanngrisnir3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Oct 18, 2011
    Yes, for the most part, since going north of 110 tends to be a bit softer.

    In addition, likely over 99% of what I shoot is on a tripod, so keep that in mind, as well.

    I often square up the graphical information I find at places like slrgear.com with my real-world experience with the lens, and find this makes it easier to confirm what I'm seeing.

    If you haven't seen it, check this out and play around w/it to find what your best settings might be, and take identical shoots at differing f/stops.

    Olympus Lens: Zooms - Olympus 40-150mm f/4-5.6 ED M.Zuiko Digital (Tested) - SLRgear.com!
     
  6. BigTam

    BigTam Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Mar 19, 2012
    Dortmund, Germany
    Ron
    lovely lens

    Wonderful lens for the money:
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  7. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    I love the fog, makes for a really fine set. Well done! :thumbup:
     
  8. SkiHound

    SkiHound Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 28, 2012
    Really really nice. I too think the 40-150 is a terrific value lens and enjoy using it for landscapes. Your images tell me I have a LOT of work to do improving my photographic vision. Thanks for posting.
     
  9. tanngrisnir3

    tanngrisnir3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Oct 18, 2011
  10. arch stanton

    arch stanton Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 25, 2012
    London
    Malc
    Just....wow! Thank you.
    Really wonderful reminder of how good tele landscapes can be :bravo-009:
     
  11. dennisb

    dennisb Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 23, 2012
    Thanks for sharing! Inspiring!