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Olympus 40-150 as landscape lens: three treatments

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by tanngrisnir3, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. tanngrisnir3

    tanngrisnir3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Oct 18, 2011
    I've had this lens for about 9 months now, and just never seem to have gotten around to using it. This past weekend offered the very first snow of the season for the Yosemite Valley, so it was an ideal situation to try it out.

    A. As reported elsewhere, it's crazy sharp/good lower down, but esp. between around 60-110mm.
    B. Cranked to 150mm, it just peters out into a rather mushy mess, although I do intend on trying it w/a Raynox 250 for macro to see how it works there.
    C. For the past year or so, I've been using most the 20mm and the 14-45, but I couldn't have got the variety of shots I got with those.

    While I'd like a more high quality one, the 40-150 has made a believer out of me in the capability and usefulness of a mid level zoom.

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    The End of Fall, Yosemite Chapel by tanngrisnir3, on Flickr

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    The End of Fall, Swinging Bridge, Yosemite by tanngrisnir3, on Flickr

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    The End of Fall, Cooks Meadow, Yosemite by tanngrisnir3, on Flickr
     
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  2. savvy

    savvy Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Sep 28, 2012
    SE Essex, UK
    Les
    Nice shots.

    I, too, have been reading the praises of this lens (came as part of a double-zoom kit with my e-pl3). I've hardly used it apart from at the London 2012 Stadium to get right over the far side for some action.

    I must get round to giving it some more camera time.
     
  3. mango

    mango Mu-43 Regular

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    May 20, 2012
    Super pictures! I also love to shoot landscape with this lens. I hope I could be there again with my OM D.
     
  4. Bartle Frere

    Bartle Frere Mu-43 Rookie

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    Feb 8, 2012
    London
    Great pictures! I ordered one yesterday, after a recent trip to the Scottish Highlands proved I needed something to get me a bit closer to the stag, so to speak. I'm looking forward to trying it out.
     
  5. Fmrvette

    Fmrvette This Space For Rent

    May 26, 2012
    Detroit, Michigan
    Jim
    I acquired a 40-150mm when I bought an E-PL1 and have used it, I think, twice, both times at the local zoo. Since I bought an OM-D the E-PL1, 14-42, and 40-150 have been regulated to a 'standby' kit.

    Looking at your photos makes me rethink the usage of the 40-150; I'll have to mount it on the OM-D and see how it goes. (I think I mounted it on the OM-D when I took delivery of the camera, but can't find any photos that I took (if I took any)). I picked up a Panasonic 45-200 and that's been the "go to" lens in those focal ranges.

    Thanks for posting!

    Regards,

    Jim
     
  6. dogs100

    dogs100 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Nov 12, 2011
    N Devon UK
    Geoff
    N Devon in November

    I took this at the weekend with the 40-150, just slightly tweaked and as it was quite overcast I was impressed
    PB110001ur.
     
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  7. phrenic

    phrenic Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 13, 2010
    Excellent shots. I'll have to think more creatively with my 40-150mm. I''ve been a long time advocate for it's IQ. Very good weight/performance/price ratio!
     
  8. amalric

    amalric  

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    Jul 24, 2012
    Rome. Italy
    The 40-150 is a great lens, as these crazy beautiful shots show.

    If people listened to photogs. instead of their lens and price snobbishness.

    Samples also prove the point that you don't need to use UWAs for landscapes, tele might even be better.

    You don't want to capture an object after all, but an image of it, that captures the spirit of the place.
     
  9. BigTam

    BigTam Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Mar 19, 2012
    Dortmund, Germany
    Ron
    I posted this on another thread, but it made me a believer, too:

    116mm, F9, 1/640s, ISO 200

    North_Berwick_1.
     
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  10. tanngrisnir3

    tanngrisnir3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    594
    Oct 18, 2011
    Exactly my opinion as well about who people listen to.

    NOW I'm thinking how the 100-300 might be for the same purpose. I'd love to see it's technical numbers, but I've seen very sharp/contrasty shots from it, and if it's not too soft in the longer end, it could be a winner.

    I love UWA, but the problem with them is that they're basically great for getting REALLY big things into REALLY big vistas/ideas, but even in Yosemite Valley (where things are, indeed, really big) that only goes so far.
     
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  11. dcassat

    dcassat Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 16, 2011
    Cloverdale,CA
    I didn't know why I needed the 40-150 for shooting landscape until I got it. And I mean, received it and "got it." There are many compositions that I cannot get without it (unless I crop the crap out of them).

    Where I live there are vineyards that cannot be fully seen except from across the highway on a nearby road. From that perspective the 40-150 IS the answer and is an exceptional performer especially since the IS on the OMD allows even challenging light shots w/out a tripod.

    If you compare this lens with others on SLRgear.com you will see just how good it is technically and how surprising that is for a lens that I paid $167.00 for.

    I leave you with a recent favorite of mine

    <a href="http://500px.com/photo/17843325"> 4. "Ridges and Light by Dan Cassat (dcassat)) on 500px.com" border="0" style="margin: 0 0 5px 0;"></a><br/><font style="font-size: 120%;"><a href="http://500px.com/photo/17843325">Ridges and Light</a> by <a href="http://500px.com/dcassat">Dan Cassat</a></font>
     
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  12. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    Oregon
    I just received my 100-300mm lens. This is at 300mm


    PB140006.jpg by savingspaces33, on Flickr

     
  13. htc

    htc Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jan 11, 2011
    Finland
    Harry
    I just love this lens for landscapes! (Tuscany Italy)
     

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  14. tardegardo

    tardegardo Mu-43 Veteran

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    Apr 3, 2012
    Rome, Italy
    I am pretty sure I know this place,
    can I ask where is it?
     
  15. BigTam

    BigTam Mu-43 Top Veteran

    773
    Mar 19, 2012
    Dortmund, Germany
    Ron
    It's North Berwick, near Edinburgh!
     
  16. tardegardo

    tardegardo Mu-43 Veteran

    375
    Apr 3, 2012
    Rome, Italy
    Exactly! I've been there!
    Nice pic though….
     
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  17. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 13, 2012
    Chicago-area
    David Dornblaser
  18. htc

    htc Mu-43 Top Veteran

    579
    Jan 11, 2011
    Finland
    Harry
    Lofoten Norway.
     

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  19. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 13, 2012
    Chicago-area
    David Dornblaser
    htc,

    Great pics, we have talking about a Scandinavian trip and those pics made it more likely.
     
  20. htc

    htc Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jan 11, 2011
    Finland
    Harry
    Thank you dornblaser. I think Norway is safe bet for you. I just have to be there every summer.