Olympus 40-150 or panasonic 45-200

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by tamim, Jul 25, 2012.

  1. tamim

    tamim Mu-43 Rookie

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    Tamim
    I have seen a few threads debating whether panasonic 45-200 is better. But it seemed to me that those using panasonic 45-200 happen to use a panasonic camera too and those with oly would go with the 40-150.

    I have an E-PL1 and will soon get the OMD. If the range on the 40-150 is not a problem, which one would you choose if you had an olympus camera ?

    I've seen conflicting remarks on the qualities of both the lenses so I'm not exactly sure if this actually has anything to do with the body you have.

    Also, how much of a difference does that extra 50mm (100mm in mft) make ?
     
  2. tamim

    tamim Mu-43 Rookie

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    Tamim
    Anyone?
     
  3. sam_m

    sam_m Mu-43 Regular

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    I have only used the panasonic 45-200 on an OMD, and from 45-150mm on the panny, its suprisingly sharp, I try to keep within this range as it does soften down a fair bit as you get closer to 200mm. Its actually a very useful telephoto range and im not finding I need more than 150mm.
     
  4. dannat

    dannat Mu-43 Regular

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    I had the 45-200 for a while, was decent & you can't argue the price, I don't personally like the range of OLY 40-150...it sits in the middle of nowhere for me -I either found it was lacking either at the wide or tele end depending on what I was shooting. (just bought my wife a 14-150 & am happy with it). So I'd get the 45-200, I presume you have a kit lens?
     
  5. Fmrvette

    Fmrvette This Space For Rent

    May 26, 2012
    Detroit, Michigan
    Jim
    I have both lenses and prefer the Panasonic on my OMD-E5 over the Olympus lens.

    I do not 'pixel peep' nor do I print larger than 8x10; given those parameters the Olympus may have the edge in sharpness by a fraction, but not enough to make it my 'go to' lens at the zoo or when photographing backyard birds. That is, however, just an off-the-cuff impression; I've not done a side-by-side comparison of the two lenses on the OM-D, although it might be a fun project. I may be in less critical need of absolute sharpness than others.

    The Panasonic (obviously) pays the penalty of size and weight; if those are a factor the Olympus would be the obvious choice.

    I keep two :43: kits 'at the ready' - an OMD with the 45-200, a 20mm Panasonic, and the 12-50 Olympus kit lens in one bag and an E-PL1 with the 14-42 Olympus kit lens and the 40-150mm in another bag.

    I've found no reason to leave the 45-200 at home and take the 40-150 with the OMD.

    Worth noting, however, is that I have the optional grip on my OM-D which negates some of the 'front tilt' of having the heavier 45-200 mounted. It is a hand-holdable lens for me if I am careful about how I brace the camera. A 400 (equiv) lens can be problematic to hold steady, but the IBIS of the Olympus does a nice job of helping with that. (I do have a quick release mounted on the bottom of the grip to facilitate using a monopod on days when I've had a bit too much caffeine :wink:)

    The extra reach of the Panasonic is a good thing for the photography that I do - the local zoo is one of my favorite haunts and some of the animals are in rather large enclosures.

    Given a choice of keeping only one of the two lenses, I would keep the Panasonic 45-200 and discard the Olympus 40-150.

    Just my 2 cents, fully worth half of that.

    HTH

    Jim
     
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  6. johnc

    johnc Mu-43 Regular

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    I'd go with the 45-200 (especially on an Oly body). As far as IBIS vs. OIS, I prefer utilizing the 45-200's OIS and shut off IBIS on my E-PM1 (which is reportedly quirky anyway, although I've never tested to prove it one way or the other). Unlike IBIS, OIS on the 45-200 stabilizes what you're seeing through the viewfinder/LCD before you shoot, which I think is a valuable asset zoomed in, especially when handholding using MF assist.

    I find lens performance more than acceptable. Here's a series of shots, all handheld taken wide open (or close to it), E-PM1, ISO 800

    124mm, f/5, 1/200

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    140mm, f/5.6, 1/200

    2agrvr8.


    147mm, f/6.3, 1/100

    w45ed.


    166mm, f/5.3, 1/400

    2jg72o2.


    200mm, f/5.6, 1/250 (fully zoomed, wide open)

    34nihkh.
     
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  7. tamim

    tamim Mu-43 Rookie

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    Awesome photos you have there!

     
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  8. tamim

    tamim Mu-43 Rookie

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    Tamim
    I actually don't have the kit lens. I bought the EPL1 and Panasonic 14mm f2.5. I also bought Hexanon 50mm f1.7 and Helios 58mm f2.0.
     
  9. noohoggin1

    noohoggin1 Instagram: @tomnguyenstudio

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    been playing around with my new Panny 45-200mm, using it with my E-PM1. It already had the latest firmware (v1.3) installed, and its Optical Image Stabilization is superior to my E-PM1's IBIS. I can get sharp photos down to 1/30 second hand-held at full zoom. Amazing. My friend has the Oly 40-150mm, and we will most likely trade for a few days for fun just to see the image quality differences. But so far I'm a happy camper...especially after my bad experience of having returned the 45-175mm X lens after one day when I ordered it.
     
  10. tamim

    tamim Mu-43 Rookie

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    Tamim
    There is a nice comparison between these two lenses by jman:

    Impressions on the M.Zuiko 40-150 (and against the 45-200)

     
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  11. strang

    strang Mu-43 Veteran

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  12. tamim

    tamim Mu-43 Rookie

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    Tamim
    With the OMD which one is more effective OIS or IBIS ? In other words, if I get the 45-200 lens what stabilization should I be using ?
     
  13. strang

    strang Mu-43 Veteran

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    May 7, 2012
    Try both and see which you like? I think the OM-D gets you more IS, OIS is only 2-axis?
     
  14. rcky

    rcky Mu-43 Regular

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    Washington state
    I have both and have done a very very informal test.
    The photos were taken through a glass window, with apertures wide open.
    YMMV.

    1a. P45-200, scaled.
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    1b. P45-200, 100% crop.
    P7160332_crop.

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    2a. O40-150, scaled.
    P7160333_small.

    2b. O40-150, 100% crop.
    P7160333_crop.