Olympus 40-150mm f/4-5.6 II R - Thoughts on it?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Aushiker, Oct 2, 2014.

  1. Aushiker

    Aushiker Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 12, 2014
    Fremantle, Western Australia
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    I have a chance to buy a second hand Olympus 40-150mm f/4-5.6 II R for AU$160 which will be my first zoom. My only other lens at the moment is a Olympus 17mm f/1.8. These are used on a OM-D EM-1.

    Anyway any thoughts on the 40-150mm f/4-5.6 II R?

    Thanks in advance.

  2. jaeae

    jaeae Mu-43 Rookie

    Apr 14, 2014
    Good lens. I have been using 4/3 and micro-4/3 systems, and Oly seems to have superb knowledge how to design good tele optics. I think the 40-150 is one of, if not even the best cheap tele available. Goes a bit soft towards tele end, but all of these type of lenses do..
  3. Carbonman

    Carbonman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2014
    Vancouver BC
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    Good lens, especially for the money. I've shot some memorable images with mine. Still want the new PRO 40-150 though...
  4. Aushiker

    Aushiker Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 12, 2014
    Fremantle, Western Australia
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    Thanks everyone and a little update, I can buy them new here downunder for AU$199 which is on par with US pricing. For any local interested JB Hi-Fi Ltd have them for the lower price.

  5. tino84

    tino84 Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 29, 2013
    no, it's not a good lens, it's a VERY good lens, for its cost. Very sharp until 100, for me a must have for portraits. I need to have only fast lens (at least 2.8), but due to its quality, cannot sell my 40-150
  6. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
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  7. Ramsey

    Ramsey Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 9, 2013
    Zagreb, Croatia
    As others said, very good lens. My copy is really sharp (not clinical) all the way until 135mm.
    Pl 45-175 (the only other tele i used) is much better at 135-150mm but comes at a greater cost.

    sent from my Xperia Z
  8. mcasan

    mcasan Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 26, 2014
    It is a good consumer grade lens and a good value for money. I think I paid $139 for mine. But will be replaced when the 40-150 f2.8 Pro arrives next month.
  9. D7k1

    D7k1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 18, 2013
    Size wise this is the perfect travel telephoto. I also shoot with the Nikon 80-200 2.8 and the a 300 afs f4, and can say that mine is sharp at 300mm. m43 for me is my travel kit and the Pany 14mm and the 40-150 are just killer for travel, I would another one in a heart beat.
  10. htc

    htc Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 11, 2011
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    Handheld 300 mm

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  11. edmsnap

    edmsnap Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 20, 2011
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Unreal beautiful photos
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  12. SeanKelleher

    SeanKelleher Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 24, 2014
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    Sean Kelleher
    Another vote for "fantastic bang for buck"
  13. Aushiker

    Aushiker Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 12, 2014
    Fremantle, Western Australia
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    Unfortunately at least this year the 40-150 f2.8 Pro is out of my price range, but you have given me an idea to hold off for all those cheap second hand lenses to flood the market :)

  14. zensu

    zensu An Old Fool

    Aug 8, 2012
    Alabama, USA
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    Another positive vote for the 40-150, it's a great lens considering its' price. I got the non-R version which is optically the same as the R version and you can't beat it for a compact carry, it's so light weight you won't feel like you're toting a telephoto zoom. I'm sure the new 40-150 Pro zoom will be better (at bigger f-stops, 2.8 & 4.0) but at a much heavier cost. I only shoot the 40-150 outdoors (at f5.6 or 8.0) anyway so I'll get by just fine with my current gear.:smile: