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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 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Sep 12, 2014
    Fremantle, Western Australia
    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 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 10, 2014
    Vancouver BC
    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 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Sep 12, 2014
    Fremantle, Western Australia
    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 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
  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 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    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
    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
    Sean Kelleher
    Another vote for "fantastic bang for buck"
  13. Aushiker

    Aushiker Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Sep 12, 2014
    Fremantle, Western Australia
    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 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Aug 8, 2012
    Alabama USA
    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:
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