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

Aushiker

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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.

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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..
 

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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
 

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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.

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
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 :)

Andrew
 

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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:
 
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