paging somebody who has actually used the Pan 45-150, or 45-175, or new 14-140.

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by dukeneverwinter, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. dukeneverwinter

    dukeneverwinter Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 6, 2013
    La Mesa
    The Clyde
    I placed a pre-order for the new 14-140 lens to be used on my GX1. Does the quality of the images justify the price increase between the 45-150, etc to the 14-140? the 45-150 is a third of the price of the new 14-140 and half the price of the 45-175. Is it size and weight or is the 14-140 really a step up in the image game?

    ramblin on......
  2. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    I tried the new 14-140 in-store and I thought it was really nice. The fact that it's smaller and faster in the long end (compared to the old version) is quite an improvement. Also at 14mm, I found wide open performance decent with minimal barrel distortion.

    I haven't tried the 45-150mm yet, but the 45-175mm is an excellent lens and one of the few consumer zooms that I think has top level image quality compared to anything in it's price bracket. You can shoot at 175mm with minimal to no loss in image quality.

    If you want an all-in-one travel zoom I think the new 14-140 is pretty good. But for a dedicated telephoto zoom at a cheaper price, the 45-175 X is excellent.
  3. Steven

    Steven Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2012
    Eh, I think you are missing the point of this lens, which is to give you a wide focal range in one lens so you don't have to switch back and forth between a 14-42 type lens and one of these telephotos like 45-150. You pay for the convenience , with money and possibly some optical performance .
  4. dougjgreen

    dougjgreen Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 5, 2013
    San Diego
    Doug Green
    I can't speak for the 14-140, but I owned and evaluated both the 45-150 and the 45-175 simultaneously before deciding which one to keep.

    IMHO, the both the image quality and the build quality of the 45-150 and 45-175 is identical. The reason to go with the 45-175 relative to the cheaper lens is the features: which are: added reach out to 175, Internal focus and zoom, and the power zoom. I kept the 45-175 because I preferred the longer reach and the internal focus and zoom actions - but it's not optically any better than the smaller cheaper lens.
  5. dukeneverwinter

    dukeneverwinter Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 6, 2013
    La Mesa
    The Clyde
    I didn't miss the point of the lens. I know the 14-140 would be the best convenient lens in one package. But, for 2-400 extra dollars in my pocket I can manage to carry and switch out my 14-42 PZ.

    Just thinking out loud.
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  6. woof

    woof Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 18, 2011
    The present.
    I use the 45-150mm... no experience with the 14-140mm. However, I know who does have experience with both.

    To my eye the 14-140 looks comparable at 45/50mm range and better at the 140mm vs 150mm. Clearly better at 14mm. Jokes aside, it looks decent at 14mm as well. 14-140mm may have a little highrt CA. All of that said, the comment about the point of the 14-140mm versus 45-150mm really is appropriate. A single lens, especially a decent one like this may have a lot of value to those who want a walk around kit that allows them to walk around versus chaning lenses.

  7. shnitz

    shnitz Mu-43 All-Pro

    I haven't used the new 14-140mm, but I can guarantee you that the image quality is worse than the 45-150mm. Those pesky laws of physics, you just can't cram such a large zoom range into a lens and preserve image quality. What the 14-140mm lens buys you is convenience, so that you're getting a wide angle and a telephoto in one lens and don't have to swap out. My recommendation is not to waste your money with the superzoom lens, and just get yourself a nice telephoto.
  8. Steven

    Steven Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2012
    OK then :smile: I made the decision to have 2 separate lenses as you can see from my signature line. I have thought about the superzoom lens like the 14-140 but after thinking carefully and honestly about my usual photographing I realized I won't really be using the longer end of the zoom much. I am really fine with the usual 14-42 range most of the time, so it would be a waste for me. your needs may vary though, so...
  9. The original 14-140mm has served as my only telephoto Micro 4/3 lens for about 2.5 years now. In their overlapping ranges it's performance was just as good as the two copies of the Panasonic 45-200mm that I have owned so there was no point in me keeping a dedicated telephoto lens as well. A few reviews I've seen so far indicate that the new 14-140mm is maybe even slightly better as well as being much lighter.
  10. bigal1000

    bigal1000 Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 10, 2010
    New Hampshire
    I had the 45-175 very nice,but I could not get used to the electronic zoom control and no markings on the lens barrel really bothered me.I guess I'm to old school.
  11. Mellow

    Mellow Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2010
    Florida or Idaho
    I agree 100%. Only for me, I decided on the 45-150mm because it's dang tiny. But I saw very little IQ difference between it and the 45-175mm.

    For what it's worth, I also tested the 45-175mm against the old Oly 40-150mm (m43 version) and found the Panny very slightly better. Using the transitive property I would also expect the 45-150mm to be very slightly better, though to be fair the difference is slight and is probably swamped by copy variation.
  12. Lindsay D

    Lindsay D Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 2, 2013
    West Sussex, England
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  13. pignouf27

    pignouf27 New to Mu-43

    Jul 29, 2013
    Hi shnitz,
    Speaking of a "nice telephoto", I see in your description that you use an oly 40-150mm with a Panasonic body (both non-stabilized). How usable is that, especially with long focal length ? Do you mainly shoot with tripod, or with a good hand-held technique ? I'm considering it for my G3.
  14. rich9cinti

    rich9cinti Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 23, 2013
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Lindsay, I think you definitely have shown the capability of this lens. I must say your images are simply beautiful. No doubt you can make any lens look like a keeper :smile: Wonderful review and set! Thanks!
  15. Lindsay D

    Lindsay D Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 2, 2013
    West Sussex, England
    Thank you for the kind words rich9cinti, I am liking the lens more than expected, the colour and contrast is particularly good.
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