Panasonic 35-100mm f4-5.6 VS Olympus 40-150mm f4-5.6

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by jasjb, Jan 27, 2015.

  1. jasjb

    jasjb Mu-43 Regular

    52
    Mar 28, 2014
    I like David Thorpe's reviews as he is quite detailed and fair.

    When reviewing the Pan 35-100mm f4-5.6 he never quite compared it to the Oly 40-150mm f4-5.6, but he did show photos of the Oly while making a general comparison:


    "Below the top class lenses covering the region of 35-100 or 150mm are usually f3.5 or 4 to 5.6, smaller lighter and cheaper and optically less accomplished. This lens is different. It is not smaller, it is tiny. It is not less accomplished, it is approaching the best."
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1itRjvF4SdM


    So from this, I am guessing the Pan 35-100mm holds its own against the Oly 40-150mm? (for up to 100mm)
     
    • Like Like x 1
  2. budeny

    budeny Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 4, 2014
    Boulder, CO
    But prices.. You can get Olympus on sales new for $120-$150 and used ones for less than $100.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  3. jasjb

    jasjb Mu-43 Regular

    52
    Mar 28, 2014
    This is true, but you can get the 35-100mm as a kit for around the same in extra cost, and it will more than hold its value?

    I'm considering this path. I guess no harm in buying as a kit and reselling if it's a bomb.

    Just wondering how it actually stacks up against the Oly in people's real-world experience, since I know the 40-150mm has a very good reputation.

    Very little discussion about the Pano just yet. Not even a proper pool on flickr.
     
  4. biomed

    biomed Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 22, 2013
    Seattle area
    Mike
    I bought the 35-100/4-5.6 for my wife. It is indeed an exceptional lens!
     
    • Like Like x 1
  5. budeny

    budeny Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 4, 2014
    Boulder, CO
    Not sure about parting the kit final price.. I only managed to get 12-32mm for $150 using this strategy and that was in summer when GM1 was rather new hot camera.
    In real world, as soon as you got close to 100mm, the next 50mm got consumed very quickly, 70mm and 150mm shots with Oly:



     
    • Like Like x 4
  6. TassieFig

    TassieFig Mu-43 Top Veteran

    535
    Oct 28, 2013
    Tasmania, Australia
    I would really like to hear more about this lens too! Look how small it is :eek: I already got the range covered but if nothing else, IT'S SOOO TINY. Perfect for when micro size is crucial. If it's as good as Thorpe says (and I do trust him) I want it although I got a few other lenses further up the list.

    Dammit. Here I was thinking/hoping the list would get shorter with time but it's the other way around :confused:
     
  7. DynaSport

    DynaSport Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 5, 2013
    Dan
    When I was shooting Canon APS-C, I went the 2.8 zoom route, and honestly wished they were faster inside and smaller outside. I began to think that I would have been better off with smaller (and cheaper) variable aperture zooms and fast primes. With the smaller size of M43 lenses, I was thinking when I bought zooms I'd go ahead and get the 2.8 versions since they are so much smaller than the Canon ones I used to use. But this lens does tempt me. I have the Oly 40-150 R and it does take very nice pictures. But the Panasonic looks better made to me. At least it has a metal mount, not the plastic mount like my Oly. And yes, it looses 50mm in reach, but it is also smaller in size. Plus I'd get OIS for my G5, which the Oly doesn't have, of course. So, I can see myself with this lens at some point in the future.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  8. TassieFig

    TassieFig Mu-43 Top Veteran

    535
    Oct 28, 2013
    Tasmania, Australia
  9. jasjb

    jasjb Mu-43 Regular

    52
    Mar 28, 2014
    • Like Like x 2
  10. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    It looks similar in size and zoom extension to the normal 14-42 kit.
     
  11. jasjb

    jasjb Mu-43 Regular

    52
    Mar 28, 2014
    Does indeed.

    Panasonic seem to relish the "micro" in MFT.
     
  12. darrellc

    darrellc Mu-43 Regular

    112
    Aug 21, 2012
    And here's the link to his review, which includes some center and edge crops of the 35-100 vs. Oly 40-150 and the 75/1.8. His results were that the Panasonic beat the Oly zoom at same focal lengths / apertures and actually pretty close to the prime!

    http://backgroundblur.com/#!/articles/549591ff567a218954ccf540
     
    • Like Like x 1
  13. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Similar to the difference I noticed when I compared the 40-150R and the 45-175.
     
  14. MrDoug

    MrDoug Mu-43 Top Veteran

    985
    Sep 5, 2011
    Boise, Idaho
    I bought one also.. but hardly anyone is talking about it.. it's a GREAT Lens.. it will be talked about more I think when it gets discovered..
     
    • Like Like x 1
  15. DynaSport

    DynaSport Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 5, 2013
    Dan
    Wow, that is small. I don't consider the 40-150 R a large lens, but it looks large compared to the 35-100.
     
  16. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Wow, I'd missed that, too. That'd be an outstanding travel lens on a smaller m43 body.
     
  17. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    THey had this lens on the matching simulation site for a bit, but it was mislabeled as 35-150mm in the menu. It's gone now, so maybe they are fixing it. It really is essentially the same size and weight as the normal kit 14-42's (50mm long and 135g)