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Panny 45-150 or Oly 40-150?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Bhupinder2002, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Hi Guys:smile:
    I sold my trusty Panny 45-200 and currently have nothing to cover this focal length . I just want my fellow forum members to share their thoughts , experience or advice for these two lenses. If someone has handled and used both , that will be very good . I am inclined towards Panny 45-150 but OLy looks awesome in reviews and in one review(see link below) it even exceeds many graphs. Please offer some help .
    Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens Review
  2. EP1-GF1

    EP1-GF1 Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 12, 2011
    I considered both earlier this year - and ended up buying the O14-150 instead. I looked at the sample image thread and decided it was plenty good enough for me. If you didn't have IBIS I'd say get the Panasonic though. The 14-150 has about the same diameter as the Panasonic 14-45 and is only a little longer. It feels light but quite well made, and has a metal mount. No zoom creep either.

    However if I had to choose between the two you actually asked about :)  and I had an OMD, I'd go for the Olympus.
  3. NickLeon

    NickLeon Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 20, 2010
    Somerset UK
    Does anyone have any experience with the new Panny 45-150 please?
  4. marcl

    marcl Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 8, 2012
    Why not the Panny 45-175? I did some testing on a brick wall. I found it sharper than the Oly 40-150. However, there is that double line blur issue that can be worked around. I think I like the colors of the 45-175 a bit better; they seem more contrasty to me.
  5. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Well, the 45-150mm isn't yet shipping outside of Japan and Taiwan. Makes it hard to say anything meaningful.
  6. Robstar1963

    Robstar1963 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 10, 2011
    Isle of Wight England UK
    Robert (Rob)
    I'd always go with the 14 - 150
    It has a much better quality feel to it than the very plasticky 40 - 150 and I wouldn't want a lens that had issues that I had to work around (Panasonic 45 - 175) - why have a lens with such issues when there are alternatives without such problems !
    I recently reduced my body collection down - eliminating the Olympus ones I had (E-P3 and E-PL2) and leaving only Panasonics
    A mint black E-PL2 with only 100 shutter actuations came up on eBay and just had to buy it - there is something about the E-PL2 at the £150.00 I paid for it that can't be beaten for value combined with results - but one of the reasons I bought another is the 14 - 150 I had retained and missed using.
    It's so light, compact and so versatile and such a good one lens does it all solution for general use
    Plus you can use the MCON- P01 Macro adaptor on it (and the 40 - 150) adding further to the versatility (fits very very quickly with a simple twist onto a bayonet)
  7. NickLeon

    NickLeon Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 20, 2010
    Somerset UK
    It's on sale here in the UK, though perhaps it is still too soon to expect any user feedback.
  8. Biro

    Biro Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    May 8, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Here in the U.S., I've had the Panny 45-150 on preorder from B&H for a few months now. It still isn't here. Perhaps it will begin shipping to the States around the time its successor is announced - just like with Panasonic's camera bodies. Do I sound bitter? It took me six months to get my G3 from Panasonic Direct.
  9. dannat

    dannat Mu-43 Regular

    May 2, 2010
    Melbourne Australia
    i should have let you try my 45-175 yesterday, its pretty good much lighter /smaller than 14-140 Panny. not as light as Oly 14-150 though - its a god all round zoom.
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  10. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Never mind , its always next time. I am glad to drive up to ur town for a coffee and try lens . I will leave my bodyguards at home
  11. st3v4nt

    st3v4nt Mu-43 Veteran

    May 26, 2011
    Jakarta, Indonesia
    I choose the mZD 40-150 R, tough the plastic mount is a bit letdown the performance is good and very light. Even when my heavy ZD 40-150 still have more character if you compared it very closely. I never had a chance to try the Lumix 40-150 so can't comment about it.
  12. manju69

    manju69 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 1, 2011
    Stroud, UK
    Hi. I just bought one and am pretty pleased with it so far. Previously I had the Oly 40-150 and then the Pana 45-200. The small form of the 45-150 is perfect, only a wee bit bigger than my PL25! (At its smallest FL) I will post some pics soon but was pleased about the results. Like many budget zooms, it will have its limitations. I avoided the 45-175 because of the OIS complaints. So far so good...
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  13. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Its so good to see u .Where u have been these days? I think that makes more sense. 45-200 was too big for me and 50 mm wont make any big difference .
  14. manju69

    manju69 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 1, 2011
    Stroud, UK
    Cheers. Been relocating from London to Stroud. Huge city to small town. That and 18 month old toddler keeping me busy. Finally have a little time for photography

    I thought I might miss the extra 50mm on the new Pana zoom, but so far no. Will try and post a few samples.
  15. Pim

    Pim Mu-43 Regular

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