Robin Wong Review of the Olympus 40-150/2.8

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Images look fantastic, say what you will about Robin's relationship with Olympus, but its really hard to argue with the results.
 

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I'm sure it is a great lens, but a Robin Wong review is not the place to find that out. We've been through this issue before with the "Robin Wong comparison of Oly and Panasonic 25mm lenses" thread.

If we want to know, before buying, if the lens has any little foibles or less-than-stellar aspects (I am sure there wont be any actual weakness), then we will have to look elsewhere.
 

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At least Robin is 100% up front about the relationship with Olympus and seems to still write a balanced blog/test and generally the photo's will speak for themselves. Looks like I will hit the pre-order button now as well
 

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It may be true to Robin Wong may only focus on the strengths and not so much on the weaknesses of any Olympus lens, but I am pretty certain that this 40-150 PRO lens is very well corrected. Frank Rückert did a test of the 40-150 + MC14 @ 200mm and compared it against the FT 50-200 lens @ 200mm … and you can clearly notice that CA is better controlled on the 40-150 PRO than on the 50-200 lens. Check out the top/left corner of the image of the OM-D body:

http://pen3.de/40-150/40-150.html

I'm sure it is a great lens, but a Robin Wong review is not the place to find that out. We've been through this issue before with the "Robin Wong comparison of Oly and Panasonic 25mm lenses" thread.

If we want to know, before buying, if the lens has any little foibles or less-than-stellar aspects (I am sure there wont be any actual weakness), then we will have to look elsewhere.
 

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I think these are the first images that show some great variety, as well as crops of the original shown together, so no guessing what the shot is about. I also think the out of focus areas in the background are well presented, clean circles of light, which indicates that this is a very well constructed lens.
 

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I'm always careful approaching RW's stuff...BUT....the sample images speak for themselves, he's up-front about his employee/f.anboy (let's be honest, he's a bit of a f.anboy...as are many of us, nothing wrong with that!) status.

That bokeh/sharpness is amazing! M4/3 is definitely hanging with DSLRs (even FFs) and mopping the floor with the rest of the mirrorless market!

EDIT: Haha...I can't believe "f.anboy" is censored. Anyways, I'm leaving it in not to break rules, but because I mean no offence or harm by it. :)
 

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That's really not a very large lens at all in my book. The pictures make it look bigger than it is. Plus internal zoom, and 2.8, and the lens hood design it's looking more and more interesting. Maybe I should start liquidating some of my manual focus glass....
 

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Who wouldn't want RW's job? Basically he gets paid to play with brand new camera gear, go shoot to his his heart's content and then tell the world what a good time he had shooting! :biggrin:

I'm always careful approaching RW's stuff...BUT....the sample images speak for themselves, he's up-front about his employee/f.anboy (let's be honest, he's a bit of a f.anboy...as are many of us, nothing wrong with that!) status.

That bokeh/sharpness is amazing! M4/3 is definitely hanging with DSLRs (even FFs) and mopping the floor with the rest of the mirrorless market!

EDIT: Haha...I can't believe "f.anboy" is censored. Anyways, I'm leaving it in not to break rules, but because I mean no offence or harm by it. :)
 
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As long as you are honest with me and tell me you are on the payroll, then I am OK with it. Regardless, we all have biases and when reading reviews, there are places where you need to read between the lines. It's just the nature of the beast.
 

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I do believe Robin is the right guy for the job..........his experience is key, great work. Anyone else would be in the same hot seat..........I like his writing style, don't hear a big sales pitch, just a great Demo of the equipment most here like, Olympus!, as I like the 40-150mm of what I have seen or heard so far...... Order up!!!:thumbup:

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I have to agree with you. Even though Olympus decided to hire him, he tries to be as honest and frank as he can, like as if he is not an employee. I have been following his reviews before and after he was hired by Olympus, and really, he has not changed his style of reporting/reviewing lenses and he shows no bias. And besides, he doesn't have to say much, as the images speak for themselves.

I do believe Robin is the right guy for the job..........his experience is key, great work. Anyone else would be in the same hot seat..........I like his writing style, don't hear a big sales pitch, just a great Demo of the equipment most here like, Olympus!, as I like the 40-150mm of what I have seen or heard so far...... Order up!!!:thumbup:

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I must say this 40-150 is looking like it will really deliver excellent IQ, but also it would be a fun lens to walk around and use. I agree with whoever said it looks bigger than it is. Specs say only a little over 6 inches long, a tad under 2 lbs. It will feel very substantial but a lot easier to hand-hold and shoot compared to the 70-200 Nikon/Canon equivalent tools... The close focus is great too. Robin W. said 50 cm, but I also read 27.6 inches (70 cm.)... either way pretty close... I'm glad Robin said he will try to do a direct comparison between the 75mm f/1.8 and the zoom at 75. That will be interesting. If I were an "event photographer" I think I'd find the 40-150 irresistible. But I'm going to hold out for the 300mm f/4 coming next year.

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