Should I Sell my 40-150 and get a 45 1.8?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by diselgl, Mar 20, 2014.

  1. diselgl

    diselgl Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 7, 2014
    Philippines
    Arvin
    I can't decide if i should sell my 40-150 so I can buy a 45mm f1.8.

    I already have a 20 1.7 and if I sell my 40-150 to buy another prime, I won't have a telephoto lens. Im thinking that I might miss my zoom on some occasions that would require one though it really does not have a long focal length.

    Would you sell your only zoom to buy an awesome prime?




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  2. madogvelkor

    madogvelkor Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 22, 2013
    Connecticut
    I wouldn't. The two lenses have pretty different uses.

    Better to save up a bit longer and get the 45mm refurb. Or if you want to use something in that speed and focal length right now, try a legacy in the 50mm range plus an adapter. That's what I ended up doing since I don't take that many portraits.
     
  3. Baytoven

    Baytoven Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 26, 2011
    Durham, NC
    James Isaac
    How often do you use your 40-150 and at what focal length? What is your subject matter?


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  4. Hyubie

    Hyubie Unique like everyone else

    Oct 15, 2010
    Massachusetts
    Herbert
    I wouldn't - they're for different purposes. I only use the 40-150 only occasionally, but I like it that it's there when I need it. For its price, it's a keeper. So I'd ditto madogvelkor and suggest you save up for the 45mm instead.
     
  5. rbelyell

    rbelyell Mu-43 Veteran

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    Sep 15, 2013
    Mountains of NY
    the best thing to do in these situations is to honestly and dispassionately analyse how and what you shoot and what you want to spend your time shooting. go over the last six months or so and see how you use the zoom. if youre birding or engaged in some type that requires 300mm fl, it will come through a lot in your library. if however you find youre using it for more portraits, or you find that portraits are something you want to do more of, then the 45/1.8 does many things your zoom doesnt. its small, light, unobtrusive, fast focusing, can be used in very low light and produces excellent results. my advice is if you must choose, dont keep a lens 'just in case' you might need it in favor of one you will actually use a good deal of the time.
     
  6. emorgan451

    emorgan451 Mu-43 Veteran

    I have both lenses and like has been mentioned before they are for different purposes. The 45 1.8 is my favorite lens and I consider it indispensable, but for how cheap you can get the 40-150 the times that you need the reach will be more than worth it. I would keep the 40-150 and save up for the 45 1.8. It may take longer to get it, but in the mean time you still have the 45 focal length covered at reasonable image quality.

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  7. bobpur

    bobpur Mu-43 Rookie

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    Feb 11, 2014
    I have both but the 40-150 is the most used .
     
  8. Jay86

    Jay86 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 26, 2012
    I dont know how much you paid for your Oly 40-150 but for the price I paid for it ($100) I keep it around just to use in the 100-150mm FL range. And for the money spent on it, honestly its a fantastic 100-150mm lens when the rare occasion calls for it...
     
  9. Mikros

    Mikros Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 16, 2013
    Australia
    I have both and 40-150 is a keeper. Took many good shots with it, most at around 100-120mm. Also 45mm ain't gonna go anytime soon. My favorite lens.

    Even if you decide to sell 40-150 you won't get much over $100 anyway, I'd also suggest to save extra $100 and get 45mm later. You'll regret the sale. 40-150 is a darn good lens for the money.

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  10. Web-Betty

    Web-Betty Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 16, 2013
    Denver
    MJ
    Definitely +1
     
  11. Web-Betty

    Web-Betty Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 16, 2013
    Denver
    MJ
    Wow...that pic is a GREAT reason to keep the 40-150. I was going to sell mine to help cover some of the cost of the 25/1.8, but after giving it one last chance I realized that the issues with image quality from the lens was my fault. I've vowed to take it out more, and am happy that I kept it--especially when we went to the zoo a few weekends ago. :)
     
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  12. Jason C

    Jason C Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 10, 2014
    SoCal
    I agree with the consensus here; keep the 40-150 and save for the 45/1.8...

    I, too, own this lens (along with the other KIT lens) and I rarely use it, very rarely. Still, I will NOT let either KIT lens go, you just never know when you'll need it.


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  13. Web-Betty

    Web-Betty Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 16, 2013
    Denver
    MJ
    Funny, I couldn't get rid of the 14-42 fast enough, lol. I totally sold it to help pay for the 25/1.8. Of course, it helps that my son has one on his E-P2, so I if I really ever needed it, I have one. ;)
     
  14. DynaSport

    DynaSport Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 5, 2013
    Dan
    The only way I'd sell my 40-150 to help pay for the 45 is if I never used the 40-150 above 50 or so. I have both and use them for totally different purposes. Plus, the 40-150 has very little value on the used market and I'd feel like I was giving it away. Truthfully, I've used my 40-150 more than my 45 since getting the PL25. I didn't think having the PL25 would reduce how much I use the 45, but it really has.
     
  15. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 25, 2012
    Australia
    as others mentioned, keep the 40-150 and save for the 45mm. They are different lenses for different purposes. I usually use my 40-150 in the 100+ focal range... something the 45mm can't do. 45mm is more of a traditional portrait focal length.

    Also if you have LOTS of room, you could also try taking portraits using the 40-150 at 150. I like the compression if you have a nice back-drop.
     

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  16. tjdean01

    tjdean01 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 20, 2013
    Wow, love the pretty girl in front of the buildings! I have the 40-150 and wasn't happy with it at the longer FLs but I realized since then (I haven't used it much recently) that I need to keep the IBIS on the PM2 OFF so I don't get the soft photos I was getting.

    Don't sell the 40-150. It's a deal of a deal. I bought that lens before I even had a camera!
     
  17. Leif

    Leif Mu-43 Regular

    98
    Sep 28, 2012
    Germany
    Leif
    I sold my 14-42 pretty quickly, but I think I'll always keep my 40-150 although I'm using it rarely.
    There are two reasons why I like it:

    - it's pretty good for it's price. To me it's a bit like the Canon 55-250mm. It's not perfect, but for it's price it's fantastic. For people who don't use such a tele range that often it's the perfect deal, because better ones will be way more expensive.
    - combined with a raynox it's a cheap way to experiment with macro photography
     

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  18. madogvelkor

    madogvelkor Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 22, 2013
    Connecticut
    Buying a Raynox macro adapter or the Olympus macro adapter is a good way to increase the versatility of the 40-150.
     
  19. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 25, 2012
    Australia
    I like the shot with the seagulls!
     
  20. diselgl

    diselgl Mu-43 Regular

    81
    Jan 7, 2014
    Philippines
    Arvin
    Yeah, it's a good thing to ask you guys first. I removed my ad on the net and decided to keep the 150. Thanks.

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