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Stunning iamges from the new 40-150!

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by letsgofishing, Oct 2, 2014.

  1. letsgofishing

    letsgofishing Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 21, 2012
    South Africa
    Mike Kaplan
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  2. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    I just posted this in the other thread and I don't think the photos really show all that much greatness, not on my screen anyway (and as I said, I hate the horizontal scrolling).
     
  3. ErnieH

    ErnieH Mu-43 Rookie

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    Mar 8, 2014
    Ontario, Canada
    It is a good lens, especially considering the pice, and that's beautiful work. Well done!
     
  4. letsgofishing

    letsgofishing Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 21, 2012
    South Africa
    Mike Kaplan
    That's a pity - on my Dell 24" colour calibrated screen the detail on those butterflies is amazing....
     
  5. David A

    David A Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 30, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    Pekka Potka has posted a review of a pre-production sample on his site http://www.pekkapotka.com/zuiko4015028/

    Click on the link to the blog for the review, and links to more images than the one shown on the linked page. He also had the teleconverter and some of the images he's posted use it as well. One of his comments is "My only expectation and hope beforehand was that it was on the same level as M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO. It was. It is even better." That says something about quality because I think the 12-40 has very good image quality. I got my 12-40 a couple of weeks ago and I have to wonder why I waited so long.I think it's a superb lens and if the 40-150 is better then it will really be something.
     
  6. DennisC

    DennisC Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 24, 2010
    Cheshire UK
    Sorry but I see nothing about those images to match the narrative.
     
  7. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
  8. David A

    David A Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 30, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    That's fine. The only thing I would say is that if you don't have the chance to try one, then wait until a lot of people have tried it and/or tested it and there are a lot of opinions and examples available to look at. You haven't tried it, I haven't tried it, and neither of us is in any position to say whether it's good or bad. For me, I'm impressed by quite a few of Potka's photos and I've found information on his site about things like exposure very helpful in the past so I tend to give his views a bit of weight.
     
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  9. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    I'm not suggesting that the shots shown are in any way poor or the like, but that the ones that I've seen could have been taken with almost any lens of reasonable quality. I'd also like to see some crops or full sized images from the shots, so I'm not just looking at a reduced screen image (on a 23" calibrated monitor). I guess that will come in time.
     
  10. newphoto

    newphoto Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 12, 2013
    Oklahoma
    Colin
    I think the detail and resolution in these images made with the new 40-150 are absolutely first class and I have been shooting wildlife for twenty years!
     
  11. biza48

    biza48 Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 31, 2014
    Portugal
    It's no doubt a fine lens, and a fine shot. This specific photo it says it was taken at 210mm f4, the problem I have with the photo is that the background is just too distracting, the bird has just a small degree of isolation. This is because the depth of field is not enough to really blur the background.

    Now, I know that taking this shot say with a 400mm f4 lens on a FF camera would result in a more blurred background, but at the cost of extra weight!
     
  12. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    Now question these are great images. But here is the image thread from the old slow version of the 40-150:

    https://www.mu-43.com/showthread.php?t=8166&page=79

    If you look through this thread you see many great images. We need better comparisons to see the differences that make the new lens so much better. Obviously, it's faster and that will help in ways like background separation. I've often been amused at how a better photographer can make an inferior lens look better.
     
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  13. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    There are some nice images in the links provided, but the streams could do with some more serious editing. Only show the best work, not every frame you took. A lenses reputation can be sullied by inferior works even if there are superior images in the mix. It can make the viewer wonder if the photographer just got lucky or if there is a serious issue with the lens that.
     
  14. Carbonman

    Carbonman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2014
    Vancouver BC
    Graham
    It's always the photographer that makes great pictures. Equipment is almost always secondary beyond a certain point. Road cyclists (another group notorious for GAS and toys in general) have a saying, "You can't buy speed". Ours should be "you can't buy photographic talent".
     
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  15. newphoto

    newphoto Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 12, 2013
    Oklahoma
    Colin
    Well said!
     
  16. SpecFoto

    SpecFoto Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 28, 2012
    So Cal
    Jim
    If you look at some of the other work at the pen3.de site, specifically the "Neue Fotos" link you will see exceedingly sharp close up and macro photos with 3 very sharp prime lenses, the Oly 75mm 1.8 and 60 macro, plus the Sigma 150.2.8 macro. The new 40-150 f/2.8 sharpness seems to be right in line with those lenses, even with the 1.4 teleconverter. Very impressive for a zoom lens.
     
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  17. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    Interesting. I find the separation quite distinct in this shot, and I enjoy that it gives real context to the environment. In general I don't find super shallow DOF to be particularly interesting. If that's all I wanted, I would just whip up a super quick layer mask or depth map and just blur it in Photoshop.

    Clearly, just different preferences.