Telephoto zoom recommendations (40ish to 150ish)

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by birdie, Jun 27, 2014.

  1. birdie

    birdie Mu-43 Regular

    I currently have 3 short primes (14, 25, 45) and I would like to get a telephoto zoom in the 40-150 range for photos where i need the longer range including water-skiing photos of friends from the boat. I used the 70-200 2.8 on my 5D Mk II when I had it and I've looked at the EXIF data for those photos and I used between 135mm to 200mm range with about 175mm being the sweet spot for framing the skier with the water spray.

    Now I know there is the Panasonic 35-100 2.8 available and the Olympus 40-150 2.8 coming out, but I don't really want the weight and size of those (or cost) as it will be just a casual lens for fun...

    So I'm wondering about the slower telephoto zooms like:
    Olympus 40-150 4-5.6
    Panasonic 45-150 4-5.6
    Panasonic 45-200 4-5.6
    Panasonic 45-175 4-5.6
    Maybe the 14-150 zooms
    Olympus 14-150 4-5.6
    Panasonic 14-140 3.5-5.6

    Is there any of them that are any good for sharpness and speed or are they all cheap slow soft lenses? Any others to consider?

    Eventually, I would like to grab a Panasonic 100-300 4-5.6 but it would be too long for the ski photography...
  2. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler Subscribing Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    I haven't seen many complaints about the Olympus 40-150 4-5.6.
    I'm happy with mine, but may get the f2.8 for sports, birds, etc.

    A Pro lens will be sharper.


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  3. kenez

    kenez Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 18, 2012
    I mainly use either my 4/3 50-200mm or my m4/3 75-300mm for telephoto but I also have the Panasonic 45-200mm and find it very acceptable and a great value. If also had the bonus of lens based image stabilization if you plan to use it on a non-Olympus body. KEH sells them for around $165.
  4. tjdean01

    tjdean01 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 20, 2013
    O40-150 is good. As a note, this lens does not perform well with IBIS enabled on my PM2. I shot some cows today at 150mm and turning the ISO up to 800 is better than IBIS being on. Prob not same issue with OMDs.
  5. GFFPhoto

    GFFPhoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2013
    I have the 45-200, and its renders nice, but gets too soft at the long end (maybe its just my copy... but it does have that reputation). Then again, I got it brand new for $99, so I'm happy with it. From what I have read, the O45-150 is the budget zoom champ, and the P14-140 is the superzoom champ.
  6. Darren Bonner

    Darren Bonner Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 1, 2013
    Poole UK
    I use the Panasonic 45-150, I like it's compact size, light weight, the build quality and the price, plus the IQ is nice and sharp.
    I've notice the OP has got a pair of OMD's, maybe the Olympus version of this lens as that has a very good reputation too.
  7. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    I went through a similar decision process earlier, some of my criteria are similar to yours:
    I went with a cheap-and-cheerful mZD 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 in the end, which has not disappointed me so far on my E-M5.
  8. zucchiniboy

    zucchiniboy Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 13, 2010
    San Francisco
    I have the P 45-175, and the nice thing about it compared to the rest is the internal zoom. Doesn't change size! ;)

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  9. birdie

    birdie Mu-43 Regular

    Decided to order a brand new Olympus 40-150 F4-5.6 R in black :) Thanks guys :)