Telephotos 45-150 or 45-175?

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by wlsinwi, Apr 16, 2013.

  1. wlsinwi

    wlsinwi Mu-43 Rookie

    Mar 1, 2013
    Which is better?? Does the newer 45-150 have better IQ? It is more compact and manual but is it better. The 45-175 has power OIS and is X series. They can run about the same cost if you settle for a used 45-175.
    Which should I get for my GF5??
  2. juangrande

    juangrande Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 2, 2012
    They probably have similar IQ. I've never had the 45-150, but I do have the other and like it a lot. I had the olympus 40-150 and think the 45-175 beats that as far as contrast/color. It can be problematic @ 1/80- 1/200 sec with blurring caused by the shutter. I do not have that problem using it with my OMD.
  3. wlsinwi

    wlsinwi Mu-43 Rookie

    Mar 1, 2013
    After doing some research I found an interesting detail. The 45-150 has a 52mm filter thread. Filters in this size are expensive, like over $50. The 45-175 uses a more standard 46mm filter which are much less expensive. What I might save on the lens I will have to spend on the filters. Point in favor of the 175
  4. ivoire

    ivoire Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2011
    Naperville, IL
    I had them both at one time. The 45-175 is still with me, 45-150 is long gone.
  5. dav1dz

    dav1dz Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 6, 2012
    52mm is just as standard of a filter thread as 46mm. Don't let that be a deciding factor. Bigger filters costs more.
  6. fluberman

    fluberman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 19, 2012
    Eventhough the 45-150 is more compact, it is extending when you are zooming, while the 45-175 is not.
    I don't have the 45-150 so I can't compare the IQ, but I use my 45-175 on GX1 and OMD. The images from OMD is sharper, while from GX1 sometimes some blurring occur at certain shutter speed. I don't know if this problem is isolated only on GX1 or it may happen to GF5 as well.
  7. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Feb 28, 2012
    Shenyang, China
    the 45-150 is a low profile but performs well. I've never touched a 45-175 so can't make a comparison but I know the Mega OIS on the 45-150 is very helpful so I don't think with the PowerOIS there's more to gain. Actually I read a thread said that the PowerOIS wasn't as effective as Mega OIS.

    Anyway I think 45-175 is more suitable if you shoot more video.
  8. dd1

    dd1 Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 9, 2011
    I haven't had the 45-150, I bought the 45-175 to replace an Oly 40-150 and the 45-175 was an improvement in every way.

    I haven't had the 1/80-1/200 blurring issue that some on the Internet say happens with this lens, used with a G3 and GF2.

    AF, colour, contrast and sharpness, are all excellent with it.
  9. dwrk

    dwrk Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 10, 2012
    The new 45-150 looks better than the 45-175 at the wide the long end the PZ has a sharper core



  10. zethanos

    zethanos Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 20, 2013
    ZR Li
    Maybe you can take a look at the images from the native lenses sample archive to compare the IQ to see what is good for you. :)