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Thoughts on the Zuiko ED 40-150?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by crashwins, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. crashwins

    crashwins Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 13, 2010
    Northampton, MA
    Hi folks. Always get my impressions from the folks here before pulling the trigger on a lens. I have a good trade offer for the m43 40-150mm. How is it as a zoom? I'd love it for portraits - any experience from folks in that area? Thanks!
  2. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    South Bend, IN
    I don't have the 40-150 but am thinking of picking one up, it seems to be a decent tele zoom. I would think that for portraits the max aperture of 4-5.6 may be a little limiting at times unless you're working with flash, but I'd also like to hear about actual experiences.
  3. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    Tiny, light, cheap and sharp enough, even wide open (which it needs to be, cos wide open isn't particularly wide...) I love mine as a travel zoom - just don't expect too much from it :smile:

    The shots below were all taken on an unstabilised GH2, so I guess movement would have been an issue for the sailing shots. Still, I'm pretty happy with the output!










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  4. Mercurio

    Mercurio Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 17, 2012
    Bogotá, Colombia
    Trying to catch some action with the 40-150...
    All images from RAW without PP.

    From the EXIF: ISO 200, 58 mm, f/4.5, 1:320
    E-M5    ---    58mm    f/4.5    1/320s    ISO 200

    From the EXIF: ISO 1250, 92 mm, f/5, 1:1250
    E-M5    ---    92mm    f/5.0    1/1250s    ISO 1250

    From the EXIF: ISO 320, 123 mm, f/5.3, 1:500
    E-M5    ---    123mm    f/5.3    1/500s    ISO 320
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  5. sokar

    sokar Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 30, 2011
    EPM1 with MMF2 + ED 40-150mm @ 120mm

    E-PM1    OLYMPUS 40-150mm Lens    119mm    f/5.3    1/80s    ISO 1600
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  6. BigTam

    BigTam Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 19, 2012
    Dortmund, Germany
    I have some shots with the 40-150 in my gallery:


    Specifically, the portrait of my father (more a snapshot).

    For portraits with out-of-focus backgrounds, outdoors is fine if you can find a background far enough away.
  7. crashwins

    crashwins Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 13, 2010
    Northampton, MA
    Great. Thanks everyone for the input. Looks like it's a pretty capable little lens and definitely worth adding to the stable. Thanks!
  8. battleaxe

    battleaxe Mu-43 Top Veteran

    A bit related is the R variant worth the extra $30-50(depending on where you look) over the non-R version?
  9. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    South Bend, IN
    From everything I've read the R version just has cosmetic changes to the barrel (color, texture, etc), otherwise it's the same lens internally. That said, I do like the look of the R one more...
  10. Robstar1963

    Robstar1963 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 10, 2011
    Isle of Wight England UK
    Robert (Rob)
    There is no significant benefit with he R version - identical optics and unless you are bothered about the 'looks' then the saving in cost is worthwhile with the standard non R
    The R in my opinion is also a bit more 'plasticky' and lightweight feeling than the older non R
  11. battleaxe

    battleaxe Mu-43 Top Veteran

    I take it the size is the same, most of comments I read about two never really mentioned if size was different. Some also said the R works faster on newer m4/3, and af is a bit more quite when recording video. Is that really the case?
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