Thoughts on the Zuiko ED 40-150?

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

  1. crashwins

    crashwins Mu-43 Regular

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    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

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    Jul 17, 2012
    Bogotá, Colombia
    Mauricio
    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
    PA060008.

    From the EXIF: ISO 1250, 92 mm, f/5, 1:1250
    PA060057.

    From the EXIF: ISO 320, 123 mm, f/5.3, 1:500
    PA060120.
     
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  5. sokar

    sokar Mu-43 Veteran

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

    Grandfather.
     
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  6. BigTam

    BigTam Mu-43 Top Veteran

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

    https://www.mu-43.com/gallery/u9471-bigtam-page1.html

    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

    132
    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 Top Veteran

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    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
    Regards
    Rob
     
  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?