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What is Best Zoom Lens Period?

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by MrDoug, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. MrDoug

    MrDoug Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Sep 5, 2011
    Boise, Idaho
    This has been discussed before, however I would like to know if you were forced to buy or pick the best Zoom lens for your Panny or Oly m4/3 body tomorrow or get a gun shot to the head by Sunrise..LOL what would you pick? LOL .. forget price.. just Quality.. focal length minimum of 45mm and up..
     
  2. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    Luke
    what are you looking for? Flexibility, range, sharpness? I haven't used any of the Olys, but I think the Panasonic 45-200 is great (and when you factor in the price, it's OUTRAGEOUS....a must have for any kit). I just received the Panasonic 100-300 and just played it with for a couple minutes so can not speak to its' qualities, but it feels great and the extra reach will come in handy. And from photos I have seen from others, the IQ is impressive.
     
  3. Sammyboy

    Sammyboy m43 Pro

    Oct 26, 2010
    Steeler Country
    The versatile MZuiko 14-150:smile:
     
  4. MrDoug

    MrDoug Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Sep 5, 2011
    Boise, Idaho
    Looking for all 3 you mentioned.. the best.. LOL .. I know this is a hard question to answer.. but...
     
  5. steve16823

    steve16823 Mu-43 Regular

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    Sep 26, 2011
    Brookfield, IL
    Olympus Digital Zuiko 90-250mm f/2.8

    You did say regardless of price. :biggrin:
     
  6. Promit

    Promit Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 6, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
    Promit Roy
    Definitely the 14-400 f/2 being released in 2020.
     
  7. MrDoug

    MrDoug Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Sep 5, 2011
    Boise, Idaho
    Yes, but SIZE.. that thing is HUGE..not for me.. LOL plus I should add price not over $500 bucks or so.. LOL
     
  8. MrDoug

    MrDoug Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Sep 5, 2011
    Boise, Idaho
    I hope I live to 2020.. if I do.. I will take two.. :smile:
     
  9. digitalandfilm

    digitalandfilm Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 18, 2011
    Agree.. and it's light & compact.
     
  10. Grinch

    Grinch Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jan 9, 2011
    Canada
    Oly 14-150 - Good all round shooter, maybe not the best but its my only daily carry zoom. Pocketable off camera, light and useful range for me.
     
  11. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Zuiko 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 II. You may have to buy used to keep it under that price, though.
     
  12. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    Luke
    Now wait one second. First you said you just wanted the best of everything. Now you're saying it can't be huge AND it has to be under $500. You want the magic zoom. You may be able to find a lens that has 2 qualities that you want, but not all 3. Small, cheap and good is made of unobtanium.
     
  13. Grinch

    Grinch Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jan 9, 2011
    Canada
    Or its made of cantaffordium...
     
  14. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    Luke
    I was considering buying one until I talked to a salesman named Kent Justifium.:rofl:
     
  15. MrDoug

    MrDoug Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Sep 5, 2011
    Boise, Idaho
    is the IQ on 14-150 equal to the kit 14-42R? or have you not tried that comparison? the 14-42R has really surprised me.. I think the 14-42R is under rated IMO..and some others have mentioned the same.. I didn't even want to mount that lens, (14-42R Kit) then I shot some pics in Sunlight.. and wow.. I was impressed.. not fast, but the IQ and Sharpness was quite good..maybe more than good..I would like to check the out the 14-150 as I hear good things as well and good range... your take please..
     
  16. MrDoug

    MrDoug Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Sep 5, 2011
    Boise, Idaho
    Yes, I want a 25-500 F1.7 for under $500 LOL.. No, what I should of said is best ZOOM 14mm or so up to at least 100mm + for a Realistic price.. but good.
    I am stuck with 14-42R as my only Zoom.. what shall I do?:smile:
     
  17. drizek

    drizek Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 5, 2011
    For quality, the 12-60 from 4/3rds I'd imagine ( I wish I could afford one).

    Overall, probably the 14-140/150 superzoom.

    For non-tele, if I had to pick just one zoom, it would be the 7-14, or otherwise the 14-42mm pancake. For tele, again, assuming I could afford it, I would make use of both the 40-150mm that I have and the 75-300mm that I don't.

    Right now I use the 40-150mm and the 20mm for about 90% of my shooting. If you're looking for a lens to buy to go with your 14-42, the 40-150 is pretty easy IMO, and at $200 it is one of the cheaper zooms, and quite competently will cover the focal range up to 100mm.
     
  18. CarlB

    CarlB Mu-43 Veteran

    The Pana-Leica 14-150mm probably can't be beat for image quality. However, It's big, slow on focus (4/3), and pricey!

    I have this lens, and the only reason I don't shoot it more often is its weight.
     
  19. JCD

    JCD Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 10, 2010
    Palermo, Italy
    I think the new 45-175 is the best choice: from the early tests it seems that the 45-200 is much sharper and crisp, as well as more compact.
     
  20. yottavirus

    yottavirus Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 13, 2011
    70-200 f/2.8L IS II. The nikon version wins the honourable mention.

    If it has to be u4/3 then 45/1.8 + feet.