Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by cbelter, Apr 6, 2015.
Olympus 40-150 2.8 pro or Panasonic 35-100 2.8.
It will be on a m5mk2
Have you tried them in person? I just went to a local E-M5 Mk2 launch event and tried out the 40-150 Pro - awesome optically, focuses fast and close, size is okay but it's just too heavy for me. If your coming from DSLR land it's probably fine though.
nope. that's the reason i bought M43 system. Love the small size and handy for travelling.
I had the 35-100 and really enjoyed it. And I would have to agree, for me and my m4/3 system, the 40-150 f/2.8 is to large. I even bought and sold off both the Olympus 75-300 and Panasonic 100-300 for that reason. Currently the 45-175 is my biggest and heaviest lens.
I switched from nikon to m43 for that reason to keep things light and compact.
I have the Panny 35-100. I can attest to it's great IQ and you can't beat the size. It's only slightly longer than the 12-40 pro (without hood) and weighs slightly less (~20g). I was tempted to trade it for a 50-200 SWD but I really don't want to give up the size. It's also a little cheaper.
I was in the same boat. Although I have the E-M1. The 40-150 pro is larger than any other m43 lens, but it has 150 at the long end and the TC makes it into 210 at the long end (x2). Personally, I find 100 at the long end limiting....but that's me. Don't think either lens will be better performance wise though....from what I've read. For me it's more about the focal length.
Love the 40-150 pro and TC combo...although only had for a week. Works well on the E-M1 but the dslr form factor of the E-M1 does help make the weight and size manageable.
Harvey Melvin Richards, a member of this board, uses the 40-150 pro and the TC on his E-M10. I think you should PM him and get his feedback as well. Always a good idea to also get feedback from members that currently have that set up...or similar.
Thanks for the input. I have used a 70-200 nikon lens for years so the 80-300 I really don't think I will need. On a side not is anyone selling a 35-100 2.8 pano
The 35-100/2.8 is a fantastic lens, if you don't need the extra 100-150mm range its the easy choice, being about half the size and weight.
One point that can't be overlooked is that there is a TC option for the 40-150mm. So it can also be turned into a high grade 55-210mm f4. 40-150mm + TC might take less room in the bag than a 35-100 and a 45-200 together.
Good point. But I don't think I would ever need that.
I think the OP has made his choice. The good thing is you can't go wrong with your decision. Both pro lenses.
No contest if it's going on a Oly body. Not taking anything away from the 35-100 which is a fantastic lens, but the extra reach and the af/mf clutch mechanism is the reason why I"d always choose the 40-150.
Shooting at eqv 200mm f2.8 is great, shooting at 300mm f2.8 is even better, plus you have the option of using a TC, ie 420mm @f4. as apposed to 280mm @ f4.
You will hear people go on about both being "Pro" lenses, this is just not the case. The panny was never advertised as a "pro" lens, not even from the manufacturer.
Didn't check the AUS site, but the US site does list the 35-100 as a professional lens.
The Camera Store did a comparison of the two on YouTube:
The 40-150/2.8 also has a great close focusing distance. If you need to get close without a tight cropping in PP, then the Oly PRO lenses shine here.
The biggest issue outside the extra reach afforded the Oly lens is the size. If you care about keeping the size of the kit small, Panasonic has it. In most shootouts between the f/2.8 zooms for m43, the IQ and AF speed are not the issues - it is other factors. As I like to say, that is a good problem to have.
Thanks everyone, I think that I want to keep my kit small. I shot with a 70-200 for many years so I don't think I would need that 300mm reach for the stuff I shoot. Now its time to hunt for a pano lens.
"Pro" lens is such a goofy, nebulous term.
F2.8 constant aperture? Check.
Weather sealing and durable build? Check.
Excellent image quality? Check.
...What else constitutes "pro?" Big and heavy?
Well, in my context, it refers to the naming convention that Olympus uses for s specific line of m43 lenses.
The other definition I use for a "Pro" lens is one that helps me get the images I need for a job I am working.
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