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what lens?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by cbelter, Apr 6, 2015.

  1. cbelter

    cbelter Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 26, 2015
    Olympus 40-150 2.8 pro or Panasonic 35-100 2.8.

    It will be on a m5mk2
     
  2. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    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.
     
  3. rezatravilla

    rezatravilla Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 7, 2013
    Indonesia
    Reza Travilla
    nope. that's the reason i bought M43 system. Love the small size and handy for travelling.
     
  4. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
    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.
     
  5. cbelter

    cbelter Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 26, 2015
    I switched from nikon to m43 for that reason to keep things light and compact.
     
  6. sesser

    sesser Zen Master

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    Mar 10, 2015
    Portland, OR
    randy
    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.
     
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  7. DL Photo

    DL Photo Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 15, 2012
    Richmond, BC, Canada
    Dave
    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.
     
  8. cbelter

    cbelter Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 26, 2015
    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
     
  9. EarthQuake

    EarthQuake Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Sep 30, 2013
    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.
     
  10. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    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.
     
  11. cbelter

    cbelter Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 26, 2015
    Good point. But I don't think I would ever need that.
     
  12. DL Photo

    DL Photo Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 15, 2012
    Richmond, BC, Canada
    Dave
    I think the OP has made his choice. The good thing is you can't go wrong with your decision. Both pro lenses.
     
  13. PowerHawk2015

    PowerHawk2015 Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 8, 2015
    Australia
    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.
     
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  14. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
    Didn't check the AUS site, but the US site does list the 35-100 as a professional lens.

    http://shop.panasonic.com/cameras-a...HS35100.html#start=1&cgid=lumix-camera-lenses
     
  15. Lcrunyon

    Lcrunyon Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 4, 2014
    Maryland
    Loren
    The Camera Store did a comparison of the two on YouTube:

     
  16. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    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.
     
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  17. cbelter

    cbelter Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 26, 2015
    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.
     
  18. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    "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?
     
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  19. sdb123

    sdb123 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 25, 2014
    Northants, UK
    Steve
    Premium price! :blush:
     
  20. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    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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