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Who's getting the 40-150/2.8 and why ?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by marcr1230, Sep 15, 2014.

  1. marcr1230

    marcr1230 Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 28, 2013
    I'm getting it because I want to shoot indoor sports and don't want to carry a massive DSLR

    PDAF on the E-M1 is still not always as quick/accurate as a DSLR, but I think the weight and size advantage is worth the performance difference
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  2. RKTodd

    RKTodd Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 6, 2012
    Randall Todd
    I'll get it for weddings and for personal wildlife/landscape photos. Well, that and the 1.4 tele.
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  3. Jericho941F

    Jericho941F New to Mu-43

    Oct 21, 2013
    I think it's bigger than the 35-100 2.8, and cancels the portability of m4/3 system a bit. But, it is a pro grade lens, and rumors claim that is going to be sharper than zoom SHG lenses.
  4. humzai

    humzai Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 17, 2012
    Don't order the hood that comes with the lens. I think we will get much better af performance with this on the e-m1 vs some of the other teles available.
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  5. tomO2013

    tomO2013 Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Oct 28, 2013
    Olympus looks to have gone to town on the specs of this lens.

    It's considerably lighter and smaller than a 35mm equivalent while provide many tangible benefits.
    For a start - the obvious range increase to 300mm is nothing to be sniffed at and the minimum focus distance that Olympus is really playing up in their Pro lenses makes them exceptionally versatile. This will likely be the most versatile 70-200 or equivalent on any system.

    One thing that struck me about the lens announcement is that Olympus is putting a lot of emphasis on the focus speed of this lens. This lens may be good today but should excel when the EM1 mk ii or whatever Olympus eventually calls it is released.

    I'm particularly interested to see how this lens performs on the EM1 for sporting and wildlife purposes...
  6. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Jan 3, 2014
    Getting a spare incase the one that comes with the lens breaks?
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  7. MAubrey

    MAubrey Photographer

    Jul 9, 2012
    Bellingham, WA
    Mike Aubrey
    I will. Probably wait a year or so though.
  8. MAubrey

    MAubrey Photographer

    Jul 9, 2012
    Bellingham, WA
    Mike Aubrey
    Also check out these mtf's!

    50-200mm SWD:

    famed 35-100mm f/2:

    The new 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro:
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    The 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 is an amazing lens. And the 35-100mm f/2 is easily one of the greatest telephoto zooms ever made. In that light, this new 40-150mm f/2.8 is absolutely incredible! The corners are more or less on par and there's more of a difference between the sagittal and meridonial lines in the fine detail (60lpmm), but the center of the lens both sharper with better contrast than even the 35-100mm f/2. That's amazing.
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  9. trandg

    trandg Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 24, 2012
    Im getting it to replace my Nikon 80-200mm AF-D. This is the lens that takes me away from my Nikon system and 100% into m43. Will be using this to shoot kitesurfing, skiing, and other action sports.
  10. DWS

    DWS Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Jun 6, 2014
    Sitting tight until the early adapters report.
  11. pman

    pman Mu-43 Rookie

    Jul 17, 2014
    I would have use for it, but can't justify the expense. First I need to get better at photography.
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  12. Geoff3DMN

    Geoff3DMN Mu-43 Veteran

    I'm going to get one once they are available.

    I'd like the TC 1.4x as well but I may hold off on that until I see some real world results.
  13. Terrier

    Terrier Mu-43 Regular

    May 6, 2014
    Denver, CO
    I'll also wait for initial reviews and tests before I pull the trigger. I plan to try it and the Panny 35-100 on my personal EM-1 before making my decision. Each has its own compromises but, I must admit, as of this moment, the 40-150 appears to have fewer. In fact, I can only come up with one shortcoming at this writing (compared to the Panny) and that's weight.

    However, if it does everything as well as the early marketing claims I can live with the weight.
  14. Zee

    Zee Mu-43 Top Veteran

    I'm a tele shooter, and this, along with the 300 F4 (when it arrives) will complete my len collection.

    Main uses will be wildlife, landscapes, and sniping people from afar...

    As someone that used to run around with a 7D, EF100-400, 100 F2.8L, EF-s 10-22, and a Sigma 50 1.4 EX, the weight of this is a non issue. compared to what I need to match it, even on a crop DSLR (which is an EF70-200 F2.8L IS II)- it IS light! If IQ matches that lens, it will be worthwhile.

    I'll probably wait a few months until the street price settles a tad...

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  15. microfourthirdsnut

    microfourthirdsnut Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 8, 2012
    I saw that after I ordered but cancelled the hood. I guess I never thought they would include it. It's rare when they do. Thanks Cheers.
  16. microfourthirdsnut

    microfourthirdsnut Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 8, 2012
    No I just was so excited I ordered it, you know how rare it is for olympus to add in a hood, lol but I am glad they did I cancelled the hood.

  17. EMC

    EMC Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 22, 2013
    Garden Grove, Calif.
    Long FAST Glass.......I do believe it is a reasonable price......seeming that the Wonderful 12-40mm Pro to me was an Excellent build......if it is the Quality as their first offering......this should ROCK!!! IMHO!
  18. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team Subscribing Member

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    I've just in the past week picked up a used 50-200. Amazing lens and at less than a third of the price of the new 40-150, I'm likely to stay with it for a while. I'm sure the new lens is spectacular, but I only occasionally use long lenses, so for me it doesn't make sense to lay out that much cash. I must say I'm pretty impressed with the AF performance of the 50-200 on the E-M1. I've never used an E-series 4/3 camera or one of the latest Canon or Nikon bodies, but I can say that the 50-200/E-M1 combo is no worse than the Canon 5d mkii + 100-400 that I had some years ago.
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  19. tradesmith45

    tradesmith45 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 13, 2012
    I'm very tempted but will wait a bit to see a head-to-head w/ the 43 50-200mm SWD. Oly says the new one is sharper & I'd bet it will have much faster AF. But its only 8 oz lighter & doesn't get to 200mm w/o the TC so that makes the weight difference even less. I've got the ZD300 f2.8. Having a 200mm will fill a useful gap. Will want to see how the 40-150+TC compares to the 50-200 @ 200mm. One thing really unique about the ZD is how uniform its performance is across all FL. I'll want to see the same or better from the new M.Z
  20. Clint

    Clint Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Apr 22, 2013
    San Diego area, CA
    I will be getting it - by rental. It looks as if Olympus has done everything right with this lens. The big issue for me is if I can justify the Return on Cost (ROC) within the next year.

    Since it is nearly the same size, just a touch lighter, and 50mm shy of the 50-200 f/2.8-3.5 SWD it faces some pretty stiff competition. If the IQ with the MC-1.4X equals or exceeds the 50-200 and the dual linear VCM can significantly increase my keeper rate we might be in business. On the opposite end of the spectrum the Panasonic 35-100 f/2.8 is so much smaller and lighter I'm not really inclined to give it up.
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