With 12-40 in hand 14-150 seems like an overlap...

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by mesmerized, Aug 5, 2016.

  1. mesmerized

    mesmerized Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 18, 2012
    Hello everyone!

    Since I got a 12-40 PRO I haven't used my 14-150mk2 at all, so I'm wondering if there's a better lens that would complement, rather than overlap, the focal length that my 12-40 delivers. Naturally, once could claim that I get this extra length (41 and above) in a compact body, but to be honest... I'm pretty sure there must be a better image quality solution out there... The 40-150PRO sounds like a natural way to go, but it'd expensive ;)

    Any thoughts?

  2. Carbonman

    Carbonman Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jul 10, 2014
    Vancouver BC
    I use the daylights out of my 12-40; it's very sharp and the close focus is really useful. What dragged me away from using it 90% of the time was when I 'upgraded' from the 40-150 'R' (no slouch, especially for the $$) to the 40-150 Pro. It's on my camera at least half the time now. A constant f2.8 maximum aperture, high contrast, almost nonexistent flare, very high sharpness and quasi-macro close focus capability make it the perfect next step in building your system. The 2 drawbacks are bulk/weight and price. I can't seem to stop hauling it around despite the weight - it's that useful. Add the 1.4 TC and you have almost 9x magnification over 'normal'.
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  3. lchien

    lchien Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 7, 2014
    I have had the O 14-150 (Mk I) for 2 years now, its been the lens that's been most on the camera.
    I just got the 12-40 f2.8 PRO and used it recently at a music party with good luck, the extra speed was nice.

    I still like the overall reach or zoom range of the 14-150 mm, the smaller aperture is one of the prices paid, but I'm not willing to give it up.
    The 40-150 mm f4 versions are virtually the same size as the 14-150 so there's no gain to be had by getting that as a replacement; New they would be $300 vs 100-120 but if you already have the 14-150 then you get the advantage of not having to swap lenses if you need (time or bad weather). And the new 14-150 II is weather sealed, I believe.
    The 40-150 f2.8 PRO is nice but out of my budget now and also quite a bit heavier and larger.
    So I'm not sure there's a better solution.
  4. fredlong

    fredlong Just this guy...

    Apr 18, 2011
    Massachusetts USA
    The Panasonic 35-100/2.8 would be a good, fast companion to the 12-40 if you don't need the extra length. It's smaller, lighter and cheaper.

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  5. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler Subscribing Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Hi, the ZD 50-200mm f2.8-3.5 is good, and cheap (used) if you have an E-M1 (and an adapter).
  6. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    +1 on the 50-200 SWD, with the MMF3, EC-14 and an E-M1.

    The only thing I should warn you about is that this may lead you to rationalize getting the Oly 150/2.0 (and the EC-20 teleconverter) when one comes along at quite a bit less than the 40-150 PRO costs, and that said lens may not leave your camera for a while after that.
  7. PakkyT

    PakkyT Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 20, 2015
    New England
    I brought my ZD 50-200mm over from my 4/3rds days to my E-M1. Fantastic lens and as pointed out by @barry13@barry13 is very affordable (a down right bargain actually) second hand these days. If you have an E-M1 a strong option in my opinion.

    In the m43 world, I would be looking at the Olympus 40-150PRO or the Panny 35-100/2.8 (X Lens) as my two choices to be at least as good as the old 50-200mm and to match the performance of your 12-40 PRO. Personally I would give strong consideration to the Panny as it is a lot smaller. But if you don't mind the extra weight you do gain the 100-150mm range of the Oly.
  8. PacNWMike

    PacNWMike Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Dec 5, 2014
    Salish Sea
    Personally I would look for something wider.
  9. mesmerized

    mesmerized Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 18, 2012
    Thanks for the suggestions.
    I've got E-M5mk2 with a grip (the basic one)
    As a side note, I don't really like the plasticky feel of the 14-150mk2.
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