Which one is the least discussed 4/3 (AF) lens ?

Started Oct 26, 2012 | Discussions thread
TedKurkowski
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Re: What about the Vario-Elmar 14-150 f3.5-5.6 ?
In reply to Darrell500, Nov 6, 2012

Darrell500 wrote:

BigBen08 wrote:

I think because both were so expensive few people owned them.

At one time I owned both, then sold both.

http://www.dpreview.com/news/2007/3/7/leica14-150mm

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/484209-REG/Panasonic_L_X025_25mm_f_1_4_Leica_D.html

Yes Yes Yes You beat me to the punch, the PL 14-150 is one of the best superzooms ever by most accounts and would be the perfect choice on the non IS older bodies like the E1 and E500.

He beat me to the punch too.  I own the 3 SHG lenses from 7 to 100mm and they are all awesome.  But when I'm going to be outdoors, moving around a lot, and lacking a Sherpa to carry the glass (there never seems to one around when you need one), I put the Vario-Elmar on the E5 and don't look back.  I can see a very slight difference in the IQ versus the SHGs but I suspect if you didn't regularly use a lens like the 14-35 f/2 and see the pop in its images on a large monitor you'd never know the Vario-Elmar wasn't an SHG lens.  There's a reason you rarely see a used one for sale.

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