40-150 or 75-300 Oly lens?

Started May 30, 2013 | Discussions thread
Art_P Veteran Member • Posts: 9,875
Get both if you can

The 40-150 has been as low as $99, and probably will be again.  I like to pair mine w a closeup lens for bugs and flowers

But it doesn't have enough reach for birding

I have the 100-300, because I was able to get it for much less than the 75-300 at the time, but that 25mm difference at the short end limits the usefulness of the 100-300.

I think the gap between 50 and 75 is not that significant, between 50 and 100 it is definitely noticeable.

But the 40-150 is small, light, and pairs well w the 12-50, and I'm more likely to take that.

I only take the 100-300 when I'm expecting birds or otherwise need the long reach.  (OK recently got a pair of extension tubes, so I can now hunt butterflies as well w the 100-300)

btw, coming from E-520 w 12-60 and 70-300.  Those two lenses covered most of my needs except for low light.  My 4/3 40-150 only collected dust once I got the 70-300.  But today, my m43 40-150 gets more use than the 100-300, due to its small size and fitting my closeup filter.

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