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Neurad1 Senior Member • Posts: 1,878
broken 40-150R replacement: WWYD?

I fell and broke my 40-150R lens off at its base while in Scotland. I left the pieces there....figured it couldn't be cheaper to repair than to replace, and wasn't sure I'd trust the repaired lens anyway. I only paid $99 for the lens. To make matters worse, I lost the B&W circular polarizing filter (MRC XS Pro) that I had just bought for the lens in late May...it wasn't on the lens when I fell, but I misplaced it somewhere during the trip after "stowing it" because I wouldn't be using it. So there goes another $90.

So....trying to decide what do do now. I own lenses that overlap with this lens in FL (14-150, 35-100 2.8, 100-300), but none as compact/light as the 45-150R. So my question is, would you purchase a new copy of the 40-150R or is there something better now (or coming soon) that would be a superior replacement? IQ is obviously paramount, but size and weight are important, too since I purchased this lens primarily for travel.

Your opinion?

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To be honest, I would not get another lens. If I already had the 14-150mm I would cut my losses and just use that lens. It's a terrific all in one solution. If you really want to get the 40-150R again, I would buy it used. Other than that, you can't really find a cheap telephoto lens for the same price you'd get the 40-150R unless it was heavily used.

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If I were you I'd replace it, easily. To my mind the alternatives would be the water-resistant 35-100/2.8 (over $1000 US), or Oly's 40-150 that's not out yet and likely would cost even more (aside from either having more mass).

As for losing the filter. . . . I've lost countless lens caps, dropped one or two CP's in water where they couldn't be retrieved, but I still find it hard to believe I lost a 7-14 lens a few years ago. That is, it could always be worse.

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tgutgu Veteran Member • Posts: 3,636
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You might consider the P 45-175mm. It is light, not big and has the advantage of a non extending tube when zooming. When I searched for a lightweight telezoom lens, I compared with the O 40-150mm and the P 45-150mm and found the P 45-175mm has the best IQ of them.

As for using  a lightweight telezoom parallel to the P 2.8/35-100mm, I think it is worth, because the faster zoom is considerably heavier and weighs more, and has less reach. So if I want to go out light, I prefer the P 45-175mm.

I stoppend using the 14-150mm superzoom lenses, because 14mm is not wide enough for my needs and because IQ isn't as good as I want. Therefore I have the excellent O 2.8/12-40mm has my standard lens most often with me, together with either the P 45-175mm or the P 2.8/35-100mm.

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Neurad1 wrote:

I fell and broke my 40-150R lens off at its base while in Scotland. I left the pieces there....figured it couldn't be cheaper to repair than to replace, and wasn't sure I'd trust the repaired lens anyway. I only paid $99 for the lens. To make matters worse, I lost the B&W circular polarizing filter (MRC XS Pro) that I had just bought for the lens in late May...it wasn't on the lens when I fell, but I misplaced it somewhere during the trip after "stowing it" because I wouldn't be using it. So there goes another $90.

So....trying to decide what do do now. I own lenses that overlap with this lens in FL (14-150, 35-100 2.8, 100-300), but none as compact/light as the 45-150R. So my question is, would you purchase a new copy of the 40-150R or is there something better now (or coming soon) that would be a superior replacement? IQ is obviously paramount, but size and weight are important, too since I purchased this lens primarily for travel.

Your opinion?

If you enjoy shooting with the 40-150R because of its IQ and compact, lightweight size, it is still one of the "best bang for the buck" lenses available. If you can get one for about $100, grab it. Perhaps sell one of the lenses you have that you don't use much and replace the CP as well.

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If I were you I'd replace it, easily. To my mind the alternatives would be the water-resistant 35-100/2.8 (over $1000 US), or Oly's 40-150 that's not out yet and likely would cost even more (aside from either having more mass).

As for losing the filter. . . . I've lost countless lens caps, dropped one or two CP's in water where they couldn't be retrieved, but I still find it hard to believe I lost a 7-14 lens a few years ago. That is, it could always be worse.

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Thanks, Bob. I already own the 35-100/2.8. Would you still make the "buy" recommendation?

While I feel pretty awful about breaking the lens and losing the filter, it could have been so much worse. I literally face-planted in gravel along a potholed road and came away with only a few bruises and a split lip, but no broken bones or teeth. I recovered nicely after a couple of pints of Guinness which my wife insisted upon since I was so bummed about the lens at the time. She's a keeper.

I would REALLY have been devastated if the E-M1 had been damaged, but it took the fall like a pro and seems to be working fine. I did have an E-PL5 with me which did good work. I just have not yet gotten used to its single tiny dial which is awkward in my hands.

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Neurad1 wrote:

Bob Tullis wrote:

If I were you I'd replace it, easily. To my mind the alternatives would be the water-resistant 35-100/2.8 (over $1000 US), or Oly's 40-150 that's not out yet and likely would cost even more (aside from either having more mass).

As for losing the filter. . . . I've lost countless lens caps, dropped one or two CP's in water where they couldn't be retrieved, but I still find it hard to believe I lost a 7-14 lens a few years ago. That is, it could always be worse.

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Thanks, Bob. I already own the 35-100/2.8. Would you still make the "buy" recommendation?

Yes, but only because of the way you spoke of it.   I have/respect the lens, but only for a short while.  I haven't bonded with it as I have with alternatives (yet?).

While I feel pretty awful about breaking the lens and losing the filter, it could have been so much worse. I literally face-planted in gravel along a potholed road and came away with only a few bruises and a split lip, but no broken bones or teeth. I recovered nicely after a couple of pints of Guinness which my wife insisted upon since I was so bummed about the lens at the time. She's a keeper.

Indeed, she is.  

I can relate. . . one of the last times I was using a DSLR it was on a tripod at the edge of a roadside lake.  As I was looking to find a better composition I picked up the rig with the legs extended but folded together, and while looking though the viewfinder I would move left/right, forward/back. . . tripped over one of the small boulders that lined the edge of the road. . . I swung the tripod out and the camera struck ground like I was using it as a hammer, while I tried to turn to my side and back while falling head forward down a rough scree covered slope.   When I stopped moving, after the great relief I didn't strike my head in the process, not to mention end up further downslop into the water. . . I started to LOL, picturing what I must have looked like.  (What a great video that could have been)

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PSCL1 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,141
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To the OP:   If you are dead set on restoring redundancy, buy another 40-150 R.  They've been as low as $119 new in the US.  You won't get anything lighter, better, or cheaper no matter how long you wait.

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I'd just get another 40-150. In the 40-100 range, it stands with the best lenses in the system for image quality at equal focal lengths and apertures. Up to 150mm it's still no slouch. It's probably the one lens in the system everyone should have.

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Neurad1 OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,878
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PSCL1 wrote:

To the OP: If you are dead set on restoring redundancy, buy another 40-150 R. They've been as low as $119 new in the US. You won't get anything lighter, better, or cheaper no matter how long you wait.

I am going to keep my eye open for a good price on one....If it gets down around the price you mention I may buy it again.

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Neurad1 OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,878
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Klarno wrote:

I'd just get another 40-150. In the 40-100 range, it stands with the best lenses in the system for image quality at equal focal lengths and apertures. Up to 150mm it's still no slouch. It's probably the one lens in the system everyone should have.

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Agree....Here's an image I took in Scotland "before the fall".

On the road to Mallaig.

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they couldn't be retrieved, but I still find it hard to believe I lost a 7-14 lens a few years ago. That is, it could always be worse.
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Bob-Whereabouts did you lose the 7-14?I have some spare time and would really like to have one.Thanks

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they couldn't be retrieved, but I still find it hard to believe I lost a 7-14 lens a few years ago. That is, it could always be worse.

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Bob-Whereabouts did you lose the 7-14?I have some spare time and would really like to have one.Thanks

Somewhere along Peter's Kill,  Minnewaska S.P.

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Neurad1 wrote:

PSCL1 wrote:

To the OP: If you are dead set on restoring redundancy, buy another 40-150 R. They've been as low as $119 new in the US. You won't get anything lighter, better, or cheaper no matter how long you wait.

I am going to keep my eye open for a good price on one....If it gets down around the price you mention I may buy it again.

If you live in the USA/Canada, they have reconditioned 40-150mm lenses (both the silver and black) on sale at the outlet store right now for $119.99: Olympus outlet store lenses. Note, the reconditioned warranty is only 90 days. If you buy reconditioned many times the lens/camera is like new, either Olympus is managing excess inventory (with a 'scuffed' box), or it is a return where the user decided they didn't like the camera, and it is essentially unused. However, I imagine some reconditioned lenses were used hard.

If you want to save even more, Olympus has recently been offering some 10-20% off sales at the outlet stores around the weekends of US holidays (Presidents Day, Memorial Day, etc.) July 4th is coming up, and you might get lucky (or perhaps people will buy up all of the lenses, and you will have to wait until they get more stock).

Keh.com has one for $126: KEH micro 4/3rds 40-150mm

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I didn't notice what lenses you already had.  Given you have the 14-150mm, you would need to ask yourself whether the 40-150mm offers more bang for the buck in terms of image sharpness than just using the 14-150mm.  I've only shoot with the 40-150mm at an Olympus sales event a few years ago, but my memory says it is roughly the same size and just a tad lighter than the 14-150mm.  Yeah, if you didn't have the 14-150mm, I would say get the cheap 40-150mm, but I'm not sure with the 14-150mm.  I have the 14-150mm lens, and have never been interested in the 40-150mm for that reason.

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Absolutely get another one.  It is so light and is optically fine.  Agree that every mft owner should get one.

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Neurad1 OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,878
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Michael Meissner wrote:

Neurad1 wrote:

PSCL1 wrote:

To the OP: If you are dead set on restoring redundancy, buy another 40-150 R. They've been as low as $119 new in the US. You won't get anything lighter, better, or cheaper no matter how long you wait.

I am going to keep my eye open for a good price on one....If it gets down around the price you mention I may buy it again.

If you live in the USA/Canada, they have reconditioned 40-150mm lenses (both the silver and black) on sale at the outlet store right now for $119.99: Olympus outlet store lenses. Note, the reconditioned warranty is only 90 days. If you buy reconditioned many times the lens/camera is like new, either Olympus is managing excess inventory (with a 'scuffed' box), or it is a return where the user decided they didn't like the camera, and it is essentially unused. However, I imagine some reconditioned lenses were used hard.

If you want to save even more, Olympus has recently been offering some 10-20% off sales at the outlet stores around the weekends of US holidays (Presidents Day, Memorial Day, etc.) July 4th is coming up, and you might get lucky (or perhaps people will buy up all of the lenses, and you will have to wait until they get more stock).

Keh.com has one for $126: KEH micro 4/3rds 40-150mm

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I didn't notice what lenses you already had. Given you have the 14-150mm, you would need to ask yourself whether the 40-150mm offers more bang for the buck in terms of image sharpness than just using the 14-150mm. I've only shoot with the 40-150mm at an Olympus sales event a few years ago, but my memory says it is roughly the same size and just a tad lighter than the 14-150mm. Yeah, if you didn't have the 14-150mm, I would say get the cheap 40-150mm, but I'm not sure with the 14-150mm. I have the 14-150mm lens, and have never been interested in the 40-150mm for that reason.

My 40-150R seemed sharper than my 14-150. I bought it because I saw it new for $99 and I couldn't stop myself. I'm not sure that KEH lens is the 40-150R....it may be the earlier version, though I'm not sure that matters that much.

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That's what I did when I got mould on my 40-150. You can't do better, I believe.

Bad luck damaging it like that, and losing the polariser sure adds insult to injury!

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traveler_101 Senior Member • Posts: 1,685
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To the OP:

Sorry to hear of your financial losses; photography is expensive enough without these unfortunate accidents coming along.

I have the 40-150 myself and just used it yesterday to take stills and video of my daughter playing the violin on stage. Nice lens and light enough to put on a small light camera like my E-PM2.

I am with the chorus here: I would replace the 40-150 as soon as possible. To finance the purchase, I would sell the 14-150.

Considering the fact that you have much better lenses than the 14-150 in the wide to normal range, and that the 40-150 bests the 14-150 in the longer focal range, why do you need the 14-150? You said yourself that you don't think the image quality is up to snuff.

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Neurad1 OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,878
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traveler_101 wrote:

To the OP:

Sorry to hear of your financial losses; photography is expensive enough without these unfortunate accidents coming along.

I have the 40-150 myself and just used it yesterday to take stills and video of my daughter playing the violin on stage. Nice lens and light enough to put on a small light camera like my E-PM2.

I am with the chorus here: I would replace the 40-150 as soon as possible. To finance the purchase, I would sell the 14-150.

Considering the fact that you have much better lenses than the 14-150 in the wide to normal range, and that the 40-150 bests the 14-150 in the longer focal range, why do you need the 14-150? You said yourself that you don't think the image quality is up to snuff.

I've never actually sold gear. Not really sure how/where to do it "without risk".

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hindesite Senior Member • Posts: 1,999
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I have both the m.Zuiko 40-150 and the Panasonic 45-150.

I'd replace the lens with the 45-150, it is so much better - handles nicer, also has OIS. Very affordable as a part of a broken up kit.

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