Light and surprising good!

Started Dec 21, 2015 | User reviews
Dylthedog Contributing Member • Posts: 862
Light and surprising good!
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I got this as part of package - I didn't really want it but it was just a few pounds for a longer lens that I thought I'd sell as I already had a Panny lens with the same spec plus IS.

The truth is that it's probably the best value lens I have, and I ended up selling the Panny 40-150mm instead.

It's plastic (polycarbonate I think) which makes it really light and compact yet stable, unlike the Panny which was less compact and about as heavy as brick. It has a nice fast zoom action and the max aperture at the long isn't ideal, but I've still taken a good number of shots I wouldn't ordinarily have got because the lens was small and light enough to pack when the Panny would have sat at home. I haven't missed the IS on the Panny either, the Olympus sensor IS makes up for it.

On top this, the image quality is actually pretty good! Sure, corner sharpness isn't stellar but I've taken some of my favourite portraits with this and achieved nice levels of background blur, despite the lower max aperture. For me it also beats the Panasonic on contrast, which took an unwelcome dip at the long end.

For what it cost now it's a no-brainer and should feature in your bag even if you have some of the new high-quality zooms, just based on size/weight to quality ratio.

 Dylthedog's gear list:Dylthedog's gear list
Sony RX1R II Olympus PEN-F Sony a7R III Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm 1:4-5.6 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm F1.8 +8 more
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm 1:4-5.6
Telephoto zoom lens • Micro Four Thirds
Announced: Aug 31, 2010
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JeanPierre Martel Veteran Member • Posts: 3,123
Re: Light and surprising good!

The M.Zuiko 40-150mm is indeed a very sharp lens. Yes it deserves your 4 stars (I gave a 5 star-rating to its newer R version). But honestly, the Lumix 45-150mm is as good. Why did you sell it ?

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Olympus E-M5 II Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm F1.8 Leica Nocticron 42.5mm Olympus 40-150mm F2.8 Pro Olympus 8mm F1.8 Fisheye Pro +22 more
OP Dylthedog Contributing Member • Posts: 862
Re: Light and surprising good!

JeanPierre Martel wrote:

The M.Zuiko 40-150mm is indeed a very sharp lens. Yes it deserves your 4 stars (I gave a 5 star-rating to its newer R version). But honestly, the Lumix 45-150mm is as good. Why did you sell it ?

Size and weight mainly - like you say, very similar performance. I only needed one and I got more for the Panasonic than I would have for the Olympus

I'm not a big tele shooter, so it made sense to me.

Other's would go the other way I'm sure, especially if you don't have a body with IBIS; I know some people prefer a little weight too as it can help with steadying the shot depending on technique.

I didn't realise the reviews went to a forum post TBH - I was just killing a little time and as this lens is often written off for being plastic I just thought I'd stick up for it a bit

 Dylthedog's gear list:Dylthedog's gear list
Sony RX1R II Olympus PEN-F Sony a7R III Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm 1:4-5.6 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm F1.8 +8 more
eques Veteran Member • Posts: 3,814
Comparison P and O
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JeanPierre Martel wrote:

The M.Zuiko 40-150mm is indeed a very sharp lens. Yes it deserves your 4 stars (I gave a 5 star-rating to its newer R version). But honestly, the Lumix 45-150mm is as good. Why did you sell it ?

You must have one of the better samples of the Panasonic 45-150. I had 2 and both were just soft. I didn't try a 3rd sample but got an Olympus.  My Olympus 40-150R sample is much better optically, even at the long end it is usable for landscapes, at about 75mm it is actually quite good.

Peter

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH Olympus 12-100mm F4.0
OP Dylthedog Contributing Member • Posts: 862
Re: Comparison P and O

eques wrote:

JeanPierre Martel wrote:

The M.Zuiko 40-150mm is indeed a very sharp lens. Yes it deserves your 4 stars (I gave a 5 star-rating to its newer R version). But honestly, the Lumix 45-150mm is as good. Why did you sell it ?

You must have one of the better samples of the Panasonic 45-150. I had 2 and both were just soft. I didn't try a 3rd sample but got an Olympus. My Olympus 40-150R sample is much better optically, even at the long end it is usable for landscapes, at about 75mm it is actually quite good.

Peter

As I said in the review of the Oly, the long-end of the Panasonic was decidedly low on contrast, probably the last 3rd TBH.

 Dylthedog's gear list:Dylthedog's gear list
Sony RX1R II Olympus PEN-F Sony a7R III Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm 1:4-5.6 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm F1.8 +8 more
Ulric Veteran Member • Posts: 4,559
Re: Light and surprising good!

It is indeed surprisingly good for the price.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Olympus OM-D E-M5 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Olympus PEN-F Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH +13 more
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