Who has both Olympus 12-100mm and 40-150mm f2.8?

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Minolta_A2 Junior Member • Posts: 32
Who has both Olympus 12-100mm and 40-150mm f2.8?

Just curious if anyone chose to keep both lenses.

I have 12-100mm f4.0. I'm 110% satisfied with it.
Then there is 40-150mm f2.8 Pro. The lens that I WAS equally interested in.
To me, the difference in focal length between the two lenses is not significant enough to buy another. However, I understand the difference between f2.8 and f4.0 is still meaningful.

If you have both of them and chose to keep both, I want to hear about your experience, something that numbers and specs can't tell. Or if you chose to sell either one after experiencing both, which one did you keep? What was the reason?

Thanks in advance.

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BruceRH Senior Member • Posts: 1,728
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I have both. I got the 40-150 first and then several years later the 12-100. The 12-100 is my main walk around lens, it is perfect for that. The lens IS is excellent and the lens is very sharp. I can walk the streets of Europe and then go into a church and still use it handheld with ISO 400-800 for interior shots. Depending on the lighting, I can use ISO 200 indoors sometimes. Very useful.

The 40-150 Pro is also very sharp and can be used almost as a macro. I plan to get the MC-20 TC which will make it an 80-300 f5.6 I don’t use the 40-150 nearly as much as the 12-100 so if you can have only one, it would be the 12-100. Both lenses have their place and neither one is going anywhere!

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brianric Veteran Member • Posts: 8,523
Re: Who has both Olympus 12-100mm and 40-150mm f2.8?

I have both. The 12-100/4.0 is my normal outdoor daylight event lens. The 40-150/2.8 is a backup lens on two of my three bike-a-thons, the main lens on remaining bike-a-thon, and main lens when raining on 5K and 10K runs. Have no intention of getting rid of either lens.

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AussiePhil Contributing Member • Posts: 579
Re: Who has both Olympus 12-100mm and 40-150mm f2.8?
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Minolta_A2 wrote:

Just curious if anyone chose to keep both lenses.

I have 12-100mm f4.0. I'm 110% satisfied with it.
Then there is 40-150mm f2.8 Pro. The lens that I WAS equally interested in.
To me, the difference in focal length between the two lenses is not significant enough to buy another. However, I understand the difference between f2.8 and f4.0 is still meaningful.

If you have both of them and chose to keep both, I want to hear about your experience, something that numbers and specs can't tell. Or if you chose to sell either one after experiencing both, which one did you keep? What was the reason?

Thanks in advance.

I also got the 40-150Pro first along side a 4/3rd 12-60. My live on the camera lens from the film days was a 70-210 zoom so the 40-150Pro just feels right all the time whilst giving even more reach.
Generally the 40-150Pro became the lens that was always on the camera.
When the 12-100F4 was announced i seen it as the ultimate travel lens for the EM1mk2 and bought it for that reason. It has served me really well as a great general coverage lens that does a lot really well.
If i have two cameras over the shoulder it is usually with the 12-100/40-150 lens pair attached, i do not see the overlap as redundant or a waste considering i usually shoot the 40-150 wide open.
i also use the PL 100-400 and will mix and match those three as required for any one days shooting.
The 40-150Pro really is part of the must have lens set for mft.
If Oly though released a 12-60 F1.8/F2 then the 12-100 would get sold off in a heartbeat.

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mpresley Contributing Member • Posts: 514
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Not much to add to what has already been said here. I got the 12-100 a couple of years ago and it's pretty hard to beat as a one lens solution. It's sharpness and FL range is fantastic. If you are shooting it on an Olympus body the stabilization makes it even more versatile.

At first I didn't think I would want the 40-150 f2.8, I was wrong. The extra stop of aperture and the added FL makes this lens perfect for fairs and other such venues.

So both have a place of honor in my bag.

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I have both, but seemingly went the opposite direction of many: I had the 12-100mm first, and then bought the 40-150mm.  My reasons for doing so turned out not to be how I ended up using the 40-150mm, however.

For me, the 12-100mm is an all-rounder lens.  It can do some things perfectly, and a lot of things really well.  I use it when traveling, or even when going somewhere locally where I either haven't been before or am not sure what types of things I might encounter to photograph.  IBIS + ILIS also makes for an extremely stable setup when taking video.

The 40-150mm is a bit more specialized.  The added 50mm of focal length and the f/2.8 aperture make it my preferred versatile portrait lens on µ4/3.  I've gone above 100mm often enough (and with pleasing results) to justify it to myself.  I also have the MC-14, which the lens handles extremely well, but I don't use it as often as I thought I would.  (I originally figured that the teleconverter would be married to the lens, but my preferred shooting subjects changed.) I might end up doing sports photography in a few years, and the 40-150mm will likely prove ideal for that.

If I could only keep one, it would be the 12-100mm.  Yet when I look through my photos, the 40-150mm has received a lot more use.

In terms of actual image quality, I haven't reviewed LensTip's charts, but I feel that they're about even for sharpness.  In terms of bokeh, it depends a bit.  They're both capable of very pleasing bokeh, but I've also had some of that ugly, "nervous" bokeh from both lenses.  When it's bad from the 40-150mm, it's really bad, though; at times it has almost taken on that "donut-ring" appearance that is usually associated with reflex (aka mirror aka catadioptric) lenses.  On the other hand, the 40-150mm is the only lens on µ4/3 where I've been able to blow away the background into one or two colors, which is a look that all of the extreme shallow DoF fans seem to lust after, so it's capable of a fair bit of diversity there!

I use the 40-150mm without the tripod collar.  There's an optional accessory (DR-something; "decorative ring") that is basically a piece of hard plastic that fits over the tripod collar screws, making it much more comfortable to hand-hold.  Highly recommended if you're getting the lens and don't intend to use it on a tripod or monopod.

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andy_sf New Member • Posts: 21
Re: Who has both Olympus 12-100mm and 40-150mm f2.8?

I do have both lenses AND 12-40mm/F2.8 too (I was just lucky to acquire them one by one half price in nearly new condition).

12-100mm is the best "one lens solution" for any system, and I tried many. 12-40mm is the one I use when I need more compact setup and/or when faster aperture is essential. It also makes a perfect combination with 40-150mm to fit into one small bag (exactly as I think was intended by Olympus)

40-150mm is used mostly for wild life and events like festivals and county fairs. Coupled with 1.4x TC it's quite good for birding (it's no 300/F4 but comes quite close given the price/value combination). Looking at the initial reviews, it looks like I'll start saving for the new 2x TC instead of for the mighty 300mm.

In short - if you are interested in event and wild life photography, you'll need 40-150F2.8 too. Start saving

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glassoholic Senior Member • Posts: 4,149
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Minolta_A2 wrote:

Just curious if anyone chose to keep both lenses.

I have 12-100mm f4.0. I'm 110% satisfied with it.
Then there is 40-150mm f2.8 Pro. The lens that I WAS equally interested in.
To me, the difference in focal length between the two lenses is not significant enough to buy another. However, I understand the difference between f2.8 and f4.0 is still meaningful.

If you have both of them and chose to keep both, I want to hear about your experience, something that numbers and specs can't tell. Or if you chose to sell either one after experiencing both, which one did you keep? What was the reason?

Thanks in advance.

I sold the 12-40 after the 12-100, but bought it back again lol. For prolonged demanding use indoors, like a wedding reception, f2.8 is an advantage.

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cpt kent Regular Member • Posts: 441
Re: Who has both Olympus 12-100mm and 40-150mm f2.8?

Minolta_A2 wrote:

Just curious if anyone chose to keep both lenses.

I have 12-100mm f4.0. I'm 110% satisfied with it.
Then there is 40-150mm f2.8 Pro. The lens that I WAS equally interested in.
To me, the difference in focal length between the two lenses is not significant enough to buy another. However, I understand the difference between f2.8 and f4.0 is still meaningful.

If you have both of them and chose to keep both, I want to hear about your experience, something that numbers and specs can't tell. Or if you chose to sell either one after experiencing both, which one did you keep? What was the reason?

Thanks in advance.

I have them both. The 40-150 was purchased first, the 12-100 later.

I use the 12-100 mainly as an all round travel lens, and when expecting to encounter tight spaces (interiors, etc).

I use the 40-150 in wider spaces, usually when walking the dog, and use it extensively with the 1.4tc for this purpose. I take the tc off when the light drops.

I love birding, but have never been convinced I could personally live with a fixed focal length of 300mm, so the 40-150/1.4tc has been a handy solution.

acmead Junior Member • Posts: 34
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I have both lenses. I don’t have much to add to the conversation except to say that I am really happy with both lenses and use them both. I am waiting to get the MC2 for daylight birding.

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AikenMooney Senior Member • Posts: 1,875
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Minolta_A2 wrote:

Just curious if anyone chose to keep both lenses.

I have 12-100mm f4.0. I'm 110% satisfied with it.
Then there is 40-150mm f2.8 Pro. The lens that I WAS equally interested in.
To me, the difference in focal length between the two lenses is not significant enough to buy another. However, I understand the difference between f2.8 and f4.0 is still meaningful.

If you have both of them and chose to keep both, I want to hear about your experience, something that numbers and specs can't tell. Or if you chose to sell either one after experiencing both, which one did you keep? What was the reason?

Thanks in advance.

Just read all the replies & very unusual to find every one is "on the same page".

I returned to Olympus in March for travel. I have the M1-II, 7-14, 12-100 & the 40-150 with the MC 20 arriving today via UPS. Some would not consider these light weight travel items but I have carried Nikon's everywhere for the past 15 years & to me they may not be light but great improvement over Nikon FF & DX.

Just returned from 3 weeks in Europe carrying the 7-14 & 12-100. Obviously the 12-100 was on 90% of the time. In churches & museums the 7-14 2.8 was outstanding.

Still trying to figure out Birds in Flt but for every thing else I feel Olympus is a great system. I did get spoiled with a D500, 80-400mm & Nikon 500mm for birds. When I missed it was me, not the eqpt. The 500mm weighs 8.5 lbs & the 80-400 almost 4 lbs so I don't miss that.

Yes, I think you would enjoy both the 12-100 & 40-150. IMO the 12-100 is as close to a one lens solution as you can get.

Albert Valentino Veteran Member • Posts: 7,820
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I have the 12-40, 40-150, and 12-100, purchased in that order. The 12-100 was purchased earlier this year and since then I have not used my 12-40 at all and will likely sell it soon.

My two lens combo now it my PL 8-18 and 12-100. My 40-150 Pro is a specialty lens that I use mostly for shooting flowers - shooting it mostly at the long end and early wide open for the reach and narrow FOV and shallow FOV that I love for flower shots. It has good mag, 0.2x, and with my 1.4x TC I get 0.3x mag, and a decent wildlife lens. As a side note, I stopped using my Oly 60mm macro after getting the 40-150 Pro for flowers.

I just returned from a week of camping and mountain hiking and only used the 12-100. That lens also doubled for shooting flowers at 100mm. It does this very well, the 40-150 just does it much better.

Okay, bottom line, I have no plans to sell my 40-150 (plus TC), but I do plan to sell my 12-40.  If all my stuff gets stolen I would buy the PL 8-18 and Oly 12-100 and keep it simple.

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Svein Eriksen Senior Member • Posts: 1,907
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BruceRH wrote:

I have both. I got the 40-150 first and then several years later the 12-100.

Same here. Had the 40-150 for years before the 12-100. Both ar very useful, and fairly different since you also can use the 40-150 with TC.

That said, I'm not sure I'd buy the 40-150 today since I also have the 100-400 which is much slower than 40-150, but covers from 100mm and up so I get 12-400 with only two lenses. I'd say that the usefulness of the 40-150 depends on what other lenses you plan to get. If you see 40-150 as your only telezoom then it still makes a lot of sense today, even when you have the 12-100.

Another option is the Panasonic 50-200 which dont have fixed F2.8, but covers about the same as 40-150 + 1.4TC.

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I don't own either lens.  But I recall the Austin Photographer Kirk Tuck raved about the pair back when he was using Panasonic GH5, GH5S, and G9 bodies.  Kirk is now mostly using Fuji gear, so you would need to go back on his blog to before November when he was using Panasonic cameras and Olympus lenses more often:

As I recall, the 12-100mm f/4 was the perfect range for a lot of his shots, but the 40-150mm f/2.8 gave him the better range for his theater shots.

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Bobbert Contributing Member • Posts: 675
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How do you think the 40-150 with the 2x teleconverter would compare with the 75-300.  Half a stop faster, but will image quality be better?

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Svein Eriksen Senior Member • Posts: 1,907
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Bobbert wrote:

How do you think the 40-150 with the 2x teleconverter would compare with the 75-300. Half a stop faster, but will image quality be better?

That's an interesting question. Actually it's just 1/3 of a stop and with a much more complex lens design the T-stop might be close to the same. And there's also the Panasonic 100-300 which is F5.6 at the long end.

But you will of course have a much better lens as long as you dont need to use the TC and maybe better IQ even with the converter. A 2x TC usually have an impact on IQ tough, but I haven't seen any real comparison yet.

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WIth the Teleconverter options and the constant aperture, I'd say the 40-150 is specialized enough to justify owning both lenses if you want to shoot sports or wildlife. My dilemma is whether it makes sense to own both the 12-100 and the 12-40. I love the 12-40 it's my go-to and it would suck to part with it but I have my eye on the 12-100, I'm this close to finally pulling the trigger on an em1 ii and I'd like to bundle it with the 12-100 for the extra IBIS versatility it brings. I'm having a tough time justifying keeping the 12-40 in that scenario.

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Albert Valentino Veteran Member • Posts: 7,820
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Oboyle wrote:

. My dilemma is whether it makes sense to own both the 12-100 and the 12-40. I love the 12-40 it's my go-to and it would suck to part with it but I have my eye on the 12-100, I'm this close to finally pulling the trigger on an em1 ii and I'd like to bundle it with the 12-100 for the extra IBIS versatility it brings. I'm having a tough time justifying keeping the 12-40 in that scenario.

That was me earlier this year. I upgraded to the EM1.2 (grey market) and 12-100 Used, and never looked back. I like to shoot waterfalls with slow shutter speeds using filters. This combo has let me do just that handheld, with shutter speeds as long as a 3 seconds. My test filter for keeping the week wonderful 12-40 is how often I use it. So far I have not used it at all since getting the 12-100.

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drmarkf Contributing Member • Posts: 500
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Most of my photography these days is travel/street, hiking/landscape, and wildlife.

The 12-100 is extremely versatile for travel (maybe too versatile, since restricting choices definitely works better sometimes!) but I always take a fast midrange prime as well, since I like something with lower visual impact for street.

Again the 12-100 is perfect for hiking - you don’t have to worry about changing lenses in wind and rain, and I find I’ve done a lot more telephoto landscapes since getting it. The limited aperture is entirely irrelevant for this application, and not having to carry a tripod unless I’m planning to do very long shutter speed shots (eg waterfalls) is an absolute game changer.

I've got 2 M1ii bodies, and various combinations of the 12-100, 40-150 and 300 work brilliantly for different wildlife applications. For example, on safari game drives I have all 3, plus 2 MC 14s, and switch between them as light levels and shooting distances vary. You definitely need to get down to 12mm for ‘environmental’ bush images and depending on density of scrub the 40-150 is often an ideal range. It’s a great advantage to be able to fit such a wide focal length range in such light kit - some bush flights have a total 15kg luggage limit.

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I had the 12-100 first (got it with my em1m2). I got the 40-150 for taking pictures of my daughter in Marching band and symphony orchestra. The f2.8 and extra reach come in handy in low light situations for the music programs.

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