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tspore
03-17-2007, 12:49 PM
From the 510 press release:

the Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 (80-300mm equivalent) Lens, which provides users with greater telephoto power for far-away shots in a compact size. This telephoto lens is smaller than many standard zoom lens at 2.6 inch diameter x 2.8 inch length and a weight of 8.8 ounces – a real benefit for anyone who wants to pack a powerful zoom lens without taking up much space. It also has great close focusing abilities, and is able to capture a subject up-close from a distance of 31.5 inches (.8m). Consumers won’t break the bank to get this great focal flexibility. For a mere $100.00, the two-lens kit includes the Zuiko Digital ED 40-150MM telephoto zoom lens – a $279.00 value!
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This picture shows the differences in sizes between the old 40-150mm and the new one. The new one is about the same size as the 14-54mm lens.
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Rockin Ronnie
08-15-2008, 12:46 PM
This lens is $96 at The Camera Store. Is it good value for the money and how does it compare with the series I?

Ron

lendur2
08-15-2008, 02:09 PM
What are you asking? Are the two comparable in IQ and other characteristics apart from size?

There is something on this thread, but the short version from memory is: they're quite par. Though perhaps I mis-remember? Somebody chime in if that's so.

Rockin Ronnie
08-16-2008, 09:00 AM
I should have clarified. I am aware of the size and weight differences as well as the plastic mount; it is the IQ I am interested in.

Ron

Rockin Ronnie
08-18-2008, 04:39 AM
did a little searching and found this from SLRGear:

http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/1086/cat/all

Their conclusion:

"As a companion to the 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens, the 40-150mm performs very well: excellent sharpness results, good resistance to chromatic aberration in the telephoto range, only marginal distortion and negligible vignetting. This is definitely a case of getting a very decent lens for the money, and to get even better quality the premium price ascends quite quickly. If you need better quality, it's likely you know it and you're already looking at more expensive options; otherwise, you'll probably be well-served with this lens."

Ron

Steve Adams
08-19-2008, 09:01 AM
Ronnie,

I have this lens and use it often. Its great, its light, image quality is very very good.

theres nothing bad to say about it. it goes great in my lightweight hiking setup.

Lee Adkins
08-19-2008, 09:16 AM
This lens is $96 at The Camera Store. Is it good value for the money and how does it compare with the series I?

Ron
A little slower as I recall, but better in nearly every other way save the plastic mount. I personally find the IQ better than my copy of the old version (which I sold). Bokeh is not as good, though. Amazing lens for the money.

In fact, I seldom carry the 50-200 unless I'm sure the light or the reach calls for it. It's so light and small it is much easier for me to handhold than the 50-200 on the E-3. $96 is crazy low.

Lee

Steve Adams
08-22-2008, 07:06 AM
the plastic mount is not bad anyways, its so light that theres no need for the metal. I love the lens. great optics and no down sides...

Rockin Ronnie
08-22-2008, 02:50 PM
Thanks for the comments. Just got the lens today from The Camera Store and it is unbelievably small compared to the original version & it is very light. No, the plastic mount does not bother me and the build quality looks to be respectable.

Ron

Matt
08-22-2008, 05:41 PM
Great find on that price. I just ordered one today although now they are backordered so it might be awhile before I get it.



Thanks for the comments. Just got the lens today from The Camera Store and it is unbelievably small compared to the original version & it is very light. No, the plastic mount does not bother me and the build quality looks to be respectable.

Ron

Jarkko
01-07-2009, 02:21 PM
Comments on Oly 40-150 mm f/3.5-4.5?

I used to take a lot of photos with Canon T-90 film camera. Now I am ready to start digital seriously (also my doughter wanted a DSLR). I bought Oly E-3 with the 12-60 mm lens last week. Happy with both so far!

As my wife doesn't give approval for the 50-200 mm SWD before fall I have planned to buy a second hand and light "second" lens (I plan to keep this for holidays after buying the 50-200 mm, too).

I just found a second-hand 40-150 mm f/3.5-4.5 in an Camera shop. This older version has a larger maximum aperture compared to the later version.

What is the quality of the older version? Does it take good quality pics during holidaying? The focusing speed is not so critical here as I will buy the longer (but heavy) SWD lens anyway later. Please comment!

lendur2
01-07-2009, 02:35 PM
I have not shot the old version, though I have with the 14-45. Awhile back, a fellow obtained both 40-150s and asked about their relative imaging quality. The consensus was that they were about alike.

Jarkko
01-09-2009, 01:25 PM
Thanks for the answer. So I can assume that the earlier version is Oly quality.

What is the weight of the Oly 40-150 mm f/3.5-4.5 - that is the older version I consider to buy second hand?

Otto
01-09-2009, 02:01 PM
I just received my new (old) 40-150, but haven't had a chance to take it out yet. It appears to be about the same size, and weight, as the 14-54.

Hope this helps,