Results 1 to 23 of 23

Thread: Zuiko Digital (Olympus) 40-150mm f3.5-4.5 -Standard

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Hobart, Australia
    Posts
    1,320
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    Feedback Score
    0
    Real Name
    Craig

    Default Zuiko Digital (Olympus) 40-150mm f3.5-4.5 -Standard

    Focal length: 40-150
    Lens construction: 13 Elements
    Angle of view: 30-8.2 Degrees
    Closest focusing distance: 1.5m
    Max aperture: F3.5-F4.5mm
    Min aperture: f22
    Filter size 58mm
    Dimensions: 3D x 4.21L
    Weight 15.75 oz.
    Tele 1.4: Yes MF only
    Ex Tube: Yes .62X magnification
    Olympus Website
    This is an older version of the lens, which was replaced with a newer version of the 40-150mm f4.-5.6. The new one is half the size, and most likely better, but slower. It is located here.
    Support this site by purchasing below:

    Attachment 4178

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Hobart, Australia
    Posts
    1,320
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    Feedback Score
    0
    Real Name
    Craig

    Default Fourthirdsphoto review

    Review to come at some point.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Hobart, Australia
    Posts
    1,320
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    Feedback Score
    0
    Real Name
    Craig

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Hobart, Australia
    Posts
    1,320
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    Feedback Score
    0
    Real Name
    Craig

    Default User votes:

    In our poll in which 21 people voted, they gave this lens an average of a 3.86 out of 5 points. Over all this is a very good lens for its class. It is much smaller than the 50-200mm. Also it is slower, however, again when considering the two lenses you need to ask is the 50-200mm worth $500.


    Post edited by: tspore, at: 2005/10/15 14:13

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Hobart, Australia
    Posts
    1,320
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    Feedback Score
    0
    Real Name
    Craig

    Default User reviews:

    Please use this format, or else you will be deleted!!!
    Pros:
    Cons:
    price paid:
    Other info:

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    6
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Feedback Score
    0

    Default Re:User reviews:

    Pros: Well built sharp telephoto zoom with metal mount. Faster than most cheap tele zooms. Light weight and small in size.

    Cons: Front turns when focusing and putting on the lens shade. No focus scale.

    price paid: came in kit.

    Other info:[/quote]

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    62
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Feedback Score
    0

    Default Re:40-150mm F3.5-4.5

    Pros: Cheap (only paid $100 new), fast (3.5-4.5 is faster than competition), sharp (really sharp for a cheap zoom in the $200-$300 region) and lightweight.
    Cons: For this price ? Only the fact that the viewfinder is a lot daker than with the 14-54 ! This is not a bad thing as long as Olympus makes so much noise at higher iso\'s. When that changes, it\'ll be an issue.
    price paid: $100
    Other info: No

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    United Kingdom
    Posts
    18
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Feedback Score
    0

    Default Re: 40-150mm F3.5-4.5

    Pros: feels well made and good value.

    Cons: Much more bulky than equivalent budget-priced zoom lenses from some other makers. For example, the roughly equivalent DX Nikkor 55-200mm covers the same range (allowing for different sensor size/crop factor) yet manages to be much more compact. I saw them both side by side in the shop where I bought mine and the difference in diameter of the lens barrels really struck me.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    West Monroe, Louisiana
    Posts
    1,066
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Feedback Score
    2 (100%)

    Default Re: 40-150mm F3.5-4.5

    Pros: light, well balanced, sharp for price

    Cons: slow, sometimes won't focus in low light

    Price: came with kit (should be part of "pros")

    Other Info: I have been very surprised to find that I use this lens 80 percent of the time. I thought the 14-45 would be my main lens. This one's a real sleeper.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Posts
    18
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Feedback Score
    1 (100%)

    Default Re: 40-150mm F3.5-4.5

    Pros: Nice light weight, tracks moving objects very well in "C-AF" mode. Focuses very fast and very accuarate on stationary targets as well. I like the glass quality of this lens and all Zuiko Digital lens.:up:

    Cons: None. I really like everything about this lens.

    Price: Bought used (factory reconditioned) $125.00

    Other Information: None
    Photography is mankinds way of capturing the beauty of God.

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    143
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Feedback Score
    0

    Default Re: 40-150mm F3.5-4.5

    Pros: light, sharp and rugged, very nice lens for the price

    Cons: focus can hunt in low light/not enough contrast situations

    Price: came with the kit

    Other info: this lens is on my camera about 95% of the time

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Posts
    3
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Feedback Score
    0

    Default Re: 40-150mm F3.5-4.5

    Pros: Light, compact, sharp
    Cons: Front element (focus) rotates when placing and removing the hood
    price paid: $239.95 at Adorama
    Other info:

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Victoria, BC, Canada
    Posts
    45
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Feedback Score
    3 (100%)

    Default Re: 40-150mm F3.5-4.5


    Pros: Inexpensive; Light; Good lens for the price.

    Cons: Trouble focussing in low light situations; slow.

    Price paid: $125

    Other info: Good bargain lens, but I'm going to go for the 50-200 instead.


  14. #14
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    661
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Feedback Score
    1 (100%)

    Default Re: 40-150mm F3.5-4.5

    pros: really good optical quality for the price
    decent max aperture
    same filter size as companion 14-45
    nice lens shade that reverses for storage

    cons: no distance scale
    focus by wire feel
    lens focal length creeps when pointed up or down
    doesn't focus very close
    front of lens rotates when focus
    no cut out in hood for pola use
    Of the two kit lenses this is the one I leave on the camera most of the time. It really is good quality for the price.
    thanks
    barondla

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    30
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Feedback Score
    0

    Default Re: User reviews:

    Pros: Good distance, good quality (in both build and image). Good aperture range.

    Cons: Fairly slow. Front element (focus) rotates when placing or removing hood.

    price paid: $330 CA (around $290 US i believe).

    Other info: Very good quality lens, especially for it's price.
    ~* Proud E1 User *~


  16. #16
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    126
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Feedback Score
    0

    Default Re: User reviews:

    Pros: sharpness, nice bokeh, good aperture, light.

    cons: slow.

    price paid: $99 on eBay

    Used on E330, find it to be much better than the other "kit" lens 14-45.
    Check my pseudorandom wanderings on http://undefinedpattern.blogspot.com/ - comments most welcome!

  17. #17
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Posts
    259
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Feedback Score
    0

    Default Re: 40-150mm F3.5-4.5

    Despite having the 50-200mm, the 40-150mm still has its space in my camera bag because of its small footprint which makes it a very valuable tool for street photography. Most people are not intimidated by this tiny lens. Plus, when shooting from the waist level with the E-330, no one really take notice of me. So this is a good photojournalist's tool.

    The images from this kit lens is highly useable, and the colours are good, despite not being fast enough and the AF tends to hunt a lot in low light situation, therefore making it quite useless in situations where speed is required.
    "A picture, like character, is developed in darkness"

    E-M5, E-3, E-5 + HLD-4, 8 Fisheye, 12-50mm, 17mm, 12-60mmSWD, 14-54mm, 50mm macro, 50-200mmSWD, FL-36R, FL-50, VA-1 & XZ-1.

  18. #18
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Germany
    Posts
    1,141
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
    Feedback Score
    0
    Real Name
    Jesse

    Default Re: Zuiko Digital (Olympus) 40-150mm f3.5-4.5 -Standard

    Pros: Small for a medium telephoto lens and sharp.

    Cons: f/4.5 on the long end

    price paid: Came as part of an E-300 kit

    Other info: This is a great general purpose lens. The f/4.5 is not too much of an issue for studio work, but I do wish it had a constant f/3.5 apeture. I never owned another lens in its class, but I've heard it beats its peers hands down in performance and size.

    JW

  19. #19
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    896
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Feedback Score
    2 (100%)

    Default Re: Zuiko Digital (Olympus) 40-150mm f3.5-4.5 -Standard

    Pros: Smaller and lighter than other brands similar range lenses. Very good optically for the price.

    Cons: The hood rotates when putting the lens hood on or taking it off. It can be "held" in place putting on it the right way, but cumbersome to take off it was reversed for storing.

    Price Paid: $171

    Other: I think this is a great little lens for a lot of people. A nice lens to have for those saving for the 50-200 too. I don't understand why some do not like the higher aperture value. It was there when they bought it, thus they should know it can't be used easily in certain (dark) situations.

  20. #20
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    323
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Feedback Score
    0

    Default Re: Zuiko Digital (Olympus) 40-150mm f3.5-4.5 -Standard

    Pro's:Cheap but great,very best value for money,Sharpness,CA.... is great for a budget lens,build quality is decent for a budget lens,Lightweight,love the Zuiko Digital box.I will highly reccomend this lens.Best lens in the class(Kit lens class) but not comparable to ZD 50-200mm.

    Con's:Mild Speed,Small Apreture(Big for Kit Lens through),Front Element Rotating during Focusing,No Carry pouch(Of course) and no focusing distance scale,hard to focus in low light,Medium Bokeh

    Price Paid:RM770 with 3% cc charge + Hoya Filter

  21. #21
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    49
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Feedback Score
    0

    Default Re: Zuiko Digital (Olympus) 40-150mm f3.5-4.5 -Standard

    Pros: Well built, well balanced lens with a real metal lens mount!. Focusing is quick, accurate and quiet. Sharp, crisp images with very natural tones. Compact, light size is perfect for day-long photo shoots.

    Cons: None to speak of.

    Price Paid: Came as part of E-500 kit.

    Other: I see that some complain that the 40-150's "slow" f/3.5-4.5 aperture. When compared to Canon and Nikon's own 75-300 and 70-300 lens, they are f/4.0-5.6 and f/4.5-5.6 respectively. So in that respect, the Zuiko lens is not slow. Not to mention that Canon's cheapest version has a plastic mount and Nikon's cheapest version is very slow to focus.

    Yes, Nikon has the 55-200 AF-S lens that's smaller and lighter, but that thing is a toy compared to any of the other lenses and is also f/4.0-5.6. Canon also has a new 55-200 which is just as cheap and flimsy as the Nikon, and just as slow. And I know for a fact that the image quality of both lenses are well below that of even the cheapest of cheap offerings from Zuiko.

    I also read that some complain about the front of the lens rotating when putting on and taking off the lens hood, as well as turning while focusing. Neither of these are issues with me. I'm not trying to use the lens while I'm adding or removing the lens hood, so who cares. And if I'm using a polarizer filter, I'm adjusting the filter with every shot anyway, so that doesn't matter to me either.

    All in all, the Zuiko 40-150 lens is a great little item that bests anything the compitition has to offer, unless you spend more than $500+ on it.

  22. #22
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Melbourne, FL
    Posts
    1,179
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
    Feedback Score
    4 (100%)

    Default Re: Zuiko Digital (Olympus) 40-150mm f3.5-4.5 -Standard

    I've had this lens for about three weeks and hardly take it off my L1 body. Even though the Leica 14-50mm kit lens is supposed to be renowned... I do a lot of zooming and this lens was all I could afford while saving for some real pricey glass.

    pros: sharp images, pretty bokeh, auto focus seems quicker than the Leica f/2.8 on my panny L1. Nice zoom range and still useable for portraits. Cheap, best value in any lens that exists built specifically for digital cameras. Fast enough to be useful in decent light with hyper shutter speeds.

    cons: The rotating front lens doesn't bother me. It does hunt for focus in low light, minimum focus distance is 1.5 meters which rules out any macros.

    price paid: $100
    All that I share with you is purely my personal perspective based on my own experiences. Feel free to constructively criticize my opinions and my photos, please!
    Rob

    E-5/14-35/50-200II/70-300/EC14/EC20/OM100 2.8

  23. #23
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    223
    Posts
    1
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Feedback Score
    0

    Default Re: Zuiko Digital (Olympus) 40-150mm f3.5-4.5 -Standard

    Pros: Good optical quality, good size, solid build quality
    Cons: Some cheap mechanical considerations: slow focus that rotates the front element, 5 ft plus minimum focus.
    price paid: Part of a E500 kit, so ~$80
    Other info:

    I've had this lens for many years now. I have moved onto an E30, but kept this lens. The best part of this lens is obviously its VALUE. It delivers decent images with lots of flexibility. If I didn't get it with the kit, and knowing what I know about this lens now, I would seriously consider paying $250 for it, especially if I didn't want to spend too much ($1000 more!) for something like a 50-200.

    Optically, it's very sharp. It won't win any resolution contest with superstars like the F2 lenses, but the overall image you get from this lens is decent enough I would put it right beneath the 14-54 mm. It's significantly better than the 14-45mm and the 18-180mm. Some CA is visible in high contrast situation, but nothing outrageous. F3.5-4.5 is perfectly acceptable for me, and the way it steps down slowly is also nice. You are only at F4.1 at 100mm. Some people feel it's too slow, but at 200mm equivalent F4, it's not bad at all. Put things in perspective now, the highly praised 12-60mm SWD steps down to F4 at around 40mm, and it takes a lot more room to give the same aperture opening at a longer focal length.

    Due to cost saving, and make something that's small in size, Olympus cut a few corners, such as leaving the front element to rotate (and extend) with the zoom, which also feels like it's giving a variable focal length. And the focusing is noisy and slow, but it works!

    After playing around with the 12-60, 14-54 and 50mm, I'm going back to this lens, and I know it will bring me great images. If you can get a decent copy of this lens at a good price, do it and you won't regret. I would highly recommend this over the newer F4.0~5.6. I actually like the heft, the optical speed, the nice handling quality of this one.

Similar Threads

  1. Digital Lenses Zuiko Digital (Olympus) 150mm f2.0 -Super High Grade
    By craig in forum Member Reviews
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 07-31-2011, 08:19 AM
  2. Digital Lenses Zuiko Digital (Olympus) 35mm f3.5 -Standard -macro
    By craig in forum Member Reviews
    Replies: 52
    Last Post: 11-26-2010, 12:21 AM
  3. Digital Lenses Zuiko Digital (Olympus) 14-45mm f3.5-5.6 -Standard Grade
    By craig in forum Member Reviews
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 04-08-2008, 08:52 AM
  4. WTB: Zuiko Digital 35-100 f2.0 and/or 150mm f2.0
    By delta123 in forum Buy / Sell Archive
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-04-2007, 12:13 PM
  5. Digital Lenses Zuiko Digital (Olympus) 18-180mm f3.5-6.3 -Standard
    By craig in forum Member Reviews
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 06-09-2006, 05:53 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •