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    Default Old vs New 40-150 questions

    I apoligize if this has been discussed before (I am sure it has but I can't find the threads and the search engine "over there" is down again).
    I have the original 40-150 and have gotten a decent offer for the new version (which I did not get when I got the E510).
    I realize that the new version is smaller and lighter (yeah) but a bit slower (boo), but how does it compare with regards to focusing speed? Does it tend to search when the light is not optimal?
    Also, from what I have read the close focusing distance of the new version is around 10" or so (compared to almost 5 FEET with the old one). Can someone confirm this?
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    Default Re: Old vs New 40-150 questions

    you have most of it nailed already (but I am sure you will get 50 responses confirming this anyway........)
    new one has cf distance about 24" - still a usefull advantage magnification wise.
    personally I wouldn't both to get the new one if you have the old one - except possibly with the 4xx range)
    equally I wouldn't bother the other way either.
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    Default Re: Old vs New 40-150 questions

    Here's a link that might interest you and answer some of your questions.

    http://www.biofos.com/esystem/4015_tst.html
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    Default Re: Old vs New 40-150 questions

    Thanks Don for that link. It really shows the differences between the two lenses. (Fortunately I generally don't look at my pictures under a magnifying glass - or usually at 100% crops which everyone that tests lenses seem to love.)
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    Default Re: Old vs New 40-150 questions

    I've got the old lens and I liked what I saw in this test. Since I don't mind the weight, I don't see any reason for me to change.
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    Default Re: Old vs New 40-150 questions

    Quote Originally Posted by dsr1 View Post
    Here's a link that might interest you and answer some of your questions.

    http://www.biofos.com/esystem/4015_tst.html
    The article was worth scanning, a bit on the wordy side but the hard data looks like what we could expect. If you take half the weight off a lens and compress the length there is going to be some price in terms of performance even it it isn't so dramatic that it will cause much concern for typical photo hobbyist. Cranky photogs might still find a use for the original 40-150mm kit lens, it is a lot lighter than the 50-200 and mounted on the e510 with IS in mode 1 it delivers very respectable images.

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    Default Re: Old vs New 40-150 questions

    Quote Originally Posted by cstirlingbartholomew View Post
    The article was worth scanning, a bit on the wordy side but the hard data looks like what we could expect. If you take half the weight off a lens and compress the length there is going to be some price in terms of performance even it it isn't so dramatic that it will cause much concern for typical photo hobbyist. Cranky photogs might still find a use for the original 40-150mm kit lens, it is a lot lighter than the 50-200 and mounted on the e510 with IS in mode 1 it delivers very respectable images.

    Clay
    Clay,
    I totally agree and I would probably keep my original 40-150 for those times. But I find that I generally like to travel light - read one lens, currently the 12-60 most of the time - and I thought that the new version is so small I could just drop it in my pocket.
    Steve

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    Default Re: Old vs New 40-150 questions

    I don't own the old 40-150, have only tried it a couple of times. But I upgraded my Sigma 55-200 (which actually, my copy at least, is a quite good lens, excellent for the money).

    I also own the Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro which I use as a fast tele when needed.

    But on a resent holiday the lens I used the most with my E-330 was the new 40-150. It's small, light, unobtrusive and has a great image quality. I've really grown to like this lens.

    So if you have an faster alternative to use when needed I'm sure you'll be really happy with the new 40-150. The leap from the old isn't great, but if it isn't a great financial strain to buy it can very well be worth trying out, imho.
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