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    Default 40-150 Optical Quality

    I realize the optics of the older kit lens is not top of the line.
    But is it good enough glass that I will not regret getting one as an everyday carry lens ?
    I am using my older OM glass on a 420 now and would like a good zoom.
    Currently using 85,135 and 200 and want to save weight and speed up the focus process.

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    Default Re: 40-150 Optical Quality

    In my experience it's a surprisingly good lens so yes, worth considering. They should be very cheap by now.

    Note also there are two versions and the older, faster version seems even better from what I've seen posted on line.

    Cheers,

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    Default Re: 40-150 Optical Quality

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    But is it good enough glass that I will not regret getting one as an everyday carry lens ?
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    That depends on your preferences and requirements. Its very good optical quality for their price.
    Note that there is two versions of that lens.
    1) Olympus 40-150mm f/3.5-4.5 Zuiko
    2) Olympus 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ED Zuiko
    The 1st one is the old 40-150 with a metal mount its almost twice the weight of the new one. I allso
    belive the newer one can focus a bit closer. Optically wise I think there pritty close.
    I do not think you will regret it.
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    Default Re: 40-150 Optical Quality

    I have had both. The later model is a little better optically than the older one. And the tiny size makes it a no brainer.
    I used it a couple of weeks ago on a day trip as an economical walkabout lens it was fine.
    Cheers,
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    I have had multiple versions of the lens - both when I was shooting with the 4/3 cameras and now the m4/3 version and never been disappointed in the IQ of them. For the price (and especially the size/weight of the newer versions and the m4/3 version) they are great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swandy View Post
    I have had multiple versions of the lens - both when I was shooting with the 4/3 cameras and now the m4/3 version and never been disappointed in the IQ of them. For the price (and especially the size/weight of the newer versions and the m4/3 version) they are great.
    I can absolutley second this opinion... I have both versions (4:3 and m4:3) and I took it as part of my kit for a multi-week trip this past winter to England and Spain for 3 weeks and it was s fine performer. I am certain that it is not the absolute best in the world, but as a performance/price rating, it is very high on the list, in my opinion.
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    Default Re: 40-150 Optical Quality

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick_D View Post
    In my experience it's a surprisingly good lens so yes, worth considering. They should be very cheap by now.

    Note also there are two versions and the older, faster version seems even better from what I've seen posted on line.
    Rick
    There were two classic 4/3rds versions of the 40-150mm, and two micro 4/3rds versions.

    As others have mentioned, the original classic 4/3rds 40-150mm lens (kit lens introduced with the E-300) was bigger, heavier, and slightly faster (f/3.5-4.5 vs. f/4-5.6) than the second version (kit lens introduces with the E-410/E-510). The downside of the original version of the lens is it is not optimized for use with contrast detect auto focusing (i.e. will not auto focus in live view with the late model classic 4/3rds or focus slower with recent micro 4/3rds cameras).

    I don't recall the difference between the two micro 4/3rds 40-150mm lenses (second with the 'R' for revised definition). Olympus often times has sales of the lens. Right now, in the USA, there is a combined mail-in and instant rebate if you buy the 40-150mm when you buy an Olympus micro 4/3rds camera at the same time.
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    Default Re: 40-150 Optical Quality

    I have version 2 of the 4/3's lens and at f5.6-f8 it is as very sharp. It is sharper than my 14-42 at about any fstop.

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    Default Re: 40-150 Optical Quality

    That answers a couple of questions.
    I was leaning towards the first version because of the speed and metal mount.
    But it appears the later version is sharper.
    I always go for the sharper glass when I can.
    Anybody have one they don't need anymore at a reasonable price ?

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    Default Re: 40-150 Optical Quality

    In 4/3-speak the "R" edition is enhanced for video, I think primarily to quiet the focus motor so it's not picked up by the mic, and IIRC giving real-time aperture adjustment. The lens was mildly revised for 4/3 but I don't see anything in photos to separate it from the 4/3 version. They do share the same lens hood, so you don't need to buy it for the new version if you happen to have the 4/3 one.

    Cheers,

    Rick

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    I had the old 40-150 as part of a 2 lens kit when I got my E500 which seems like eons ago. It was good but bulky and heavy. I replaced it with the 4-5.6 and used it regularly on my E330 and E510. When I switched over to micro 4/3 I decided to buy the adapter and save a little money. However, I find the 40-150 dreadfully slow on my EPL-5, comparatively speaking and now am thinking of replacing it with the micro 4/3 version. I have always been satisfied with the optical quality of my two 40-150s so I would expect the same with the newer "R" version. These are good zooms but not in the "great" league IMHO.

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    Default Re: 40-150 Optical Quality

    "These are good zooms but not in the "great" league IMHO."

    This combo will be for shooting the grandson's football games.
    Fixed focal length lens are very frustrating in those conditions.
    I would like to have the 50-200 but its just not in the budget.
    Hoping to move up to the OM-D soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rat44 View Post
    "These are good zooms but not in the "great" league IMHO."

    This combo will be for shooting the grandson's football games.
    Fixed focal length lens are very frustrating in those conditions.
    I would like to have the 50-200 but its just not in the budget.
    Hoping to move up to the OM-D soon.
    For that purpose it should do very well.

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    Default Re: 40-150 Optical Quality

    As I intend to use this lens in a sports environment how is the focus speed?
    Will it be able to keep up with balls in the air or fast quarter Backs ?

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    Default Re: 40-150 Optical Quality

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick_D View Post
    ..... The lens was mildly revised for 4/3 but I don't see anything in photos to separate it from the 4/3 version. They do share the same lens hood, so you don't need to buy it for the new version if you happen to have the 4/3 one.

    Cheers,

    Rick
    Unfortunately that is not the case. The size is the same (58mm) but the bayonet mount is different, so the 4/3 hood does not fit the micro-4/3 lens.

    Moshe

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    Default Re: 40-150 Optical Quality

    For that purpose I would consider the 70-300mm instead. Normally it would be about $120 more expensive but right now it is on sale for only $20 more than the 40-150mm. I think for the purpose you want to use it for the 40-150mm is not going to have the reach you are going to want.

    Reading back through the posts I realized that at first you mentioned wanting a good everyday carry lens and then you mentioned using it for sports. If you want a relatively small everyday carry lens get the 40-150mm. If you want something with more reach for outdoor sports get the 70-300mm. The 70-300mm is almost 3 times heavier than the 40-150mm so it doesn't really make a good everyday carry around lens.
    Last edited by saburns; 06-09-2013 at 10:20 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mronen View Post
    Unfortunately that is not the case. The size is the same (58mm) but the bayonet mount is different, so the 4/3 hood does not fit the micro-4/3 lens.
    Moshe
    Are you sure about that? While I don't have the micro 4/3rds 40-150mm, I do have the Olympus micro 4/3rds 14-150mm and it is compatible with the classic 4/3rds 14-42mm and 40-150mm mark 2 lens hoods. In fact, I keep the classic 4/3rds 14-42mm lens hood (LH-61C) on that lens all of the time, and I just checked that the classic 4/3rds 40-150mm lens hood (LH-61D) also mounts on the lens. Checking the Olympus pages for both 40-150mm lenses, the same lens hood is listed. Note, this is for the second edition of the classic 4/3rds 40-150mm (f/4-5.6). I don't know what lens hood the original version (f/3.5-4.5) of the 40-50mm lens used.

    I believe the micro 4/3rds 40-150mm and 14-150mm were released at the same time, and share the bayonet mount.

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    Default Re: 40-150 Optical Quality

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick_D View Post
    In my experience it's a surprisingly good lens so yes, worth considering. They should be very cheap by now.

    Note also there are two versions and the older, faster version seems even better from what I've seen posted on line.

    Cheers,

    Rick
    they arent bad lenses at all, but as I recall it the later 43rds lens had a slightly better IQ
    if you dont shoot a lot of telephoto I think theyre a very good choice
    good AF, nice smooth bokeh, cost efficient 80-280mm EFL

    Im not sure but I think they used to be cheaper than they presently are... anyone think to comment?
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    Default Re: 40-150 Optical Quality

    I have both, and I prefer older version on 4/3 body.
    With Olympus extension tube makes great close up combo.

    It has really nice organic (not sure how to describe this) rendering and I found bokeh rendering is also great.

    I tried new one on GH-1 and it focused really fast.
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    Default Re: 40-150 Optical Quality

    Thanks for all the tips and info.
    Yes,I know the 300 would make a good sports lens but football season around here is usually overcast.
    Thats what concerned me about the newer 40-150 ,the slower speed.
    I was using a 135 mm a lot this year at the games thats why I was considering the 150.

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    Default Re: 40-150 Optical Quality

    I had that lens back in the day when I had my E-500. I was pretty impressed with it.

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    Here's one of kids sports with E510 with 40-150 kit lens. The lens is a little slow to focus but not terrible. I learned to anticipate and prefocus. Center the focus on the core body and it will pick up faster while using a smaller aperture to keep them in the focus plane longer.

    I ended up with the 50-200 with EC14 because the kids got quicker and the fields got larger.

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    Default Re: 40-150 Optical Quality

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Meissner View Post
    Are you sure about that?
    ...
    I was referring to the first version of the 4/3 40-150mm, which uses hood LH-61B. The m4/3 uses LH-61D. I have the 'B' version and it doesn't fit on the m4/3 lens. Perhaps version 'C' is a compromise, and fits both...

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    Default Re: 40-150 Optical Quality

    Looks like it does closeups well also.
    Seems last summer everybody was selling them and now used ones are scarce.

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