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02-04-2017, 08:02 PM   #1

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Got the olympus 40-150 f/4-5.6!

I recently got the Olympus M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 R as a gift for someone and got a chance to test it out. Wow! I found it very impressive for a budget zoom lens that I got on Ebay for $100. It's very light, and is pretty good at the long end (100% crops look good under good lighting), has silent focusing and quick shift. It does have some serious fringing at times, but overall, I'm impressed. In an Olympus Pen EPL5 it makes a really nice compact package.

It's actually pretty good for many types of birds and wildlife, though a little short for some of the smaller ones or the ones farther away.

With the pen camera it weights around 470g, or about 1.4 times less than the K50 body. I'm still sticking with my DSLR though.

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Great little lens. Has left me wanting more reach though!
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for the price, it's very nice. it works well on my Olympus EP-5. I wish it was not a plastic lens mount but shouldn't be a problem. I did get a third party hood that seems to improve the contrast and reduce flaring but the hood is very finicky to put on and reverse, so I probably should have sprung for the official hood.
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I've been impressed with the Oly consumer zooms compared with their Pentax counterparts.

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Also, can find it lacks contrast - but nothing a bit of PP won't sort. Rather that than sharpness.

(maybe a bit too much S-curve!)
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The 75-300mm works quite well if you want more reach.
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Keep looking at how the 100-300 and 75-300 stack up. Quiet a bit bigger and more expensive than the little 40-150 though!

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I have compared that lens to my panasonic 35-100 f4-5.6 on my gx1. I got my 40-150 Olympus cheap $35... Which is all I got from it when I sold it on eBay. On the unstabilized gx1 I couldn't justify it. I am eyeing the Panasonic 45-175, 100-300, etc as a longer lens option but these are low priorities since my apsc k3 is my primary kit and I can always adapt k mount lenses and at these extreme focal lengths tripod starts to be more necessary.

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