- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6.4 x 6.4 cm ; 191 g
- Boxed-product Weight: 249 g
- Item Model Number: ED 40-150mm f:4.0-5.6 R
- ASIN: B0066J6EOU
- Date first available at Amazon.com.au: 13 November 2017
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Olympus ED 40-150mm f:4.0-5.6 R Zoom Lens (Black) for Olympus and Panasonic Micro 4/3 Cameras
- 3.75x zoom lens
- Macro Focus Range : 0.90 m, Focal Length : 40-150 mm
- Lightweight, portable design, 40-150mm equivalent field of view
- Nearly silent movie and still compatible auto-focus, Perfect choice for second lens
- Great for portraits and sports
Style: 40-150mm F4.0-5.6 | Colour Name: Black | Customer Package Type: Standard Packaging
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Olympus 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 R Lens
The M.Zuiko 40-150 f4.0-5.6 R is a compact, affordable telephoto lens that features an optimized design in a stylish black body. It's small, lightweight and flexible enough for everything, so that you can save weight and space in your bag wherever you go. This high-power zoom is the perfect companion to your standard kit lens!
Movie-Still Compatible (MSC)
The linear drive motor found in the M.Zuiko 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 R is Movie & Still Compatible (MSC) and provides fast, nearly silent focusing and aperture performance; a must-have for any videographer.
This high-power zoom is the perfect companion to your standard kit lens. You'll have the ability to shoot indoors or outdoors, close-up portraits or long-distance scenes. Pair it with a PEN or OM-D body and you'll have a nice set-up that’s powerful enough to capture razor-sharp images without being burdened with too much equipment.
Serious Hand-Held Performance
Paired with the serious in-body image stabilization of the Olympus OM-D and PEN series of cameras, you'll be able to a shoot longer hand-held exposures without a tripod.
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A word of caution about this and other telephoto lenses negative reviews. The use of a 300mm lens is already demanding in terms of technique. Image stabilization takes only care of camera shake but moving subjects require very short exposures to avoid blur. If the writer does not specify if they are shooting Raw or jpegs there is little value in their conclusions. Additionally, you don't know if they know how to properly process the Raw files and/or what's the setting for in-camera sharpening in jpeg. Lastly, many people shoot on a tripod without turning off image stabilization (a must).
11/16/16 addendum: I am replacing the older pictures with new ones of Echo Bay in New Rochelle, NY, just before and with the latest super moon. All pics are from Raw files developed in PS 6 with the same treatment.
Pic 1: 40mm (80mm eq), f/16, 1/320sec, ISO 800
Pic 2: 70 (140)mm, f/16, 1/32sec, ISO800, tripod
Pic 3: 62 (124)mm, f/16, 1/6sec, ISO800, tripod
Pros: Relatively inexpensive ($99), smooth focus and zoom controls. Fast focus on bright scenes. Good contrast and color rendition. Sharp enough for many applications with reasonable bokeh at low F. The more I use it the more I am happily surprised with the images. Overall I think the optics are first rate for a lens in this price range. Lightweight.
Cons: Most of these are expected - slow or no focus in low contrast/dark shots. While < 80mm gave rapid focus (< 0.25 sec) focus was slow and often got confused at max focal lengths. The entire assembly is plastic - at the very least I would have expected the MFT mount that mates with the camera to be metal. This was probably the most disappointing feature for me as I question how many times the lens can be mounted /dismounted before something breaks. Finally, why is the filter ring 58mm (e.g. expensive) while the front optic is only 34mm?
Other things to be aware of: At 150mm the lens physically extends out to about twice the length of the 40mm setting, so with the lens hood on this lens is huge (I am used to small primes) - it is light but your camera will not be "compact" with this lens on it.
Comments for future improvements: I hope Oly is listening :). This would be an extremely good lens as a straight F4 (maybe 40-120mm F4).
Would be REALLY REALLY nice if it were in a metal body - or at the very least, a metal baseplate/mount (weather sealed would be even better). Finally if the filter ring could be made smaller it would keep costs low. Perhaps an RII for a little more $ will include these improvements?
All photos below shot with lens in mostly in full zoom (150mm) on Oly EPL7 body. Note transformer shot is a 2x crop of an image to show detail of lens from center to edge.
Update: I used this lens to capture the 2017 Total solar Eclipse. I was able to capture solar flares during totality. I'm really impressed with this lens for the price.
I use the old Olympus 50-200mm lens which is just a fantastic lens and one of my all time favorites. However it is a big and heavy lens. So when out family takes a vacation and I want to have a longer focal length lens on hand, this 40-150mm does the job just fine with little added weight to my gear and still offering high image quality. I normally shoot wider angle so I don't need a long focal length much while traveling, but I can carry this one along without feeling I am dragging along a brick in my backpack, which is important when walking a city all day long.
Would recommend to anyone who wants a good quality image at longer focal lengths and especially for your travel bag.