View Full Version : Range of lenses - advice please

16th June 2012, 09:57 AM
Not sure this is the best place to post, but seemed most appropriate.

I should receive delivery of an E3 in the next few days. I have been 'collecting' lenses while I wait, and I now have:

14-54mm 2.8-3.5
40-150mm 3.5-4.5 (Japanese made)
70-300mm 4.0-5.6

35mm macro 3.5
EX25 tube

I would like to get the EC14, and eventually a 50-200mm.

My question is, do you think I should keep the 40-150m. Or will it realistically be surplus as I have the 14-54mm for general work and the 70-300mm for telephoto work

My targets will be mostly wildlife and family pics

Advice much appreciated

16th June 2012, 10:40 AM
It's a nice range you have there but honestly I don't see why one should keep 3 telephoto lenses (assuming you will buy the 50-200)!

If I were you I would not hesitate to get rid of one of them but that would probably be the 70-300 (once you've bought the 50-200) unless you reckon that those 100mm would really make a difference for your wildlife shoots (which I know very little about).

I hope it helps :)

Homer Simpson
16th June 2012, 12:03 PM
I have a similar collection plus similar wish list ;)

The 70-300 is a great lens - but it don't like dull days

I have to say the 40-150 is my usual walk about lens
if you sell this you will be lucky to clear 70

I'd hang on to what you have for say 12 months and see how things go

16th June 2012, 06:22 PM
I'd keep the 40-150 - that mark 1 version of the lens is a very decent performer but not going to fetch much secondhand. Also, the difference between 40mm and 70mm is quite marked - and covers some useful focal lengths around the portrait range.

16th June 2012, 06:24 PM
If you get the 50-200 plus EC14 you won't need the 70-300. The 40-150 is such a good light lens you'll find yourself using it most.

Stewart G
17th June 2012, 12:17 AM
I would keep the 40-150, as it isn't worth much on the used market, and is so lightweight it nearly floats compared to heavier zooms.

18th June 2012, 12:10 PM
Trying to guide you... Regarding the overlap of telephoto lenses - it depends on your plans. I have a similar set of lenses myself:
40-150 (from the kit)
50 macro

My 40-150 does not see much use. It's not a bad lens but the 70-300 is in my opinion a more useful lens, covering a wider area and also having quite good macro capabilities. The only times I use the 40-150 is when I want to keep weight and size at a minimum.

The 50-200 is a great lens that would be a perfect companion to the 14-54. I have one myself, I love that lens and still I have no plans to drop my 70-300 for two reasons: Outstanding weight/size considering the reach and macro capabilities, suitable for close-up photography at some distance. With the EC14 you get comparable focal length to 70-300, falling 16 mm short but that has no real practical impact.

You write "wildlife". The 50-200 could be on the short side (depending on what subjects you plan to photograph). What focal length are you mostly using on the 70-300? Let me guess... 300?

The 40-150 most likely has a quite low second hand value. Keep it as a walkaround lens and for e.g. portraits of family members.

You mention buying the EC14 first and then eventually the 50-200. I would probably advise the other way, or buying them at same time. I suppose you were thinking about the 300 + EC14 providing 420 mm? I am afraid that this combination does not produce the nice results that you get from the 70-300 alone.

One you have got a 50-200 (+EC14) you could sell the 70-300.

Sorry for long answer...


18th June 2012, 03:14 PM
If I were you I'd hang on to the 40-150mm if it is the Mk1 version, it's good glass, if the mk 2 then let it go.:)

18th June 2012, 03:23 PM
Sorry to sidetrack slightly, but can someone please tell me how to tell which version of the 40-150mm lens is which? It has me flummoxed!

Just asking out of curiosity - there's no way I would part with mine!


18th June 2012, 04:47 PM
Sorry to sidetrack slightly, but can someone please tell me how to tell which version of the 40-150mm lens is which? It has me flummoxed!

Just asking out of curiosity - there's no way I would part with mine!



The MK 1 has a better f rating 3.5-4.5

The MK 2 is smaller but lower quality (as I understand it ) and f rating 4-5.6

This means that while the MK 2 is smaller and lighter (and has a shorter minimum focal length) it is a slower lens, you will be forced to use slower shutter speeds and so results may be less good.

Hope I summarise accuratley *chr