View Full Version : Which Mid-Range Zoom?

17th July 2012, 12:26 PM
OK, I need something for those rare times when I need a slightly longer focal length. Does anyone have experience of both the Olympus 40-150mm and the Panny 45-200mm, as I'm struggling to choose between them.

There doesn't seem to be anything between them optically, but the Olympus is more expensive, although slightly smaller in size. The Panasonic gives a bit of extra reach, and appears to be a screaming bargain just now at 233 and 50 cashback, making it 183 new! - people are still paying 200 for used ones on eBay at the moment......


Loup Garou
17th July 2012, 12:38 PM
I have the Olympus Zuiko 40-150mm f/4-5.6 lens that is now available between GBP 169 to 199 new. For that money, this is a fantastic bargain and a very good overall mid-range zoom lens. It is a bit lightweight in construction with its plastic mount but do not let that deter you. It is an excellent lens.

17th July 2012, 01:01 PM
Had them both. Kept the Oly. Need I say more?

17th July 2012, 01:42 PM
The Olympus it is then - what's the difference between the 'R' and non-R versions?

17th July 2012, 01:49 PM
The Olympus it is then - what's the difference between the 'R' and non-R versions?
Just cosmetic, I think. They gave the "R" version a new paint job to match up with the O-MD. Not sure if they make the non-R any more, but obviously they'll be around as used examples.

17th July 2012, 02:01 PM
If it helps at all, this is what the 40-150 can do at full stretch :cool:

E-PL1 1/640s @ f/5.6 hand held - my G.Niece on a moving ride at LegoLand
100% Pixel crop from RAW with No Processing. On a really dull day...

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/40_to_150_at_full_stretch.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/49224)


17th July 2012, 02:14 PM
And this is also the 40-150, at full stretch, on the E-M5.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/em5-6280706.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/48685)

1/50 @ f7.1, iso200.

17th July 2012, 02:47 PM
I've found this which might help... The R lenses are designed to auto focus faster on third generation PEN camera bodies (EP3, EPL3, EPM1). In good light, the focus speed is nearly instant.

17th July 2012, 09:32 PM
I haven't tried the Panasonic, but the 40-150 has earned a place as one of my favourite lenses. As the above examples show above its very sharp, and about the only disadvantage is the limited max aperture.

It feels a bit low-rent, but I've used mine heavily for nearly 3 years and it's virtually pristine. The plastic bayonet is slightly looser than when new but otherwise it remains a compact and lightweight ideal. JJC make a good value hood.