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ianinsuffolk
27th June 2008, 10:15 AM
A recent favourable review was written in Digital Photographer for the Leica 14-150 f3.5-5.6 lens. Whilst expensive (1099) it looks like the ultimate "holiday lens" and was wondering if any lucky Olympus user had experience of it.

Ian

Chillimonster
27th June 2008, 10:47 AM
I know Brian Mosely has one and loves it.

He is a member on these forums (alertbri i think.)

I'll drop him a PM now.

Chris

alert_bri
27th June 2008, 11:09 AM
Hi Chris, Ian...

yes - I've got one, it's an ideal lens to go with the E-4x0 for walkabout and landscapes - mainly due to the IQ approaching that of the superb 12-60, but providing a quite addictive range.

I hate changing lenses, and love to travel light - so it's really working well for me.

If anyone would like to try this lens (or for that matter, any 4/3rds lens or body), the best thing to do is register with the UK Photo Safari Group - we're active throughout the UK and internationally, and so you can be sure we'll be having an event near to you in due course.

We're having a fair sized meeting this weekend (approx 30 people) to discuss our next exciting project :) that will be in the centre of UK - but watch out for next month ;)

Kind Regards

Brian

Chillimonster
27th June 2008, 11:13 AM
Thanks for the input Brian


Chris

Ian
27th June 2008, 11:24 AM
I used the 14-150 during my recent trips to Japan, the Philippines and Venice. It's a very handy lens and has good overall image quality, though it isn't as sharp as the 'premium' kit lenses (14-54, 12-60, 14-50). But it's a great all round lens and has the bonus of endowing earlier E-Series bodies with IS.

I'll be posting some full-size samples taken on the above mentioned trips shortly. I'll update this thread when they are up.

Ian

alert_bri
27th June 2008, 11:24 AM
Here are some sample shots with the E-420 + 14-150,

E-420 + Leica 14-150mm OIS
1/400s f/8.0 at 14.0mm iso100
http://www.pbase.com/bmosley/image/97827816/original.jpg

1:1 crop of above :
http://www.pbase.com/bmosley/image/97828691/original.jpg

It also makes a convenient zoom macro...

1/20s f/5.6 at 150.0mm iso100
http://www.pbase.com/bmosley/image/98481715/original.jpg

E-520 + Leica 14-150mm OIS
1/320s f/7.1 at 150.0mm iso100
http://www.pbase.com/bmosley/image/99039396/original.jpg

p.s. there's a very cheap 14-150mm OIS for sale by a Safari Group member... unused approx £630 - we have a 'for sale at an event' section in our coordination website where we offer 'best price to friends we can trust in the group' type deals. It makes all the difference when you deal with people you know, face to face :)

p.p.s. I did quite an extensive comparison of the 14-150 with the 12-60, I have a gallery here :
Leica 14-150mm OIS vs ZD 12-60mm (http://www.pbase.com/bmosley/14-150_vs_12-60)

It's amazing how close the 14-150 comes in performance to the 12-60, considering it is a superzoom lens - and it actually performs better, I think with regard to flare.

Kind Regards

Brian

ianinsuffolk
27th June 2008, 12:14 PM
Thanks for all this quick, positive feedback. Seems like the ideal second lens. I already have the 7 to 14 mm f4 which has done some fantastic work for me!

Ian

alert_bri
27th June 2008, 12:21 PM
Hi Chris,

I've just bought an 11-22 as a complement to this lens for landscape work... I'm hoping it will arrive today :)

Kind Regards

Brian

snaarman
27th June 2008, 01:01 PM
Hi there Brian..

Still tweaking those Hexanons??

I now have the 11-22 and it is one excellent lens. You'll love it :-)

Pete

alert_bri
27th June 2008, 01:16 PM
Thanks Pete,

apparently, the lens arrived in the UK yesterday... I dare not leave the house! but I think it will probably arrive tomorrow morning (our Royal Mail deliveries tend to be about 6am Saturday morning for some reason! lol)

I'm really still over the moon about the help you gave me with the conversions, I keep directing people to your site for instructions :)

Kind Regards

Brian

blu-by-u
7th July 2008, 01:28 AM
It's one nice lens. It's now stuck on my E-330.

Here is one recent shot from the Japan GT held here in Malaysia..

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3268/2609396907_c808a4ed1b.jpg

MattMoore
7th July 2008, 03:22 PM
Well I'm very anxiously waiting for one of these lenses to arrive at my door, I got one for an absolute song, and when I have it in my paws I will reveal how much :D:D
It's been sent today so I'm hoping it will be with me first thing tomorrow :cool:

Jim Ford
7th July 2008, 04:01 PM
We're having a fair sized meeting this weekend (approx 30 people) to discuss our next exciting project :) that will be in the centre of UK - but watch out for next month ;)


That'd be Watford, Herts. then!
;^)

Great, I look forward to it.

Jim

alert_bri
7th July 2008, 04:08 PM
Hi Jim,

the event was at Andrew Parson's farm here :
www.acornfarmvisits.co.uk

The weather was predictably unpredictable (typical British BBQ!) - but we had a good meeting, and we'll be making a big announcement soon!

Kind Regards

Brian

ianinsuffolk
8th July 2008, 06:32 PM
I've just brought one - reasonable price but I guess more than some have recently paid (~700). One soon forgets the price when the photos appear on the screen! A really super lens and thanks to the help and advice.

Ian

alert_bri
8th July 2008, 06:36 PM
Which body will you be using it with, Ian?

I've been using it on the E-420, but switched to the E-3 where it's beautifully well balanced.

I'll be trying out some new ND Grad filters with it on a landscape shoot this Thursday - anyone interested should follow the link for Baslow Monuments here :
Safari Group Events Map (http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=106478543555192071681.000450f06ad70a83a978a)

Kind Regards

Brian

MattMoore
12th July 2008, 07:02 PM
Well my lens turned up the other day, wow what a lens it is :D
The image stabilization is excellent, I'm now lookign for a panasonic camera to mount it onto for more manual controls.
Also, I paid £165 for mine

alert_bri
12th July 2008, 08:25 PM
Cough, 165 for the Leica 14-150?

I'll bet there's an interesting story behind that!

Kind Regards

Brian

Nick Temple-Fry
12th July 2008, 08:36 PM
Cough, 165 for the Leica 14-150?

I'll bet there's an interesting story behind that!

Kind Regards

Brian

Or a missing trailing zero

MattMoore
13th July 2008, 04:59 PM
Affraid not nick http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=180260565934&ssPageName=STRK:MEWN:IT&ih=008
The item never met reserve, and I got a second chance offer come through which I jumped at.
£165+ postage and 4 days later I had a lens waiting for me outside :D

alert_bri
13th July 2008, 05:09 PM
Check the corners of the box, for where it fell off the back of the lorry ;)

Kind Regards

Brian

blu-by-u
14th July 2008, 07:17 AM
If there are any dents, check the OIS. :D