View Full Version : 40-150 or 55-200 ?

14th March 2014, 09:14 AM
OK, so here is my dilemma.
I have bought a second hand 50-200 olympus lens from ebay, but before I won it I also ordered an Olympus 40-150 new which is due to arrive in the next day or two.

I guess it isn't worth keeping both so before I unpack the 40-150 (when it actually arrives !) do I just return it or is it worth trying out, which I assume will make it less straightforward to return.

Having never seen a 40-150 I have no idea how big it is, or how the focus speed will compare to the 50-200 (I am guessing that the 50-200 will be faster due to it having a f2.8 maximum aperture) - anyone got any thoughts or advice ?

The 40-150 cost me 120 from Curry's, and that money could go a long way towards something wide, like a 7-14 Panasonic, but then if I keep it and sell the 50-200 that would almost cover the cost of the 7-14 !

14th March 2014, 09:20 AM
You can carry the 40-150 anywhere, it is so small and light. The optical quality is very good. The 50-200 is a bulky beast, reserve it for dedicated shooting.

14th March 2014, 09:39 AM
I agree that the 50-200 is bulky, but compared to my old Canon 70-200 f2.8 is seems small....
I guess I may end up keeping both or at least opening up the box when it comes !

Bikie John
14th March 2014, 09:40 AM
I second Stephen's advice. The 50-200 is great quality but pretty chunky, the 40-150 is good and very small and light. I haven't tried the 40-150 for action stuff so I don't know how it compares with the 50-200 for speed of response, but for general happy snapping it's fine.

The 50-200 keeps the rain out, the 40-150 doesn't. Which may or may not be important to you.

Ciao ... John

14th March 2014, 10:08 AM
The 40-150 is almost exactly the same size as the 12-50 and as the guys have already said, a take everywhere lens. It is incredibly sharp for a 'kit' lens and has virtually silent, very fast focussing (I think it is as fast and quieter than the 50-200 SWD on my E-5).
This site (http://www.four-thirds.org/en/special/matching.html) is useful for checking how the various camera/lens combinations look

14th March 2014, 08:09 PM
I have both & prefer the 50-200 the quality of the images is outstanding

15th March 2014, 03:31 PM
I have both and the 50-200 outperforms the 40-150 (that was bundled as a kit lens). Ths said, the 40-150 is not bad at all, but I don't use mine any longer.

To answer you question - what kind of photography will you do? Is weight/size an issue?

16th March 2014, 04:45 PM
I do mainly children in classrooms, so speed is an issue, as it size - weight is not so much of a problem.
Having now got both in my hands I think I will have to keep both as Stephen suggested, at least for now..
I can see me selling the 40-150 and maybe the 50-200 when the new Olympus 40-150 comes along if I can afford it though !