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OM USer
1st January 2017, 06:00 PM
I lovingly unwrapped my 7-14mm on Christmas day. A fine lens it is but it is a bit big as I knew it was going to be. I wasn't really sure if I wanted this zoom or should wait for the Laowa 7.5mm F2. The latter is small and light but is an unknown quantity as it is not yet available and the price has not been revealed. The zoom is Olympus and I am a zoom sort of guy and like my lenses to autofocus. Oh, and this one was available (purchased from Gwyver back in October) which made it very appealing. I do not expect to use this focal length all the time but there are times when it will become essential when photographing room interiors and large objects in crowded museums. So a small ultrawide lens to tuck into the corner of my camera bag is what I required... but is not what I purchased!

Carrying the 7-14, 12-40, and the 40-150 F2.8 is beyond the capabilities of my current camera bag and does rather defeat the idea of travelling small and light. I also like to stick the camera bag into the top of my rucksack when hiking so a bigger bag is not ideal (if I wanted a big bag I'd use my Billingham 335).

As I know when I am likely to need my new 7-14 ultawide zoom I can plan accordingly and only take it and the 12-40 in my bag and leave the big 40-150 at home. All is well in the world but then I think that maybe I will miss the big 40-150 (+TC) when I don't have it so perhaps I need a small 40-150, the F4-5.6 R to be precise, to tuck into the corner of my camera bag?

I had been wrestling with the idea of this lens for some time so that I could have something a little longer when I went out with my E-PM2 and 14-42 EZ in my coat pocket. The problem was that I couldn't decide between it and the 14-150, that latter having the advantage of being a one lens solution and never having to swap lenses (at least until I wanted to put the camera back in my coat pocket).

Anyhow, I bit the bullet when I saw the 40-150mm F4-5.6 R in black on Amazon (actually sold by United Photo fulfilled by Amazon) for 147. No cashback likely on this (who are United Photo?) but at this price any offers would not apply anyway. Its arrived and looks a good match to my 12-50mm; same length but a bit broader in diameter. Similar weight too; only the plastic mount on the longer zoom not matching the metal one on the 12-50 kit lens. It reminds me of how MFT started and all the good points of a small and light camera kit of great quality. It only remains to be seen how it fares in practice.

As with all these things there is always some doubt. Should I have gone for the 14-150 which is over 3 times the price of the 40-150 R? Should I have not got the 7-14 F2.8 and waited for the Laowa 7.5 F2? Should I just get a bigger camera bag?

This was my christmas and I hope you all had an equally enjoyable one as you unwrapped your pressies.

iso
1st January 2017, 06:07 PM
OM - A beautifully crafted description of angst !!!!

benvendetta
1st January 2017, 07:56 PM
The 40-150R seems an ideal solution for you. I have two of these and neither are working with any of my bodies including my new Pen F. I am sure it can't be the contacts or the locking pins. Both lenses were bought used and have worked with my EM1 and EPL5 so I think it is something else but I am perplexed as to what it could be :mad:

Jim Ford
1st January 2017, 08:24 PM
This bag may be ideal for your kit. I've got one and it's excellent:

https://www.7dayshop.com/products/7dayshop-canvas-photographers-messenger-shoulder-bag-removable-interior-and-rain-cover-included-ds-014

Jim

pdk42
1st January 2017, 10:27 PM
Angst is indeed the word. Sounds like you got to a good result though.

Regarding the 7-14... I actually do a lot of UWA photography. In fact, my Panasonic 7-14 was the second most used lens last year according to the analysis from my LR catalogue using Jeffrey Friedl's LR tools (http://regex.info/blog/lightroom-goodies). Moreover, if I include shots taken on my 12-35 at its wide end, then 25% of my photos last year were in the 7-12mm range. Going only a bit wider, a little over 60% of shots were at 25mm or wider. My poor 50-200 only managed 5 shots that survived my usual culling - maybe I should sell it!

So, I often think I should get the 7-14/2.8 - but its size and weight just completely puts me off. For similar reasons I can't see me getting the 40-150/2.8 either. Those sort of lenses aren't what got me into u43. Now, I'm not saying that u43 shouldn't have these sort of lenses, just that they're not to my taste. That we can choose small and light (e.g. 9-18) or big and heavy (7-14) shows that u43 has now become a broad church and I wouldn't want to argue against that.

cliff
1st January 2017, 10:58 PM
The 40-150R seems an ideal solution for you. I have two of these and neither are working with any of my bodies including my new Pen F. I am sure it can't be the contacts or the locking pins. Both lenses were bought used and have worked with my EM1 and EPL5 so I think it is something else but I am perplexed as to what it could be :mad:

Firmware update maybe?

Beagletorque
1st January 2017, 11:16 PM
Firmware update maybe?

It's too cheap to have any!

Stopped down to F8 you'd be hard pressed to tell it from the pro version.

steverh
2nd January 2017, 12:30 AM
I have this lens (bought used for peanuts) and the Pro. The R gives very good results within its limitations and weighs next to nothing. It tucks into a pocket or a small bag for a photo stroll.

The Pro 40-150/2.8 lens comes out when I want to do some more serious work. It's not light but it's a lovely lens.

It's nice to have a choice :)

benvendetta
2nd January 2017, 09:32 AM
It's too cheap to have any!

Stopped down to F8 you'd be hard pressed to tell it from the pro version.

Hadn't thought about firmware.

benvendetta
2nd January 2017, 09:34 AM
If I can get one of them to work, it will complement my new Pen F nicely.

iso
2nd January 2017, 06:39 PM
Angst is indeed the word. .....
but .... size and weight just completely puts me off. For similar reasons I can't see me getting the 40-150/2.8 either. Those sort of lenses aren't what got me into u43. Now, I'm not saying that u43 shouldn't have these sort of lenses, just that they're not to my taste. That we can choose small and light (e.g. 9-18) or big and heavy (7-14) shows that u43 has now become a broad church and I wouldn't want to argue against that.

Absolutely agree Paul - this is why I moved too.
SO OM Don't buy a bigger camera bag !!!

Naughty Nigel
2nd January 2017, 09:17 PM
I always keep the 40 ~ 150 R in my camera bag as it is small enough and light enough to take everywhere.

It is a very handy lens, but I find it is best to stay away from the 150 mm end, as quality seems to nosedive beyond about 120 mm. This is not helped by camera shake!

The lens does have firmware, but I don't think there have been any updates yet.

OM USer
3rd January 2017, 06:22 PM
OM - A beautifully crafted description of angst!
Thank you ISO, thats exactly what it is.

The 40-150R seems an ideal solution for you....
Thank you Dave, hope you get yours working on the PEN-F.

This bag may be ideal for your kit....
Thank you Jim. Bags are very personal and I won't buy one without seeing it but I shall look out for this.

Angst is indeed the word. Sounds like you got to a good result though. ...[the 7-14/2.8] size and weight just completely puts me off. For similar reasons I can't see me getting the 40-150/2.8 either. ...we can choose small and light (e.g. 9-18) or big and heavy (7-14)
MFT has definitely matured in the last 3 years. I thought that if I got the 9-18 then I would always regret not having the 7-14. Yet another angst moment.

...The R gives very good results within its limitations and weighs next to nothing. It tucks into a pocket or a small bag for a photo stroll.The Pro 40-150/2.8 lens comes out when I want to do some more serious work. It's not light but it's a lovely lens.
You have it in a nutshell Steve.

Glenn S
3rd January 2017, 07:52 PM
I'm selling one if anyone is interested. I have changed cameras and no longer need my 40-150R

OM USer
4th January 2017, 11:11 AM
I'm selling one if anyone is interested.
Now you tell me. Good luck with your sale. You haven't got a 9-18 going cheap have you?

Glenn S
4th January 2017, 06:52 PM
Now you tell me. Good luck with your sale. You haven't got a 9-18 going cheap have you?

:) sorry no, I'm out of m4/3 altogether, I thought I'd sold everything but found this in the bottom of a bag.

Beagletorque
7th January 2017, 09:35 PM
9-18mm just gone up in the fs section, good price too...

OM USer
9th January 2017, 04:51 PM
9-18mm just gone up in the fs section, good price too...
Just signed on and seen this but too late. Thanks for letting me know.