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14 ~ 150 or 40 ~ 150

I have recently acquired an OM-D E-M5 with standard 12 to 50 mm lens which I am very pleased with.

I travel a lot with my cameras so weight and portability is important to me; otherwise I would take my E5.

I do quite a lot of wide angle work, so I may well invest in the 9 ~ 18 mm zoom at some point, although the 12 ~ 40 f2.8 constant aperture is also very tempting, especially as I often need to work in low light!

However, I am currently looking at the 40 ~ 150 mm zoom, but wondering whether I should pay the extra for the 14 ~ 150 zoom instead?

I don't need to go beyond 50 mm very often, so I would want to avoid a weight or size penalty by having the 14 ~ 150 permanently attached to my camera.

Does anyone have any comments about the handling of these two lenses to help me make a decision? I might just try hiring one from Ian to see how I get on, but I would like to hear some comments first.
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Re: 14 ~ 150 or 40 ~ 150

I no longer own the 14-150, but from what I recall it felt quite stable on the camera, certainly no worse than the 40-150. In fact, it might have felt a little more balanced. Performance wise, unless you pixel peep, and if you accept it for what it is, it's really very acceptable. However, for me, it felt "mentally" wrong to use a largeish lens for wide-angles. Illogical, but that's me!
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Re: 14 ~ 150 or 40 ~ 150

There will always be a trade of in image quality for the convenience of wider ranging focal lengths, only you can decide if it is worth it.

Not used the 14-150 but I am always amazed at the results I get with my 40-150mm.
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Re: 14 ~ 150 or 40 ~ 150

The 14/150 is my most used lens when out and about, however if you rarely go beyond 50 there is no point, why not just get the 12/50

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Re: 14 ~ 150 or 40 ~ 150

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I did that journey. Starting with the kit 12-50. Added the 40-150 then 9-18mm thinking I was set. But I never liked the the amount of hurried lens changing. So I replaced the 12-50 and 40-150 for a 14-150mm.
I am happy with my 2 lens setup now. However I can't bear to get rid of the old rain proof, macro, powerzoom 12-50. Ugly as it is.

>"whether I should pay the extra for the 14 ~ 150"
Here's how you might be able to get one for half price!:
I bought a new 14-150 as part of a E-PM1 kit, for less than the price of the lens on its own!! (
e.g. here e.g. here
). Then I sold the PM1 body straight away on Ebay, making the new 14-150 half price. Isn't that crazy?
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Re: 14 ~ 150 or 40 ~ 150

Well, thank you all for your comments.

I think I will probably go for the 40 ~ 150 on the grounds that it is a lot cheaper, and is less of a compromise than the 14 ~ 150. And realistically, it won't be used all that often.

I would agree that the 12 ~ 50 is not the most beautiful lens, but it works, I have it already, and it is paid for, although the 12 ~ 40 f2.8 would give me a lot more light, and so is sorely tempting. If only it was not quite as expensive.

The 9 ~ 18 mm zoom would probably be less useful to me. I will see how I get on with the others before considering this one further, but it is quite slow for use in low light, and I fear will probably give me more distortion than I need for my technical work.

I will also have to get myself an adaptor for my Four Thirds glass, but they are pricey, and for some reason I always seem to buy the right cameras at just the wrong time to get such things as freebies.

Apart from the 50 mm f2.0 macro I suspect the FT lenses will also be a bit unwieldy on such a small body; not to say heavy, which is exactly what I am trying to avoid!
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Re: 14 ~ 150 or 40 ~ 150

Nigel, theres a pretty favourable review of the 14-150mm lens here that might be of interest;

http://www.ephotozine.com/article/ol...s-review-22983
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Re: 14 ~ 150 or 40 ~ 150

I compared my (half price) 14-150mm with my 50mm f/1.4 OM lens.
Here is a 100% crop the centre of the frame both at f8.
14-140(49mm) 50mm.

They appear nearly identical. I compared the edges of the frame too and they are also nearly identical. Maybe at the edge the 50mm has the slight edge if you look really hard.
Of course the 50mm might be a duffer or other reason that it is not a fair comparison. I couldn't zoom to exactly 50mm. It always showed 49 or 51mm.

Anyway it seems you have found a solution. I just wanted to follow up that lens review for anyone who is interested. Incidentally, that ephotozine review makes you almost want to throw all of your silly primes away.
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Re: 14 ~ 150 or 40 ~ 150

If anything, I would say the background (foliage) 14 ~ 150 is marginally sharper, which is what I would expect. Oddly enough, the colour looks better too.
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Yes. I wasn't expecting that. Although it could be a difference in contrast that gives that impression.
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Re: 14 ~ 150 or 40 ~ 150

I now have my 40 ~ 150 mm lens, and very good it seems too.

However, I have a question.

All of the Zuiko glass for my E1 and E5 came with soft fabric pouches to protect the lenses when they are not being used. The Micro Four Thirds lenses don't.

(Maybe it's only the Pro lenses that come with pouches? )

Is it possible to buy these pouches anywhere as I would like one or two to put my M43 lenses in?
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Re: 14 ~ 150 or 40 ~ 150

You can get nice neoprene ones from Amazon, but you're right, only Panasonic send their m4/3 lenses out with pouches these days.
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Re: 14 ~ 150 or 40 ~ 150

Your new 40-150mm won't fit, but the smaller MFT lenses fit nicely in the little neoprene purses available from Poundland. Even colour coded too.
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Re: 14 ~ 150 or 40 ~ 150

Thanks for the heads up on those pouches. I'll have a look.

Now I think about it, I didn't get a pouch with my 12 ~ 60 zoom either. Skinflints!
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Re: 14 ~ 150 or 40 ~ 150

I went to Boots a few weeks ago - they had their summer sunglasses for sale, and little fabric pouches were free with the sunglasses. The assistant thought it was a bit strange when I asked how much the pouches were if you didn't buy sunglasses but she scanned it and they were £1.50. So I bought 6

They are thin, with absolutely no waterproofing, but will stop the lenses scratching each other and protect them to a certain extent from pocket dust. The 40-150 is about the biggest lens that will fit comfortably.

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