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Oly 40-150mm Pro

Recently bought the Oly Pro 40-150mm lens. Love it when in street photo mode, which is not very often. Plenty of light to make shadowy shots work. Seems good for portraits again which I don't do often

Also bought the MC TC 1.4 from Wex at a horrendous price. Coupled with the 40-150mm gives 210mm zoom. Have to say its not really long enough for a birding lens. So I am a little disappointed with the purchase of the latter and the combination of the two. Also the combination and for that matter just the 40-150mm is heavy, compares with my Pany 100-400 which is used for bidring.

Just interested on how others use the combination, and thoughts about the 40-150mm............
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Re: Oly 40-150mm Pro

I've played with the 40-150/2.8 a few times and I must say it delivers spectacular image quality. However, it's always seemed to me to be a sort of "neither fish nor fowl" lens - not really long enough for real telephoto work and yet too big for a daily use lens. I'm sure if you were doing a lot of event work (weddings etc) then it would be excellent, coupled with the 12-40 on a second body I'm sure it would be a great combo.
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Re: Oly 40-150mm Pro

I use it without the TC for gigs in big venues, where it is a winner thanks to the speed and quality. I also use it with the TC for rugby as long as the light is not too awful and it handles it pretty well.

Of course it's not the perfect "fantasy long lens" - but nothing is and as reality is always a set of compromises I find it very useful.

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Re: Oly 40-150mm Pro

I think it's a great lens - very sharp and the TC makes no difference in IQ or focus speed to me..I find it pretty well weighted on the e-m1
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Re: Oly 40-150mm Pro

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I think it's a great lens - very sharp and the TC makes no difference in IQ or focus speed to me..I find it pretty well weighted on the e-m1
Yep, I agree, but it is a little short for birding shots really, even though I (try to) use it for that. It is excellent for events though. Unfortunately, for best results there is the 300 f4 lens, but that's highly unlikely I can afford to go for that plus I would prefer a zoom & so maybe the Panasonic 100-400 lens may be an option in the future (when I can get away with spending more ).

For the lens combo (lens & MC14), especially when on sale, it is worthwhile to get this set as the little amount extra to include the MC14 is a fraction of buying it separately. I'm certainly glad I did. Indoor work is 40-150mm at f2.8 & outdoor (for more reach) is 56-210mm at f4.0.

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Re: Oly 40-150mm Pro

The 40-150 is my favourite lens and covers pretty much everything I need, if I could have only one lens it would be this (main usage of travel and landscape).

I also have the 100-400 and it is great as a nature lens but isn't that versatile, for example it vignettes (even with auto correction) and edges aren't super sharp so you can't stitch panoramas from it very successfully (which I always do with the 40-150 and they are seamless).

But yes, it isn't long enough for birding but then that should go without saying - you don't need to try a lens to know 400mm isn't really enough.
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Re: Oly 40-150mm Pro

I agree with much of what's been said above. For me the lens is a bit like Marmite sometimes it's brilliant and sometimes it's really frustrating. In addition to what's been said above I find it's excellent for close up shots of insects from a distance but the frustration for me comes with the really nervous bokeh it delivers occasionally with some backgrounds. It's actually so much more annoying that the main subject is invariably superb when the bokeh is horrible! just ruining the shot. Maybe much of this is lack of operator skills though, I probably ought to work out what combination of distances don't work and avoid them. However, for the times when it all comes together it's brilliant.
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Re: Oly 40-150mm Pro

Mark, it is my absolute favourite butterfly lens. You do need the tc to get the right magnification and as Phill says the bokeh is annoying at times, however, it is the combination of clarity and close focus distance that is not matched for my purposes. And at 8046 shots using it out of 32000 in the lightroom gallery it is my biggest use lens combination (twice the number of the next on the list). It is big, awkward to get in and out of the bag, and it loves to try and grab the background when using it at close distances, but it is perfect for me and can be cropped quite hard.

Virtually all of my butterfly shots now use it.
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Re: Oly 40-150mm Pro

Peter do you have a 12-100? And if so how do you think it compares shooting butterflies? I just asked Paul the same question after he posted a nice butterfly shot.
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Re: Oly 40-150mm Pro

I find the 40-150mm Pro great for landscapes and places (castles, large gardens, staged bird events, battle enactments etc) and I usually pair it with the 12-40mm PRO. I tend to use it for garden birds with the TC but do miss the reach of the 75-300mm sometimes (although I don't miss the latters F/6.7). I wish there was a x2 TC as well though.
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Re: Oly 40-150mm Pro

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Mark, it is my absolute favourite butterfly lens. You do need the tc to get the right magnification and as Phill says the bokeh is annoying at times, however, it is the combination of clarity and close focus distance that is not matched for my purposes. And at 8046 shots using it out of 32000 in the lightroom gallery it is my biggest use lens combination (twice the number of the next on the list). It is big, awkward to get in and out of the bag, and it loves to try and grab the background when using it at close distances, but it is perfect for me and can be cropped quite hard.

Virtually all of my butterfly shots now use it.
This was an attempt (in breezy conditions) of a bee fly using it with the MC14. It's always fun trying to grab shots of creatures on the move most of the time.



And cropped.



Obviously larger subjects would be much better.

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Re: Oly 40-150mm Pro

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Peter do you have a 12-100? And if so how do you think it compares shooting butterflies? I just asked Paul the same question after he posted a nice butterfly shot.
No Phil, I tried a 12-100 in a shop but wasn't keen. But I have the Panasonic 14-140 on the Panasonic G80 (as it uses the lens and body stabilisation) and that is useful and works. But more magnification would be helpful and it is not my first choice. It may be similar in some ways to 12-100 (although the close focus distance is not as good). Getting close is only half of the challenge.

The 210mm length is critical as it allows me to start taking useful pictures far enough away and then move closer right up to the minimum focus difference. Without the teleconverter it is a very different experience (I have 300 shots without) and the subject needs cropping most of the time.

Having been around taking butterfly pictures for many many years I have tried different lenses and each has a set of compromises. Happy to debate this offline rather than distract further here.
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I find the 40-150mm Pro great for landscapes and places (castles, large gardens, staged bird events, battle enactments etc) and I usually pair it with the 12-40mm PRO. I tend to use it for garden birds with the TC but do miss the reach of the 75-300mm sometimes (although I don't miss the latters F/6.7). I wish there was a x2 TC as well though.
With the 2 terminal TC connections on the lens there is opportunity for three different teleconverters (3 possible combinations since the TC is a 'dumb' device), so hopefully there is a possibility of that. I think I've seen patent application information on other possible TC's being 1.7 X & 2.0 X.
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Re: Oly 40-150mm Pro



60 minutes to WHAT???

Many thanks for all thoughts, I used the lens in the rain yesterday at a local 10k run in Swansea. It is really a great bit of kit. As yet I have to work out whether the 1.4 TC is though. A 2X TC would seem to much more useful. But that were we are at. Mj
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Can anyone let me know if there is a cover for the pins if the tripot holder is removed?
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