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Anyone have the 40-150 R lens?

Seen the 40-150 4-5.6 R lens very cheap so wondering if anyone has it on a M5 and if it focuses quickly.

My existing 40-150 on a 4/3 adaptor is doing the ally shuffle when it focuses and I dont want that do I.
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Re: Anyone have the 40-150 R lens?

I have one and have not used it very much but have been very pleased with it. I don't recall any focussing issues with it on the E-M5. It is pretty small, not pocket-sized but with that focal length it can't be.

Here is a sample shot from the E-M5 with the lens wide open at full stretch:



Several people here have said they like it but others are less pleased so there may be sample variation.

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Re: Anyone have the 40-150 R lens?

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Seen the 40-150 4-5.6 R lens very cheap so wondering if anyone has it on a M5 and if it focuses quickly.

My existing 40-150 on a 4/3 adaptor is doing the ally shuffle when it focuses and I dont want that do I.
I use one on my EM10.
Seems fine to me.
For non specific photo days such as a walk with my wife along the coast or in the hills it is part of a very handy package with my collapsing 14-42 - lightweight and small but decent results within its normal parameters.
For more considered photography I need a 60mm lens to complement my recently acquired 12-40.
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Re: Anyone have the 40-150 R lens?

Thanks everyone ...just ordered on for 99 inc post so cheap as chips.

My friend tells me the 60mm macro is very slow to focus so test before you buy.
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Thanks everyone ...just ordered on for 99 inc post so cheap as chips.

My friend tells me the 60mm macro is very slow to focus so test before you buy.
Yes. A problem with macros I think. I was also thinking of the Sigma 60mm at half the price new. The difficult decision is whether I need/want a true macro lens given that my 12-40 focuses quite close.
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Re: Anyone have the 40-150 R lens?

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Thanks everyone ...just ordered on for 99 inc post so cheap as chips.

My friend tells me the 60mm macro is very slow to focus so test before you buy.
Subjective of course but I find the 60 mm macro is pretty quick to focus especially if you make use of the focus limiting switch.
It's slightly slower than other 4/3rds lenses but not something I would describe as slow or any where near it.
Lovely little lens.

Btw I've used the lens on the E-M5, E-M1 and currently on my E-M1 MkII and E-M5 MkII bodies.
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Re: Anyone have the 40-150 R lens?

Greytop ..how do you find it for image quality in macro? I looked it up on DXO and at F16 and F22 it was truly terrible ...Best at F4.....In my day macro was such shallow depth of field you needed those apertures..??
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Greytop ..how do you find it for image quality in macro? I looked it up on DXO and at F16 and F22 it was truly terrible ...Best at F4.....In my day macro was such shallow depth of field you needed those apertures..??
With small sensors diffraction kicks in at larger apertures than full frame, but you do get greater DOF at any given aperture. You will get roughly the same DOF at f8 on MFT as you would at f16 on full frame (but pixel density is also a factor) and although this is in diffraction territory the effect is very mild (as indeed it is at f16 on full frame). This is one reason why I believe MFT sensors shouldn't be developed beyond 16mp, I'd rather see future improvements to high ISO and dynamic range.
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Re: Anyone have the 40-150 R lens?

Well there you go ...I knew all that ...what I was wondering was how Greytop found the lens and what settings he found were optimal.
What made me ask was that I saw some butterfly pictures the other day ,sure it was on here and nothing in the picture was in focus.
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Re: Anyone have the 40-150 R lens?

Around f/8 to f/10 is absolutely fine as John as explained (thanks John), here's an old example of mine with an E-M5.
House fly by Huw Prosser, on Flickr

Here's another at f/10
Greenbottle by Huw Prosser, on Flickr
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Well there you go ...I knew all that ....
I'm sorry but from the wording of your question it wasn't obvious. As you knew it all can I presume that I've got it right?
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What made me ask was that I saw some butterfly pictures the other day ,sure it was on here and nothing in the picture was in focus.
If nothing was in focus, surely it's a focussing issue rather than DOF?

Or it could be down to those crappy old Olympus cameras and lenses with their toy sensors.......
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If nothing was in focus, surely it's a focussing issue rather than DOF?

Or it could be down to those crappy old Olympus cameras and lenses with their toy sensors.......
Guess that's it John. If you want "serious" pictures, then you'll need a Nikon!
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