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14-54 Mk1 + kit 40-150 vs. Leica 14-150

At present I'm using my E-1 with its 14-54 Mk1 lens, plus a 40-150 Mk2 for longer shots.

Apart from its lack of weather proofing, how would the Leica stack up as an all-in-one solution? How would it's IQ from 14-54 compare to the Oly lens? Is it a foregone conclusion IQ from 40-150 would be better than the kit lens?

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Re: 14-54 Mk1 + kit 40-150 vs. Leica 14-150

Well, Leica 14-150 is the ultimate super-zoom lens for 4/3.

Surprisingly good as far as distortion is concerned and keeps a high standard of sharpness at every focal length and aperture. It also handles vignetting very well.
AF is not SWD-like but it is pretty fast and reliable.

Lateral CA's may be a problem at the extreme ends of the zoom range but this is to be expected in a super-zoom lens (even if it writes LEICA on it) but that's wide open.
Stopping down greatly eliminates this problem.

Compared to Zuiko 14-54mm MkI, Leica 14-150 is of course as bright, but 14-54mm needs some stopping-down to perform best. Also, 14-54's distortion at 14mm isn't really better than Leica's 14-150 at the same focal length.
In addition, Zuiko 14-54 is a bit soft @ 50+mm wide open, I used f/5 on mine to get acceptable results (for my taste of course).

Leica should be clearly better than 40-150 Mk2. Convenient as the petite 40-150 may be, it is no match for the 40-150mm MkI and wide open it leaves a lot to be desired.

All in all, I would keep the Leica 14-150mm for the E-1. It offers 90% of the focal lengths you need and it also offers IS which is very important for the E-1.
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Re: 14-54 Mk1 + kit 40-150 vs. Leica 14-150

Thanks for the info.

I'd thought also about the Leica's usefulness on my E-PL1 but having Googled I'm sure this won't be a good combination, also having tried a 70-300 on it a few weeks ago!

So, if I get a Leica, do I sell the 14-54 to help pay for it? Just a vague thought about the E-1's future value without it's 'usual' lens. Mind you, the E-1 seems to mostly sell as body only nowadays, and the same for the 14-54, so not too important an issue and I'd rather not tie up cash in a lens I don't use.

The FT 40-150 may come in handy for the E-PL1 until I find an Oly 14-150 MFT lens to replace that and the standard MFT 14-42.

Hmmm........
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Re: 14-54 Mk1 + kit 40-150 vs. Leica 14-150

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I'd thought also about the Leica's usefulness on my E-PL1 but having Googled I'm sure this won't be a good combination, also having tried a 70-300 on it a few weeks ago!
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The FT 40-150 may come in handy for the E-PL1 until I find an Oly 14-150 MFT lens to replace that and the standard MFT 14-42.
Personally, I don't like big lenses on small bodies, but only you know what is convenient for you.

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So, if I get a Leica, do I sell the 14-54 to help pay for it? Just a vague thought about the E-1's future value without it's 'usual' lens. Mind you, the E-1 seems to mostly sell as body only nowadays, and the same for the 14-54, so not too important an issue and I'd rather not tie up cash in a lens I don't use.
It depends on what price have you found the Leica.
It is an excellent lens and I would very much like to have one but the original retail price is VERY high. I wouldn't pay for it more than I would pay for a used Zuiko 12-60mm, and I would prefer a Zuiko 12-60 hands down (not for the E-1 though....).

As for the E-1 value, I wouldn't worry too much. It is a very old model and and Zuiko 14-54 MkI isn't new either. If you decide to sell them, they won't bring much money. And I don't think it has a difference if you sell them now or a year later. But if you decide to get the Leica, then the Zuiko 14-54 is just a burden.
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Re: 14-54 Mk1 + kit 40-150 vs. Leica 14-150

Googling the 14-150 + E-1, I find many owners saying that the Leica OIS works with the non-IS Oly bodies. Is that correct?

That would be a plus point surely.

May be worth me keeping the SHLD-2 grip perhaps, for balance. Does this add any AF speed I wonder? Doesn't seem to with the 14-54 MkI.

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Re: 14-54 Mk1 + kit 40-150 vs. Leica 14-150

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Googling the 14-150 + E-1, I find many owners saying that the Leica OIS works with the non-IS Oly bodies. Is that correct?
This might be what you're finding... if you use a lens with IS and a body with IS at the same time, the 2 IS systems will fight with each other so you'll need to disable one or the other... as the E1 doesn't have IS I see no reason for the Leica OIS not to work, unless someone knows something I don't!
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Googling the 14-150 + E-1, I find many owners saying that the Leica OIS works with the non-IS Oly bodies. Is that correct?

That would be a plus point surely.
IS works just fine, this is a very good reason to have a Leica lens on the E-1.

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May be worth me keeping the SHLD-2 grip perhaps, for balance. Does this add any AF speed I wonder? Doesn't seem to with the 14-54 MkI.
SHLD2 would be very nice not only because of the better balance, but it will also increase the autonomy significantly because the IS function of the lens is a bit power-hungry.

However, the overall weight may become a problem.
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Re: 14-54 Mk1 + kit 40-150 vs. Leica 14-150

Horse's mouth too:

http://fourthirds-user.com/forum/sho...50&postcount=2

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Re: 14-54 Mk1 + kit 40-150 vs. Leica 14-150



Well, a Leica 14-150 will be winging its way to me early next week.

I'll do some comparisons.

Meanwhile, try to buy something of mine in the sales section.... to help pay for it!!



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