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Old 14th August 2019
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35-100 v 40-150 pro

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Have a bit of a quandary. I have recently updated my cameras from 4/3 to m4/3 ( Em1 mk 2). I have 2 4/3 zooms I have been using, both on the mmf-1 adaptor. Firstly the 50-200 original ( i.e. non SWD), one of my favourite lenses ever. Secondly, the beast that is the 35-100 f2.

Both work well with the 1.4 TC.

Having had the 40-150 pro many moons ago and being impressed ( had a bit of a detour to Fuji but we all make mistakes ) , I am wondering if i should swap one/both of the above for the newer ( and lighter) m43 lens?. The 35/100 is on my camera probably 80% of the time as a "general" lens ( I know, bit of a weight, but its that good ) with the 50-200 mainly used for wildlife and dragonflies. I'm pretty sure I am not that bothered going above 200mm in 4/3 terms as the tc 1.4 gives me the reach I need on both lenses if required and maintains the quality ( and the 35/100 works surprisingly well with the 2 x digi zoom) .

If I were to swap/sell I know what I could get for the 50-200 and tc, however what would be the sort of price I should be asking for the 35-100? ( its in really good condition, with case etc). I don't want to put it in the for sale part as yet as I got slaughtered by a couple of people a few years ago for advertising a lens with " make an offer " as the price. Also is the 40-150 pro as good re sharpness as the 50-200 ( I know it will fall short against the 35-100), and how is it with the newer 1.4 tc?

Sorry for the ramble, but after some sound advice
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Re: 35-100 v 40-150 pro

Some people say the 1.4x converter is not so good with the 40-150 pro, but I have found it plenty sharp enough. If you are not in a hurry, you might want to see what the two new Pro Telephoto zooms bring. From the Lens Roadmap it looks like they will be about 50-210mm and 60-250mm. I guess they will both be stabilised. There is no indication of when they will arrive.
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Re: 35-100 v 40-150 pro

Whereabouts in Derbyshire are you?
If anywhere near Buxton, you could always drop in for a brew and try one before committing yourself.
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Re: 35-100 v 40-150 pro

thanks both- Bill Im Burton way. I have used the 40-150 on the EM1 before. I think I am leaning to keeping the 50-200 ( my copy is razor sharp), just got to decide if I sell/swap the 35-100 f2 for the 40-150... just get the feeling in the back of my mind that although it is slower to focus and noisier, I would regret loosing it in the long run ( and might not bee able to replace it )...damn Olympus and their shg glass
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Re: 35-100 v 40-150 pro

There's a lot of overlap between the 40-150 and the 50-200, both excellent lenses. I replaced my 35-100/2 with the Panasonic 35-100/2.8. You lose a stop but it's much smaller and lighter. Even that has now been superseded by the 12-100/4, albeit at the cost of yet another stop. To some extent that loss is offset by the better IS in the newer bodies.
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Re: 35-100 v 40-150 pro

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There's a lot of overlap between the 40-150 and the 50-200, both excellent lenses. I replaced my 35-100/2 with the Panasonic 35-100/2.8. You lose a stop but it's much smaller and lighter. Even that has now been superseded by the 12-100/4, albeit at the cost of yet another stop. To some extent that loss is offset by the better IS in the newer bodies.
All good points - but remember that IS doesn't help if you have to keep the shutter speed up for a moving subject.

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Re: 35-100 v 40-150 pro

Another factor is that the Olympus PRO lenses with IS work better with the E-M1 Mk II's IS than the Panasonic lenses (and I assume the older 4/3 lenses). And they also work with Pro-Capture better too.

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Re: 35-100 v 40-150 pro

Charlie if you've got a good 50-200 and x1.4 then it's a difficult choice. I'd say to make the swap to the 40-150 plus 1.4 or 2x TCs you'd need to be wanting to have the pro capture features that the newer m4/3s lenses will give you. If pro cap is something that doesn't excite you I'd probably stick with the old glass. Then you could put your money against a 12-100. If you fancy meeting up one day at Willington gravel pits nature reserve I could let you try out the 40-150 with both the 1.4 and 2x TCs.
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