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Panasonic 14-150mm F3.5-5.6 Asph Vario-Elmar D

ffordes have a Panasonic 14-150mm F3.5-5.6 Asph Vario-Elmar D for 749 I've been watching for one of these for a while but wanted it a bit cheaper than that.

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Re: Panasonic 14-150mm F3.5-5.6 Asph Vario-Elmar D

Hmm I've got one that I'm not using at the moment but haven't been able to bring myself round to selling as it's such a lovely lens. I bought the micro 4/3s version which isn't bad but doesn't have quite the IQ or feel of the Leica but is a lot lighter and a bit better focussing on my EM1 which is what I wanted. If you pm me with an offer maybe you can make me make up my mind.
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Re: Panasonic 14-150mm F3.5-5.6 Asph Vario-Elmar D

I bought mine used nearly five years ago for just over 800 so I think Ffordes price is far too high. I sold mine recently for 259 in very good condition.

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Re: Panasonic 14-150mm F3.5-5.6 Asph Vario-Elmar D

Hi Phill/David how did/do you find this lens to use was/is it sharp across the zoom range, did you use it on any Olympus bodies and if so how did you find the stabilisation
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Re: Panasonic 14-150mm F3.5-5.6 Asph Vario-Elmar D

Holey moley David that's a terrible price for a sale. A bargain for a buyer though. I do agree Ffordes price is high, it would have to be an absolute minter to be worth that and their's certainly isn't at just two stars. But to sell at £259 ooh that must have hurt. Cameron I'm sorry but I'm going to keep it if that's all they are going for.
To answer your questions yes it was sharp at any zoom length as far as I can tell. Basically I'd say it would give any prime lens a run for it's money at any fl in it's range. There was a nice look to the images too that I can't really describe but they just shine somehow similar to the look that comes from the high grade Olympus lenses. It's no slouch at macro either which I also liked as it saved taking a separate macro lens along most of the time. I always used it on Olympus bodies and it worked flawlessly on everything 4/3s so I can't comment on the IS. The EM1 wasn't too bad with it either except for the fact that af is a bit slower than a 4/3s body and it's a pain to focus on horizontal lines (but that's the bodies fault). If you are using 4/3s then I'd say it's the best all round lens there is. Excellent range and pretty light and compact for what it does. Only downside is it's not weathersealed & it could do with a larger aperture but then it would be heavier so I think it's a brilliant compromise. What to watch out for; lens creep when held down, many do, mine doesn't, so watch out for that and dust in the lens. They are very prone to sucking dust in with the long range zoom. Mine does have some dust but it only very rarely shows on the images. Hope this helps and if you are ever in Derby I'd be happy for you to try it out. You'd have to pay me a lot more than David sold his for to prise it out of my hands for good though.
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Re: Panasonic 14-150mm F3.5-5.6 Asph Vario-Elmar D

Does the OIS work on Olympus bodies without stabilisation thinking of use on E1 & E 400/450 I know that the aperture ring won't work with Olympus
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Re: Panasonic 14-150mm F3.5-5.6 Asph Vario-Elmar D

Yes the IS works fine on Olympus bodies without stabilisation from what I've been told, haven't tried it myself though, and no the aperture ring wont work.
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Re: Panasonic 14-150mm F3.5-5.6 Asph Vario-Elmar D

I have this wonderful lens. It came out about the time the E-510 came out (if I am not mistaken) I bought it for my E-330 as I loved that camera.

As pointed out that Aperture do not work. (As with current mft lenses from Lumix) This lens have travelled with me to countless placed and have been with E-330, E-30, E-3, E-5 and even that E-m5 A tat slow with that E-m5 but it still worked.

Like Phil D, I got the mFT version but it's now hardly used as I am not travelling much these days.

I can be cox to release that lens but GBP2xx as sold by David is really way too low. I would rather keep it as it would be my only lens for my e-330.
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