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Standard zoom and mid range Lenses with focal lengths larger than 12mm, but no longer than 60mm, includes standard zooms and portrait primes plus some macro lenses.

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Old 2nd September 2009
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Olympus ZD ED 40-150mm F4.0-5.6 Lens

Hi everyone

My first post on the forum - I have just recently entered the world of DSLRs after buying an e620 and am very happy with it so far.

I only have one kit lens at the mo - the 14-42mm that came with the camera.

I am looking to buy a lens with a bit more zoom but I don't really have 300+ to spend on more expensive lenses so I was eyeing up the 40-150mm F4.0-5.6.

What are peoples opinions on this for the money it costs? (cheapest I can find is 99.99 with 25 postage to northern ireland - you would think we live in space here with that sort of postage...) Should I hold out and save my money for the 70-300mm F4-5.6 which I would guess is a superior lens given the price?

I am not a super serious photographer (yet) so I guess I just want a decent lens that produces good shots - main use would be normal outdoor shots at the beach, landscapes, etc etc - 'general' use I guess you could call it.

It seems like a good lens for the money imo - I was just hoping people could share their experiences with it, good or bad!

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Re: Olympus ZD ED 40-150mm F4.0-5.6 Lens

I only have experience with the Mk 1 version of this lens, which is very similar.
As you appear to be a relative newcomer to DSLRs I would recommend this lens in preference to the 70-300. The longer lens needs quite a bit of taming before you get the hang of it, whilst the 40-150 is a great second lens and surprisingly versatile. Shop around for prices, though - 25 to NI sounds expensive!

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Re: Olympus ZD ED 40-150mm F4.0-5.6 Lens

ok cool - sounds like the 40-150mm is the one for me at this stage, just have to shop around as you say and see if i can get that ridiculous postage reduced!

if any1 knows of any websites that sell this lens cheap let me know!
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Re: Olympus ZD ED 40-150mm F4.0-5.6 Lens

Drop Ian Kerr (Kerso/Flash Camera) a mail. I've bought thousands of pounds worth of Oly (and Ca*on) stuff from him in the past - cheap prices and reliable. Based in Scotland.
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Welcome to the forum basictonal! I hope you find all the advice you need here By the way I would go for a secondhand Mk1 40-150mm lens from ebay! should cost you about 80 & it`s a far better lens than the later Mk2 40-150mm
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Re: Olympus ZD ED 40-150mm F4.0-5.6 Lens

Try branches of Currys and PC World. I have seen it in these places for 79-99 in recent weeks.
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Re: Olympus ZD ED 40-150mm F4.0-5.6 Lens

Good lens for the money - and it's small and light. Only drawbacks are its relatively slow maximum aperture and the fact that the front rotates when focussing. Quality wise, the early one I had as part of an E500 2-lens kits was very good.

The only way you'll do better on price is Fleabay, I would have thought.

Another option to consider is Sigma's 55-200mm f4-5.6 (eg http://www.ukoptics.co.uk/sigma-5520...-dc-p-626.html ) which gives you a bit more reach than the Olympus, but is broadly similar for size and weight. I got one to replace the 40-150, and still have it (now used mostly on my wife's E410). Sigma's QC can be a bit variable, but all three of the Sig lenses I have are fine.

You could get a cheaper long lens by buying a "legacy" lens and adapter (ie made for 35mm), but this would be manual focus and aperture, and you may not want to go down that road yet.
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Re: Olympus ZD ED 40-150mm F4.0-5.6 Lens

the sigma option looks pretty decent - another one worth considering i think.

also the mk1 40-150mm - is there something that doesnt work when paired to the e620, whereas it does work if you get the mk2 - is it something to do with live view or maybe the focusing?
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They will both work on the e-620 with no problems!
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Re: Olympus ZD ED 40-150mm F4.0-5.6 Lens

If I recall correctly, the Mk2 is capable of using Imager AF, whereas the Mk1 can only use Hybrid and AF Sensor.

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also the mk1 40-150mm - is there something that doesnt work when paired to the e620, whereas it does work if you get the mk2 - is it something to do with live view or maybe the focusing?
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Re: Olympus ZD ED 40-150mm F4.0-5.6 Lens

ah yes thats what is was, i couldnt remember exactly. doesnt seem like such a big deal really? havent been using the live view as much as i thought anyway.

do most people agree that the mk1 40-150mm is higher quality than the mk2? i have read that opinion in a few places, maybe if i could pick up a decent 2nd hand mk1 that would be my solution.
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Mechanicly the Mark I is better, opticaly the Mark II seems to have the edge: less color-fringing.
I have the Mark II and realy like it.
Even with close-up lenses in front it performes realy well.

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Re: Olympus ZD ED 40-150mm F4.0-5.6 Lens

hmmm decisions decisons haha.

seems if i get a good deal on either one ill get a decent lens for the price. thanks for all the help!
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Re: Olympus ZD ED 40-150mm F4.0-5.6 Lens

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Mechanicly the Mark I is better, opticaly the Mark II seems to have the edge: less color-fringing.
I have the Mark II and realy like it.
Even with close-up lenses in front it performes realy well.

Peter
I continue to struggle with this 'mechanically the Mk1 is better' - this seems to me to smack of 'an old mini is better mechanically than a plastic F1 car....' (extreme obviously).

I have one of the first Mk2 40-150's and it feels the same today as it did on day 1 (and that's smooth etc).

If you are going for a lens the size of the Mk1 then I would get the 70-300 every time - then slot a 50/2 in the middle in due course. Otherwise the Mk2 is a much better match to the 620 (including CDAF). Finally it's the Mk1 that rotates the front element not the Mk2 - which will of course share the same 58mm filters as the 14-42
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I continue to struggle with this 'mechanically the Mk1 is better' - this seems to me to smack of 'an old mini is better mechanically than a plastic F1 car....' (extreme obviously).

I have one of the first Mk2 40-150's and it feels the same today as it did on day 1 (and that's smooth etc).

If you are going for a lens the size of the Mk1 then I would get the 70-300 every time - then slot a 50/2 in the middle in due course. Otherwise the Mk2 is a much better match to the 620 (including CDAF). Finally it's the Mk1 that rotates the front element not the Mk2 - which will of course share the same 58mm filters as the 14-42
The Mk1, Mk2 & 70-300mm all have a 58mm filter thread!
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