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Any reviews that compare the 'old' 40-150R to the new f2.8 pro version ?

Does anyone know of any reviews that compare these lenses ?
There seem to be loads that compare the pro f2.8 to the Panasonic 35-100 f2.8 but none I can see that pit the f4-5.6R to it.

I'm only curious as I am now awaiting my new one which is being delivered Tuesday...!
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Re: Any reviews that compare the 'old' 40-150R to the new f2.8 pro version ?

Not as such, but I was very lucky to have had use of one before they came out in the shops and did a few "comparisons" between the two.

I've always been VERY impressed with the 40-150 (both the original and the new R version) As "kit" lenses go it is excellent and I've got some surprising results from them.

The new 40-150 f/2.8 is simply superb. Exactly what you would expect, however if you don't need the very best (low res pics for the internet) or it's not going to get a lot of use, then serious consideration should be given to the purchase.

But if you do buy one and don't get on with it, there are plenty of eager buyers on here, just waiting to "snap it up"...
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Re: Any reviews that compare the 'old' 40-150R to the new f2.8 pro version ?

I'm interested in one. I have the E-M1 and use the 50-200SWD. I bought a cheap 40-150 4/3 from SRS for my summer holiday last year to keep weight down. The 40-150 was great for the money, a bit slow with the MMF3 but OK really. I'm stuck on whether to swap the 50-200SWD for the new 40-150 pro. How much better is it? Or would a better plan B be to keep the 50-200 for reach and get a 35-100 Pan 2.8 for travelling light when restricted to airline carry-on weight? I do also have the 75 1.8.
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Re: Any reviews that compare the 'old' 40-150R to the new f2.8 pro version ?

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I'm interested in one. I have the E-M1 and use the 50-200SWD. I bought a cheap 40-150 4/3 from SRS for my summer holiday last year to keep weight down. The 40-150 was great for the money, a bit slow with the MMF3 but OK really. I'm stuck on whether to swap the 50-200SWD for the new 40-150 pro. How much better is it? Or would a better plan B be to keep the 50-200 for reach and get a 35-100 Pan 2.8 for travelling light when restricted to airline carry-on weight? I do also have the 75 1.8.
I started my sojourn into m4/3 with a Panasonic GX7 (swapped out for Olympus since) plus a Panny 14-140mm which is a great little walk around lens for travelling light and giving good focal length options. No doubt the Olly equivalent is good too so my next purchase will be the 40-150 Pro plus converter once funds allow. So that is how I intend to get the options I want with the extra reach.
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Re: Any reviews that compare the 'old' 40-150R to the new f2.8 pro version ?

I've used the early 40-150 for years as my travel tele, combined with a variety of standard zooms, latterly the Panny 12-35 (they share the same thread size). I've done very well in club competitions with it - its sharper and has much lower CA than you'd expect for the price, and despite the plastic mount and tubes it has stood up really well.

It's only recently that I've replaced the Oly zoom with a s/h 35-100 f2.8. This is amazingly compact for what it is, and fits the same places in my bags as the 40-150 used to: yes, it is a tad sharper and the faster speed is useful, but personally I wouldn't say it was worth the extra price if I'd had to buy it new. It does handle just like the 12-35 and is super-smooth to use, so there's a lot of pleasure in ownership.

The 40-150 Pro is a very different beast IMHO. I got one with teleconverter for event, wildlife and specific photo trips - theres no way these days I'd use something that size for travel or street.
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Re: Any reviews that compare the 'old' 40-150R to the new f2.8 pro version ?

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Not as such, but I was very lucky to have had use of one before they came out in the shops and did a few "comparisons" between the two.

I've always been VERY impressed with the 40-150 (both the original and the new R version) As "kit" lenses go it is excellent and I've got some surprising results from them.

The new 40-150 f/2.8 is simply superb. Exactly what you would expect, however if you don't need the very best (low res pics for the internet) or it's not going to get a lot of use, then serious consideration should be given to the purchase.

But if you do buy one and don't get on with it, there are plenty of eager buyers on here, just waiting to "snap it up"...
I have no worries about not liking the new 40-150 - I used to own a Canon 70-200 f2.8 which was too big but the Oly sounds so much easier to use.
I have no complaints about the 40-150R except it is a little slow, and a lot of my photography is kids in classrooms - they move fast and as the rooms are so often cluttered, I need to be able to loose the background, which the R is not as good at doing.
Finally, I am a bit of a snob, and like a lens to feel good in the hand, and plastic lenses rarely do.
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