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kezs Apr 13, 2006 10:41 AM

does anyone here know how they compare? the oly 40-150 comes with the kit for an extra 100 bucks, and the sigma goes for around 150 these days. I think the oly is a bit brighter. anyway, if they're similar in image quality, I'd go for the extra mms... slrgear.com speaks wonders about the oly one, but they didn't test the sigma.

thanks.

mckennma Apr 13, 2006 11:12 AM

http://www.wrotniak.net/photo/oly-e/si-055-200.html

http://www.photographyreview.com/cat...1_3128crx.aspx

Good article on it. I was looking for a better lens than the 40-150 for outside zoom shooting for my European trip. Still reading the entire review on it. Did not find much on this site.




mtclimber Apr 13, 2006 12:02 PM

Ihave used the Zukio 50-150mm lens now for over a year andI like it very much. It is optically very good and the size is very convenient. Before buying the Zukio 50-150mm, I used a friends Sigma 55-200mm lens, and i really was not satisfied with it.

MT

mckennma Apr 13, 2006 12:05 PM

Most don't have great things to say about it. I look at it this way. $149 for the 55-200 at B&H. What do you expect from a $149 lens? If the pictures are clear and it does a decent daytime job shooting, it might be worth it. With most lens the zoom end of it usually has issues with quality. I think some want to compare it to better lens of 2-3x the price.

kezs Apr 13, 2006 12:32 PM

yeah I see what you mean, mckennma. and thanks for those links, they're really helpful. the olympus-dedicated website is on my bookmarks.

the 55-200 seems to do a pretty fine job for its price. judging by the samples on that website, though, the 40-150 really does seem like and outstanding lens for its price (100 with the bundle). come to think of it, I really don't need the extra 50mm. I'd use it occasionally... but that's it. and the extra EVs on the oly do help.

I'm wondering, though: do you think I could use a step-down right to use the Tcon 1.7x converter, which has a 55mm back thread, with the oly 40-150, with a 58mm front thread?

thanks for the help, folks.:|

mckennma Apr 13, 2006 1:15 PM

No clue. My knowledge of cameras is based on common sense and what looks good.

This is my first DSLR. I used a Canon S45 and S1 IS on my last trip to Europe in 2004.
http://69.47.81.240

I am playing with my E-500 and three lens: 14-45, 14-54 f/2.8, and 40-150. I have a good target for my 40-150 and a Canon S1 IS with a 10X zoom, 38-380. At the end of my street 3/8s of a mile away is a Pepsi trailer that I practice shooting with. I can post pictures of it tonight. The 10X zoom is 432mm equivalent. I used it for close ups on my 2003 trip.I wanted one camera with better low light capabilities than my S45 4MP and decent zoom similar to my S1 IS 3.2MP with 10x zoom.

I go by price vs quality when buying cameras. What do I expect for $? The 40-150 did a nice job even at maximum zoom. I could see the Pepsi truck and its dents in the side. It was not crystal clear. It was acceptable.

I considered the 55-200 for a better zoom but have not tested the 40-150. This is what I used my zoom for.

My S45 shot of the relief on the Partheon
http://69.47.81.240/Vacation/2004/Gr...45_0026_RJ.htm

S1 IS close up of the relief on the Partheon
http://69.47.81.240/Vacation/2004/Gr...CE_S1_2559.htm






mckennma Apr 13, 2006 1:26 PM

Googled it

http://www.cs.mtu.edu/~shene/DigiCam...-Infinity.html

Let google be your friend. You get a lot of opinions and usually many pictures.

kezs Apr 14, 2006 12:12 AM

mckennma,

I think the best I can say is "nice to meet you".

there's a lot of information there. nice pictures, those in europe.

your insight has been really helpful. like I said, nice to meet you, and we'll keep talking. :cool:

mckennma Apr 14, 2006 7:48 AM

Considering you had one other posting on your question, I at least gave you other places to look. Sorry,I could not offer you any other insight.

From what I was reading, it does not seem like a good option compared to the 55-200 for $149. It seems like it would cause issues with photo quality or its benefit. A poor man's zoom lens. Since the 55-200 is a low cost option to replace the 40-150, it might be worth looking at. From what I read it does $149 worth of quality.



Norm in Fujino Apr 14, 2006 9:04 AM

kezs wrote:
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the 55-200 seems to do a pretty fine job for its price. judging by the samples on that website, though, the 40-150 really does seem like and outstanding lens for its price (100 with the bundle). come to think of it, I really don't need the extra 50mm. I'd use it occasionally... but that's it. and the extra EVs on the oly do help.
I can't help you with the idea of adding converters to the front of a lens (I personally wouldn't try it, but that's me), but if you're really concerned about image quality, go for the Oly 40-150, not the Sigma. If you're trying to shoot small objects (birds, etc.) at distance, you won't really get much use from the last 50mm of the Sigma, since it is very soft once you get past 150. From all the example shots I've seen, the Oly is a really exceptional lens for the price. For a comparison of the Sigma 55-200 and Oly 50-200, see THIS EARLIER THREAD.




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