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sdcs Oct 19, 2010 5:06 PM

Olympus 40-150mm unboxing and samples

Quiet focusing; Slow focusing sometimes; Sharp still and video images; Very light only 6.7 oz; Half the price of 14-150mm; IS for video not so well at 150mm.

I think although video is jelly at 150mm, but still acceptable. With the Vivitar 70-210mm, it is much more shaky even at 100mm; not sure why, because too heavy to hold steady?

BestBuy local stores carry it for $299.99.

Now the choice is between 40-150 or 14-150. As the latter can be got for $500; so unless the former is $200, it does not make sense. At least it cannot be higher than the Panasonic 45-200 at $250. Well, I do like that it is much lighter.


These two video show well the difference between the kit lens and this new 40-150, under the same condition:

Greg has posted some indoor pics:, this is on of them:

shoturtle Oct 19, 2010 5:13 PM

do not forget to add the 110 for 4/3 to m4/3 adapter, the panny one is cheap then the oly. so the 40-150 is actually 260 + about 110 = 370 or get the 14-150 for 500

sdcs Oct 19, 2010 5:27 PM

No, this is M4/3 mount! It is everything like the 14-150 M4/3 except 40 short end.

shoturtle Oct 19, 2010 5:35 PM

Oh the new lens, it finally out on the market. It looks nice, but it does look like it AF slower then the panyy 45-200mm

sdcs Oct 19, 2010 5:52 PM

Outdoor seems quite fast, but I have no 45-200 to compare with.

Hards80 Oct 19, 2010 5:56 PM

sdcs. i think you should just pick up the 45-200 from panny. the lens stabilization will work during video, making it much more desireable for that purpose, plus at ~250$ there is no reason to not own one.

sdcs Oct 19, 2010 6:18 PM

Yes, for $299 it is hard to pick it over the Panny 45-200 for $250 shipped or the Oly 14-150 for $500. If price drops to $200, then I might own one for its light weight.

The good part is: everybody can easily go get one from the local BB store to play with. If no price drop in 30 days, return it (no restocking fee). This is the BB link:

sdcs Oct 20, 2010 7:07 PM

S-AF, 150mm, IS-1, AWB, natural.

shoturtle Oct 20, 2010 7:29 PM

the plane shots seems either a little oof or soft with the lens.

shoturtle Oct 20, 2010 7:38 PM

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This was what I can get on a plane on a hazy summer day in frankfurt about 95 degrees.

first uncrop, then a heavy crop.

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