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Old Mar 7, 2013, 10:30 AM   #1
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Default One of the (Few) Olympus M. Zuiko lenses I have not played with before now...

Not bad at all really. If you need a pretty darn good jack of most trades, I was suprised how well it did. The two late afternoons I played with it the light was getting low and I intentionally stayed in the most-used middle range to make handholding easier. This weekend when I have more daylight I will be doing more exploring of the full-range.

Care to guess which lens this is? Don't peak! That would be cheating...















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Old Mar 7, 2013, 3:33 PM   #2
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Another nice series Greg. I sure do like my 40-150mm, is noticeably better in IQ than the 14-42mm.
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Yes, the 40-150 M. Zuiko is quite excellent. Definitely as good as it get on a cost vs. performance basis, but these were not captured with a 40-150.
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My bad. I just had catarac surgery in both eyes and I still can't see. Yes, I see now it is 14-150mm not 40-150mm. The catarac surgery was great, very fast but they will only do one eye at a time. It is amazing how much better I can see. I went from legally blind in one eye to now having 20/20 vision and no glasses except for reading.
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Cool! Congratulations.

I need to build myself up to the point of being willing to do that. I could not even get myself to the point of being able to stick my finger in my own eye to fit contacts. Can't imagine the amount of alcohol it would take before I'd be willing to do the surgery.
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Looks like a nice lens that you are working to its peak performance. Shot number 4 is at the wide end? Shoturtle really likes this lens.

James, guess you are looking forward to the clear vision again. Braver than me. I have an appointment coming up with a cornea specialist -- not looking forward to it.
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Looks like a nice lens that you are working to its peak performance. Shot number 4 is at the wide end? Shoturtle really likes this lens.
I can see why.

Finally figured out the files captured with this lens respond better to a modified type of processing compared to what I use with the primes lenses which, not suprisingly, need less of everything to look great. A long time ago I was looking at the Pens with a 14-150 and 9-18 combination. Those two lenses combined with the E-M5 is really a nice, wide ranging light-weight combination. Of course, my "complete" zoom outfit would also include the 75-300. This 14-150 is nicer than any "normal" Olympus micro zoom I have tried yet, 12-50 or 14-42.

After shooting a few of the normal testing-type shots I use with any new lens, these may indeed be the three lenses (and a fourth, being the Rokinon fisheye) I take to White Sands to keep the lens changes down to a minimum due to the type conditions you normally are working under there. The fewer the lens changes ther better, no matter how good the dust cleaning system your camera uses.





100mm, focus on the columns..



150mm..



Thi next file, like the late day cemetery shot from the original set at the top, is a type subject I will shoot to work on both exposing and processing a wide dynamic range subject. I'll expose the image manually, watching the histogram to make sure highlights are almost to the very edge of clipping, letting the shadows fall wherever that leaves them. I'll then raise the shadows in the raw converter and adjust the highlights as needed.



at 80mm..


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. A long time ago I was looking at the Pens with a 14-150 and 9-18 combination. Those two lenses combined with the E-M5 is really a nice, wide ranging light-weight combination. Of course, my "complete" zoom outfit would also include the 75-300...
I'm holding out for Olympus to release a rumored competitor to the new Panasonic x series f2.8 zooms. I'd really like a micro four thirds version of the Zuiko 14-54 f2.8-3.5 MK II.

I think the 9-18, 14-54 and 75-300 would make superb kit.
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It does seem, or at least sounds, to be coming sooner than later, and is way beyond due. This system has developed in the exact opposite of the DSLR system, which put out top-grade zoom optics from the beginning but never gave users a full set of nice primes.
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Yeah the big question I have is going to be cost. The rumor mill states that Olympus plans to release two f2.8 zooms in direct competition with the Panasonic X series zooms. When pressed on this seeming redundancy Olympus said they would have better IQ and referenced the 14-35 and 35-100 f2.0 zooms for DSLR, both north of $2k. However it would seem they think they can beat the two Panasonic offerings at f2.8 as they definitely said f2.8.

My hope is that they lean more towards the 14-54 f2.8-3.5 price/performance balance and undercut the Panasonic lenses. Right now the four thirds 14-54 f2.8-3.5 MK II is a pretty decent option, weather sealed and has semi-macro capabilities, seems like a good alternative adapted on an OM-D if you don't mind the focus limitations.

I think this raises the underlying problem for Olympus; it already has a new weather sealed kit lens, the 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ ($499/$299 with OM-D) with macro capabilities. Would they want to release a successor to the 14-54 f2.8-3.5 MK II ($599) that was priced only a hundred more than the 12-50? Or would they go for a more top end fit and finish and release something over $1000 like Panasonic did? Olympus has yet to release a $1000+ MFT lens even though they have many very pricey FT lenses. In fact we see Olympus dropping lens prices with the 17mm and the new 75-300mm both hitting the new $499 sweet spot.

hmm.. I'm sure whatever they do will likely leave some unhappy and others happy. Given their past willingness to step all over their own PEN product line with incrementally better items at incrementally higher price I am hopeful they come out with a pair of $500-700 fast zooms, but fully prepared to be disappointed when they release a pair of $1500 fast zooms, disappointed in my ability to afford them that is...
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