Fast look at Oly’s 40-150mm f2.8 Pro

19Apr16

I had the opportunity to spend the weekend shooting the Olympus m.Zuiko 40-150mm f2.8 PRO  lens with 1.4x Tele Converter.maxresdefault

The lens was kindly loaned to me by a good customer after i was approached to take some photo’s at a field hockey event here in Dunedin on a Friday night, my m.Zuiko 75-300 would have struggled greatly with the demands shooting in low light approaching midnight, and capturing action pics.

With the lens and TC delivered, off i went.

I have been looking at this lens and the Panasonic 35-100mm f2.8 for myself for a while, so to shoot an extended period with it was good for me as it meant i could see how it would stack up over an extended time and for my customers benefit, see how it performed on the OM-D E-M1 with firmware v4.x.

First thing i noticed was instead of trying to shoot at ISO 6400, and the aperture ‘wide open at f6.3’ with my 75-300mm, i was comfortably shooting with the 40-150mm open at f2.8 and ISO 1600 with shutter speeds over 1/125th and the AF was  rapid, and accurate, and despite being a large lens made of metal with hoods and tripod collars attached, it was still very easy to manouver and put on target rapidly.

The images after looking at Friday night’s and again i shot with it late on Sunday afternoon, they were sharp, and i was able to keep the lens easily.

The downside to the lens, its heavy.. well heavy in the micro 4/3 ecosystem though someone coming from a full frame DSLR with 70-200mm f2.8 lenses will find it positively lightweight.

The tripod collar while a good thing, i found a pain in the backside because it got in my way when trying to zoom, even when i turned it around it was getting in my way.

ZP401501Getting home and downloading the images, i found them to be nice and sharp, and required a minimum of clean up work in post, sure there were a couple that needed some recovery, but that comes with taking pictures late into the night with no flash.

The image on the left i was able to push the RAW file a little over 2 stops and retain details etc to make a printable image from it.

Was i happy with the results, you betcha, I definitely recommend the Olympus m.Zuiko 40-150mm PRO lens and 1.4x Teleconverter.ZP401502ZP401503

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3 Responses to “Fast look at Oly’s 40-150mm f2.8 Pro”

  1. Hey Hayden – Lucky you! What a fantastic lens. I’ve also looked at the 75-300 for a bit more reach than the cheaper 40-150 f4/5.6 I have. I know it’s not really apples with apples, but what is the 75-300 like to use?
    PS – Am following your blog now too 🙂

    • Hi Wayne, The 75-300mm is actually a really underrated lens, check out the blog post Mirrorless cant shoot sport or action…. (yeah right) all of the images are from the 75-300 II that i use.

    • The 75-300mm is actually really nice to use, the Zoom mechanism is smooth, and using the C-Af focus on my E-M1 it keeps up with Airplanes, Cars and hockey games pretty darn easily. Its much better than the old Canon 75-300 or Sony 55-200 i have had in the past.
      With my kit i am actually now looking at something a little smaller in focal length and faster aperture to go between my 12-50mm and the 75-300mm, and the 40-150mm pro, or Pany 35-100 f2.8s are my 2 options.


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