Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F2.8 Pro
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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F2.8 Pro Review
The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F2.8 Pro is one of the best telezoom lens on the market today if you are considering the micro 4/3 system. Olympus suggests that it’s the first one of its kind given that it can power two high-grade lens elements. With this lens, expect exceptional autofocus speeds and a very silent lens during operation. It comes with a manual focus clutch, Fn button, minimum focus distance of 70 cm throughout the given focal length, sliding lens hood and a good feature set to cap it all. So is it worth it?
As it turns out, the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F2.8 Pro beats all of its competition in various aspects. It offers an outstanding resolution, decent contrast and excellent sharpness. When tested at a 40 mm setting, everything looked fine and even better as you increase the focal length. If you would like excellent results in terms of border resolution, then you should have one of these beasts. As you zoom in, the uniformity of the sharpness improves significantly. At 70 mm we were able to get sharp frame edges that could compare easily to the center. Given that the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F2.8 Pro has a considerably high resolving power you should expect more benefits when using the separately purchased MC-14 teleconverter.
Considering the various optical parameters of this lens, you won’t be disappointed. You can’t complain about the chromatic aberration and vignetting. If you are one that loves close ups, then you would be impressed by the decent lens performance. However, you should expect a bit of focus breathing when at 150 mm focal length. This won’t mainly have the photographer worrying but the video producers.
When it comes the feature set, the guys down there at Olympus headquarters did a good job. Some of the features that are worth mentioning include the distance scale, focus clutch mechanism, L-Fn button, uniquely designed tripod foot and a very fast autofocus. The only one thing that the Olympus camp forgot to add to this already good lens is image stabilization. This means that some people who use Panasonic cameras might need to look somewhere else for this feature.
At the end of the day there are choices to be made and if you’re looking for something that will get the job done then you already have yourself the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F2.8 Pro. Given its competition, the only one thing that will be a dealbreaker is its lack of image stabilization. However, this will only affect photographers who have cameras that lack inbuilt image stabilization. This means that if you have a camera that has image stabilization then this is the best lens to own right now on the price range.
However, if you would like to look elsewhere, then consider the Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 Lumix G Vario Power O.I.S. All in all, this is one of the best lenses on the market right now and it’s only crime is the lack of an inbuilt image stabilization system.
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- The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F2.8 Pro is manufactured by Olympus and was added in December 2014 in the Camera Lenses section
- This product has a rating of 4.5 out of 5
- The best price of the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F2.8 Pro in Canada is $1,637.47 at B&H Photo
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