The latest generation of the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150 mm f4.0-5.6 R (35mm equivalent focal length: 80-300 mm) has now arrived. It features a brand new, optimized overall design in a stylish black body. It's small, lightweight and variable in performance - perfect for close-up portraits or long-distance scenes - and it is flexible for indoor or outdoor use. You can use this high-power zoom as the perfect companion of your standard kit lens without being burdened by travelling with too much equipment. It features an MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) focusing mechanism that is designed to deliver quiet and precise operation, for an affordable, high quality means to capture your life in still images or HD videos.
Item # V315030BU000
Mount Standard Micro Four Thirds System Standard Focal Length 40-150mm (35mm equivalent focal length 80-300mm) Lens construction 13 Elements in 10 Groups, ED lens Angle of View 30 - 8.2 Degree AF System High-speed Imager AF (MSC) Closest Focusing Distance 0.9m Maximum Image Magnification 0.16x (35mm equivalent Maximum Image Magnification 0.32x) Minimum Field Size 78.5 x 104.4mm Number of Blades 7 (Circular Aperture Diaphragm) Maximum Aperture f4.0 (40mm) - f5.6 (150mm) Minimum Aperture f22 Filter Size Diameter 58mm Dimension Diameter 63.5 x 83mm Weight 190g Box Contents Lens Cap(LC-58E), Lens Rear Cap(LR-2) , Instruction Manual, Olympus Worldwide Warranty Card
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Customer Reviews of the M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 R
June 24, 2015
I started with a 14-42mm kit lens and this lens made a great addition to my range of focal lengths. Its performance-to-price ratio is fantastic, and the 40-150mm zoom range is very useful in most settings.
Since this lens is inexpensive, it has to sacrifice certain attributes. The maximum f4.0-5.6 aperture can be an issue in some situations, and the image isn't maximally sharp at all zoom levels. As others have said, it can be soft when zoomed all the way out to 150mm.
June 23, 2015
Great lens for the price!
I picked this lens up on sale. For what I paid it is outstanding. It only softens when you are zoomed to 150mm and even then it is not terrible. It weighs next to nothing and is quite compact considering the zoom range.
Some drawbacks are
1. Plastic lens mount
2. Does not include lens hood.
There is a bit of CA but not obnoxious. All in all it is well worth the money I spent.
June 20, 2015
This is a surprisingly good lens. It arrived in great packaging. It offers great zoom and sharpness is decent, present even on the long end of the zoom. The lens is also sturdy so far and easy to use. I will definitely continue using it. Of course, it is not as good as its DSLR counterparts, but for the price and size and weight, it is very good quality image.
June 06, 2015
Nice for the price
This won't be the definite solution for zooming into the moon or any object in the sky, but it does a good job of being small as a fist and quite light to the point I attached a mini-tripod to my epl5 with this lens, pointed it to the side where the 2 legs are open, maxed the zooming, and it did not tip over (unless it was pointing downwards). In other words, it is quite easy to handle even at maximum zooming. The images aren't super sharp but are more than you expect from a $99-$199 zoom lens.
Note: I did not purchase a macro extension lens for this lens yet, but the mcon-p01 seems like an excellent add-on to this lens.according to ephotozine:
May 30, 2015
Great Lens for the Price
As a beginner, this lens has been fun to learn with my E-PM2. The photos are very sharp and focus is quick. The lens is very lightweight and has good range. However, as other reviewers have mentioned, it does seem to get a bit "soft" after 100mm. This may be overcome the more I learn how to use the multifocus option on my camera. Overall, the M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm is a great lens for the price.
May 24, 2015
For the price, excellent.
If you are on a budget, this lens is a no brainer. Performs excellently in bright sunlit environment, although at the longest focal lengths it may soften the image a bit. Chromatic aberration is there, but only noticeable in torturing high contrast scenarios. Both MF ring and focal length adjustment is smooth to operate, and despite its plastic construction, it feels solid when handling.
May 21, 2015
A good inexpensive lens
I jumped at the chance to test this lens when it went on sale. The worst situation would have been if I didn't like the lens. I would send it back. I was taken back.
My first impression of the lens was ,"Boy this is a very light lens". I thought it must have VERY LITTLE glass inside. My expectations were, less then apprehensable . I took it outside with my E-M1 and took a few pictures. I did notice that it is much slower focusing then my M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO. That is understandable. The images in my opinion were very acceptable, the color was rich, I did not feel that it's razor sharp. I did not feel that it's a good indoor lens. For the price, this is an excellent digital lens for a good price.
April 06, 2015
Cheap, and awesome? Really?
I bought a E-M10 kit recently, that included this lens. My intent was to sell it off to help fund other lens and accessory purchases. I decided to try it out before I did that, and boy, am I glad I did!
It delivers the same punchy colors as the 12-40/f2.8 PRO, which shocked me. Yes, it is really cheaply made, but it's a feather for a telephoto that covers 80-300mm (35mm equivalent).
It's nice and sharp through 100mm (200mm 35mm equivalent). At 150mm, it's a bit softer, but I'm not sure if that's because IBIS can't compensate, or if it is the lens optics.
Needless to say, this lens stays in my kit at all times. I'm glad I gave it a chance, and I'm glad Olympus has given us such a great lens at the bottom end of the price spectrum.
April 03, 2015
Impressive for the price
It really knocked me down the moment I did some sharpness tests on this lens. I had another similar zoom, which I thought was sharp enough, but comparing it with the 40-150, I was amazed how incredibly sharp and contrasty the images resulted. Is also very light. Only downsides, at least for me, is that does not come with a lens hood, but at this price range, I'm ok with it. Also the filter thread is 58mm, I would have preferred to be a standard 52mm. Although, I fixed that with a step down ring, which being a tele zoom, does not vignette at all. It has a plastic mount, but that doesn't seem to matter in quality. Overall a stellar performer, highly recommended for the budget minded.
I'd love to see more of this kind of products from Olympus.
March 28, 2015
A telephoto option at low cost with good results
If you are looking for a telephoto option that is giving a similar performance compare to the M.14-42mmII R kit lens this is the obvious choice.
No discussion in term of economic (price) point of view. But what about the photo evaluation?
First it is a very light lens easy to carry everywhere. Construction is fine and tied mounted. Zoom and focus controls are large considering the overall size of the lens. At its maximum length the lens expand for the double of its initial size. Balance is on the camera side which means you have to hold it tightly to prevent shake movement.
It is a slow lens that will crank up you camera ISO and alter your picture quality in low light condition. But in good and outdoor lightning condition it performs very well.
Doing portrait especially at 150mm setting is very interesting and give you a very narrow creative deep of field.
For the money and occasional convenience the M.40-150mm R is a winner.
P.s. If you are looking for a faster alternative you can turn yourself to the M.45mm f1.8 option.
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