April 4, 2013 by Linda
Handy but compromised.
The long range is handy because it avoids frequent lens changing; however it is a huge compromise. The lens tries to cover to long a focal range and that builds in compromise. At 300mm this lens is NOT that sharp. I used it last week to shoot hummingbirds and the lens was not a sharp as my friend's who was just two feet away. Chromatic Aberration can be a problem. If bright light is coming through trees, I see a thousand little flares of blue yellow light. A simple algorithm would correct that if Olympus built it into the camera, but Olympus does not. Panasonic does on their micro 4/3rds, so I wish Olympus would too. I'd rather have a prime 300 mm (600mm in full frame terms.) for wildlife shooting. I don't think Olympus makes that for the OMD-EM5 but I will have to research that.
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February 28, 2013 by Daniel
The outdoor traveller lens
The M.14-150mm is the M4/3 equivalent of the 28-300mm in 35mm format lens. It is the kind of flexibility you are looking for a one zoom package when you are travelling especially in outdoor country. The M.14-150mm is a compromised design using low maximum aperture. My best results have been obtained at its widest setting (re : 14mm) in daylight. I have never experimented vignetting results even when using the lens hood. It may be have been auto-corrected by the camera post-treatment software as many modern cameras do now. The handling is good since the lens is light and have a moderate size. The so-call « plastic » (polymer) construction is well made considering the price-point of the lens. Color rendition when using it with the EP-3 was respectful of the real scenery. Since the low maximum aperture of the M.14-150mm, I agree with other reviewers to use the electronic viewfinder (VF-2/3) with the PEN series to get a better stabilized combination. I recommend the M.14-150mm for a one-zoom option in particular for outdoor traveler in open space.
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February 24, 2013 by Daniel
A good outdoor traveller one-zoom lens option
The M.14-150mm is the M4/3 equivalent of the 28-300mm in 35mm format lens. It is the kind of flexibility you are looking for a one zoom package when you are travelling especially in outdoor country. The M.14-150mm is a compremised design using low maximum aperture. My best results have been obtained at its widest setting (re : 14mm) in daylight. I have never experimented vignetting results even when using the lens hood. It may be have been autocorrected by the camera post-treatment software as many modern cameras do now. The handling is good since the lens is light and have a moderate size. The so-call « plastic » (polymer) construction is well made considering the price-point of the lens. Color rendition when using it with the EP-3 was respectful of the real scenery. Since the low maximum aperture of the M.14-150mm, I agree with other reviewers to use the electronic viewfinder (VF-2/3) with the Pen series to get a better stabilizeted combination. I recommend the M.14-150mm for a one-zoom option in particular for outdoor traveller in open space.
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December 7, 2012 by Page
My Favorite Lens
I like the range and use it for most of my photographs. The only two lenses I carry most of the time are this and a 75-300 although I do occasionally use a 500mm lens for extreme distance.It is just too convenient to do without.
November 24, 2012 by Doug
the Go-To travel lens
This adds a bit of bulk to the Pen, especially the smaller ones, but the range and functionality are great. Combine this with one of the f2.8 or faster primes and you have a solid day / night combo that won't weigh you down and will preform very well. I have 12,000 photos to prove it.
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