Olympus 40-150mm & Lumix 35-100mm Shoot Out

Posted Oct. 12th, 2014 by Daniel J. Cox

Olympus 40-150mm & Lumix 35-100mm Shoot Out by the omnipresent boys from Calgary TCSTV. As people get their hands on the new Olympus lens, we’re starting to see more and more comparisons being performed. This one is by the two guys from The Camera Store TV in Calgary, Alberta. They took the Lumix Vario 35-100mm F/2.8 and did a shoot out with it against the new Olympus 40-150mm F/2.8. They came away with nearly identical results except for the closer focusing ability of the Olympus. Both lenses were seemingly equally as sharp and had similar lack of lens flare qualities.

They do point out however the lack of Image Stabilization in the Olympus lens if you choose to shoot it on a Panasonic body. The Lumix is also 100mm shorter overall. Two issues that disappoint me the most. However, I need something longer than the 70-100mm that is truly professional quality so even the additional 100mm will be a benefit for my nature and wildlife work. Time will tell if it’s enough of a benefit with the downside of no OIS. I have the Olympus on order. What would be even better is if Panasonic would shock us all by updating their 100-300mm F/4-5.6 and make it a constant F/4 with the build, glass and quality we have in the 35-100mm F/2.8. That’s the day I will dance a jig.

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  1. Bill TylerOn Oct. 23rd, 2014

    Why not add an Olympus body to your bag, so you can have IS and the longer focal length?

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Oct. 29th, 2014

      Bill,

      Unfortunately I was very disappointed with my trial of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 this past spring. You can read more on the blog if you have an interest. Suffice it to say that I’m completely spoiled by my Lumix GH4’s super simple ease of use and superb ergonomics. The Olympus just completely baffled me when it came to simple controls I use regularly such as the WB. +/- Compensation and ISO. It does not have any dedicated buttons marked for these functions like the GH4 does and for me it was a nightmare to learn quickly and easily. That along with a very complicated menu system is keeping me in the Panasonic camp for my cameras at this point but I’m extremely happy that others like their Olympus gear since having both Panasonic and Olympus in the game will help drive competition. That’s good for photographers.

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