The New Olympus 40-150mm F/2.8 Getting Spectacular Reviews

Posted Oct. 7th, 2014 by Daniel J. Cox

The new Olympus 40-150mm F/2.8 Getting Spectacular Reviews and I have one on order from F11 Photo in Bozeman, Montana. Just a reminder, all MFT lenses need to be multiplied by two, so this lens is actually an 80-300mm F/2.8. I hope to have it upon my return from Romania in about four weeks. Those of you who follow this Blog know I’m not a big fan of Olympus MFT cameras, exclusively due to their difficult menus, lack of dedicated buttons and lack of useful touch screen options. All of this of course based on my comparison to my Lumix cameras, specifically the GH4.  I tried an OM-D EM-1 a few months ago while in Cuba and was seriously disappointed with how difficult the camera is to learn and operate.

The new, recently released Olympus Zuiko 40-150mm F/2.8 zoom

The new, recently released Olympus Zuiko 40-150mm F/2.8 zoom. Remember you need to multiply all MFT lenses by two to get an FF equivalent. This lens is half the weight and size of a Nikon or Canon 80-200mm F/2.8. Wow.

However, I did mention in that Very Short Review that the Olympus Zuiko lenses were stellar. And now Olympus has done it again, only even better by all accounts I’ve been reading, with the release of the new 40-150mm F/2.8 zoom. I was excited by this lens when I first heard about its impending release. My only reservation has been that it’s still a bit too short for a main wildlife and nature lens. However, they have also released a dedicated 1.4x teleconverter with it and that’s also getting great press. The additional teleconverter gets the main lens closer to what I need for extended wildlife coverage.

The new 40-150mm F/2.8 attached to a OM-D E-M1 wet with water showing this cameras superb weather sealed capabilities.

The new 40-150mm F/2.8 attached to a OM-D E-M1 wet with water showing this camera’s superb weather sealed capabilities.

The big downside to buying this lens for use on my Lumix GH4’s, is the lack of OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) since Olympus builds all IS in the bodies of their cameras. Unfortunately, I will be relegated to pre 1990’s non stabilized lenses. That was one of the huge disadvantages to shooting my Nikons during the 5-8 years it took Nikon to match Canon’s superb Image Stabilization. Even so, I’m excited to see what this lens can deliver, so I bought one.

This is the Lumix 100-300mm F/4-5.6 zoom that I would love to see updated. It's a very good lens as is but a rework could make it equally stellar to the new 40-150mm Olympus.

This is the Lumix 100-300mm F/4-5.6 zoom that I would love to see updated. It’s a very good lens as is but a rework could make it equally stellar to the new 40-150mm Olympus.

My biggest hope for this new zoom is to finally show the engineers at Panasonic that there’s still a gaping hole that needs filling in the MFT lens line up that Lumix could fill quite easily. And, the excitement and press this lens is getting, is proof we need more of the same or similar. Similar would be an update to the current Lumix Vario 100-300mm F/4-5.6 zoom. What a tool we would have if Panasonic would build a new 100-300mm constant F/4 aperture with the same construction, glass quality and fit and finish as the new Olympus 40-150mm F/2.8. I know Panasonic can equal or better the Olympus optics if they set their minds to it. Lets do it boys, and the sooner the better.

Here is a list of recent reviews on what seems to be an awesome new lens.

This site is in German. Scroll to the right to see large samples and camera data.

This is a video by a gentleman name J. McDonald.

Robin Wong (admittedly an Olympus employee) Review

Best Mirrorless Cameras Reviews

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There are 6 comments on this post…
  1. Mike SOn Nov. 29th, 2014

    I don’t understand why this lens gets such great reviews. It is a good lens, but not a great lens.

    I and others have reviewed it on FM

    Center is sharp, corners and edges are not.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Nov. 30th, 2014

      Mike, not from what I’ve seen. I don’t have a lot of experience with it yet but the one I have is razor sharp at the edges with the lens wide open. Will be doing more tests but so far it is spectacular. I did look at the reviews you referenced on Fred Mirandas site and there seems to be a 50/50 pros and cons on edge sharpness. Could it be different copies? I hope not since that is always a pain in the neck wondering if getting a different copy would make things better. But more than that I sometimes think photographers spend too much time nit picking a particular product that when it gets right down to the nitty gritty they’re actually splitting hairs. My requirement is, how does a lens or camera perform in situations where I have to produce quality images for actual publication. If it fits that criteria, that’s what counts for me.  Thanks for stopping by however and adding your voice.

  2. xellzOn Oct. 23rd, 2014

    Panasonic actually wanted to create “pro” 100-300, but they canceled it. Saying that there won’t be enough customers, hope success of Olympus lenses will change their mind. Funny that they actually continue 150mm f2.8 instead of filling the last big hole in m43 high quality lenses. I like zooms more than primes, so would be like 100-300 much more than 300mm prime.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Oct. 29th, 2014


      Could not agree more with your hope and possible prediction of Panasonic seeing the popularity of the new Olympus 40-150mm as a sign that we are all dearly wanting bigger, better glass. I’m constantly dropping the folks I know at Panasonic links to comments such as yours, hoping they see the pent up desire from MFT users. I’ve been told by F11 Photo in Bozeman, Mt. that they have a long list of preorders for the Olympus lens and they think Olympus has underestimated the desire for this tele zoom. I hope they are right even though it may mean I have to wait for the one I ordered a bit longer.

  3. Doug BrayOn Oct. 8th, 2014

    Hi Dan,

    I also have both the lens and the teleconverter on order. I will also get the 300mm f4 prime to get the reach for wildlife when it is released next year.


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      Daniel J. CoxOn Oct. 8th, 2014

      Stop back when you’ve had a chance to use the new lens and let us know what you think.

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