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