Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 40-150mm f/2.8 Hands-on Photos

September 10, 2013 | Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses | 15 Comments |
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Want to see exactly what the new Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 40-150mm f/2.8 lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 40-150mm f/2.8 lens, a professional telephoto zoom lens for Micro Four Thirds compact system cameras.

Note that this is a prototype version of the Olympus 40-150mm, apparently one of only two in the world.

A hands-on gallery of photos of the Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 40-150mm f/2.8 lens.

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#1 Mumbly

Just a humble suggestion: It would be nice if — in the future — you could show the lens side-by-side with a similar lens (approx. same 35mm-equiv. focal range) from another camera system. In this case for example the new 40-150mm lens next to Canons 75-300mm zoom. Just to get an idea of the actual dimensions of the lens and for comparison. I know it's a little bit unfair comparison because the 40-150mm lens has a constant aperture of f2.8 and Canons 75-300mm zoom opens at f3.5 to f5.6, but nevermind.

4:25 am - Wednesday, September 11, 2013

#2 question

what will be filter size?

8:48 am - Wednesday, September 11, 2013

#3 John

Just a question. Any chance to notice filter size of this prototype?

8:52 am - Wednesday, September 11, 2013

#4 michael

few questions:
-does it have the same filter size as the 12-40? (thats 62mm?)

- does it extend while zooming (hope not, its big enough already)

- snap-focus by pulling back the ring?

- weight? did it feel particularly light or heavy?

thanks for any answers!

9:56 am - Wednesday, September 11, 2013

#5 nobody

Can you share some information regarding weight and size? How long is it? What's the maximum diameter? How many grams does it weigh in? Thanks a lot!

11:45 am - Wednesday, September 11, 2013

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12:01 pm - Wednesday, September 11, 2013

#7 JF

"- does it extend while zooming (hope not, its big enough already)"

No, if you look at the pictures you will see that the 2 positions are set depending on the picture and there is not extent

12:47 pm - Wednesday, September 11, 2013

#8 M

Nice images!
Although too many of them shot w too much wideangle, making the lens look very distorted, thus offering us less of a true "feel" of its look/size/shape.
And why on Earth no image w the lens ON camera? As shown now, placed on a table next to the camera, it still doesn´t really show what its size is like. Well, very roughly, but not as good as it would have been if ON camera.
Were you not allowed to, or wasn´t it possible to, mount the lens to the camera at hand?
(I could believe it was only a 'show off of design" sample, without a real mount, and then I´d understand why it wasn´t mounted to the camera)

Regards,
M

2:39 pm - Wednesday, September 11, 2013

#9 nobody

Is there any chance to have the questions asked in the comments answered?

At least those regarding weight and size?

6:47 am - Saturday, September 14, 2013

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11:28 am - Friday, September 20, 2013

#11 Human #2

I'm curious on the viability of of using the Olympus 43's 35-100mm f/2 on a mft camera, or else I'll just wait for this bad boy to come out.

8:08 pm - Tuesday, October 8, 2013

#12 M

@Human #2:

If you want/need autofocus that works a bit better than how ALL m4/3 cameras up until now operate with 4/3-lenses, you 'must' get the OMD E-M1.

It´s THE one Micro 4/3 camera that at least comes close to give "proper" autofocus with the 4/3 lenses, among which are the 35-100/2.

I have the OMD E-M5 and a couple of 4/3 lenses, and the AF is juuust soooo slow.
It works, focus gets set with very high precision, but it´s VERY SLOW.

Read a bit from the various tests and "try out"-articles that floats around the web about the OMD E-M1 and you will se it may very well be what you wish for. It will at least be THE one m4/3 camera that comes close to it! (I´m only ranting about autofocus with 4/3 lenses now, in other respects the E-M1 may or may not suit your needs)

For the record:
Image Quality of my E-M5 is very very good; it´s the AF that sucks w those "proper" 4/3 lenses.
Using Micro 4/3 lenses, of which I have 2, its AF is super Quick.
But even they will be much better Auto Focused if one use Continous Auto Focus, CAF, on the E-M1, than on they are the E-M5.

9:53 pm - Tuesday, October 8, 2013

#13 M

@Human #2:

If you want/need autofocus that works a bit better than how ALL m4/3 cameras up until now operate with 4/3-lenses, you 'must' get the OMD E-M1.

It´s THE one Micro 4/3 camera that at least comes close to give "proper" autofocus with the 4/3 lenses, among which are the 35-100/2.

I have the OMD E-M5 and a couple of 4/3 lenses, and the AF is juuust soooo slow.
It works, focus gets set with very high precision, but it´s VERY SLOW.

Read a bit from the various tests and "try out"-articles that floats around the web about the OMD E-M1 and you will se it may very well be what you wish for. It will at least be THE one m4/3 camera that comes close to it! (I´m only ranting about autofocus with 4/3 lenses now, in other respects the E-M1 may or may not suit your needs)

For the record:
Image Quality of my E-M5 is very very good; it´s the AF that sucks w those "proper" 4/3 lenses.
Using Micro 4/3 lenses, of which I have 2, its AF is super Quick.
But even they will be much better autofocused if one use Continous Auto Focus, CAF, on the E-M1, than they are on the E-M5.

9:55 pm - Tuesday, October 8, 2013

#14 M

Corrected a bad sentence at the end of my reply to Human #, that´s why 2 posts of mine seems to be the same...

Had to, since one can´t edit posts/replies on this site.

/M

9:58 pm - Tuesday, October 8, 2013

#15 PCS

Want to thank the blogger for taking the time to show us this new lens. I bought the 14-40mm for my OM-D EM-1 and it's a truly fine lens. I'm hoping to get the 40-150 f2.8 when it comes out. Thank you for showing us the lens. Oh, I wanted to take you to task for way too many flea turds on your thumb.

Thanks what you did is appreciated. Phil

9:02 pm - Wednesday, January 29, 2014