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Thread: Which zoom-lens to choose? "panas.40-200 OIS" vs "Oly.40-150"

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    Which zoom-lens to choose? "panas.40-200 OIS" vs "Oly.40-150"

    Hello friends,

    Got my Lumix GF-1 and trying to find zoom lens to it.
    As I understand the best choise is one of those 2 lenses:

    1. Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 g vario mega o.i.s
    2. Olympus ED 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 M.Zuiko Lens for Micro Four Thirds System

    Well the biggest diffence is that the first one has image stabilizaer and the second doesnt have, but I've told that olympus lenses are better, so i'm a little bit confused. Could the community help , please?

    Thank you

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    Re: Which zoom-lens to choose? "panas.40-200 OIS" vs "Oly.40-150"

    Hi,
    Welcome to the forums.
    While I haven`t had any experience with the Oly 40-150 it should be a good lens. I have tried the Panasonic 45-200 with my E-PL1 and been really pleased with the results, the IS works very well, much better than I expected for a relatively budget lens. Ultimately there is no substitute for a good tripod.
    I don`t know what the differences are as far as image quality, hopefully someone here may know as I`d be interested myself.
    I have the Oly 70-300 four thirds lens with adapter which I`ve been using recently while it is a more expensive lens it is still in the same budget end of the market and again the results are great and I`ve only so for used it on a dull day with high ISO.
    The Panasonic lens does feel nice and is very quiet and smooth in operation. I don`t think you`ll be disappointed with it.
    The main thing to remember with a telephoto lens is to use higher shutter speeds when hand holding (at the very least match your shutter speed to your focal length to eliminate camera shake). IS will only help so far.
    Andrew.

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    Re: Which zoom-lens to choose? "panas.40-200 OIS" vs "Oly.40-150"

    Hello Andrew,
    Thank you very much for sharing your expirience.
    Do you notice any difference of using an adapter?
    Is your adapter digital (as I understand, only digital adapters let to use autofocus)?
    Thank you again.
    Vitaly

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    Re: Which zoom-lens to choose? "panas.40-200 OIS" vs "Oly.40-150"

    Hi,
    The adapter is to allow the fourthirds DSLR lenses to work with micro fourthirds such as the Oly Pen and Panasonic such as yours thus is designed for the digital system. It allows auto-focus although not all fourthirds lenses will focus as fast as micro fourthirds lenses.
    The adapter I use is Panasonic DMW-MA1 4/3rds Lens Mount Adaptor, Olympus also do one called MMF-2 (there is an MMF-1 also but I haven`t seen it for sale recently).
    Both Olympus and Panasonic make micro fourthirds lenses equivalent/similar to my 70-300 Fourthirds lens again I don`t know how they compare as far as image quality go. The micro fourthirds lenses will be faster at focusing and be slightly more compact with the Panasonic 100-300 having IS.
    Andrew.

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    Re: Which zoom-lens to choose? "panas.40-200 OIS" vs "Oly.40-150"

    The Lumix G 45-200 (90-400mm) f4-5.6 is a really huge lens on the small GF1 body. I had a chance to buy one for $200 when I bought the body the other day and I passed it up. It made the camera feel really awkward to me, but that's just my opinion.

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    Re: Which zoom-lens to choose? "panas.40-200 OIS" vs "Oly.40-150"

    To answer the original question, I just made that choice last Sunday.
    I chose the Panasonic Lumix for the following reasons:
    1) coupling is made of metal (aluminium?) versus Olympus' plastic.
    2) quality of the image is supposed to be significantly better
    3) higher zoom range
    4) Kit lens on my E-M5 is 52 mm, same as Panasonic. (Olympus 40-150 is 58mm)
    5) Stabilising integrated in the Panasonic lens.

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