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  • The new m.Zuiko 14-150mm f/4-5.6 has arrived!

    I have a m.Zuiko 14-150mm f/4-5.6 here at the office and have been out enjoying the early summer sun here in Hemel Hempstead with the new lens. The samples (JPEGs and RAW files taken with the new lens fitted to an Olympus E-P2) are uploading as I type this.

    The autofocus, like the new 9-18, is now very refined and nearly silent. The continuous focus performance in video recording mode is worlds better than the original 14-42 kit lens, as this clip demonstrates:

    YouTube- Continuous focus sample clip using the new M.Zuiko 14-150mm f/4-5.6

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    Re: The new m.Zuiko 14-150mm f/4-5.6 has arrived!

    Wow... you can actually hear other things on top of the lens focusing. xD That was recorded with the on-board stereo mic only, right?
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    • #3
      Re: The new m.Zuiko 14-150mm f/4-5.6 has arrived!

      Originally posted by Ned View Post
      Wow... you can actually hear other things on top of the lens focusing. xD That was recorded with the on-board stereo mic only, right?
      Yes, it's impressively quite compared to the 14-42 and it's fast too.

      I will upload another clip later taken indoors in a quiet room.

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      • #4
        Re: The new m.Zuiko 14-150mm f/4-5.6 has arrived!

        I have been waiting for this lens to come along. Good news. Now I have something to match my 18-200VR Nikor that I depended on for my travel photography. Bonus with quiter and faster AF too.

        On the one noticable AF with your video, it doesn't appear to have the out-in-out motion for locking on focus that is kind of a nuisance on my 14-42 kit lens - - - is that correct?

        Also be nice to see how the C-AF tracking mode fares, with this lens.
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        • #5
          Re: The new m.Zuiko 14-150mm f/4-5.6 has arrived!

          Hi Robert, I haven't yet had a chance to do detailed comparisons, but the immediate impression I get is that continuous AF is now usable with the 14-150, even in quiet locations.

          I will be posting some more sample videos in due course.

          Ian
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          • #6
            Re: The new m.Zuiko 14-150mm f/4-5.6 has arrived!

            I'm thinking of buying this lens in the near future for my E-PL1. The DPreview of it was ok but didn't exactly set my heart racing! How does this lens fare in general (non-video) use?

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            • #7
              Re: The new m.Zuiko 14-150mm f/4-5.6 has arrived!

              Originally posted by Bluebear View Post
              I'm thinking of buying this lens in the near future for my E-PL1. The DPreview of it was ok but didn't exactly set my heart racing! How does this lens fare in general (non-video) use?
              It's a 10x plus superzoom, so there is no way it's going to compete with primes or many short zooms, but I think it performs pretty well. I haven't put it through the benchtests yet, but I'm not left feeling I should avoid using this lens - it's been on my E-P2 almost constantly.

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              • #8
                Re: The new m.Zuiko 14-150mm f/4-5.6 has arrived!

                I have been using this lens on the E-P2 quite a bit. Here's my 14 year old daughter, Elizabeth, just missing the school long jump record (by 3cm) at her school sports day this morning:



                I did focus manually, if you were going to ask

                One annoying thing when using continuous focus in video mode is that if the subject starts moving violently, then focus goes awry. I noticed this the other night when recording Elizabeth and her schoolmates on stage at their summer school concert. Everything was fine until they started jumping up and down as part of the dance routine. The AF point was never off them, but as there was a lot of motion it lost the AF lock and started hunting, hence going out of focus. Needs work Olympus!

                But the C-AF mode with tracking does work well as long as the subject doesn't race around the frame.

                Ian
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                • #9
                  Re: The new m.Zuiko 14-150mm f/4-5.6 has arrived!

                  3cm! Bet she's annoyed!

                  Great image BTW - I love the look of concentration on her face!

                  Looks pretty sharp to me - manual focus too!

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                  • #10
                    Re: The new m.Zuiko 14-150mm f/4-5.6 has arrived!

                    Originally posted by Bluebear View Post
                    3cm! Bet she's annoyed!

                    Great image BTW - I love the look of concentration on her face!

                    Looks pretty sharp to me - manual focus too!
                    Yup, she was actually quite upset as (you might be able to see that she had to compete with a bandaged leg) she has broken the record in regional competition against other schools (she's regional champion for Year 9 this year) but the school record can only be set once a year at the annual sports day

                    This image was processed in LR3. It's virtuallythe whole frame, only a little was lost after I straightened the horizon (I really must get into the habit of using the digital level!).

                    I used manual focus and continuous shooting. I didn't get an opportunity to try C-AF. The aperture was set to f/8, and I used ISO 500 - it was slightly overcast.

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                    • #11
                      Re: The new m.Zuiko 14-150mm f/4-5.6 has arrived!

                      Originally posted by Ian View Post
                      This image was processed in LR3. It's virtuallythe whole frame, only a little was lost after I straightened the horizon (I really must get into the habit of using the digital level!).

                      Ian
                      The digital level is good Ian, though often difficult to get spot on when working hand held. I've found its often easier to use the levelling tool (rotate) in LR3
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                      • #12
                        Re: The new m.Zuiko 14-150mm f/4-5.6 has arrived!

                        I had a meeting at Nokia for an introduction to their new N8 smartphone (12MP camera phone!) for our other site, DPNow.com (if you are interested, see my N8 preview here), yesterday and I brought the 14-150 and the E-P2 with me to take some simple hands-on product shots as I often do at meetings like this. But I became aware of disadvantage of the 14-150 on the day. For a few moments I couldn't understand why the camera wouldn't take a picture. The shutter release was completely unresponsive. Of course the problem was that the lens wasn't able to focus on the N8 - the closest focusing distance of the 14-150 is rather modest compared to the 14-42. In fact the 14-42 can focus to just inder 10 inches, which is a full ten inches closer than the 14-150. Definitely a point to remember, although from a magnification point of view, the extra zoom of the 14-150 can compensate, but if you have the object in one hand and the camera in another, you may find your arms aren't long enough!

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                        • #13
                          Re: The new m.Zuiko 14-150mm f/4-5.6 has arrived!

                          I searched but was unable to find much in the way of comments or reviews - - - - did you try out the m.zuiko 40-150 f/4-5.6?

                          If so? - or have you heard? - - - is it basically the same lens with the same fast and quiet focusing of the 14-150mm? I am wanting to get one or the other to have on my E-PL1 in Nicaragua, however while having the full focal range in one lens would be awesome - it would not be necessary as I already have the kit lens and at a price $300.00 less than the 14-150, the 40-150 would be good value for me when pinching my pennies. That is, if the image quality and functionality are virtually the same in both lenses. Any insight you have would be appreciated.
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                          • #14
                            Re: The new m.Zuiko 14-150mm f/4-5.6 has arrived!

                            Hi Robert,

                            I agree it is hard to find anything in the way of info on the m.Zuiko 40-150. There are two pieces I am aware of, the sample galleries on dpreview http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/re...amples-gallery and the samples Ian provided here. We discussed those some time ago. Judging from the dpreview samples, the lens seems to offer fine quality at the short end, but at the long end there seems to be heavy "purple" fringing. This is worse in Ian's samples. http://fourthirds-user.com/2010/09/p...ge_samples.php http://fourthirds-user.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7880 I know that Ian was quite stressed and brief at the time. I was waiting for an update from Ian for a long time, but if never came.

                            In the end to this day, I am still wondering which lens to introduce telephoto capabilities to my E-P1: Oly 14-150, Oly 40-150 or Pana 45-200. All of which received some mixed reviews.
                            enjoy

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                            • #15
                              Re: The new m.Zuiko 14-150mm f/4-5.6 has arrived!

                              Robert

                              I bought the EPL1 twin lens kit last week and it came with the new micro 40-150 f4-5.6 lens. Ive used it extensively and find it a brilliant lens, fast focusing and very sharp images all the way from 40 to 150 - cannot fault it.
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