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    Fun with the Zuiko 40-150 f2.8

    HI There - worth it's own thread for a little while.
    It seems like the lenses are arriving - I got mine this morning, and WEX seem to still have some in stock (without the adapter).

    Of course, it's raining here (and anyway I'm supposed to be working), but I managed to take the dogs out for half an hour at lunchtime - really dark and dreek, but here are a couple of snaps to get it going.

    First impressions are that it's just lovely - handling feel etc. (oh, and it doesn't seem to leak either!).


    1600 ISO


    500 ISO


    1600 ISO

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 40-150 f2.8

    Jono,

    Very nice! What was the subject, er, canine distance? Lovely bokeh...

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 40-150 f2.8

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    HI There - worth it's own thread for a little while.
    It seems like the lenses are arriving - I got mine this morning, and WEX seem to still have some in stock (without the adapter).

    Of course, it's raining here (and anyway I'm supposed to be working), but I managed to take the dogs out for half an hour at lunchtime - really dark and dreek, but here are a couple of snaps to get it going.

    First impressions are that it's just lovely - handling feel etc. (oh, and it doesn't seem to leak either!).


    All the best
    Lovely shots Jono! Enjoy .....
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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 40-150 f2.8

    Very nice, Jono. Is it too nice?

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 40-150 f2.8

    They have a lovely 'quality' Jono -
    can I presume that you were seeing what it could do at 150mm @ f2.8?
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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 40-150 f2.8

    Hi there. the close up of Matty was at
    79mm. the other two at 150. No cropping so they were a reasonable distance away. All at f2.8.

    The bokeh looks good doesn't it. those piles of leaves can easily look busy.

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 40-150 f2.8

    this one was at 48mm. f2.8 800 iso



    800 ISO 48mm f2.8



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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 40-150 f2.8

    Too nice Jorgen?

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 40-150 f2.8

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Too nice Jorgen?
    Yes, it looks almost perfect; very sharp, excellent bokeh etc., but it may lack "bite". Don't misunderstand me. For most purposes, it seems to be as perfect as a lens can be. Maybe I just love imperfections, but the transition from in focus to OOF... there isn't really a transition, is there? The sharpness just fades away without a trace

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 40-150 f2.8

    Interesting point. I have never thought of a lens as too perfect. So far I like this lens.

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 40-150 f2.8

    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    Yes, it looks almost perfect; very sharp, excellent bokeh etc., but it may lack "bite". Don't misunderstand me. For most purposes, it seems to be as perfect as a lens can be. Maybe I just love imperfections, but the transition from in focus to OOF... there isn't really a transition, is there? The sharpness just fades away without a trace
    Hah! You sound like a man who's just sold off all his m43 gear and bought a D810! (I understand why and have even been tempted).

    My favorite lens over the last five years has been the Leica 75 summicron APO. That's been accused of being 'clinical'.

    I like imperfect lenses too (Zeiss 50 f1.5 sonnar leaps to mind). But I've never come across a charmingly imperfect zoom. This one however seems reliably and predictably good, without any obvious vices.

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 40-150 f2.8

    Looking fab so far, also from what I've seen elsewhere.
    Bokeh is pretty smooth. This is one fine lens !

    Congrats Jono and thanks for posting some samples.
    Trust we'll see more shots coming days

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 40-150 f2.8

    And just when I was about to think that Sony wasn't so terrible after all...


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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 40-150 f2.8

    Quote Originally Posted by MGrayson View Post
    And just when I was about to think that Sony wasn't so terrible after all...


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    HI There Matt
    Me to - exactly - The a7 ii looks like a fine machine, but those full frame lenses are never going to be quite like the Zuiko 43 lenses. . will the extra resolution and ff make up for it? I'm afraid I might have to find out, but I suspect that it won't.

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 40-150 f2.8

    Hi Jono,

    I look forward to your findings!

    m43 already does portraits beautifully, with two stellar 45-ish primes. I have two other use cases - wide angle landscapes/architecture and sports/action (ok, old guys playing touch football). The former is where Sony has a big edge. The latter nobody seems to do well other than the big Canon/Nikons. But if the 40-150 can track slow running gentlemen with that kind of background blur, it will at least let me put one heavy system away. Of course, an A7 with a 70-200/4 is a pretty light package, even if it doesn't have quite the reach of the 40-150.

    One goes around and around.

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 40-150 f2.8

    Hmmm. While I wait, I may lash my APO-Elmarit-R 180 onto the E-M1 or the E-P5 and go looking for the local wildlife. Much harder to use than the new Olympus Pro but it will be an interesting contest for "bite." I might even be able to track slow running gentlemen.

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 40-150 f2.8

    Quote Originally Posted by scott kirkpatrick View Post
    Hmmm. While I wait, I may lash my APO-Elmarit-R 180 onto the E-M1 or the E-P5 and go looking for the local wildlife. Much harder to use than the new Olympus Pro but it will be an interesting contest for "bite." I might even be able to track slow running gentlemen.

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    Hi Scott
    Hardly a fair comparison (360 vs 300 / Leica vs Olympus). Neither will be missing much bite I think.

    Sadly (or not) I sold my lovely APO Elmarit 180 (it was worth too much considering it's small amount of use). It would be nice to do a comparison, but that's no reason to keep a lens.

    I'm sure you'll enjoy the 40-150 though - it's carefully and beautifully designed (collapsing lens hood - snap focus with scale)

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 40-150 f2.8

    Jono,

    You have to quit using Matty as a subject...could take a pinhole camera and make a series of astounding pictures with him as a subject...in fact might be a decent series for you ... pinhole cap on the M240.....

    Seriously, most of what you image looks great so we have to rely on your subjective emotive response to the lenses or cameras as I have yet seen you take a picture that does not work.

    Even with the A7S


    Damn you Bob Moore!

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 40-150 f2.8

    Quote Originally Posted by docmoore View Post
    Jono,

    You have to quit using Matty as a subject...could take a pinhole camera and make a series of astounding pictures with him as a subject...
    Until very recently, it was favorite granddaughter Scarlett who hogged Jono's lenstime, with her delighted smile. More of her would be welcome anytime.

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 40-150 f2.8

    Quote Originally Posted by docmoore View Post
    Jono,

    You have to quit using Matty as a subject...could take a pinhole camera and make a series of astounding pictures with him as a subject...in fact might be a decent series for you ... pinhole cap on the M240.....

    Seriously, most of what you image looks great so we have to rely on your subjective emotive response to the lenses or cameras as I have yet seen you take a picture that does not work.

    Even with the A7S


    Damn you Bob Moore!

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    Hah! Well, I'll take the compliment even though it's undeserved (and thank you), but it's worth mentioning that Matty is a bitch........

    As for the A7s, it was a total winner in my book. Excellent camera, but the obvious time to use it was instead of my rangefinders, and I like shooting with rangefinder cameras.
    I've still got an order for the A7ii as well, but this lens does seem like something of a 'home run' for Olympus . An equivalent lens on the A7 would be huge (should it exist)

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 40-150 f2.8

    Quote Originally Posted by scott kirkpatrick View Post
    Until very recently, it was favorite granddaughter Scarlett who hogged Jono's lenstime, with her delighted smile. More of her would be welcome anytime.

    scott
    Sorry Scott, Scarlett lives further away (25 miles) and she isn't so often available. She is coming to stay this weekend though, so there should be more snaps then. She's scampering about these days giving everyone the runaround.

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 40-150 f2.8

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    But I've never come across a charmingly imperfect zoom. This one however seems reliably and predictably good, without any obvious vices.
    That's right, zoom lenses should be perfect, leaving no doubt that it will produce a perfectly good result at any focal length, any aperture and any distance. Olympus has a tradition for this, at least since the launch of 4/3 (14-35 f/2.0, 7-14 f/4.0 etc.) and they seem to walk along the same path with m4/3.

    For imperfection, I find the pre-digital Nikkor AF lenses perfect. Perfect imperfection so to say. Luckily, most of them are dirt cheap compared to their computerised younger brothers. I'll be out on the beach today with the old 300mm

    I'm keeping the GH1 and the 75mm btw. The camera isn't worth much and the lens is my favourite walk-around thing. I'm also keeping the PanaLeica 14-50mm and plan to purchase a (hopefully cheap) E-M1 when monies allow. One doesn't sell the best lenses mankind has seen
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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 40-150 f2.8

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Hah! it's worth mentioning that Matty is a bitch........
    Mea Culpa Maxima and then some...think at some point I knew that and it explains her photogenicity.

    Saw a recent rumor of an Oly with sensor shift tech which will result in a 40 MP file from the M43 sensor...

    Olympus OMD EM5 Mk II Reported to Take Out of this World 40MP Images

    So the A7II may be old news out of the gate....

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 40-150 f2.8

    Question for Jono:
    - do you use the lens with or without the tripod-collar ?
    - how does this affect handling ?

    TIA

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 40-150 f2.8

    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Question for Jono:
    - do you use the lens with or without the tripod-collar ?
    - how does this affect handling ?

    TIA

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    Hi Bart
    Without. I lent my tripod to someone a while back and can't remember who!
    So I took the collar off. I don't know how it affects handling as I haven't shot with it on!

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 40-150 f2.8

    The examples and discussion of using the new 40-150 to capture friendly critters, adorable grandchildren, and slow running gentlemen got me thinking about what DO i really need circa 300m focal lengths for? So I did some experiments with an 180mm Elmarit-R on an E-P5. Once I got the 5-axis IBIS tuned in to the actual focal length, it's not that hard to hand-hold, and critters of the feline persuasion abound in our neighborhood:



    The extreme compression and perspective that you get with 360 mm effective is always fun:



    Long lenses see things that you aren't aware of when framing a scene. Here I discovered a gentleman soaking up the last golden rays of the afternoon sun in a nice soft couch in the middle of heaps of dirt, stone, and construction supplies:



    And the species that really dominates our city, more than the cats, is the rooftop solar hot water unit, pronounced "Dude Shemesh" in Hebrew. It's a white barrel for the water, next to a flat plate heat collector. See how many you can count in this photo:



    One last thing that you can do with a very long lens, is see the bigger pieces of sculpture in the gardens of the Israel Museum after it has closed for the day:



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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 40-150 f2.8

    Hi there
    Here are a couple of shots taken on a chilly walk this morning - all with the 40-150 - exif should be intact














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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 40-150 f2.8

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post

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    I find this a typical example of a Jono tree ...

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 40-150 f2.8

    Jono,

    great shots, making me even more lust for my 4-150/2.8 copy to arrive
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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 40-150 f2.8

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Hi there
    Here are a couple of shots taken on a chilly walk this morning - all with the 40-150 - exif should be intact








    This very nice Jono!
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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 40-150 f2.8

    Hi There
    I'm more and more impressed with this lens, not only is it great to use and beautifully designed - but lots of the shots seem to me to have a real presence about them. Sorry - same old subjects, but hopefully you'll get a feel for it. Exif should be intact








    NB - some of these are cropped slightly - but otherwise unprocessed

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 40-150 f2.8

    How does it handle, Jono ? Is it like the R80-200 ?
    I can handle quite well my R70-210 for longer time.
    So I'm wondering how this beasty behaves.

    TIA

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 40-150 f2.8

    Also, how precise is the AF ? Did you check and had to adjust it ?

    All the best.
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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 40-150 f2.8

    Hi Bart
    Well, I think it handles beautifully - I haven't checked the specs, but I guess it weighs about the same as the 80-200. The retractable lens hood is masterful and works really well, as does the snap focus and manual focusing.
    As you know I'm an old man, and thus weak and flimsy, but I've managed to carry the E-M1 and lens in one hand for several hours without wilting too badly.
    I haven't adjusted the AF - it seems really precise to me. But I haven't checked it, and I don't think I set such high standards as you - however, it does seem to focus on what I point at

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 40-150 f2.8

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Hi Bart
    Well, I think it handles beautifully - I haven't checked the specs, but I guess it weighs about the same as the 80-200. The retractable lens hood is masterful and works really well, as does the snap focus and manual focusing.
    As you know I'm an old man, and thus weak and flimsy, but I've managed to carry the E-M1 and lens in one hand for several hours without wilting too badly.
    I haven't adjusted the AF - it seems really precise to me. But I haven't checked it, and I don't think I set such high standards as you - however, it does seem to focus on what I point at
    Thank you, Jono. Not really considering you as a flimsy old man, it's still good to know that despite the lens' apparent bulk it doesn't wear you out. My lost R70-180 was all a bit different to carry around single handed. Great exercise, though ! Fact is that Oly has put in a lot of effort making the AF very precisely adjustable. Did you see that menu option ? You can spent days working on that. I suppose they didn't do that for entertainment. So that's why I'm asking. Oh well, hope to find out for myself anytime soon ...

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    Jono,
    An off topic question, I'm completely ignorant on dog breeds, so what are your cute twosome?
    Have enjoyed your recent reviews - hope these dreich days you've been having pass soon....

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 40-150 f2.8

    I got this lens (and the 12-40 + EM-1) last week and I am quite happy with it and the way it works together with the IBIS. It is possible to use it hand held at speeds down to 1/10 sec.

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