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Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro Telephoto Zoom Weather Resistant Lens
- Micro Four Thirds Mount
- 80-300mm (35mm Equivalent)
- Maximum Aperture: f/2.8
- 1 Aspherical, 1 HD, and 5 ED Elements
- ZERO Lens Coating
- Dual VCM AF System
- Manual Focus Clutch & L-Fn Button
- Minimum Focus Distance: 27.6"
- Dust, Freeze & Splash-Proof Construction
- Lens Hood & Case Included
With a premium metal construction and a variety of specialized lens elements the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO Lens from Olympus will provide Micro Four Thirds users with a compact, yet durable and sharp telephoto zoom lens. It has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 80-300mm for covering a wide range of telephoto lengths and has a fast constant f/2.8 aperture that matches other professional grade lenses. Additionally, it utilizes a Dual Voice Coil Motor, or VCM, autofocus system that features two separate lens groups that are each controlled by their own linear drive motor. This results in incredibly fast performance that is nearly friction-free and very quiet.
Inside the dust-free and splash-proof lens body are a variety of specialized elements that feature the ZERO lens coating, including one aspherical, one high refractive index, and five extra-low dispersion elements for improved imaging performance. There is also a floating mechanism that allows users to focus as close as 27.6" for a maximum magnification of 0.42x. Additionally, the outside of the lens body features a manual focus clutch for rapidly switching from auto to manual focus as well as an L-Fn button that can be programmed to change a specific setting. Included with the lens are a lens hood and a case.
- The Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical, or ZERO, coating features a thin-coating technology works to produce a clear and high contrast image due to reduced reflection on its surface. The coating also benefits from the vacuum deposition method to prevent scratches to ensure stable low-reflective performance.
- Lens construction features 16 elements in 10 groups for maintaining a compact form factor.
- Specialized elements include extra-low dispersion aspherical, super extra-low dispersion, extra-low dispersion, and a high refractive index for control over aberrations and distortion.
- The MC-14 1.4x Teleconverter is available for further extending the reach of this lens.
- The lens hood can retract where it can lock to prevent extension during user. Also, it will automatically lock when slid to the fully extended position.
- Hermetically sealed in 11 places for complete splash-, dust-, and freeze-resistance.
- Features a rotatable tripod collar for when additional support is needed.
Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro Lens Review: The best current telephoto zoom for the MFT world
posted Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 12:15 PM EDT
To follow up on our hands-on look at the new Olympus 40-150 f/2.8 M.Zuiko Pro telephoto zoom lens, our full, in-depth review is now complete, including test results, sample test-chart images and our final conclusion!
Officially announced this year just prior to Photokina in September, this telephoto zoom lens is the latest move in Olympus's drive to sway professional photographers away from their big, bulky DSLRs and into the more compact yet still high-performance OM-D family. Boasting a versatile 80-300mm-equivalent focal length range, a constant f/2.8 aperture and a rugged, all-metal build with comprehensive weather sealing (splashproof, freezeproof and dustproof), the 40-150mm Pro lens is a serious optic for OM-D and other Micro Four Thirds photographers.
In the hand, the build quality of the 40-150 f/2.8, like the 12-40mm Pro, is excellent, with a very solid feel, buttery smooth zoom and focus rings. Compared to its DSLR counterparts, the Olympus 40-150 f/2.8 lens is refreshingly lightweight. If you're used to lugging around a large 70-200mm f/2.8-type lens for a DSLR, the Olympus 40-150 f/2.8 is a nice change not only for weight, but also for sheer compactness. (To be fair, the 70-200mm f/4 variants for DSLRs are very similar in size and weight to this Olympus lens.) Nonetheless, the entire system, with the lens on an E-M1, for example, feels very compact and comfortable, even for extended shooting periods. No longer are professional and enthusiast photographers beholden to their large, heavy DSLR telephoto zooms if they want a tele lens with bright apertures, rugged weather-sealed build quality and compatibility with teleconverters.
Sharpness is excellent -- we're talking prime lens quality here -- vignetting and distortion control is alsol spectacular. We did, however, find some issues with CA, particularly in the corners -- but nothing that a couple sliders in Lightroom or your photo editing software of choice can't clear up.
For all the nitty-gritty details, including our full range of test shots, graphs and analysis, head over to SLRgear.com for our in-depth Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 M.Zuiko Pro review. For full-resolution sample images, head over to the Olympus E-M1 Gallery Page, for more sample images, including RAWs and JPEGs! (Just be sure to click on images with "-40_150Pro" at the end of the file name.)
The Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 M.Zuiko Pro, as well as the MC-1.4x teleconverter (review coming soon) are currently available for pre-order for $1,499 and $349, respectively. Olympus's own online store indicates that both items will begin shipping in mid-November. The lens ships with front and rear caps, lens hood and a detachable metal tripod collar. Pre-order from one of our trusted affiliates: Amazon (lens, teleconverter), Adorama (lens, teleconverter), and B&H (lens,teleconverter) -- Purchasing this lens, or any other product from these retailers, helps support the site!
Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro Telephoto Zoom Weather Resistant Lens with MC-14 Teleconverter
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm F2.8 Pro Lens Specifications
|Lens type||Zoom lens|
|Max Format size||FourThirds|
|Focal length||40–150 mm|
|Lens mount||Micro Four Thirds|
|Number of diaphragm blades||9|
|Special elements / coatings||1 Aspherical ED lens, 2 Aspherical lenses, 1 SED lens, 3 ED lenses, 1 HD lens|
|Minimum focus||0.70 m (27.56″)|
|Motor type||Stepper motor|
|Full time manual||Yes|
|Weight||880 g (1.94 lb)|
|Diameter||79 mm (3.13″)|
|Length||160 mm (6.3″)|
|Zoom method||Rotary (internal)|
|Filter thread||72 mm|
|Optional accessories||Protection Filter (PRF-ZD72PRO) 1.4x Teleconverter (Teleconverter MC-14）|