The interchangeable Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f3.5-4.5 lens (equivalent to 80-300mmin 35mm photography) is perfect for everything from portraits to sports scenes. It features a 3.8x zoom, a f3.5-4.5 brightness for effects like background blurring and compression, a new multi-coating and reliable metal lens mount, along with 13 elements in 10 groups and a weight of just 15.75 oz./450 grams (approx.).
Reviewed by 4 customers
I have used it a few times and the pictures came out great.I plan on using it at Christmas when my family gets together.
Use this lens for both my Professional and Private shots. Not the fastest lens out there, but very respectable in all aspects. I was looking for a good medium telephoto to go along with my E5 snd E410, to take out on the streets this fit the bill perfectly. Metal mount and sharper glass than f4.5-5.6 model. Not IF, but you gain 1.1 f-stops through out its range.
I have used the lens for portraitures, landscapes, action in all ranges of the zoom. The photos have been sharp.
Got this in the kit with the E-500, one of the best value kits around, because... This lens is great! Of course it's not perfect, with some green CA in areas that are *slightly* out of focus, and not tack sharp wide open (though still very usable), but what do you expect from a lens in this price range? The truth is, despite its small deficiencies, it performs great and produces wonderfully clear and bright images. Stopped down even a little, sharpness goes up. Bokeh is silky smooth and looks superb. Close-up performance is great with good out-of-focus from the long focal length. Portraits are beautiful from this lens, you can use anywhere in its range and get close enough/far enough to get the scene/background you need. For sports and other action, it's great in good light and decent in low-light if you bump the ISO (not pleasant as we Oly users know, but still manageable). A couple more stops would be useful, but you can get that with the 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 or 150mm f/2 if you absolutely need it. For the money, this lens can't be beat, it's on my camera for nearly 2/3 of the time during football games and on the street. The 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 is an excellent companion for the wide end, and the [E-500 or E-300] kit with both is an outstanding value. I can't recommend it more. For those comparing, this is much better all around than the Sigma 55-200. Get this instead. If you need the 200mm reach, save up and get the 50-200, the Sigma's unusable past 150mm anyway. Also, I believe this lens is going to be replaced with a smaller version, a 40-150 f/4-5.6. No one yet knows if this is better or worse (other than the clear aperture disadvantage), but it has one ED element and a spherical aperture diaphragm that should help it. We'll see.