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Gear Reviews

New Olympus 40-150mm F/2.8: Best M4/3 Telephoto on the Market?

By Anthony Thurston on October 8th 2014

Probably the longest standing issue between DSLR and Mirrorless systems like Micro 4/3 has been the lack of quality, pro level telephoto lenses. If there was a theme at Photokina this year, it was mirrorless companies addressing that disparity.


One of the many lenses announced last month was the new Olympus 40-150mm F/2.8, a lens with a 100-300mm equivalency on a 35mm full frame body (like Sigma’s 120-300mm F/2.8). This lens has the longest reach of any micro 4/3 telephoto lens on the market, but how does it perform compared to a long time staple of the Panasonic micro 4/3 lens lineup?

The Olympus performs wonderfully from that I can tell in the video, matching or beating the Panasonic lens in every respect with exception to size/weight. It’s about as sharp as you could ask for too, making this a must have telephoto lens if you shoot the Olympus system (or another M 4/3 system and don’t mind the lack of Image Stabilization).

[REWIND: Olympus Announces New 40-150mm F/2.8]

The lens is currently available for pre-order, but with the great performance comes the great price tag of $1499. That said, if you shoot weddings/sports/wildlife on the Olympus system, this is a lens that you need to invest in. Get on the list now and get yours as soon as they are available!

[via The CameraStoreTV]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Mircea Blanaru

    The Olympus lens are just great. I am not sure if the price is not to high… From a professional photographer perhaps not, but for me it is.

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  2. Eric S

    the m43 format is great, but olympus and panasonic need to get on the same page as far as IBIS. there are issues with panasonic’s power OIS (for video purposes) and this lens would have issues on panasonic bodies since it doesn’t have any stabilization built in.

    otherwise, i’m excited to see high quality glass coming out for this system as it matures!

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Yeah, it would be nice for them to collaborate on that. They have a huge advantage using the same mount, but part of that is lost on incompatibilities between the two systems, namely IS.

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    • Mark Iuzzolino

      Yes, the IS would be a deal killer for me.

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