This article discusses my favourite M.Zuiko lens, the reasons behind this choice, as well as sharing a range of photographs captured with it. After creating well over 100,000 images with my M4/3 camera gear over the past 18 months or so, one lens stands out as my favourite M.Zuiko lens. The M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 zoom.
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The versatility and quality of the M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 is nothing short of astounding. Its focal length range, fast aperture, and its compatibility with M.Zuiko MC-14 and MC-20 teleconverters, makes it an incredibly flexible piece of kit.
Given its specifications, capabilities and optical performance the M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 is compact and lightweight, coming in at 760 grams (~1.67 lbs.) without the tripod collar, and 880 grams (~1.94 lbs.) with collar. This may seem ‘heavy’, but the question is compared to what?
Have a look at other lenses in other formats and try to find a constant aperture 2.8 lens with an equivalent focal length of 300 mm that is smaller and lighter. The M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 measures 79.4 x 160 mm (~3.13 x 6.3 inches) and features an internal zoom.
Other f/2.8 300 mm efov lens offerings are often up to 3 times heavier and much bulkier. They also typically cost 3 to 4 times more money, and don’t offer the flexibility of a zoom lens.
Another reason why the PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 is my favourite M.Zuiko lens is its minimum focusing distance of only 0.7 metres (~27.5 inches). This is about 65% shorter than many other efov 300 mm f/2.8 lenses which are usually in the 2 to 2.2 metre range. This is a significant advantage that is often overlooked.
This short minimum focusing distance makes it ideal to photograph a wide range of subject matter where a photographer may want to achieve a shallow depth-of-field. The M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 is hands down my favourite lens to photograph flowers.
All one needs to do is add a simple set of extension tubes to achieve an even shallower depth-of-field. You may have read many comments in photography chat rooms about how M4/3 camera gear cannot produce images with shallow depth-of-field.
Unfortunately the folks who post these types of comments seem to have no idea about how to use M4/3 camera gear effectively. Or, perhaps they don’t fully understand all of the factors (sensor size is not one of them) that affect depth-of-field. When you read such comments… just ignore them.
The PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 is my favourite M.Zuiko lens because of how adaptable it is for bird photography. When coupled with the M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter it delivers a very respectable each of 600 mm efov at f/5.6… in a small, easy-to-handle package.
While my M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS zoom is now my primary birding lens, the M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 is excellent for specific lower light situations, or when I want to reduce the weight of my kit.
When used with leading edge technologies like Olympus Pro Capture, the M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with the M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter is a powerful bird photography tool.
This same combination is excellent to capture butterflies in flight.
Spending some time using the M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with extension tubes, teleconverters, and a current generation OM-D camera body will enable a photographer to experience the wonderful flexibility of this superb zoom lens. Its unique combination of attributes, build quality and performance makes the M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 zoom my favourite M.Zuiko lens.
If I was marooned on an island and could only have one lens with me, the M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 would be the one I’d want!
Photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear and technology as noted in the EXIF data. Images were produced from RAW files using my standard process.
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