With the latest zoom lens introduction by OM Digital Solutions, M4/3 owners now have two M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm choices. This short article discusses the three key differences between these two lenses: cost, size/weight, and functionality.
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The first thing that one notices when comparing the M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/4 with the M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 f/2.8 is cost. In Canada the f/4 version retails for $1,150 compared to $2,000 for the f/2.8 model. That’s a difference of $850 which is not an inconsequential amount of money.
Obviously one of the key factors to consider is cost. Photographers would be well served to spend some time tightly defining their needs to help determine if the price premium for the PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 is worth it to them based on their style of photography.
Size and Weight
Photographers looking for a smaller, lighter option will appreciate the small size and weight of the M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/4. It weighs only 382 grams (~0.84 lbs.) and measures 99.4 mm X 68.9 mm (3.9 X 2.7 inches). When in use this lens measures 124 mm (~4.9 inches) in length. I did not see a tripod collar as an accessory on the website so I assume that this is not an option. This makes sense given the small size and weight of the f/4 lens.
By comparison the M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 is much larger measuring 160 mm X 79.4 mm (6.3 X 3.1 inches). It is also significantly heavier weighing 760 grams (1.67 lbs.) without the tripod collar, and 880 grams (1.94 lbs.) with it.
So, based on cost as well as size and weight considerations the M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/4 has some distinct advantages over its f/2.8 bigger brother.
Depending on the scope of the photography/videography that an individual does, they may find that the differences in functionality between the f/2.8 and f/4 versions are significant.
One of the biggest differences is that the M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 is compatible with the MC-14 and MC-20 teleconverters. The PRO 40-150 mm f/4 is not. Using the MC-14 with the PRO f/2.8 lens delivers an equivalent field-of-view of 112-420 mm at f/4. Using the MC-20 teleconverter further extends the equivalent field-of-view to 160-600 mm at f/5.6.
Some photographers will value the faster aperture of the M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 as it provides one additional stop to help address low light conditions, as well as positively impacting shallow depth-of-field.
The M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/4 does not have a focus clutch. This may be a non-issue for some photographers. I personally find the focus clutches on my M.Zuiko PRO f/2.8 zooms to be very handy, especially in low light conditions.
The weather sealing on the PRO 40-150 mm f/4 is IP53 which is better than the IPX-1 rating of the PRO f/2.8 version. We need to keep in mind that unless a photographer uses the PRO f/4 lens with an OM-1 body their camera/lens combo will not achieve IP53 weather sealing as other Olympus camera bodies are IPX-1 rated.
I think it is safe to assume that the optics of the M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/4 will be excellent, as is the optical performance of the f/2.8 version.
No lens should be bought in a vacuum. Before adding any lens a photographer should consider how it will fit into their existing kit. The M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/4 strikes me as an ideal lens to match up with the PRO 12-45 f/4 if a photographer wanted a small, light 2 lens kit for travel.
By comparison a 2 lens kit comprised of the M.Zuiko PRO 12-40 f/2.8 (or version II of that lens) combined with the PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with teleconverters would deliver significantly more functionality. The trade-off would be larger, heavier, and more costly lenses.
The new M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/4 zoom lens may be a solid choice for photographers wanting a small, lightweight, and cost effective lens that delivers an equivalent field-of-view from 80 to 300 mm. There are some potentially significant functionality trade-offs which may be important depending on the needs of an individual photographer.
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