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Posted 03 April 2015 - 01:31 PM

I own an Olympus E-M10 which I like very much. I currently have a couple of prime lenses which I am happy with.


1. Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm 1:1.8


2. Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH (H-H020)


I also have the olympus 9mm 1:8.0 fisheye just for a bit of fun.


I'm now looking to add a telephoto or stronger magnification lens for 'distance' shots.


Does anyone have any recommendations of a good quality lens or two to add to my collection?


Many thanks for any advice.

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Posted 03 April 2015 - 01:41 PM

What's your budget and application?  I guess it's easy to recommend the 40-150/2.8 Pro, but only if you have $1,500 to drop.  I have the Panasonic 45-175mm/f4-5.6 which I like a lot, but I bought it when I owned a Panasonic G3 and needed the OIS.  Now I, too, own an E-M10 and while the lens works great, I'd probably look at the Oly lenses without OIS.


The 40-150/f4-5.6 is incredibly inexpensive ($120) and looks like a good lens on a budget that could do some outdoor portraiture.  I'd be tempted to go with the 70-300/f4-5.6 which is more expensive ($400), but would still work for outdoor portraiture but also be pretty nifty for wildlife and moon shots since it's EFL is 600mm.  Hmm, maybe I'll ebay my 45-175mm and see if I can get a 70-300 for even money.

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Posted 03 April 2015 - 11:27 PM

I am with Billy here.  I do have the Olympus 40-150mm f/4-5.6 and it is okay but not brillant by any means.  I do find its EFL limiting so I am watching eBay for a 70-300.  A 40-150/2.8 Pro is on my list when and ever the second hand prices come down a bit.



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Posted 04 April 2015 - 04:42 AM

Hi, thanks for the replies.


I have looked at the 40-150/2.8 Pro which together with the 1.4 tele converter looks a great option, if a little large and expensive. My em10 is my only camera, and i'm still torn about which way my photographic hobby will go. I'm going to be travelling a great deal in a camper van, and need the reach of a larger tele lens, but the Pro lens is a big investment and ties me in to the micro 4/3s system in the longer term. I'm still undecided if I should keep the em10 system 'small' for 'walking around' shots and instead invest in a dslr for landscape/wildlife photography. I'm not sure if any extra quality of dslr will be that significant or not. It seems a confusing time in photography at the moment with the different systems, and especially for an inexperienced photographer such as myself who doesnt want to feel held back by gear,  but also wants really high quality at a reasonable cost.

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Posted 05 April 2015 - 02:54 AM

I have investigated a few lenses that seem to work on my em10


The most expensive is a little out of my league, but any thoughts on the others much appreciated.


Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro Lens  $1,499.00


Olympus 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom  $399

Olympus M.Zuiko digital ed 75-300mm II f4.8-6.7.   $549

Panasonic 100-300mm f4-5.6  $597


Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm F4.0-5.6 II

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Posted 03 June 2015 - 07:58 AM

I also have an E-M10. I recently purchased the 75-300 4.8-6.7 and I loved the reach of the lens - it was addictive to be able to zoom in on anything. The size and weight was amazing as well - truly portable. And now the negatives. Image quality was sub-par. I felt like very few of my photos were keepers. Critical testing found the lens only acceptably sharp at 75mm, so back it went to Amazon after 23 days.

That experience made me decide to pull the trigger on the 40-150 f:2.8 Pro. Yes it's big and heavy and very expensive, but it also became my favorite lens after about 5 minutes of use. It's incredibly sharp and hand-holdable at very slow shutter speeds. 1/20 sec at 150mm? No problem! The IS in the E-M10 works incredibly well with this lens.

I can't recommend this lens enough!
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Posted 18 November 2015 - 09:22 AM

Are there any Panasonic or third party lenses with good IQ?

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Posted 20 November 2015 - 08:51 AM

How's that Panny 100-300mm?

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Posted 25 November 2015 - 01:01 PM

There is the Panasonic 35-100 f2.8 (equivalent to a classic 70-200). Costs about $1000.


Of course, there is also the Olympus 40-150 f4-5.6 for a lot less money than has been discussed. It's not great, but it's not bad either, and a good deal for the money.


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