Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm 1:4-5.6 ED Review

11/12/2015 - 00:47
Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f/4-5.6 ED. Review




Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm 1:4-5,6 ED is a telephoto zoom lens for Olympus Digital cameras. It was announced in 2006, along with a camera Olympus E-400. It was as a second lens from double kit, with the Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3,5-5,6 ED.  

 

Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm 1:4-5,6 ED Specs

Focal length: 40-150mm

Max. aperture: f/4-5.6

Weight (gr): 220

Length (mm): 72

Filter Ø (mm.): 58

Aperture blades: 7 rounded

Min. Focus distance (m.): 0,9  

 

Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm 1:4-5,6 ED Handling and Mechanics

The lens barrel made from plastic, bayonet also.

Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f/4-5.6 ED

View on Olympus E-510

Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f/4-5.6 ED

Size is almost the same as the Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3,5-5,6 ED, design is very similar.

Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f/4-5.6 ED

When lens zoomed, front part extends by 8 cm.

Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f/4-5.6 ED

The lens has an internal focus, and does not change its size during focusing.

Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f/4-5.6 ED

When focusing and zooming, the front element does not rotate. The lens includes a petal lens hood LH-61D.  

 

Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm 1:4-5,6 ED Example Photos

Examples taken with Olympus E-400 and Olympus E-510 cameras. Most of them are without post-processing, camera JPG, resize only.

 

Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm 1:4-5,6 ED Sharpness

Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f/4-5.6 ED sample photos

Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f/4-5.6 ED sample photos

The lens has a good sharpness.

Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f/4-5.6 ED sample photos

Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f/4-5.6 ED sample photos

Sharpness it seemed better than the Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3,5-5,6 ED.  

 

Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm 1:4-5,6 ED Character and Bokeh

Focal length is convenient for shooting portraits. The photo is artistic, because of the noticeable blurring the background. 

Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f/4-5.6 ED sample photos

Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f/4-5.6 ED sample photos

Bokeh is nice, but nothing special stands out. The lens has an almost 4-x zoom.

Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f/4-5.6 ED sample photos

An example at a 40mm.

Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f/4-5.6 ED sample photos

An example at a 150mm from same place. The effective focal length of the lens on a 4/3" sensor and a crop factor of 2 is equal to 80-300 on full frame. But this does not mean that it also brings the lens to the focal length of 300mm angle just less EGF only affects framing.

Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f/4-5.6 ED sample photos

But still nice to have even such an approximation. With such small dimensions and the range is well suited for outdoor shooting.

Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f/4-5.6 ED sample photos

MFD of the lens is 90 cm. This allows you to take a good close-up, almost like a macro.

Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f/4-5.6 ED sample photos

At the long end in the aperture f/5.6 can achieve good blurring of the background.

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Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm 1:4-5,6 ED Contrast and Color Render

The lens has a good contrast and color reproduction. It is resistant to backlight and sidelight.

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Summary

Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm 1:4-5.6 ED is a kit lens for portraits and artistic photography. It has good optical quality and ergonomics.





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