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Olympus Imaging Corporation (President: Masaharu Okubo) is pleased to announce the introduction of the “ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40–150mm F4.0–5.6” lens, a new “Designed-for-Digital” telephoto zoom lens for “Four-Thirds System” digital SLR cameras. The new lens is scheduled to go on sale in Japan on November 23, 2006. “ZUIKO DIGITAL” interchangeable lenses are specifically designed to maximize the performance potential of the image sensors in “Four-Thirds System” digital SLR cameras. The newly announced “ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm F4.0–5.6” lens is a lightweight, ultra-compact telephoto zoom lens that offers outstanding value.
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Olympus ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40–150mm F4.0–5.6 Reviews
Photographyblog reviews the Olympus ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40–150mm F4.0–5.6 and writes;
“In fact it is entirely usable wide open, as evidenced in our sample shots – which is a good thing given that its maximum aperture isn’t all that bright. If you are really picky about sharpness, you might want to stop it down a notch but for most applications, its wide-open performance is entirely adequate. Add to this the almost entire lack of chromatic aberrations and geometric distortions, plus the really fast and quiet Spot AF, and you have very little reason to complain.”
Photoreview reviews the Olympus ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40–150mm F4.0–5.6 and writes;
“Flare was generally well handled and bokeh (out-of-focus blur) was good for a lens of this type. The focal length range of this lens will suit subjects such as sports, nature and portrait photography.”
Ephotozine reviews the Olympus ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40–150mm F4.0–5.6 and writes;
“The levels of sharpness it can deliver throughout the zoom range are excellent, especially in the centre of the image area. This coupled with the low levels of CA and distortion make it an excellent choice for anyone looking to expand the zoom range of their Micro Four Thirds camera into telephoto.”
Olympus ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40–150mm F4.0–5.6 User Reviews
Great Bang for Buck
“The 40-150 performed beautifully, it’s nice and sharp, and nothing I could do produced any fringing. The edges are plenty sharp enough, I just kept muttering WOW. Focus and zoom seem on a par with the 14-54: smooth and fast.” – By Anne
Great lens for money
“I got the 40-150mm zoom to go with my E-520. While the depth of field is not as shallow and has less bokeh than I’d like, overall it’s a very good lens. Compact, quick focusing, and very sharp. It would be nice to have a lower aperture, but that’s not a realistic hope. Great bargain for the money.” – By Steve G.
Good telephoto zoom, very good price
“I have not had time to extensively test it, but I found the lens was lightweight for its focal length, focused resonably quickly, and took sharp pictures at full telephoto. I was pleased that the lens was the same diameter as my 14-42 zoom, so I could use the same filters. So far, so good. ” – By Ron
Fantastic tight lens
“As for distance I find it works very well. For that tree of in the distance that only looks good so far away, or the close up of hands on the reins in the passing parade you will not be disappointed.” – By Vichiousfishes
Excellent for the price
“Overall I’ve had very good experiences with this lens. I’ve gotten excellent macro shots with an extension tube and wonderful candid portraits from yards away. The Bokeh is very good when the lens is zoomed out all the way. I sometimes find it needs a little more blur but the subject is usually sharp enough to isolate so I can add more lens blur in Photoshop.” – By S. Cooper
It is inexpensive, but NOT CHEAP
“You will not find a better lens anywhere for this price. You may not find a better lens anywhere for twice the price of this little gem. Other manufacturers “kit” lenses (the lenses often sold accompanying the camera body as a kit) are virtually throw-aways, something to get you through until you can buy their more expensive lenses. Not this one. Auto focus is good, color and other aberrations minimal.” – By firstname.lastname@example.org
Great Outdoor use lens
“This lens is great and BEST used outdoor. Don’t bother using it inside unless you can provide it with enough light. For under $100, this lens does extremely well.” – By V. Morrison
A very nice lens for an attractive price
“In daylight and other well lit situations, the results from the ED Zuiko seems hard to beat. While it does struggle somewhat in low light situation, many lenses do the same. Overall, I’ve been pretty satisfied with the results from my preliminary test shots.” – By Jason A. Greiner
Excellent zoom lens for the price
“This is an excellent zoom lens for the price. If you have a 4/3 body, then this is a must. At this price, size, weight, value and quality, you should just buy this lens. It can produce sharp images.” – By J. Merker
Olympus lens small size, light weight, but most important sharp images
“I purchased this lens to use on my E-520 and I was surpised at the compactness of this lens. I took photos at a circus and a wedding so far and I am impressed with the sharpness of the images. It could easily be carried as a prime lens for travel, especially if you are outdoors. It does hesitate some on focusing in very low light situations.” – By Larry A. Ledford
One little gem of a lens
“The AF speed may not satisfy wartime photographers rushing to capture the firefight, but for our civilian, peacetime purposes this little guy is ready, willing and able. I have discovered no problems with distortion and vignetting.” – By Ravenhurst
Worth the money
“I love this telephoto lens. It’s affordable, lightweight, and performs really well. Now I just need a 70-300MM zoom. Four Thirds is the next step towards being a pro.” – By gadget_scavenger
Great GP Lens
“I have an 8mp E series and with this lens, I still get better pics from my E series than I do with my new 14mp “pocket” camera. For the shots that count, this lens is my favorite. Sharp edges, true colors, and nearly fool-proof to use.” – By J. Edwards
TOPS IN ITS CLASS
“I have compared this lens to the equivalent kit lenses from Nikon, Canon, and Pentax cameras. It beat all those lenses in sharpness by about 50%. My friends could not believe the sharpness at 14 times magnification, compared to their lenses which were badly blurred at that magnification!” – By Regilyn P. Luga
Olympus ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40–150mm F4.0–5.6 Sample Photos
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Olympus ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40–150mm F4.0–5.6 User Manual (PDF)
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Olympus ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40–150mm F4.0–5.6 Features
“ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm F4.0–5.6” is the lightest (220g) and smallest lens in its class*, and boasts the shortest minimum shooting distance (0.9m). Its wide zoom range is equivalent to 80–300mm on a 35mm camera, and its “Four-Thirds System” design assures outstanding portability that makes interchangeable lens photography easier.
* as an interchangeable telephoto zoom lens covering telephoto ranges over 200mm: 35mm equivalent (as of November 13th, 2006, by Olympus study)
1. Lightweight and Ultra-Compact Design
“ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm F4.0-5.6” uses ED (Extra-low Dispersion) and high-performance glass elements and an optimized zoom range to ensure outstanding performance and portability. Packing the equivalent of 300mm telephoto power in a barrel only 72mm long, and weighing just 220g, it makes it easy to enjoy true telephoto shooting in the field. The lens’s 3.8x zoom covers a wide range of focal lengths, and offers performance equivalent to 80-300mm on a 35mm camera.
2. Excellent Close-Focusing Capability
An inner focusing system assures that lens length remains constant, and provides close focusing from 90cm at any focal length.
– Superior Imaging Characteristics
ED and high refractive index glass elements are used to minimize chromatic aberration, coma flare, and image curvature. Sharp, high-contrast imaging is achieved at the outer periphery of the lens at all focal lengths. Advanced technologies for high image quality include multi-coating to reduce ghosting and flaring in backlight, and the use of a circular iris to achieve smooth, soft, background defocusing.
– Filter Support
A non-rotating mount ensures that filters do not rotate when the lens is focused, making it much easier to shoot when using polarizing filters.
Focal Length 40-150mm (35mm Equivalent: 80-300mm)
Lens Construction 12 Elements in 9 Groups, including 1 ED Lens
Focusing System Internal Focusing System
Angle of View 30.0-8.2 Degree
Closest Focusing Distance 0.90m~∞
Maximum Image Magnification 0.14x (35mm Equivalent: 0.28x)
Minimum Field Size 124 x 93 mm
Number of Blades 7
Aperture Maximum F4.0(40mm) – F5.6(150mm)
Filter Size Ø58 mm
Dimension Diameter Ø65.5 mm
Total Length 72.0 mm
Can be used with Tele Converter “EC-14” and Extension Tube “EX-25”
Lens Hood “LH-61D”, Lens Cap “LC-58C”
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Source: Olympus Press Release