Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/3.5-4.5

Last updated (28 June’10):
– Review by Whatdigitalcamera

Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/3.5-4.5 features 40-150mm at focal length with maximum aperture of F/3.5-4.5. The lens construction has 12 Elements in 9 Groups and has diagonal angle of view at 30 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 0.9m and has a filter size of 58mm. The Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/3.5-4.5 lens weighs 220 g and it measures 3 inches in diameter and 4 inches long.

Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/3.5-4.5
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/3.5-4.5 Reviews

Whatdigitalcamera reviews the Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/3.5-4.5 and writes;
“While chromatic aberration is better controlled than on comparable lenses from other manufacturers, it’s still present. Resolution is good, but only marginally better than some other lenses, though the lens is more consistent throughout the focal range – if not the highest in terms of resolution.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Ephotozine reviews the Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/3.5-4.5 and writes;
“As with all zoom lenses, the optical results vary throughout the focal length range, invariably better at the shorter end than the long end. This is the case with this lens, although the difference is not as marked as some we have tested.”
rating: N/A

SLRGear reviews the Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/3.5-4.5 and writes;
“Uncorrected vignetting or shading is pretty high at large apertures across the entire focal length range, varying from 0.25 to about 0.4 EV. The shading decreases quite rapidly as you stop down though, to less than 0.2 EV at f/5.6 for all focal lengths, and to an imperceptible 0.1EV or less from f/8 onward.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/3.5-4.5 User Reviews

Super Nice for the Price | Rating: ★★★★★
“The best budget zoom for the 4/3 system. Relatively fast and TOTALLY USABLE throughout its range. Takes decent outdoor/flash portraits on the wide end and is long enough to catch good action at my son’s soccer games. The newer Olympus “blue band” 40-150 is much smaller and lighter, but it’s also slower and, at this time, nearly twice as expensive. “ – by Crash Video

Excellent telephoto lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens is both incredible and an incredible bargain. It is sharp edge-to-edge and has excellent color and contrast reproduction. This lens takes excellent pictures and you will not be disappointed.” – by Jay Y. Hodgson

Good quality of Zuiko 40-150 | Rating: ★★★★★
“I’m very pleased to take a picture with this len. Its weight is not too much which is not the problem to bring it along the trip. Picture is colorful as Oly’s style. Product’s quality is OK.” – by Piriyakorn Jirawattanakasem

Perfect for the price! | Rating: ★★★★★
“All the shots came out really soft. The aperture was 4.5 and about 1/125 on shutter speed. I’m just throwing it up that this thing’s prime focus point at 150mm isn’t at maximum aperture. But hey it’s a cheap lens and it’s absolutely wonderful for the price.” – by Ari

Super lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“As mentioned this lens came with a kit along with the 14-45 f/3.5-5.6. I’ve used it for portraits, landscapes, macro (with the EX-25), and some sports. It balances well with the E-300 and is quite easy to lug around. With the EX-25 all focal lengths were usable unlike with the 14-45 which only works at 45mm. One note is plan on stopping down and using manual focus with the EX-25 for best results.” – by Jesse W. Starks

Bang for the buck | Rating: ★★★★★
“I have a E-510 and bought this lens, because I frequently shoot in the shade of trees and reeds and want the extra stop of light (f3.5-4.5 vs f4.0-5.6) this lens offers when zoomed all the way out (150mm) over the current Olympus kit 40-150mm and also because its being offered at closeout prices. “ – by J. Waugh

Excellent Product and Service | Rating: ★★★★★
“The service was wonderful. My camera lens actually arrived earlier than I expected. The lens is wonderful as well.The whole transaction was a joy. “ – by T. Cowan

GET IT WHILE U CAN | Rating: ★★★★★
“Well it is my time to say how good or bad. Well first auto focus is fast, 3.5 is bright enough, 4.5 is faster than the kit lens. Image quality is great all through the focal length, super sharp at 60 to 90 mm with tripod. I got this for my E510 at Cameta Camera for only $129. “ – by christopher

olympus 40-150 | Rating: ★★★★★
“Product is just what I wanted and expected. It works with my E-Volt 500 as advertised” – by Stephen A. Jaggers

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Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/3.5-4.5 User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/3.5-4.5 Specifications

Boasting the smallest size and lightest weight in its class, this cost-efficient 3.8x telephoto lens uses an ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens element for optimum correction of chromatic aberrations. Incorporating a circular aperture diaphragm for beautiful defocusing, this lens assures high picture quality throughout the zoom range, as well as providing an astonishingly short closest focusing distance of 90cm throughout the zoom range.


Focal Length: 40-150mm (35mm equivalent focal length 80-300mm)
Lens construction: 12 Elements in 9 Groups, including 1 ED Lens Element
Angle of View: 30 to 8.2 Degree
Closest Focusing Distance: 0.9m
Maximum Image Magnification: 0.14x (35mm equivalent Maximum Image Magnification 0.28x)
Minimum Field Size: 124 x 93mm
Number of Blades: 7 (Circular aperture diaphragm)
Maximum Aperture: F4.0(40mm) – F5.6(150mm)
Minimum Aperture: F22
Filter Size: Ø58mm
Dimension: Ø65.5 x 72mm
Weight: 220g
Box Contents: Lens Cap(LC-58C), Lens Rear Cap(LR-1), Lens Hood(LH-61D), Instruction Manual, Olympus Worldwide Warranty Card

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