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

Last updated (29 August’10):
– Review by Photozone

The Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/4-5.6 features 40-150mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/4-5.6. 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/4-5.6 lens weighs 220 g and it measures 65.5mm in diameter and 72mm long.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

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

Photozone reviews the Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/4-5.6 and writes;
“Resolution-wise it performance generally very good all the way up to 100mm. At 150mm the quality decreases a little but it’s still very decent here as well. The secondary aspects such as vignetting, distortions as well as CAs are well controlled.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photoreview reviews the Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/4-5.6 and writes;
“In our Imatest assessments we found the test lens performed best at wider apertures, tailing off from about f/13 onwards where diffraction began to impact on image sharpness. Interestingly, the 50mm focal length setting gave the highest resolution, and was slightly better than the 40mm setting. Vignetting (corner darkening) is seldom found with telephoto lenses and we found no evidence of it with the test lens. Flare was generally well handled and bokeh (out-of-focus blur) was good for a lens of this type.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

SLRGear reviews the Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/4-5.6 and writes;
“As a companion to the 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens, the 40-150mm performs very well: excellent sharpness results, good resistance to chromatic aberration in the telephoto range, only marginal distortion and negligible vignetting. This is definitely a case of getting a very decent lens for the money, and to get even better quality the premium price ascends quite quickly.”
Rating: ★★★★½

User Opinions

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

Good telephoto lens, but no macro | Rating: ★★★★☆
“At 150, power is pretty good for perspective shots, but not nearly strong enough for shooting birds or wildlife. Looks like I’ll be purchasing more glass in the near future, something like a pancake 12-600 tele-macro with automatic IR to UV programmable filtering.” – by Jose A. Tierno

Why the bad reviews? Its great! | Rating: ★★★★★
“I got mine refurbished for $80 which was a great deal, but even for the current $115 for a brand new lens is still an amazing deal. Sure this isn’t a lens that will blow your mind, but I had no problems with this. Even in low light it performed just fine if you boost the ISO to about 1k. The pictures in sunlight are superb. I have no complaints, this is an awesome lens to upgrade to if you aren’t satisfied with the limited zoom of the standard 14-45 lens.” – by Jared Giese

Vary good lens!! | Rating: ★★★★★
“I was looking between this one and the 300mm one and I read a different review from someone else about how the 300mm is to strong, and i’m sure he was right, because the minimum on this lens is 40mm and still that is a little too much zoom, so over all if your looking for a nice zoom lens but don’t want to go overboard this is your lens. I also take great pictures for not being top of the line, but the pictures came out nice and crisp and crystal clear.” – by D. Mckay

Great Bang for Buck! | Rating: ★★★★★
“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, | Rating: ★★★★★
“For the money, this is a fantastic lens. It focuses fast, the images are sharp in the proper range, and it is very compact for what it is. The only drawback is that it is an F/4 rather than a F/3.5 like the previous generation of this lens.” – by Chris Declama

Great lens for money. | Rating: ★★★★☆
“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.

Olympus 40-150 lens, | Rating: ★★★★★
“I had purchased the Olympus E-520 w/14-42 lens and also purchased the 40-150 lens at the same time. I’m glad I did. The lens performs very well and provides the necessary photographic requirements I find necessary. No flaws, well constructed and Olympus provides the lens hood with both these lens.” – by gmswitz

Good telephoto zoom, very good price, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“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., | Rating: ★★★★★
“The focal length giving you a 30-8.2 degree field of view you can tighten up your frame even at close range;35 inches. But if you want to do macro or to come in closer, I would suggest a $10 set of macro filters. 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

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

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Features & Specifications

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

300mm (35mm equivalent) lens in a short 7.2cm body with ED lens elements, ensuring both picture quality and portability.
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.

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