Summary: enjoys this photo lens. I bought the E-PL1 a few years back which came with a 14-42 mm lens. I felt that I needed something extra for distance and just general photo shooting. This lens does just this for me. I have been able to use my camera's editing tools to zoom in on a crop dusting plane in the air around my town and a hot air balloon show in Ohio. I would love to attach the Darth Vader helmet balloon.
I thought it was good until I tried a couple of primes
7 December 2012
Summary: And then I sold it. It does not measure up to the primes. Of course that is reasonable. On this small sensor you need absolutely the best optics in front. The small sensor and this super zoom are just too much and the image quality takes a beating. For now at least to get image quality that is comparable to the prosumer DSLRs you need to go to primes. The PRO zooms may change that but for now this lens is just too soft.
Summary: The long range is handy because it avoids frequent lens changing; however it is a huge compromise. The lens tries to cover to long a focal range and that builds in compromise. At 300mm this lens is NOT that sharp. I used it last week to shoot hummingbirds and the lens was not a sharp as my friend's who was just two feet away. Chromatic Aberration can be a problem. If bright light is coming through trees, I see a thousand little flares of blue yellow light.
Summary: The M.14-150mm is the M4/3 equivalent of the 28-300mm in 35mm format lens. It is the kind of flexibility you are looking for a one zoom package when you are travelling especially in outdoor country. The M.14-150mm is a compromised design using low maximum aperture. My best results have been obtained at its widest setting (re : 14mm) in daylight. I have never experimented vignetting results even when using the lens hood.
Summary: The M.14-150mm is the M4/3 equivalent of the 28-300mm in 35mm format lens. It is the kind of flexibility you are looking for a one zoom package when you are travelling especially in outdoor country. The M.14-150mm is a compremised design using low maximum aperture. My best results have been obtained at its widest setting (re : 14mm) in daylight. I have never experimented vignetting results even when using the lens hood.
Summary: I like the range and use it for most of my photographs. The only two lenses I carry most of the time are this and a 75-300 although I do occasionally use a 500mm lens for extreme distance.It is just too convenient to do without.
Summary: This adds a bit of bulk to the Pen, especially the smaller ones, but the range and functionality are great. Combine this with one of the f2.8 or faster primes and you have a solid day / night combo that won't weigh you down and will preform very well. I have 12,000 photos to prove it.
Summary: I gave the lens a real workout in a dusty, smoking outdoor environment - a Civil War re-enactment. Photo subjects were from 30 to 500 feet away. Olympus Pen E-P3 body and VF-2 View Finder. No hood used but did attach a Quantaray DMC-1A filter. Shot 300 + photos in one afternoon's time. No vignetting noted. I did not shoot directly into the sun, but did shoot at such an angle where I fully expected flare. No flare noted. Depth of field was exceptional.