Reviews and Problems with Olympus ZUIKO DIGITAL 40-150mm F3.5-4.5
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Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f/3.5-4.5
What Digital Camera
8 November 2008
Excerpt: Because Olympus adopted the Four-Thirds system, the company developed a completely new lens system to everybody else. The smaller sensor means that focal length values need to be multiplied by two...
Lens Test: Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f/3.5-4.5
5 November 2008
Excerpt: Olympus shooters looking for a moderate telezoom at a moderate price -- and with stand-out optical performance -- need look no further. This easy-to-handle 3.8X zoom, a 40-150mm (80-300mm equivalent), costs $240 (street) on its own and can also be purchased as a kit lens with the Olympus Evolt E-500 DSLR. That's hard to beat.
Conclusion: With modern lenses, even the cheaper ones, producing results that could only have been dreamed about a decade or two ago, this model from Olympus, although no slouch, is not that outstanding. The somewhat quirky method of manual focussing may well suit some, but having to delve into menus to switch it over and the large amount of movement required to get from one end of the range to the other gives the impression that it is designed for tweaking the automatic system...
Pros: Good build quality for class, Good control of optical nasties, Metal mount
Cons: AF a little noisy, Quirky manual focus method, Size and weight larger than APS-C opposition.