Playing with the Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 Pro

Zenas lit by smartphone - Austin, Texas

Zenas lit by smartphone – Austin, Texas

Beyond socializing and shooting models, Drink and Clicks are also fun for playing with new gear. Sometimes, we have elaborate vendor sponsored nights. Other times, it’s a just a couple of lenses or a new camera body. Juan, the organizer, brought some Olympus equipment last month, including the 40-150mm f2.8 Pro lens, which I tested. I’ve used this lens before, when I shot my son’s graduation ceremony. It’s a sweet, highly regarded lens and I’ve toyed with the idea of getting one.

The 40-150mm f2.8 is a big lens by micro 4/3 standards. I’ve shied away from it because of its size and cost. But there’s no denying that it’s a spectacular lens. I don’t shoot enough sports and telephotos to justify it. And I prefer the lesser but more portable 14-150mm f4-5.6 II for my travel photography. However, it would come in handy at times. Certainly for portraits too, which again, is not necessarily my main thing. But, I’m building up my justifications for the lens, imagining all the wonderful things I can shoot with it.

I was impressed again, when I played with it last month. I made a test shot of Zenas lit by smartphone. Beyond the lens, what makes this combo really impressive is the camera’s in-body image stabilization (IBIS). I took this a 1/10 of a second at a 158mm equivalent, which is 4 stops of stabilization. In theory, I could have pushed it more, since the OM-D E-M5 Mark II is rated as 5 stops of IBIS. So even in really dark conditions, I was able to make this image at ISO 1000. Amazing, really.


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7 thoughts on “Playing with the Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 Pro

      1. I would agree if I used a OM-D E-M1 Mark II, but my E-M5 Mark II is a couple years old now. Also your Fuji should be better at higher ISOs.

  1. “Amazing” doesn’t do it justice. That’s in praise of the photo, not the lens. Could be even sharper (hard to imagine) with the 75mm f/1.8 – but it’s the photographer’s eye that made this one possible.

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