I actually use three camera systems. Canon for serious stuff or the best quality, Fuji for the majority of my artsy / leisurely photography, but when it comes to light weight, fast focus, and casual photography, I prefer micro 4/3. Recently, I purchased the Olympus 40â€“150mm f/2.8 Pro. It gives a 300m equivalent zoom. Sure, I could use my Canon 70â€“200mm f/2.8 IS II lens on my 7D Mark II and get the same equivalent focal length, but itâ€™s really not a carry around casual setup.
I was concerned that an Olympus lens wouldnâ€™t perform that well on a Panasonic body, but after reading quite a few reviews and watching some on YouTube, I concluded it was worth a shot. Iâ€™m happy to report that Iâ€™ve only had one issue out of hundreds of shots with the lens on the GX8. Once, when I was in continuous autofocus, the lens froze and the exposure went to crazy overexposed on the camera. I turned the camera off, back on again, and all was fine. Who knows what that was, but it only happened once, the rest of the time it was fine.
- Fast and accurate autofocus.
- Fantastic sliding lens hood.
- Removable tripod attachement.
- Sharp with pleasing bokeh.
- Inexpensive reach when compared with the 300mm f/2.8 equivalents of other larger systems and lenses. The advantage of f/2.8 on micro 4/3 isnâ€™t so much for depth of field, although it helps, itâ€™s for light gathering. You can only push the ISO so far on these tiny sensors without really degrading the image.
- Not that large or heavy at all.
- Sturdy / inspires confidence.
- Shoot everything at f/2.8 because you can!
- When the lens hood is retracted and the lens is lying flat down (like when attached to a camera), the lens hood moves. Almost like itâ€™s tilting. It doesnâ€™t seem to affect the hood or lens or hurt it at all, but I would have preferred a more traditional, rigid plastic, reversible hood.
- No built in IS. I was able to get good results with the GX8â€™s built in IS, but you canâ€™t see the effect in live view like you can on Olympus bodies. Lens IS would have been a nice touch.
Thereâ€™s really not any major cons to this lens. Itâ€™s great! Now, on to the photos. All of these were shot at f/2.8.