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Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm Lens - Black

by Olympus
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Perfect to take close-up images
  • Extreme fast high-speed contrast AF
  • Optimised for movie shooting with low focusing noise
  • 3.8 x telephoto zoom lens
  • Compact and lightweight
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Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6 R Lens - Black Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6 R Lens - Black 4.7 out of 5 stars (106)
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  • Product Dimensions: 11,500 x 8,400 x 8,400 cm ; 191 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
  • Item model number: EZ-M4015 BLK
  • ASIN: B0041OL9YM
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 4 Sep 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)


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The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6: Quiet confidence

Near silent mid telephoto lens for Micro Four Thirds type cameras. Ideally suited to shooting both stills and movies, this new lens expands Olympus’ award winning M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED series and brings added versatility to owners of Digital Pen cameras. Close up portraits or scenes shot from a distance away are eminently possible with this all-in-one optic. Furthermore the interchangeable M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6, 3.8x zoom lens is perfect for taking with you anywhere and everywhere, for photographs both indoors and out. A power zoom, it is the perfect companion for the standard lens that already comes with the Digital Pen camera kits.

Silently optimised for shooting movies

This flexible zoom lens comes with a unique screw drive mechanism, which is especially quiet. The benefits are obvious when it comes to recording High Definition video, an integral and popular feature of the Olympus Digital Pen series. The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6 lens’ silent autofocus technology truly gets the best out of HD quality movies by eliminating the telltale ‘whirr’ noise associated with using a zoom lens, that can distract from or even ruin movie clips when played back.

Modulation Transfer Function at 40mm
MTF at 40mm.
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Light, compact and quick with it

Like the Olympus Pen series cameras, the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6 lens is small, lightweight and very portable. It weighs just 190g and offers dimensions of 63.5x83mm. Utilising an internal focusing mechanism, high-speed contrast auto focus (AF) is offered, making it perfect for shooting portraits, and, with a broad focal range, subjects in the middle distance too. Because of the unique properties of the Micro Four Thirds sensor, it offers an equivalent of 80-300mm on a 35mm film camera. Closest focusing distance is an impressive 0.9 metres.

The perfect companion

This mid range telephoto lens complements the 3x wide-angle zoom lens (the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6) that comes supplied with the standard Pen camera kit. Alternatively, both lenses are available as the Pen double zoom kit.

Modulation Transfer Function at 150mm
MTF at 150mm.
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High image quality

Producing clear images and superb sharpness the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6 enhances the high performance of the Olympus Digital Pen Micro Four Thirds system cameras. When coupled with a Micro Four Thirds Live Mos sensor it helps to deliver the image quality of a DSLR in a compact and easy to use camera, and allows Digital Pen owners to discover the fun and expanded creative possibilities of using an interchangeable lens camera system. The Pen series’ built-in compact dust reduction system, in the form of Supersonic Wave Filter (SSWF), adds to the lens’ performance by eliminating the particles that can otherwise intrude and attach themselves to the camera’s sensor when swapping lenses. The SSWF is a transparent filter located between the camera's shutter and sensor.

Available in a choice of black or silver, the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6 also fashionably complements whichever Digital Pen series camera body it is attached to.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150 Lens 21 Aug 2011
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This modestly-priced lens performs very well indeed. It looks quite big when mounted on an Olympus PEN, and rather long when zoomed to the full extent (it extends forward as you zoom, to roughly twice its un-zoomed length). Nevertheless, the camera and lens remain well-balanced in the hand with no tendency to 'nose-dive'(as the lens is quite light in weight). Thanks to this lightness, I was able to lift the camera and shoot over the heads of people in front of me at Chester Zoo, producing some stunning photos of the zoo's Cheetah kittens.

The lens is razor-sharp and focuses quickly and accurately. Even at wide apertures (the f4.5 - 5.6 range), when some lenses lose resolution, I have enjoyed superb images. Moreover, when shooting at wide apertures, it is possible to blur the background into a non-distracting pleasant 'backdrop'. The aesthetic quality of this blurred background has a name these days: "Bokeh" (Japanese). I shall not be surprised if this little Zuiko 'cracker' earns quite a reputation for its lovely Bokeh (I would describe it as 'silky' or perhaps 'dreamy'). The zoom ring is a tad stiff in operation but this is nothing out of the ordinary and better than being loose (I have known some zooms extend under their own weight).

The lens seems well-made and is satisfying to use. The much more expensive 14-150mm M.Zuiko is physically the same size, but a comparison of photos on Flickr seemed to show that the cheaper lens produces the better images (but is, of course, less versatile).

I'm very pleased that I bought this lens, I rate it highly. Moreover, the Micro Four Thirds camera family (to which the PEN belongs)has turned out to be versatile, convenient and delightful in practice. Whilst purists will prefer full-sized DSLRs, there's no denying that Micro Four Thirds produces comparable images at a fraction of the weight and size; for me, that's a compelling argument.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent lens! a real bargain! 24 Feb 2012
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I bought this lens to add to a M 4/3 system, having grown tired with hauling my old Canon F1 film camera and lenses around with me. The lens that came with my PEN (14-42) i found adequate, but nothing special, on recieving this lens what a difference!! it is versatile, it has a sharpness comparable to some prime lenses costing far more, i have yet to find a fault with this superb product, and trust me, i am not easily pleased!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good lens for the price 9 Dec 2011
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This just makes the olympus pen and even more fun camera to use, and for under 250 it is difficult to fault this lens. It feels a bit cheap but it is light, pretty robust, and for an amateur lens it takes sharp images with little to no obvious distortion. A good buy at under 250. Highly Recommended.

Light and easy to carry.
Good quality images with no discernible distortion for enthusiast photographers.
Camera still feels balanced and easy to handle with the lens at minimum and maximum zoom. I tend to use a more traditional close SLR grip than trying to hold the camera at arms length.
Great value for money.

The zoom ring is a little stiff but pretty smooth in operation. It needs to be stiff to stop the lens barrel moving when the lens is pointing down (for example, when dangling by your side)as there is no barrel locking mechanism.
Long zoom requires a tripod or some support, or a very steady grip, so its useable range in normal circumstances may only be around 100mm (or 200mm given the multiplication factor).
No lens bag is supplied.
Lens cap can pop off easily.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good starting point 5 Nov 2013
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This is a fantastic telephoto lens for those only just getting into photography. The build is very plasticky, but given the price this should be expected. The quality of the pictures is very good. If you only have the kit lens so far, get this and you'll have no regrets, i use it more often than the standard lens.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great in good light. 10 Mar 2013
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I bought this as a fourth lens for my Olympus E-PM1 camera. The lens is 4/3rds so needed the adaptor from MFT to FT that I already had for a different lens. If you need an adaptor, buyer beware, the Olympus MMF-2 MFT-FT adaptor cost me in the region of 165!

However, as I already have an adaptor I soon had the lens tested and find that indoor lighting shows up a slight problem, the lens seems to hunt for AF in flash free use in frankly marginal light levels. Use flash and this isn't an issue!

The lens in natural light is a joy, hence the four stars! It focuses in AF very well with little hunting for focus and manual focusing is very easy. Photographs taken through this lens are great quality with pretty good DoF for a 15mm zoom lens.

To go with my 17mm Zukio pancake lens, the original 14-42 lens and a Four Thirds 70-300mm lens, this is the ideal gap filler to my lens collection.

**** for quality of photograph, Depth of Field and ease of use. Just be aawre you need to flash in circumstances where a shorter focus lens would not need it.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complements other lenses 19 April 2012
By Maggie
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This lens is lightweight and a good size for my Lumix m4/3 camera. It extends the range of the kit lens (14-42mm)into the range of the big telephoto zoom (100-300mm)and so fills a gap for me very usefully. The image quality is excellent, and the lens is happy to sit on my camera as I walk around. My only downside is that, being an Olympus lens,it has no in-lens image stabilisation, but it is fast enough for that not to matter too much. I am very satisfied with this purchase.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A good lens
A good lens but unfortunately I have snapped the fragile lens cover and hence only 4stars. A lens at this price really should have a good quality lens cover and case included in... Read more
Published 13 months ago by northern fan
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Lens
Adding this 40-150mm lens to my kit increased the functionality of my ePL3 and also let me use my Raynox 150 without resorting to a step-up ring. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Nettie Thomson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not Micro Four-thirds.
This particular lens is not micro four-thirds. It needed a separate adapter. Once fitted it's great and is my most used lens. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Peter Dalling
2.0 out of 5 stars Olypus Digital Lens ED 40-150mm Lens
Bought this lens as part of a package with an Olympus E-Pl1 Pen camera and standard lens. Everything worked really well for about six months when the larger lens started jamming... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Metherall
4.0 out of 5 stars Expanding my photography
After initial concerns I have started to become used to using this lens. My concerns are all slowly diminishing. Read more
Published on 27 Feb 2012 by dep
4.0 out of 5 stars Look out for...
A nice little lens, however I bought it for use with a Panasonic G2, and because Panasonic put IS in the camera lens, and Olympus put IS in the camera body, there's no Image... Read more
Published on 14 Oct 2011 by Craybut
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Lens
What a grate lens, its small and light giveing sharp images. I have no regrets buying it, if you have a PEN then its incomplete without this lens.
Published on 4 Oct 2011 by Mr Andy
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