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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Oly 100-400 vs 40-150 2.8 + 2.0 TC on OM-1


Does anyone have any experience comparing the IQ of these two lenses (the 40-150 with 2.0 TC) on an OM-1? Thanks


Apr 13, 2022 at 11:49 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Oly 100-400 vs 40-150 2.8 + 2.0 TC on OM-1


I found IQ close enough between them that it did not matter. I just found the 100-400 more convenient for my shooting.


Apr 14, 2022 at 01:28 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Oly 100-400 vs 40-150 2.8 + 2.0 TC on OM-1


I didn't like the 40-150 with a TC at all. Sharpness wasn't the biggest problem, but ugly bokeh with busy backgrounds.


Apr 14, 2022 at 05:17 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Oly 100-400 vs 40-150 2.8 + 2.0 TC on OM-1


I bought the 40-150 + 2x TC refurbished and returned it because I wasn't pleased with the results. It simply was not as sharp as I expected. Could have been sample variation or unrealistic expectations.

Later, I bought a reburb copy of the 100-400 and found it to be more than good enough.

My copy has provided better results than I expected with the 1.4 TC, so long as the light is good.

Edit: My results were with the E-M1 ii and the E-M1X, but not the OM-1.



Apr 14, 2022 at 10:02 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Oly 100-400 vs 40-150 2.8 + 2.0 TC on OM-1


I had the 40-150mm + 2.0TC and found the sharpness very disappointing. I agree that with a 1.4TC plus crop, the results I got were much better.


Jul 05, 2022 at 04:04 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Oly 100-400 vs 40-150 2.8 + 2.0 TC on OM-1


@flagg Seems you were debating between which of these lenses will be able to suit you better, don't know if you made a choice yet, but if you are still deciding maybe this can help you. Donít have an OM-1 but use the EM1.3, and I am a long time user, since 2013, of the excellent multipurpose 40-150 f2.8 Pro. I added the 100-400 f5-6.3 about 20 months ago and have used the MC-14 on both. But I donít have (or want*) the MC-20. For me these are 2 distinctly different lenses that each has a purpose and if you are trying to make one do the job of the other, there will be compromises for sure. It comes down to how much compromise are you willing to live with?

The 40-150 Pro is one of my favorite and 3 sharpest M4/3 lenses I own, the 42.5 f1.2 Nocticron and Oly 75mm f1.8 being the others. It is sharper than the 100-400 will ever be. You can see it in the fine details like in a birds feathers or in peoples hair when shooting portraits, it just is a bit sharper, not that the 100-400 is not sharp, it is just a step behind in sharpness. How important is this to you? It also can shoot much longer in the day when the light is low, being a f2.8 lens vs a f5 to 6.3 lens. This can mean up to 2.3 stops of ISO difference, say ISO 1000 vs. ISO 5000, which besides adding (a lot) of noise, can mean the difference between getting the shot in focus if the subject is moving, vs a OOF result. The 40-150 Pro has a very versatile range that I use in a lot of different shooting venues from cityscapes, portraits, sporting events, airshows, travel, nature and wildlife. And finally the 40-150 Pro weighs 1/3 less and is a couple inches shorter than the 100-400, making it easier to carry around and use daily. Only you can decide how important these advantages are.

The strength of the 100-400 lies in itís longer focal lengths, it can get to ranges the 40-150 cannot, even with the MC-20. I did not buy this lens to shoot at 100-150mm, but for the long end at 200mm an up. If this is how you will use the lens, then by all means get the 100-400, it is a very good lens.

* I have used the MC-14 on both and the impact is a slight loss of sharpness, but very acceptable for either. However with the MC-20 added to either, at least for me in the online photos I have seen, this is not something I would accept, there is just too much loss of detail. Is this a compromise you can accept?



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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Oly 100-400 vs 40-150 2.8 + 2.0 TC on OM-1


I'm rather leery of bothering with the likes of a 2x teleconverter. I have both the 40-150 f2.8 Pro as well as the 100-400 Oly lenses. I may have been blessed but both are razor sharp. The 100-400 minus any atmospherics involved, is as crisp as the RF100-500L Canon lens I owned and sold, and believe me that was clinically sharp. So I have NO complaints nor do I feel the 100-400 copy I have is in any way a compromise. BUT that said the bokeh and ultimate sharpness even wide open on that 40-150 f2.8 Pro is something special. It is perhaps a tad more clinical in it's resolving capabilities. Evertime I shoot with it it blows me away not only how it resolves but the colors and absolute absence of any CA or LOCA or any other bad habits. I love it's build as I do with the 100-400 frankly. But are impeccably well made. Reminds me of my RF70-200 f2.8L. in build quality. Olympus did a fine job with these lenses. I can't speak to the copy dependence, just knowing I happen to have stellar copies I won't part with. To date I'm finding the 2x Teleconverter function provided on the OM-1 body is astoundingly effective. Whether it uses a crop or whatever it does NOT behave as other camera's I've owned referred to as "digital zoom". It retains all the resolution and has NO artifacts noted, which I never expected. I've used it a couple of times and there seems to be NO penalty in IQ, so at the most I may delve into a 1.4x TC but never a 2x. I've assigned the 2x function to my Lfn button on my Pro lenses. Here are 2 shots taken with the 100-400 the other day. The house is over a mile and a half down the river from the spot I was shooting from. It was 95 degrees yet there wasn't a lot of atmospherics interfering surprisingly. The other plant down by the river I shot to see if the 100-400 could produce any decent bokeh. I found it rather interesting. I can see why folks use it for some quasi macro work












Jul 07, 2022 at 01:16 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Oly 100-400 vs 40-150 2.8 + 2.0 TC on OM-1


dcisive wrote:
I'm rather leery of bothering with the likes of a 2x teleconverter. I have both the 40-150 f2.8 Pro as well as the 100-400 Oly lenses. I may have been blessed but both are razor sharp. The 100-400 minus any atmospherics involved, is as crisp as the RF100-500L Canon lens I owned and sold, and believe me that was clinically sharp. So I have NO complaints nor do I feel the 100-400 copy I have is in any way a compromise. BUT that said the bokeh and ultimate sharpness even wide open on that 40-150 f2.8 Pro is something special.
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Curious, because I had exactly opposite experience with all 3 pieces of equipment you talked about (40-150, 100-400 and TC 2x),so much that I got rid of 2 of the 3 and I will give TC 2x last chance next winter (this winter and most of spring I had no chance to photograph)



Jul 07, 2022 at 03:55 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Oly 100-400 vs 40-150 2.8 + 2.0 TC on OM-1


Woah that's such a drag. A friend and I both dove into the OM-1 recently and added the 12-40 f2.8 Pro II and 40-150 f2.8 Pro lenses. We've both experienced much the same. Unreal sharpness and detail with BOTH of those lenses. Neither of us use teleconverters at this time. He has a 150-500 f4.5 coming to him next week so he'll be real spoiled. Naturally speaking, theses lenses are noted for their exceptional sharpness/resolution so how you managed to get a poor performer is beyond me. But any use of a slap on 2.0x teleconverter and to me all bets are off. I'm fussy as heck and all I can say is these 3 Oly lenses on my OM-1 have been blowing me away. Easily equaling if not exceeding the great copies of RF L glass I have. Never thought that could be the case.


Jul 07, 2022 at 06:26 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Oly 100-400 vs 40-150 2.8 + 2.0 TC on OM-1


SpecFoto wrote:
@flagg@ Seems you were debating between which of these lenses will be able to suit you better, don't know if you made a choice yet, but if you are still deciding maybe this can help you. Donít have an OM-1 but use the EM1.3, and I am a long time user, since 2013, of the excellent multipurpose 40-150 f2.8 Pro. I added the 100-400 f5-6.3 about 20 months ago and have used the MC-14 on both. But I donít have (or want*) the MC-20. For me these are 2 distinctly different lenses that each has a purpose and if you
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I have the 40-150 f2.8 and agree with everything you said about it (and the MC 14). I got some really good shots of a hawk in flight with it and decided to dive even more deeply into the OM system. So I bought a 150-400 here and it's just fabulous. I can almost handhold that lens (and expect to become competent with it after doing relevant exercises), so I'm no longer looking at the 100-400. But this system -- the OM-1 plus those two lenses -- is a keeper for me.



Jul 21, 2022 at 03:32 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Oly 100-400 vs 40-150 2.8 + 2.0 TC on OM-1


yeah there's so little difference, like $1500 vs. $7500.00? Sheesh. Just be nice to have a bankroll like that. But indeed that 150-400 is truly a Rolls Royce.


Jul 21, 2022 at 04:39 PM







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