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Olympus 150mm f/2.0 ED Lens

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The 150mm f/2.0 Zuiko Digital Lens (focal length equivalent to 300mm on a 35mm film camera), is unprecedented in combining a first aperture of f2.0 with exceptionally compact size, low weight, and telephoto power. It offers, thanks to the use of Super ED and ED lens elements, exceptionally sharp imaging with an absolute minimum of chromatic aberration. It also has superb defocusing characteristics that make it possible for photographers to precisely achieve their creative goals.

Performance
Focal Length 150mm
Comparable Four Thirds and Micro 4/3 Focal Length: 300 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Four Thirds
Format Compatibility Four Thirds
Angle of View 8.2°
Minimum Focus Distance 4.59' (1.4 m)
Magnification 0.13x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:8
Elements/Groups 11/9
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar Yes
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 82 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.94 x 5.91" (10.0 x 15.0 cm)
Weight 3.55 lb (1.61 kg)
Olympus 150mm f/2.0 ED Lens
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    Olympus150mm f/2.0 ED Lens
     
    4.9

    (based on 12 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (11)
    • Durable (10)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (10)
    • Rugged (10)
    • Consistent output (8)

    Cons

    • Heavy (3)

    Best Uses

    • Sports/action (10)
    • Wildlife photos (8)
    • Low light (6)
    • Weddings (5)
    • Landscape/scenery (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (5), Photo enthusiast (3)
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    5.0

    Beautiful lens

    By FLOW

    from Vancouver BC

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Affordable
    • Durable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • NONE

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Night Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Olympus 150mm f/2.0 ED Lens:

    I can't say enough of this lens. Hands down one of the finest lenses Olympus have ever made. 300mm equivalent focal length is incredibly useful. From sports, events, news, wildlife, this lens can do it all. Paired with an Olympus 1.4x teleconverter, this lens effectively becomes a 400mm 2.8. Focusing speed is the same, fast and accurate. The price for this combination is incredible compared to the competition. If you want 600mm f/4.0 simply add an EC-20 tele-converter and you'll have this reach. Folks their is no other lens out there with this incredible flexibility and price. Paired with the Olympus EM1 (with the 1.4 firmware) this lens is phenomenal.

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    4.0

    optically great...once focused

    By WHochachka

    from Ithaca, NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Blurry Focus
    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Olympus 150mm f/2.0 ED Lens:

    While I gave this lens a 4-star rating, this probably would not be everyone's rating because there are definitely two sides to this lens's personality on the OM-D on which I'm using it (with adapter). On the positive side, it's a really sharp lens right from f2 until diffraction starts being a problem. I've tried this lens with the Olympus 2X teleconverter, and even wide open I was surprised at how little the images was degraded; stopping down about a stop gets the image back to what I consider high quality. While the lens alone has what I consider a nice, smooth bokeh, adding the teleconverter does make the background "nervous". If rated on optical quality alone, I'd give this lens a 5-star rating.
    Autofocus on an OM-D, however, probably deserves a 2-star rating at best. Focus is slow, and even once the camera thinks that the lens is in focus, maybe 90% of the time or more it's not...and sometimes not even close. There are times that the focus seems to be determined by distant features at the edge of the frame rather than the center where I am trying to focus. Mostly, the lens gets me near enough that it's simple to manually fine-tune focus, and the lens is sharp enough that I feel comfortable judging proper focus in the OM-D's viewfinder without a magnified view. Focus speed and (in)accuracy does not change with the 2X teleconverter. Basically, I'd consider this lens to be a manual focus lens with a near-focusing auto-assist on the OM-D.
    In summary, because I don't mind fine-tuning focus and I like the quality of the images that have been getting I've rated the lens not quite perfect. However, on an OM-D, this is absolutely not a lens to be used for capturing action.

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    5.0

    WOW

    By John

    from CT

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action

      Comments about Olympus 150mm f/2.0 ED Lens:

      Sharp and Clear!

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      5.0

      WOW factor in spades!

      By mike the eye

      from chicago, il

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Great in Low Light
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Olympus 150mm f/2.0 ED Lens:

      I bought this lens for sporting events, indoor and outdoor, and I simply can't believe the images I get with this on my Olympus E 5 body! Football, basketball and hockey are easy to shoot with the best results I've ever had! The range is 300mm in 35 slr, and the lens is tack sharp wide open at f 2.0. This lens produces vivid images, colorwise, and is compact but heavy. This is definitely pro glass and yields pro images, and it is priced accordingly, but if you have the money buy it. It is lens perfection! I look for excuses to put this one on my camera because the shots are just fantastic!

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      (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      What a lens!

      By Marin

      from Sibenik, Croatia

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Olympus 150mm f/2.0 ED Lens:

        This is possibly the best telephoto lens - ever.
        It's performance is great, even autofocus which is traditionally not the best on Olympus cameras works very well on E-5.

        Lens is extremely sharp and detailed with beautifully smooth bokeh and great color and contrast.

        I have used it with both EC-14 and EC-20 teleconverters and it delivers excellent results.

        With EC-14, it's very sharp even wide open giving 212mm f2.8 and with EC-20, it's quite good wide open but significantly better stopped down to f5.6 (from f4).

        Because the lens is quite compact compared to similar primes on other systems such as 200mm f2.0, 300mm f2.8 it's easy to handle and takes converters very well extending the usability greatly.

        It's much cheaper than two other SHG primes - 90-250mm and 300mm 2.8, so unless one needs zoom of the 90-250 or extra reach of the 300mm, 150mm f2 can serve great with teleconverters for 1/3rd of the price and half the weight.

        There are no negatives about this lens, it's optical power is superb, it's build quality is excellent and it's of course weather sealed, plus it works really well with teleconverters.

        It's is not cheap, but it's worth every penny.

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Absolutely stunning!

        By Pouellet

        from Quebec City, Canada

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy but f2 lens

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action

        Comments about Olympus 150mm f/2.0 ED Lens:

        Low light indoor shows, portraiture and landscape. A great lens to use with Zuiko extension tube for great marco shot. Beautiful bokeh and superb built (thank-like). Sharpness with the new E5 is absolutely superb. Many reviews mention that autofocus is slow but I find it perfect for my type of shooting. The autofocus limiter function on the lens prevents hunting. Among my top 3 Zuiko lens with the 8mm and 50mm. Please buy without hesitation if you can afford it. You will not regret it.

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        5.0

        Worth every hard-earned penny!

        By Daniel

        from Upland, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Night Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Olympus 150mm f/2.0 ED Lens:

        If you're a photographer who can afford this and shoots any of the genres I listed under the Best Uses section, you can stop reading this and buy this lens right now. If that really isn't enough for you, then...

        Where to begin with this lens?! First off, yes, it's heavy... it actually makes the SWD 50-200mm feel pretty light. But with this long of a reach and this fast of an aperture, what can you expect? You might not consider it a bad thing if your arms get a little more toned up as a result of using this Little Tuna often!

        And yes, it's expensive, but again, it has a long reach with a fast aperture - you really do get what you pay for! If anything, the fact that it's expensive is almost a GOOD thing - it means you're 10000x less likely to take this lens for granted, or treat it like anything less than what it truly is - a STELLAR piece of glass! The Olympus 150mm f/2 is a lens where it's "disadvantages" make you work all that much harder to bring out the best in it... not that that takes much effort, which brings me to the good stuff...

        First off - f/2 + 150mm = AMAZING bokeh! your backgrounds always end up nice & creamy, which makes your main subject pop out beautifully in the frame.

        2nd - it's incredibly sharp, even wide open! with many lenses, even if they have an aperture of 2.8, they don't give you sharp images unless you stop down to 5.6 or smaller, which almost ruins the whole point of having a wide aperture. not so with Olympus! you can pretty much leave your aperture at f/2 the whole time and worry solely about shutter speed/ ISO.

        3rd - color rendition and detail is flawless - once you get the perfect combo of ISO/ F-stop/ shutter speed, the colors you get with this lens actually look better/ more vibrant than they do with your naked eye (scary, isn't it?)

        4th - a sharp, wide aperture is always welcome. it means i can use faster shutter speeds and not worry about camera shake (Olympus' in body image stabilization a big bonus). it means my external flashes/ speedlights don't need to work as hard to light up my subject (OR a whole room, if need be). it also means that lower ISOs are much more usable in low-light environments. some people like to complain about Olympus' grainier image output, but the sensors on their newer models have improved greatly, and having a lens with this fast of an aperture with you make those complaints virtually meaningless anyway.

        Autofocus in both sunlight and shade is great, but of course slows down a little when the light/ contrast is low... I honestly see no need for an SWD version, seeing as to how those lenses act the exact same way. The focus limiter knob is a cool addition, although it might take a little getting used to - just be aware of where you are, distance-wise, in relation to your subject if you use it!

        Basically, this lens is Olympus' 50mm f/2 taken to the next level, without the macro feature, but with a MUCH faster autofocus and longer reach!

        An absolute gem.

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        5.0

        love it both indoor and outdoor

        By RV Judie

        from South Dakota

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Olympus 150mm f/2.0 ED Lens:

          I have used this lense both for shooting outdoor (river and boating scenes) and during my granddaughter's indoor graduation. I appreciate it for the light that it allows. The indoor photos are great without flash. The focus was sharp and reveals much detail. I will be able to use this lenses in many applications.

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Have a treat it can't be beat

          By Oldgit

          from GB

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Good Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Sports/Action
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Olympus 150mm f/2.0 ED Lens:

          As I am coming up for retirement and will have more free time on my hands I decided to treat my self to a new camera and purchased the Olympus E3

          I then decided to treat myself "again; I hope my wife dose not read this" and upgrade my kit buy adding this lovely lens. Yes it is a bit on the heavy side and expensive but to me this means quality and ruggedness and will withstand any bumps and knocks that will happen some time in the future and along with the added bonus of withstanding the British weather "mainly rain"

          I have used this lens and was blown away by the quality of the images that I was getting; and being a novice I have not had time to really get to grips with the potential off this lovely lens I am now looking forward to putting up my images in our local camera club "watch out guy's you now have competition"

          I would recommend this lens to any body who can afford it; I think it's well worth every hard earned penny

          T D Sudds

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          (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          In a unique class by itself

          By Yukihyo

          from Tokyo, Japan

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Incredibly sharp
          • Quick Focus
          • Rugged
          • Sharp Focus
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Night Photography
            • Portraits
            • Sports/Action
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Olympus 150mm f/2.0 ED Lens:

            This is one superb piece of glass. As I also use the Canon 300mm f/2.8L, I felt somewhat sceptical about the claims that this was the 4/3rds equivalent. My doubts have proven unfounded, as this compact, sturdy little wonder can match its larger counterparts in every area but saturation, and even that is only borderline different. The real benefit of course is that it maintains the DOF of a 150mm lens at its effective new focal length, plus the gain of a stop of aperture speed. I bought it because I'm always working in a zoo area that is perpetually in shade, and needed all the help I could get. This fulfils my needs with flying colours. If you can find a niche for it, I can't recommend it highly enough.

              • Similar:
              • Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS., Zuiko Digital 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 SWD, Canon EF 135mm f/2L

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              5.0

              Superb lens

              By Gigibond76

              from Italy

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Sharp Focus
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Olympus 150mm f/2.0 ED Lens:

                Bought at B&H, I use it with E-3 mainly for animals and people.
                Incredibile bokeh but always sharp in focus. You will set to f2 anytime, however @ f2.2 reach the maximum.
                In medium range the focus is fast, a little bit slower when the subject is close.
                It is the only existing lens for an equivalent 300m @f2. When you think about this, you understand that it is also incredibily compact and not so heavy.

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                5.0

                "Little Tuna"

                By fullstrutt

                from Forest virginia

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • High Quality
                • Sharpness
                • Size

                Cons

                • A little expensive

                Best Uses

                • Nature
                • Scenic

                Comments about Olympus 150mm f/2.0 ED Lens:

                As a Nature and Wildlfe photographer, this lens is a must. It is small, fast and sharp. I little heavy, but balances well when hand held. Olympus put some thought in the design of this lens. It is great in low light and really shows it stuff around f8, delivering that quality I look for.

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