Olympus E-P3 / E-PL1 14-150mm Zoom lens

Olympus E-P3 14-150mm zoom
Olympus E-P3 14-150mm Zoom lens

I've now onto my third 14-150mm. I tend to sell them off as kits with the cameras. I got this one "refurbished" from Olympusmarket on ebay. It actually cost me less than I sold my last one for.

Olympus E-P3 14-150mm zoom
Olympus E-P3 14-150mm Zoom lens 

Its a decent lens. At the 14mm end its actually very good indeed. It suffers, as do many of these superzooms, at the long end, wide open.

Olympus E-P3 14-150mm zoom
Olympus E-P3 14-150mm Zoom lens

Olympus E-PL1 14-150mm zoom
Olympus E-PL1 14-150mm Zoom lens

Olympus E-PL1 14-150mm zoom
Olympus E-PL1 14-150mm Zoom lens 

I tried it on both the E-P3 and E-PL1 and was interested to see what kind of shutter speeds I could get down to at the long end, with the image stabilisation turned on. 

I managed 1/50th. sec. though not every shot at this speed was sharp.

Olympus E-PL1 14-150mm zoom
Olympus E-PL1 14-150mm Zoom lens 

Olympus E-PL1 14-150mm zoom
Olympus E-PL1 14-150mm Zoom lens 

It is a very useful lens, and focuses pretty close for a zoom of this size. Its also very light and small until it gets extended. It's cheaper and I think sharper than the Panasonic 14-140mm, though that lens has the best built-in IS system I've ever used.

Olympus E-PL1 14-150mm zoom
Olympus E-PL1 14-150mm Zoom lens 

Generally I do prefer lenses with IS rather than in body stabilisation. Maybe its me, but I seem to be able to use them at much slower shutter speeds.

Olympus E-P3 14-150mm zoom
Olympus E-P3 14-150mm Zoom lens

Olympus E-P3 14-150mm zoom
Olympus E-P3 14-150mm Zoom lens

Olympus E-P3 14-150mm zoom
Olympus E-P3 14-150mm Zoom lens

Olympus E-P3 14-150mm zoom
Olympus E-P3 14-150mm Zoom lens

Olympus E-P3 14-150mm zoom
Olympus E-P3 14-150mm Zoom lens

I shot this last one at ISO 12,800. Its actually not that bad. I've got a Sony NEX-C3 coming soon and I'm interested in doing some high ISO comparisons between that and the Olympus.

Olympus E-PL1 14-150mm zoom
Olympus E-PL1 14-150mm Zoom lens

Olympus E-P3 14-150mm zoom
Olympus E-P3 14-150mm Zoom lens