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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Herndon VA USA

    Smile Sigma 55mm - 200mm f/4-5.6 vs Olympus 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6

    which one do you guys think is a better choice, i am trying to make my mind about it, they both very identical just one is Sigma and one is Olympus, i know olympus is better but having 200mm vs 150mm does get me little closer to things

    thanx for the guidance in advance.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    San Diego, CA USA

    Re: Sigma 55mm - 200mm f/4-5.6 vs Olympus 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6

    Personally, I prefer the earlier Olympus 40-150mm f3.5~4.5 lens. The newer Olympus 40-150 is much smaller, but also slower. It's main advantage is that it's very pocketable. But you will NEED to use the IS with it, because of the small max aperture.

    The first version of the Oly 40-150 is still widely available.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
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    Jun 2006
    Chicago, IL

    Re: Sigma 55mm - 200mm f/4-5.6 vs Olympus 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6

    Agreed, the 40-150 smokes the sigma. You can use the 40-150 at any zoom, any aperture, and still get sharp results. The sigma needs to be dragged back and stopped down a bit. That's the benefit of the ZD lenses, aside from the size (MUCH smaller!)
    Erik Williams

    Olympus E3, E510
    12-60 SWD, 50-200 SWD, 50 f/2 macro, EX25, FL36's and an FL50r.

  4. #4
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    Mar 2008
    Chicago Il

    Re: Sigma 55mm - 200mm f/4-5.6 vs Olympus 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6

    I had both the 40-150s and ended up keeping the older one.

    Considered the 55-200 at one point as well but the optical quality of the Zuikos is much higher.
    E-3, E-510
    12-60 2.8-4.0
    40-150 3.5-4.5
    Sigma 30 1.4
    Zenit 58 F2 [with M42 adapter]
    Metz 48

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