Mastering the art of photography demands more than just skill and hard work; it demands tools with the capabilities and performance to support your efforts. Our 40-150mm lenses are just such a tool. With a focal length equivalent to 300mm on a 35mm film camera, you can take advantage of extreme telephoto shooting without giving up portability. These cost-efficient lenses incorporate an ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens to ensure sharp, clear pictures, feature a circular aperture diaphragm that produces beautiful defocussing and still offer an astonishingly short closest focusing distance of approx 3 feet allowing you to exploit the unique properties of telephoto shooting even when the subject is about a meter away.
Shooting Guide: Capturing Near and Far Subjects
E-P1, Aperture Priority Mode, 3.2 seconds, f9.0, -0.3EV, focal length 110mm (Equivalent to 220 mm on a 35mm camera) tripod used to stabilize camera.
Why this Lens?
Even though this telephoto zoom lens is convenient for capturing faraway subjects, it also allows you to photograph subjects that are both near and far in a single frame without losing dimension. It can do this in a compact and portable body without compromising image quality.
- Capture the dimension of a picture effectively. In the picture above, both the steep slope and far away ship are captured in the composition while maintaining its dimensional perspective. Create even more depth in a picture by adding subjects to the frame that give a sense of distance such as streets, trees or mountains—doing so will maximize the telephoto zoom effect.
- For nighttime shooting make sure a tripod is used, even with image stabilization on, to prevent any aberrations in a photograph.
Shooting Guide: Telephoto
E-P1, Program Mode, 1/400 sec. F8.0, ISO 200, focal length 150mm (Equivalent to 300mm on a 35mm camera)
Why this Lens?
This 40-150mm lens allows you to hold the telephoto zoom in the palm of your hand.
- When shooting nature shots the subject may move quickly, try using Continuous Shooting Mode so that a great image is not missed.
- Careful framing of a subject can make a dramatic difference in photography. The picture above was taken by dividing the frame on a diagonal. This picture was divided by the water in the upper left half and the rocks on the lower right half. This type of composition makes a picture more vivid and dynamic.
Shooting Guide: Telephoto Close-up
E-P1, Aperture Priority Mode, 1/500 sec., f6.3. +1.7EV, ISO 200, focal length 45mm (Equivalent to 90mm on a 35mm camera).
Why this Lens?
This lens has a close focusing distance of approximately 90 centimeters (35.4 inches) with a maximum image magnification of 0.14x (Four Thirds)/0.16x (Micro Four Thirds).
- When attempting to take a picture of a subject that is too large for the field of view it is better to just take a picture of part of the subject instead. By trying to fit a subject that is too large into the frame there is a risk of losing focus on the core subject.
- Add more subjects to the frame to create contrast to the main subject. In the picture above, horses in the background allow the main horse in the foreground to stand out in the frame.
- When shooting a backlit subject (as above) use the +/- EV and over expose to capture the detail in the shaded area of the subject. +1.7EV was used in this photo.
Note: Sample images on this page shot with the Four Thirds version of this lens.