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Panasonic Micro Four Thirds Lens

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45-200mm f/4.0-5.6 Lumix G Vario MEGA OIS Zoom Micro Four Thirds Lens for Panasonic and Olympus Micro Four Thirds Cameras

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Lumix G VARIO 45-200mm/4.0-5.6 zoom lens w/MEGA Optical Image Stabilization covers the 35mm equivalent from 90-400mm to help the user capture crisp, blur-free, shots when shooting sports events, wildlife and other distant subjects

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  1. Excellent addition to the M-4/3rds kit Review by Michael J Edelman
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    Having finally sold the last of my Nikon digital (and film) gear, and replaced it with M-4/3 bodies and lenses, I needed one last lens to complete my kit: A telephoto. Panasonic makes several telephotos for the M4/3 system, of which this is the cheapest, and I was concerned as to whether it was good enough to produce the level of quality I was looking for. Some reviewers have complained about soft images at certain focal lengths, and if that was true, I figured I'd better bite the bullet and splurge on the newer 45-175, which has been getting excellent reviews and is a good deal more compact to boot. But then I saw some references to updated versions of the 45-200 that fixed what amounted to a software problem that resulted in inaccurate focussing at some parts of the lens's zoom range. I decided to go ahead and buy the 45-200.

    I've been doing test shots with the lens since it arrived, and I think it's safe to say that any problems with focusing or unsharp images have been fixed. Hand-held results at full 200mm zoom, with the stabilization turned on, show good sharpness throughout on images taken from 50 feet away. Enlarging up small segments of those images and comparing those taken with and without IS turned on show a significant difference. I'm impressed. I'm also impressed at how fast, and how quietly this lens focuses, especially when compared to the autofocus Nikon G lenses used on my D70 and D80. There's no hesitation or hunting. Push the shutter release lightly and boom, you're in focus.

    Some reviewers have commended on the relative bulk of this lens in comparison to the 45-150 and 45-175 lenses, and while it is somewhat bigger, it's still very manageable. Cup your left hand under the lens, grasp the camera with your right (for right handers) and it's a very comfortable package- again, comparing this to my old Nikon setup, it's much smaller and lighter than the D70 or D80 with the standard 17-70 zoom.

    Another nice feature of this lens is the included light shade, which can be stored in reveres position right on the lens, much like my old 105/2.5 and 135/3.5 Nikkors. It takes up very little space in my camera bag (currently a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000EXHYJI/ref=cm_cr_asin_lnk/188-9797557-5303343">Lowepro Stealth Reporter D200 AW Camera Bag</a>) and does a great job at preventing flare. The included lens bag protects somewhat against damage but I'm keeping mine in a neoprene lens bag that provides a bit more protection.

    In short, then, a versatile telephoto at an attractive price. Combined with the standard 17-45mm zoom it should cover 99% of all your needs with a M34 camera. (Posted on 8/19/2012)

  2. Great value for my money! Review by Keokan
    Value

    I am an amateur and I think it is exactly what it says on its features. I found it friendly, quick to focus, pocketable, great images. Thanks Panasonic for making life better! (Posted on 8/18/2012)

  3. Wow, great lens! Review by Evelyn A. Cummings
    Value

    I just got this lens a few days ago and I am sold! I bought the Olympus Pen E-PL1 kit from Amazon Warehouse deals and saved enough to also get this lens at the same time.
    I currently have a Canon Rebel T3i, with some "L" lenses, and I knew I was stepping down, but had read about the 4/3 systems and was interested in a smaller camera for those times when the Canon was just plain too big and too heavy. Frankly, so far I don't miss all those extra pixels!
    I mainly take photos of nature and my dogs and consider myself pretty much an amateur hobbist when it comes to photography.
    This lens appears to be well made, it feels good in my hands, and everything works smoothly and quietly. I do miss the light gathering capacity of the Canon, but I knew this wouldn't do the same when I bought it so I wasn't disappointed.
    So far, photos are crisp and tack sharp at ALL lengths, I see no drop off with the longer lengths and the colors are GREAT!
    If you are stepping up from a point and shoot, or, like me, looking for something easier to lug around this lens IS a keeper! (Posted on 8/5/2012)

  4. Panasonic Lumix Lens 45-200 Review by Norman Riker
    Value

    Overall good quality lens and so far my experience has been positive. Only regret is right after I purchased it you lowered the price. Is there a way to get a credit of the difference? (Posted on 7/30/2012)

  5. Good and Cheap Review by Tom o'Bedlam
    Value

    I took this lens to a party on a GF1 to get familiar with it, shooting head shots at 200mm while people were dancing. Assumed the photos would all be blurry, I was just messing around, learning to handle the lens. The pictures came out really sharp! The MEGA OIS image stabilization blew me away, beyond my wildest expectations. Another time I put it on a GH2 and shot head shots at a party by dim candle light at ISO 10,000. Again the results were amazing.

    I'm shooting Avedon-style portraits, printing them 13x19, and I could have used the 14-42 but like all zoom lenses it is not that sharp at the long end. Panasonic lowered the price on this lens and I grabbed it. Besides being really sharp at 45mm, it is also one stop faster than the 14-42 at 42mm. And the sharpness is not bad at 200mm. It is working out well for my portraits. (Posted on 7/3/2012)

  6. Great product, unreliable seller Review by Ct
    Value

    The product came nicely packaged and all, but I paid for expedited shipping and it came late. My lens was supposed to come on the day before I left for my trip to Peru. Huge disappointment to me that I could only take landscape shots and not better portraits. (Posted on 6/27/2012)

  7. Worth the money Review by Joseph Evans "JoeESP9"
    Value

    Just got this today. As usual for Amazon, the shipping time was short. I ordered on Monday and received on Wednesday. I picked this over the Olympus lens because it seemed to get better reviews, goes to 200mm vs 150mm and was actually less money. I've only shot 25 or so pictures so far. It focuses very fast, much faster than the Olympus kit lense. I'm very happy with the photographic results. It does exactly what I expected. True, it seem to be a bit soft at 200mm. I expected that. What do you expect for the small amount of money it costs?

    I have read complaints of the zoom ring not feeling tight and smooth. My lens is tight and zooms in and out very smoothly. It's physically larger than I expected. It almost dwarfs my EPL-1. I suppose my size expectation was incorrect. It's still smaller than the equivalent in a regular 35mm sized lense.

    Gotta love that Micro Four Thirds size. It allows me to carry a camera body, three lenses, spare battery, electronic view finder and accessories in a bag smaller than most women's pocketbooks. Yes I'm very happy with this lens and Micro Four Thirds in general. (Posted on 6/26/2012)

  8. Awesooommeee Review by Jerry
    Value

    First to put things into perspective, i paid $178 for this and that is in itself amazing. Its a steal!!! For a zoom that's much better than average in optics and fantastic in built. The best value for money in micro four thirds lenses period !!! Silent and quick focusing especially with firmware 3 - the latest update you cant go wrong with this. (Posted on 6/25/2012)

  9. Pretty good Review by Scott Rubin
    Value

    I bought a Panasonic GF-2 and got the extremely popular 20mm lens. Of course, it had no zooming capability. So this is the only zoom lens I own. It was reasonably priced, and zooms quite a great distance. The lens is hard to hold, but that's to be expected with the micro 4/3 system. My only real complaint with it is that the photos it takes are not as crisp and amazing as with the other lenses I have. I don't know if it is because of the MEGA OIS, but sometimes the photos can be a little grainy or low resolution with this lens. If you just need some zooming, this gets the job done. But if I had more money I would have maybe gotten two lenses, one that zooms less than this and one that zooms more. (Posted on 6/24/2012)

  10. Good but big and heavy Review by J. Settle
    Value

    So I had this lens before selling it to get the 45-175 X lens. The 45-200 is a very nice but somewhat heavy lens (for a Micro-4/3'rds camera). The barrel also extends when you increase the focal length (unlike the X lens). So if you're using one of the smaller m43 cameras, you have this heavy, long lens on the front which makes the camera very front heavy and a little awkward. Optically, it performed fine though and it is cheaper than the 45-175 X. However if you have one of the smaller cameras (PEN or GF2,3,5) then this lens might be a bit awkward. If you can deal with that though, it works fine.

    Oh, and as a plus it does have the external OIS switch which is very nice and I wish the modern lenses had as well. (Posted on 6/22/2012)

  11. Solid, easy to use lens Review by hankertons
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    This lens is very easy to use. It takes great, clear pictures at a distance. Not great for pictures of objects within 10-15 feet, but it wasn't intended for that use either. (Posted on 6/18/2012)

  12. Lots of things right with the lens, but IQ is disappointing Review by LG
    Value

    The title states my experience pretty well. The lens is light and has a nice feel to it. The build quality is very good. The focal length is quite useful, possibly all that most people will need in a telephoto zoom. The issues arise with IQ. It's not a dud but don't expect much. You nearly always get what you pay for, and this lens is no exception. I didn't keep mine, the IQ was just not up to my standards. (Posted on 6/15/2012)

  13. Panasonic micro 4/3Lens Review by K. J. Whitacre
    Value

    I used this lens on my Olympus P1 On a DC trip. The lens performed well and as expected . I was pleased with it. (Posted on 6/13/2012)

  14. I love this lens Review by Daniel "Danners"
    Value

    I am not a photographer. I'm an artist (painter) who takes thousands of photos for reference material and to document my travels but this lens on my Lumix GF3 makes me think I'm an awesome photographer. The antishake and zoom let me take some great pics of wildlife and nature... people too, I suppose but that's not my thing. (Posted on 6/7/2012)

  15. Great lens Review by M. Shook "speedy"
    Value

    A very nice lens at a bargain price,very sharp with good color,the ois is a nice feature when zoomed out to the 200mm range.an excellent replacement to the kit lens.love it (Posted on 6/5/2012)

  16. Awesome lens, grossly underrated Review by TriggrHappy
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    This lens is superb. I think it's grossly underrated by many "expert" reviewers. I am getting amazing sharp pictures even at 200mm. Colours are beautiful, much more pleasing than Panasonic 100-300mm (which I sold). Nice pleasing bokeh. Anyone not getting great results with this lens is doing something wrong.
    OIS works very well, focusing is fast and almost silent. Zoom is smooth which is welcome when making video with GH2. My 14-45 is not so smooth when zooming.
    This lens delivers big bang for your buck at $199. Go for it! (Posted on 5/16/2012)

  17. For the price; you cant beat it. Review by AaronD
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    I've had this lens for a little over three weeks now; and i have to say i have really enjoyed it. I have this little guy paired with my Olympus PEN-EPL1, and no problems thus far. Of course, don't expect spectacular results at 200mm. I find it to be a little soft like most others. But, with time and patients, you will be able to find the sweet spot. this lens shines in certain areas. i would recommend this lens to anyone on a budget, looking a good zoom lens for their micro four thirds camera. its a definite buy. (Posted on 5/15/2012)

  18. A Must Buy!!! Review by misael78
    Value

    I purchased this lens and so far is a very good performer. Please be advised to update the lens as soon as you get it. The lens is not very sharp after 160-170mm, but for the price you can't get anything better in the m4/3 world. REMEMBER TO UPDATE THE LENS FIRMWARE!!!! (Posted on 5/15/2012)

  19. Great Lens Review by Sue
    Value

    This is a great lens for the Pen Olympus Camera. Much cheaper and further zoom than I was finding from Olympus (Posted on 5/15/2012)

  20. 5-star for its price range. Review by R. Adams
    Value

    I am a relative newcomer to Micro 4/3 cameras, but I picked up this lens for my Panasonic G3 and I have to say that I am really impressed with this little lens. My other camera is a Canon 5D Mark II and this kit gives it a decent fight. I took some portraits of my daughter with this setup and was really impressed when shooting RAW and processing with Lightroom 4. I kept the ISO at 1600 because it was overcast and I wanted to prevent motion blur in the images (she's 13 months old). It produced several prints that are simply beautiful and for less than 2 Franklins, it's simply amazing. Sure, there are better lenses out there, but they're mostly twice the price, give or take. The Olympus 45mm comes to mind as a superb portrait lens, but as a general purpose lens and a walk around telephoto, the 45-200mm really shines. I'd highly recommend it, especially for those folks willing to use a monopod or practice their handholding skills to ensure stable images. (Posted on 5/10/2012)

  21. Olympus P3, PM1 & M5 owners BUY THIS IMMEDIATELY! Review by PJ1
    Value

    I just bought this lens for my Olympus E-P3 because at $199 it was ridiculously cheap, and two days later Amazon drops the price another $19! Oh well, at either price, this lens is a SMOKING DEAL! It is approaching half-price, and for this kind of money, even if you don't use it often, you'll kick yourself if you don't add it to your arsenal at this price.

    What makes it such a deal is not just the price, but the fact that with the Olympus E-P3, E-PM1, and OMD E-M5, the focus is INSTANTANEOUS. I don't mean it's fast, I mean it is in focus the instant you depress the shutter or touch a focus point on the touch screen! If you have touch shutter enabled, you can literally touch the screen and your picture is taken almost before your finger leaves the screen.

    Although at f4.0-5.6 it's not the brightest, it's reasonable, and a nice Bokeh effect is smooth and reasonably achievable under most circumstances. I'm not a "pixel-peeper", but to my eye it has good optical performance. I'm sure if you want all the technical details you can find a good technical review.
    The only negative is that the zoom was not smooth at first, but it has quickly broken in and become very smooth after only a day of use.
    In any event, at this price, who could complain if it doesn't perform as well as a lens costing 10 times as much?

    Obviously, this being a Panasonic lens, it should perform well on any micro four-thirds camera, either Panasonic or Olympus. But if you have one of the Olympus cameras named above and have noticed that there are very few lenses that these cameras' fast focusing can take advantage of, don't worry, this lens is one that makes the most of Olympus's claimed "world's fastest focus". And the built-in OIS of this lens gives you the choice using of your camera's in-body image stabilization or the built-in optical stabilization in this lens, as it has an on/off switch for OIS.

    You've read enough. If you don't stop right now and order one of these before the price goes up or they run out, you've missed the best deal in the industry.

    (DISCLAIMER - I don't work for Panasonic or anyone in the industry, I'm not even a serious photographer. I just love taking photos, especially with stuff that works so well, and especially at a bargain price.)

    UPDATE - By the way, I have since found out that because this lens has an On/Off switch for its OIS, you can turn the len's OIS on and turn the camera's built-in IS off while taking videos, and completely eliminate the "Jello" or "jelly" effect that the built-in IS of the PM1 or P3 causes in videos. This is GOOD NEWS for owners of the E-P3 and E-PM1! (Posted on 5/4/2012)

  22. Great lens for the price Review by Rra Moabe "M. S."
    Value

    Just had the kit lens for my Panasonic Lumix GF3 so for the price this lens is great. I have a high end camera with great lenses and have been very pleased with the photos I've taken with this lens. For the price I paid, this lens would be hard to beat. (Posted on 4/23/2012)

  23. Excellent product with awesome range, great price, A+! Review by proeman
    Value

    Initially I wasn't sure if to buy a Panasonic lens. Had to make myself believe Lumix was Leica to somehow pass it through. But I have to say I'm really impressed with the quality. Rather than going for the Olympus 40-150, decided to take a chance with this Lumix because of the extra range and that the I.S. is built into the lens rather than depending on the body's I.S. so in theory should be better and it is. I'm very impressed with the overall quality and performance of this lens. The I.S. seems superior than the one built into the camera (Using with Olympus Pen) and my only complain is that it doesn't have a true macro feature. Closest distance is 3.3 feet which can be a lot depending on what you're trying to do. Other than that it's a great lens for a great price. Very happy with it. Highly recommend. (Posted on 3/17/2012)

  24. NOT for Panasonic AF-100 Review by Bad Mo Fo
    Value

    I'm a novice, and I can tell you that if you have a Panasonic AF-100, and are looking for a basic low cost zoom lens, this may not be for you. Without getting too technical (because I will only screw it up) due to the sensor size of the camera, you would double the range of the lens effectively making it 90-400mm lens. If you're shooting narrative films, this is something to consider. (Posted on 3/8/2012)

  25. Nice Lens Review by lol
    Value

    The product itself is brand new and doesn't have any damages itself. It is a brand new experience for "pancake" people like me which is so used to the short focal length lens. But getting there :-) (Posted on 3/3/2012)

  26. Great deal and perfect for what I do Review by B. Chiu
    Value

    Great lens for the price I paid. I use it primarily for wildlife and portraits with shallow DOF. Very sharp and detailed at 45mm and even at 200mm handheld it's considered acceptable, as long as there is good lighting. Night shooting is the weakness of this lens but I don't use it for the purpose... my 14mm and 20mm pancake would do the job for night photography. OIS is great and necessary for handheld at 200mm otherwise even at 1/1000 speed I get blurry photos.

    The price is right for such lens. My only wish is to have the ability to mount the lens to tripod because it's quite heavy for my GF3 body... I afraid that the front weight will one day damage my GF3's tripod hole. So far I haven't seen any tripod collar that works with the lens. (Posted on 2/28/2012)

  27. works as promised Review by Try Out "Go-to girl"
    Value

    The Panasonic 45-200 f/4.0-5.6 lens for my GF3 works as advertised. It brings the world up nice and close, the focusing is sharp and the colors are true. Sure, it makes the camera all lens. But then, look at a DSLR with a typical 600mm lens on it--yeah--a lot bigger load and still, all lens. This camera will save my back and keep me shooting for years to come. (Posted on 2/6/2012)

  28. Great value! An excellent lens and the one usually on my G1. Review by Bron "Bron"
    Value

    This lens is a perfect match for the G series cameras (I use it with a Panny G1), though it can be used with any m4/3 camera, and is a superb value. It doesn't get any better than this - a stabilized, high quality 45-200mm zoom for less than 300 dollars? You bet! Sure the aperture is f/4.0-5.6, but that's pretty typical for a low cost zoom. What's not so typical is the superb image quality, great stabilization, and quality build.

    It gives you good coverage at the long end up to a nice 400mm equivalent, perfect for wildlife and nature photography. The short end is a nice portrait length and you can easily go tight when you need to. It's easy to handle and fairly smooth in operation. It's mostly all been covered in the other reviews here, so I won't repeat all that, but this is a superb value and a great lens.

    I matched this up with the great Panasonic 14-45mm zoom to cover the short end and the highly regarded panny 20mm f/1.7 pancake prime (for best available light close-in shooting) together with my G1 and really feel like I have it covered. Possibly the nicest, lightest, most compact kit I've ever assembled (not to mention low cost as well).

    I am able to get some great hand-held shots and overall sharpness is very good. The OIS stabilization seems to work very well and this is definitely the easiest lens I have ever used hand-held at the full 200mm (400mm).

    2012-02-19 Update: See the comments for some good info (thanks, Les!) on the "extended zoom" features -- hand-held shots at 800mm - wow! ;)

    2012-04-29 Update: Still loving this lens. Wonderfully useful range, if I only take one lens, this is often my choice, though the 14-45mm is pretty handy as well. The 20mm is also very nice, but, obviously, for more specific uses. (If you're in situations where you can "zoom with your feet" it's great. Also wonderful in low light.)

    2012-07-07 Update: I love this lens! I get an impressively high percentage of good shots with this lens. The quality is superb and it is a joy to shoot with. When you shoot with a fine lens, it really does make a difference. For the price asked, this one is hard to beat. (Posted on 2/2/2012)

  29. Nice everyday lens Review by P. Heneka "Azhure16"
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    I like this as an economical telephoto lens.

    Pros: price, fairly compact, decent range, rubber zoom ring, smoother zoom than the kit lens, nice picture quality, fast focusing

    Cons: Hard to use when fully zoomed without a tripod even with the image stabilization (Posted on 1/27/2012)

  30. A lens with a very good price/quality ratio Review by Moreno Tagliapietra "fine art photography"
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    Hi, I am a part-time fine-art photographer with a bunch of years of film and digital experience. Some six months ago, I purchased a GH1 body (less noisy sensor than the GH2) with the 14-45mm and 45-200mm lenses as a much lighter alternative to my primary DSLR system (Pentax K20D with DA and DA* lenses). I carry the whole system in a small pouch with a spare battery and memory card, a polarizer filter, phone, wallet and car keys. I often take the system with me for walks in the numerous shoreline and inland parks around my house. I use the 45-200 to photograph mostly animals, especially shore birds. With the camera on A at 400/800ISO, the lens all open at 200mm (400mm equivalent) and spot focus, I have been able to regularly capture publication-quality behavioral pictures of herons, hawks and other smaller birds. The equivalent focal length of 400mm is also about the longest one usable without a tripod. Above that, things get increasingly heavier and more complicated which is inversely proportional to fun. I shoot in Raw + jpeg and process the raw files in Photoshop. So far I have not enlarged more than 12x18" but the prints made with the Epson 3800 are gorgeous. In use, my 45-200 does not show any mechanical weakness - good zoom ring and no crawling -, auto-focuses quickly and its optical performance is better than expected in its category. I used to be a quality manager in military electronics (= picky, picky, picky) and believe that the light construction of both lenses, and the body, is exactly what one looks for in this kind of system. I find the whole setup to be well balanced, offering a great quality/price ratio and a ton of fun to use for a full day of shooting. If one knows how to photograph, this lens with the rest of the Panasonic micro 4/3 system are still first choice for contained size, weight and cost, and good quality. To maintain perspective: my Pentax DA* 50-135mm f1/2.8 zoom is a definitely better lens but is a shorter zoom and it's several times bigger, heavier and, thanks to Pentax' in-body stabilization, it costs only about 3.5 times as much. (Posted on 1/13/2012)

  31. Excelent lens Review by ANDRES VARGAS R.
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    I buy the Panasonic 45-200 Lumix Vario Micro Four Thirds lens to my G3 camera to have greater zoom and works great. I recommend it to anyone. (Posted on 1/4/2012)

  32. Support Post-Disaster Japan and buy their lenses Review by James M. Bailey
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    This lens exceeds the quality and value of the outstanding Zuiko Digital 4/3 45-150mm kit lens found on Olympus E-xx series kits from about 2-3 years ago. I shot with a set of those highly-regarded kit lenses and they rocked for the price (despite cheap Chinese BQ and plastic mounts and not as much reach at the high end).

    The 45-200 G Vario and it's stablemate the 14-45 G Vario are the best m4/3 zooms for their price, bar-none. Superb sharpness and portability, good Japanese BQ (metal mounts) and fast focusers--that they can be had for under $300 each to cover you from 28-400mm 35mm equivalent sweetens the deal. >thumbs up<

    (PS while the zooms can be tight when you first get them: they should loosen up nicely.) (Posted on 1/3/2012)

  33. Surprisingly clear, versatile lens Review by E. Reilly
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    Whenever I travel with my Nikon D90 with my 70/200 mm long lens - I carry my Lumix GF1 with 20 mm lens for wide angle 'tourist' shots of people and scenery - so that I do not have to switch out my long lens on the the Nikon. So - I never really thought about a telephoto for the GF1. Until now. In searching for a replacement lens cap online - I stumbled across this inexpensive 45-200 lens. Given the good reviews and low price - how could one go wrong with this lens? Turns out it is an excellent deal. Lens is light; focus and zoom rings are super quiet and smooth; build quality appears to be very good. At 200 mm the lens is surprisingly sharp. OIS stabilizaiton works quite well. Takes 52 mm filters etc. Great for video. Great for photos. With a table table tripod (709B for example), this 45/200 mm lens and a GF1 - one easily put together a great, compact kit for shooting excellent video - as well as for taking pretty decent photos. Will it replace a Nikon D90 with 70/200 F2.8 for photos? Of course not. But this is a nice lens at a nice price point. Well done Panasonic. (Posted on 12/30/2011)

  34. Extreme quality at an awesome price and size Review by Telephoto Lover
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    Quite simply, the quality of this lens has proved to be outstanding. Thanks to the crop factor of the micro four thirds system, I have managed to snag some amazing shots with my Panasonic Lumix G1. I have used this lens to great effect shooting pictures of wildlife, people, flowers, and even landscapes. I have found that the lens produces wonderful bokeh, particularly at 200mm. Auto focus is acceptable, and in normal, fairly bright days I have had no problems capturing wildlife. This lens' price does not reflect its capability to impress. Often friends will be surprised that this lens is less than a thousand dollars.

    Pros
    -Fantastic cost efficiency
    -Great optical quality; images in focus turn out very sharp and clear
    -Size; it is pretty small for the focal range
    -Weight; it isn't heavy
    -Bokeh; dreamy and beautiful, particularly at f5.6 and 200mm

    Cons
    -Not fast enough for many action shots, then again expecting anything faster would be ridiculous
    -Autofocus sometimes struggles on smaller objects like spiders if the camera finds something "interesting" in the background like leaves
    -Lens slides out to 200mm really easily.
    -After extensive use and abuse across many climates the rubber zoom band is a bit loose. Still works, but shows cosmetic wear
    -Your friends will think your camera costs more than it does

    Really this lens is amazing. I recommend it to any owner of a m4/3s camera. If I don't want to carry my ludicrously huge and heavy telephotos for my Canon 7D, this Panasonic lens and my G1 are NOT a compromise. Simply put, this lens is THE zoom lens for m4/3s (Posted on 12/29/2011)

  35. Best buy Lens for Micro Four Thirds Cameras Review by P. Burusphat "Pramuan"
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    This is one of the must-have, best buy lenses for Micro Four Thirds Cameras. In terms of 35mm format, it is a 90-400mm Zoom lens which I bought for my Olympus E-PL 1. After the lens arrived, I made a few quick test shots (RAW & JPEG)at 200mm, 97mm, and 56mm @f5.6 (for all 3 shots). I processed those RAW files with DxO Optic Pro 7 and printed them 4x6 with Canon Pixma 9500 Mark II. The three sample prints are sharp with accurate rendition of colors from original objects and Kodak's Color Control Patch. Prints from 97mm and 56mm ranges are a tad sharper than the 200mm's shot. All in all this is a good sharp lens at reasonable price directly from Amazon. You can look up for more technical tests from [...] and at [...]From a user's point of view, I do highly recommend this Panasonic lens. (Posted on 12/22/2011)

  36. Excellent zoom lens Review by sunnyd
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    A great lens for my G1 camera. Love the pictures and the clarity of the same. Order process was easy and for under $300 this lens is a steal. (Posted on 11/28/2011)

  37. Greatly exceeds expectations Review by Abhishek Sheopory
    Value

    Brilliant photo quality, great value for money. Its one of the better lenses I have. Extreme range photo quality (45mm) is even better than the $500 Olympus 14-150mm. (Posted on 11/11/2011)

  38. Should be called INSANE IOS Review by Phat Controller "phatcontrola"
    Value

    Very very happy with this lens.

    Pros - OIS is superb easily adds a stop's worth, comes with hood and usual Panasonic carry bag
    Cons - totally dwarfs Olympus PEN EPL1 body, I bought a monopod expecting this lens to need one it doesn't

    My EPL1 is now my favourite long zoom camera, the MEGA IOS lives up to its name. It stabilises like "calm mode" on a FPS sniper, suddenly the viewport goes slow motion it's quite amazing. The monopod is now just for panning at race tracks etc. Image quality is great.

    It does dwarf the EPL1 body, especially with the hood, but it's not too heavy and the combination is still fairly well balanced. Compared to non-MFT lenses of this length it's much lighter.

    The OIS does conflict with the EPL1 stabilisation if you have both on when taking video (only for video) so switch off the body stabilisation if you're shooting video through this lens. (Posted on 11/1/2011)

  39. micro four thirds lens Review by Janet C. Cardle "eldrac"
    Value

    I got this lens to extend the range of my lumix camera. It works on the Olympus too. If you want the lightness of the mirrorless camera, this will extend the range. (Posted on 9/25/2011)

  40. Panasonic 45-200mm Lumix ... SUPER Review by Norbert Jesse "N. J."
    Value

    Panasonic 45-200 mmm f/4.0-5.6 Lumix G Vario Micro Four Thirds Lens

    alles bestens ...
    AMAZON ist ein sehr guter Partner -zuverlässig, preiswerter Versand ...
    Das Objektiv ist hervorragend.
    Gern wieder (Posted on 9/20/2011)

  41. Lightweight Kit Quality Telephoto Lense Review by E. Mayer "imagin_this"
    Value

    Recently purchased a Panasonic G3 micro 4/3 camera and purchased this lens for its extra zoom capability. The lens is compact and light weight, a little plasticky feeling (not a heavy built metal lens but then I wanted a light weight lens - a reasonable compromise.) The lens focuses quickly and images are very sharp considering the cost. I'm not thrilled with the maximum aperture of F4/5.6 but then it didn't cost $1,800 which is what my F2.8 Canon lens cost. I would recommend the lens to any one other than a professional photographer. I highly recommend the supplier, the lens was well priced, delivered quickly, was exactly as advertised and I was kept informed during the purchase and delivery process. (Posted on 8/31/2011)

  42. Great lens for a great camera Review by Ricardo L. A. Barbosa "Ricardo Barbosa"
    Value

    Purchased this one to use on my Panasonic GF1, great pictures, looks as very well built. Image stabilization works great, but it ends up being a bit too bulky for a small camera as the GF1. At the end a great purchase, loving it. (Posted on 8/20/2011)

  43. Panasonic 45-200mm Lumix Lens Review by Pete Davis
    Value

    I ordered this lens for my wife's G2 Lumix and it arrived in perfect condition and works really well. It is superior quality to the "kit lens" fitted to the camera which has that plastic feel with barrel drag. This lens feels really nice and has none of that drag problem and operates beautifully. The anti shake also works well and I'm really surprised that we can take shots at 200mm (400mm equivalent)as low as 30th sec hand held. A great product and compliments the camera really well. (Posted on 8/18/2011)

  44. Panasonic 45-200mm Micro four thirds lens Review by Bernal
    Value

    One of the great deals in the Micro Four Thirds lens market. Intended to use with Lumix G and GH system cameras, the versatility of this compact yet powerful lens doesn't stop to amaze me. Great optics guarantee virtually no color aberration while providing good performance in medium to bright light conditions. Auto focusing is fairly quick when camera settings "IA" is selected. Manual focusing is delivered through a solid-feel ring. On the other hand, image stabilization system and image sharpness could be improved, specially when large focusing apertures are used. With the advantage of being compact as other Micro Four Thirds lenses, I'll call it a great acquisition. (Posted on 7/22/2011)

  45. Impressed Review by LianneS
    Value

    For a newbie shutter bug like me this lens allows me to capture shots with great depth and clarity. As with most interchangeable lens' it's slightly heavier and bulkier than I'd like. Otherwise quality construction and material make this lens' a must have in my book. (Posted on 7/12/2011)

  46. Panasonic 45-200mm Review by Con Sumer
    Value

    I use this lens with GF2, mostly for stills, occasional video when i need zoom. The camera sensor's crop factor allows even more zoom in stills and video by lowering resolution without much loss in quality. I'd like to try something longer, but so far this lens does it for me. Best review is to see it in action on flickr or youtube. Built quality seems good. Not too bulky, not heavy. I wouldn't hesitate to use it with any micro 4/3 body. (Posted on 7/11/2011)

  47. Excellent Lens for the Price Review by ARW "foow524"
    Value

    This lens has worked superbly with my DMC-GF2 producing sharp clear pictures across a broad range of settings. The lens is small enough to fit into a jacket pocket and in most situations is perfectly fine as a primary lens. Although this lens will not compete with high-end professional lenses, based on my experience it out-performs other lenses at this price point and is a an excellent purchase for micro-four-thirds camera. (Posted on 7/10/2011)

  48. Panasonic 45-200mm lens Review by Dave B
    Value

    Very pleased with this lens. No problem with delivery and arrived in perfect shape. Very pleased with the quality of the pictures and colors I get using this lens. Easy to use and I will make this my primary lens when taking pictures and videos. (Posted on 6/19/2011)

  49. Excellent Quality Shots Review by Matthew D. Ruffell
    Value

    Love this lens for outdoor sports and events. My son plays baseball and I able to capture him in the outfield and when he is up to bat.
    Overall it is very sharp and produces images with an excellent color especially on nice sunny days. I am using it with the Panasonic GF2. My shots usually come out better than my friends high end Canon system that cost 3x the amount. You will not be disappointed if you get this lens. (Posted on 6/3/2011)

  50. Unbeatable at this price point or anywhere near it Review by ahbuhjee
    Value

    At an effective 400mm reach, nice color and sharpness, you think this thing would cost twice the price. Very decent optics and nice fit and finish make it a great compliment to my Olympus pen or my panasonic gf2. (Posted on 5/28/2011)

  51. very satisfied Review by jd
    Value

    I originally bought the wrong lens. The company exchanged it for the right one with zero fuss and I am very happy with this one. Good lens and good company! (Posted on 5/15/2011)

  52. Great for Portrait photog. Review by Fred P "Fred P"
    Value

    If you need a lens with great DOF this is a great lens. I've not used it enough to give a detailed review but will update this review in a couple of months (Posted on 5/3/2011)

  53. Love this lens on my GF1 Review by J. McVey "jmcvey_boise"
    Value

    I bought this lens from Amazon for use with my GF1. Amazon's price and service were great. Some might say this lens is not well balanced on a GF1, but I think it's great. I just hold the lens and the GF1 body comes along for the ride. I am very pleased with it for outdoor portraits and flower closeups with great bokeh. With a 400mm equivalent on micro-4/3, it will also be great for birding.

    I frequently shoot with the lens wide open (for shallow depth of field) and I'm still very happy with the sharpness, contrast and color saturation. This lens compares very favorably with other Canon zooms I've used including the 55-200mm "pocket rocket". Have no fear ... you can buy this Panasonic and be very satisfied! (Posted on 4/12/2011)

  54. Nice addition to the kit lense on Lumix DMC-G10 Review by Tim D.
    Value

    Ordered this lens to go with my new DMC-G10, and in fact the availability and pricing of this lens is what made me get that camera; I was able to get the body, 18-84mm (equiv) kit zoom, this 90-200m (equiv) telephoto zoom, and a more powerful flash, for less than $800 total. It's fairly small and light - about twice the size of the kit lens. I used this as the default lens when I went down to the National Cherry Blossom Festival a few weeks ago and only swapped out to the smaller lens when I specifically needed a wide-angle. Swapping between the wide angle zoom and the telephoto zoom was pretty painless, not like back in my younger days when I'd swap between a 135mm and a 500mm telephoto on my old Minolta film camera, and easier to carry around and shoot with than even the (attached) zoom lens on my Minolta digital, especially if I had the teleconverter added on, which still only brought that lens to 300mm.

    I was very pleased with the pictures that I took with this lens, and even got some pretty positive reviews from friends, including a real photographer :)

    Had very little problem with movement blur, even with the lens fully zoomed (f/5.6 max), polarizer filter, and 100 ISO settings, so I presume the optical image stabilization worked. Focusing was fast, accurate and quiet.

    Once I grab the 20mm (40mm equiv) f/1.7 prime lens I'll be a contented camper... well until I win a lottery to get the Leica-designed 45mm prime... (Posted on 4/5/2011)

  55. An Inexpensive Convenient Lens Review by RobsFolly
    Value

    This is an inexpensive mass market lens targeting casual photographers looking for something more versatile than a P&S but less expensive than a 1st tier major manufacture's medium to long telephoto zoom. Judged as such it is a pretty nice lens capable of producing some very nice photographs as evidenced by user contributions. It is conveniently small, focuses fast and does a pretty good job focusing in low light situations. It's basic design is attractive but its general build quality belies its modest pricing. It has only modest close up capabilities and is not suitable for macro work. As I recall there is about a 3 or 3.5ft minimum focusing distance which is fine for blossoms, insects or other relatively large "small items" but using it for close up work can be a bit frustrating especially at maximum zoom and stopped down a little. To Panasonic's credit they do not promote it as a macro lens.

    Despite some reviewers questioning the efficiency of the OIS capabilities, my personal experience is that it works very well *with the potential* of producing sharp hand held shots down to 1/10th of a second at full zoom, a feat that I would not have believed was possible but have meta-data to confirm. (Photo w/notes attached to lens main page)

    It's small size and general competency make it an ideal component of an *relatively* inexpensive but capable travel or walk around kit when paired with a 14-45mm Lumix zoom and a Panasonic G Series M4/3 camera. It seems to me that the Panasonic "kit lenses" represent some of the better performing budget minded lenses available and it would appear that most photographers in its target market would be very pleased with a non-defective copy of this lens. Why some enthusiast, purist or pro wannabes would be first attracted to buy and subsequently apply unrealistic performance expectations to an under $300 zoom, (I got mine for $250) and dismiss the lens as a poor performer puzzles me. Those individuals would be better advised to look at some of the remainder of the Lumix lens line bearing the Leica badge. As it stands, The 45-200 appears to be a bargain when price/performance is a determining factor. (Posted on 3/15/2011)

  56. An amazing bit of optical and electronic technology. Review by Brad S. Miller "Bradley618"
    Value

    I purchased this lens primarily because of an upcoming trip to Florida where I had hoped to catch a few bird photographs, although 'birding' is not a specialty of mine and so my experience in both technique and equipment is limited in this area. However, the price and availability of this item was too hard to resist, and so it was on my camera (a GF1) when i visited Lake Woodruff Nat'l Wildlife Refuge in Fl. 200 mm is probably 'short' for bird photographers, but it was the longest lens I've ever owned. My previous 'L' Canon lens (70-200) was a beautiful piece of engineering, but I had difficulty hand holding it and sharp results were discouringingly infrequent. At 400 mm equivalent, I had limited hope for this lens but it performed beautifully, and I do not believe I've ever owned a more amazing piece of glass in terms of results. It does not have an impressive 'feel' to it until you see what it has wrought upon the sensor when you get the shots onto a computer screen. I find the 'rendering' of the image circle of this lens stunning. Buy it if you can. (Posted on 2/26/2011)

  57. decent lens, few problems Review by C. Rollins "Chris Rollins, PE"
    Value

    So this is the only lens I can afford at this zoom range.

    good:
    - lowish price
    - good photos

    bad:
    - not completely smooth dial rotation for zooming (typical of lower end zoom lenses I think)
    - I bought a polarizing filter to keep lens clean and undamaged (and because everyone says you must have this?!), but the camera shoots an unfocused double image with it attached (this might be a filter fault though, I don't know)

    I will probably look for a 2x adapter to get more zoom from this thing for photographing birds, but not sure if that will work. I do look forward to Lumix/Panasonic/Olympus/Leica coming out with a bigger telephoto lens, i.e. 500mm. We'll see! (Posted on 2/21/2011)

  58. Good lens for this price... at least for an amateur Review by Lim Boon Kiat
    Value

    Just received this lens as a gift from the misses. At the current price Amazon offers, beats buying it from Asia. Cheapest price I found from all over the world. Just used it once. Needs a lot of light, as I tried it in doors and shutter speed goes into the seconds. A tripod is definitely needed for indoor use, given the shutter speeds and zoom at 200mm (400 effectively @ 35mm standard). Image is not as sharp as the prime 20mm F1.7 or the 14-45mm F3.5-5.6 objectives, but good enough for an amateur like me. Looks abit bulky on the GF1 though. Will bring it outdoors to try this coming weekend and will comment again. But a good buy given the compact size and low price-tag.

    New updates (16th Feb). Great lens for the price. Good outdoors, managed to get some nice creepy crawlers frozen in time. But very tough to autofocus. Had to use manual focus about 95% of the time, which i actually prefer. Autofocus works well at 45mm, but at 200mm, it will autofocus, but not at the object u would like to, especially difficult when u are trying to capture a spider on its web. Fun lens that will make u go back to the basics - manual handling. (Posted on 2/8/2011)

  59. Solid, fast and quiet Review by Alex Atterbury
    Value

    I've been using the Panasonic 45-200mm for a few weeks now with an Olympus PL1 and here are my impressions:
    --Construction is good, though it's just a bit big on an u4/3 body. All things considered, it's about as small and light as you could hope for, though my camera rests on the lens instead of the body with this lens attached (might be better with a Panny body)
    --Focus is fast and very quiet. It's a pleasant surprise after using the 20mm pancake lens as it is fairly noisy when focusing (though a fabulous lens otherwise). It's a HUGE improvement in speed and sound compared to Olympus kit lens that comes with their u4/3 cameras.
    --I've had problems taking low light photos as it struggles to focus on subjects, especially when zoomed in. In low light conditions where you plan on using a flash it's challenging to use manual focus, especially without a view finder. By contrast the 20mm lens can focus in near dark.
    --Sharpness is good, but not exceptional. Again I'm comparing to the faster 20mm lens on the same camera, but I can tell the difference. 4/5 stars in this dept.
    --Image stabilization is excellent. The Panasonic bodies don't have in-body IS, so this is huge for those cameras, but it's also noticeably better than the IS in by Olympus body. I always turn off the IS in the body and use the lens, getting back even 2 additional stops with the slower shutter speed.

    Overall pros:
    --Good sharpness
    --Little distortion
    --Excellent focus speed and very quiet
    --Image stabilization is great
    --Small and light enough to work with a small camera body

    Overall cons:
    --Bit too big for Olympus u4/3 body
    --Struggles to focus in low light and with close subjects (Posted on 1/4/2011)

  60. Review of Panasonic Micro 4/3 Telephoto Lens Review by Mikezlm
    Value

    Superb sharpness and rendition of tones. I had my eye on the 45-200 for months, and went for it when there was a price drop. Five stars all the way. (Posted on 11/6/2010)

  61. Great With Lumix G-1 Review by Tim Barber "Tim Barber"
    Value

    This is a great product for the Lumix G-1. All the settings work (auto-focus, etc) and it has a very clear picture. It does what it is meant to do. (Posted on 10/26/2010)

  62. Good and accurate.. Review by Roberto Vicente "bodhiu"
    Value

    The lens is sharp, accurate and captures excellent colors and tones as well as small and light weight...but is soft at full zoom. Good for the money. Try buying used at ebay. (Posted on 10/16/2010)

  63. Very good lens for the money Review by dianne.s
    Value

    I am using this lens with the Panasonic Lumix G1, the camera for which the lens was made, and I am very pleased with it. The OIS system works very well and I am able to hand hold it at full zoom at 1/50". The photos are beautiful. I fully recommend it for use with the G1. (Posted on 8/18/2010)

  64. 4/3rd Panasonic telephoto Review by Pete
    Value

    Merchandise arrived on time and is as represented. A decent lens for the enthusiest.
    works smoothly and has satisfactory sharpness for the price. (Posted on 8/16/2010)

  65. Plesant 2nd lens Review by D. Thompson "Hatefulmoviecritic"
    Value

    This is my second lens for my Olympus EP1. My other lens is the f1.7/20mm. Played around with the 45-200mm last night for a bit. Have yet to take it out on a shooting spree. Initial thoughts: The telephoto movement from 45 to 200 seemed hard/rough. I felt like I had to use more force to move out to the 200mm setting than I should. Movement back from 200 to 45 was nice and easy. It seems like the action is getting a little easier as I use it. Wait and see is the strategy there.

    Packaging was nice. Nothing taped or glued together. Just open and start shooting.

    As far as the 200mm goes: maybe I just don't understand camera optics very well, but I have a Nikkor 180mm lens that I have put on my EP1 as well. They look to me to give about the same amount of telephoto magnification. The 200mm is 400 in 35mm equivalent. What does the Nikkor 180 do when you put it on a less than full frame sensor? Is it giving me 360mm?

    Great Product. (Posted on 8/3/2010)

  66. good bang for your buck Review by Nikola
    Value

    I have been using this lens with Olympus E-P2 for about a month now, and have been mostly happy with the purchase. Given the price, the quality of the image is very good, and focusing is amazingly quiet (this is a concern if you are planning to shoot videos). The image stabilization works great even at the full focal length. My only problem is that the zoom mechanism is too loose so the lens tends to drift when you are aiming it up or down. (Posted on 7/29/2010)

  67. Decent zoom lens on a budget Review by Henry H. S. Yoon
    Value

    After fiddling around with my excellent Panasonic 20mm 1.7 lens and GF-1, I felt that I wanted a zoom lens, especially since I like to capture nature. There's not many zoom lenses that is supported for the micro four-thirds format, the price was good, and I heard good things about this lens, so I grabbed it.

    Image quality: it handles pretty well from the 90mm-400mm range (adjusted for 35mm equivalent). With the right aperture setting, it has beautiful bokeh and the image quality is pretty good, though I can see this lens upstaged by more pricey lenses.

    Auto-focus: This is one of the more disappointing areas of this lens. From the distance, it does okay on medium to larger sized objects, but as the object gets smaller the more this lens struggle to focus, and it gets worse if it is a moving object. Unfortunately, even if you are using manual focus, I found the focus-by-wire system used on Panasonic micro four third lens to be quite frustrating, as it is quite easy to slip in and out of focus at the slightest touch, and when you are zoomed in and trying to focus, you really don't get a feel of whether you are moving to the right focus range. I am not sure capturing fast moving objects at the distance from out of focus would work well.

    Aperture: It starts from 4.0, and while it is not unreasonable for a zoom lens, it is a bit tough for me to shoot from ISO of 400 and up even on a bright sunny day. The noise at 400 is not so bad, and it is hard to expect a faster lens at the price range.

    Stabilization: This is one area Panasonic loses to Olympus is that they chose the lens stabilization option, instead of the body stabilization option. With my GF-1, this lens is much bigger and heavier than my camera- easily twice the size and weight of the camera. There is a certain reason for most dSLRs to have that heft, and that is for image stabilization. Not sure how this lens would fare with heavier cameras like G2 and GH1, but for the GF-1, the camera/lens balance is definitely not good.

    Build quality: It's okay. Doesn't exactly feel robust in your hands, but it doesn't feel like it's going to break once you drop it. Still, I'd be quite careful with this lens.

    Overall: This is a great zoom lens for anyone starting out with the GF-1. The 400mm zoom can add some extra length, which makes it that more fun for outdoor photography. However, I feel that this lens in general is a cheaper one even compared to the 20mm lens. I would say this is about a kit lens quality. Still, a steal at this price point, but there will be some little disappointments. (Posted on 7/7/2010)

  68. A good tool...but set your expectations correctly before buying Review by aproductofsociety
    Value

    I quite recently bought the Panasonic GF1 with the 20mm f1.7 lens and at the same time bought the 45-200mm f4.0-5.6 telephoto. I am still getting to know the camera and the lenses -- I am not very seasoned with digital SLRs -- but my initial impressions are quite favorable overall.

    The 45-200mm lens is really big on the diminutive GF1 camera body. This is not a comfortable pairing, but the micro four thirds suite of lenses is very small so what can you do.... Still, I knew the lens was really big for the camera body going into this, and you should expect the camera to droop downward as it hangs on your neck with this large lens attached. With the 20mm f1.7 that isn't an issue, obviously, but that's a very different lens for a very different purpose.

    You'll want to use the 45-200mm lens with plenty of daylight since it is neither fast nor is it a quick focus, especially at the long end. It has so much magnification power that its narrow image area on the long end takes some getting used to. The "intelligent autofocus" feature is quiet but not so great -- you get to see little green rectangles dancing on the scene you're striving to capture as the camera focuses, and it may not focus on the correct object(s). I have resorted to using "P" mode rather than "iA" so I can use a spot focus on my long-distance subjects -- it seems to focus better than "intelligent autofocus" does.

    The lens can produce nice, sharp images, even on the 200mm end, but you need to really practice shooting with it to raise your "hit rate." Given the narrow image field at 200mm, getting a crisp shot of something/someone in a nicely composed image is not easy and entails as much luck as skill. You have to brace the camera as best you can and hope the subject does what you want when you're ready to shoot and also pray that nothing walks between you and the subject, which happens too.

    Often the 200mm shots will be at least a little blurry onscreen. Fortunately, there's an easy remedy for that: shoot in raw and post-process. If you use the Silkypix software included with the GF1, when you go to "develop" the raw image move the unsharp mask percentage to about 300% and the radius to 2.0 or so, save to jpg and see how you like the result versus an unmanipulated jpg. Usually you'll get a significantly sharper shot that isn't so obviously corrected. Don't push the radius too high -- the higher you go with either the unsharp mask percentage or radius, the harsher and more contrasty/grainy the image becomes. So accept a little blur for a more natural looking picture. By the way, as far as I know you can't see the effect of the unsharp mask/radius adjustments dynamically in Silkypix as you make them -- you have to develop the image to jpeg to see the sharpening and extra detail, so don't judge the impact of these manipulations in Silkypix.

    I did consider the other micro four thirds lenses but there just aren't many choices yet, and you're better off pairing Panasonic lenses with the Panasonic cameras since Olympus puts image stabilization in the camera body, not in the lens like Panasonic. I could have skipped the Panasonic 20mm f1.7, not bought the 45-200mm and just gotten the GF1 camera body and the Panasonic 14-140mm f4.0-5.8 lens. That would have given me 20mm capability and a healthy amount of zoom capability in one single lens. Unfortunately, that lens is (a) 20% heavier than the 45-200mm and (b) costs a whopping $700, versus the $280 I paid for the 45-200mm. Presumably the 14-140mm is a higher-quality lens, but why pay nearly 3x as much for something with much less power that isn't very fast to boot? It really is pricey...

    So yeah, this 45-200mm lens isn't the greatest thing ever but it is a very solid value and gives you excellent telephoto capability with patience, practice and post-processing. If Panasonic ever makes a 14-140mm f2.5 for $300 I will probably buy it, but until then I'm quite happy with great quality 20mm fixed prime and this 45-200mm budget telephoto. (Posted on 7/4/2010)

  69. This is a great lens for wildlife photography. Review by K. Lowe
    Value

    I bought this to supplement my 20mm pancake lens on my Panasonic Lumix GF1. I took about 350 photos yesterday at the Muscatatuck Wildlife Refuge and I was very happy with the results. I will post a couple so you can see the sharpness, even at the longest distance. This lens also produces a wonderful blur as you can see in the photo of the tree swallows. (Posted on 6/6/2010)

  70. For a budget telephoto, it's actually pretty good Review by Jeremy Thornhill
    Value

    How you view this lens will largely depend on your expectations. This is not a top notch lens, like the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000X1P5RE/ref=cm_cr_asin_lnk/188-9797557-5303343">Olympus Zuiko 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5</a>, and you can't really expect that sort of performance from it. This is, rather, a "budget telephoto": a bit slow, a bit cheaply constructed, possessing some minor optical defects.

    The aperture range of 4-5.6 is exactly the norm for this class of lens, and it's a major weakness. This thing needs light, and lots of it; you might as well forget shooting moving subjects unless it's a sunny day or you're using a flash.

    This is my only OIS lens for M4/3, and thus far I'm rather unimpressed with this stabilization technique for stills. My E-P2's in-body stabilization seems to be more effective, so I use that instead (note to PEN shooters: you can't combine OIS with in-body IS, you must choose one or the other). If you're shooting Panasonic, OIS is your only option, and it's better than nothing.

    When it comes to video, though, OIS is a godsend. The E-P2's IBIS doesn't work in video mode, with the body instead employing software compensation, so OIS is a real win here. This makes the 45-200mm (or another Panasonic OIS lens) a better choice than the Olympus equivalents for video work on Olympus bodies.

    Build quality is somewhat marginal, but probably above average for this class. It does have a metal mount and it doesn't wobble or stutter during zoom. The zoom ring is fairly smooth and the focus ring is, as with other M4/3 lenses, really an electronic control for the AF micromotor. Love it or hate it, it is what it is; I've gotten used to it and find it to be quite effective, but I still can't quite get the hang of not having any physical stops at the ends of the range. I really wish there was some kind of visual cue as to your focusing distance displayed in the EVF; surely the body does have this data, I just don't think it can be displayed.

    Lens size is a bit on the beefy side of things, looking slightly imbalanced on my E-P2 (especially with the hood mounted). Of course, this *is* a telephoto, and you have to accept that it will have some extra bulk. It's still a good bit smaller than comparable lenses for DSLRs, but don't expect that this thing will be slipped into your pocket like the diminutive <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002IKLJVE/ref=cm_cr_asin_lnk/188-9797557-5303343">Panasonic LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 Aspherical Pancake Lens</a>.

    Sharpness is pretty darn good across the frame even wide open. Keep in mind that 400mm equivalent f/5.6 can be very difficult to handhold, even with OIS, and at that focal length atmospheric haze can reduce contrast (I have to wonder whether these factors contribute to some peoples' perceptions of softness). It may not be "tack sharp" wide open, and the pixel peepers will surely lament this fact, but in most cases it's perfectly usable even for moderate crops.

    Chromatic aberration, on the other hand, is no joke. Point this thing at a tree backed by a light sky and you'll see huge purple fringing towards the corners. Stopping down helps but doesn't get rid of it. I understand that Panasonic bodies automatically compensate for this, but my Olympus surely isn't doing so.

    There's also some fairly substantial vignetting wide open, which won't be a problem in most real world scenarios, but is something to be aware of.

    Autofocus on this lens is very snappy and nearly silent on my E-P2 with the latest firmware. It's much better than the kit lens in both respects, easily a match for my DSLR with a comparable lens. Again, this makes it a good choice for video.

    At the end of the day, this lens meets my expectations: it's a competent performer that has weaknesses which are typical of its class. As of the time of writing, this is also the *only* lens longer than 150mm with a native M4/3 mount, so if you want the range you have little choice (outside of purchasing an expensive and massive 4/3 telephoto like the Zuiko 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 and combining it with a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001ISKNKK/ref=cm_cr_asin_lnk/188-9797557-5303343">Panasonic Mount Adapter</a>).

    If I have one complaint about this lens, it's in the price. I've got a similar lens for my Sony A700 (the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000DZH9H4/ref=cm_cr_asin_lnk/188-9797557-5303343">Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6</a>) which costs substantially less, and offer similar performance. We're still paying a premium for M4/3 lenses right now, and this lens serves as a reminder of that fact. (Posted on 5/21/2010)

  71. Good, solid Telephoto micro-four-thirds lens for Panasonic Lumix G-Series Review by Michael Hardtmann
    Value

    After having had my GF-1 with the 20mm lens for a few weeks, I felt the need for more spontaneous flexibility and sought out other micro-four-thirds lenses. There are not very many available, and the prices range from costly to outrageous. Of course the outrageous ones are great, but I settled on the 45-200 lens for several reasons:
    - size (compact and manageable)
    - zoom range (paired with the wide-angle 20mm, the 45-200 provides a solid long-end of the range)
    - price (compared to the 14-140, for example, this lens is eminently affordable)
    I was told that the 14-140 has vertical stabilisation in conjunction with horizontal, and is therefore more suitable to video, but I have found that the 45-200 (when given a little time) settles down amazingly well even at full zoom. The Mega-OIS does a great job of taking away minor jitters (e.g. heartbeat) and does pretty well with small movements (e.g. flinches), if you give it a moment to settle in. The zoom ring is easy to use even with the lens hood "backward" (but then manual focus is out of the question - this is only possible if the hood has been turned "rightwayround" or taken off completely.). As with the 20mm the "focus by wire" takes some getting used to, and is not 1:1 the way you might be used to from a film-SLR. That being said, with a learning curve and the focus-assist, it is pretty easy to get used to.
    The lens fits really nicely in the 1N size lens case from Lowe Pro, allowing it to piggy-back on my case for the camera+pancake (Apex 100 AW - leaves room for the charger, too!).

    I found the lens focuses quite quickly, although not as finely as the 20mm - it does have a higher f-stop/smaller aperture, which does compensate for this somewhat, though. And of course, in low-light situations, it just doesn't have the capacity of the 20mm with its f/1.7 aperture. (Which takes amazing low-light pictures!). (Posted on 5/19/2010)

  72. Happy with this short profile long lens Review by Tjay "Tjay"
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    Lens is surprisingly affordable (compared to the small fortune the other Lumix lenses cost), and easily fits in the bag. Back in my film camera days, a lens that went to 400mm practically had to be carried around in a mortar tube. With the micro 4/3rds format, the 45-200mm zoom range is just astounding and lens will be superb for wildlife & birds. I was able to shoot pretty effectively w/o tripod on several occasions, aided nicely by the optical image stabilization switch on the side of the barrel. (Posted on 4/6/2010)

  73. About as good as it gets Review by L. Rothman
    Value

    I have no idea why anyone would have this lens and not sing it's praises. Perhaps, for some reason they did not get a good copy. I've now worked with 2 and both were stunningly fast to focus, sharp throughout their entire focal range and provided excellent color and contrast. The lens balances wonderfully well on a Olympus PL1 or other Pens for that matter. It is quicker to focus than other Olympus lenses (perhaps due to firmware interfaces). I love the solid build frankly, but most importantly I"m rewarded with amazing sharpness that easily rivals the Canon 100-400L and 80-400 Nikkor lenses at their long end. I'm coming from both Full Frame and cropped frame sensor DSLR's and I'm telling you this lens is NO compromise in any way. If you don't get superb sharp images from this lens across the board you are flat out doing something wrong or your gear is malfunctioning....that simple. For under $300 you'd be crazy NOT to own this lens with the Panasonic or Olympus 4/3rd cameras. It is just a delight to use PERIOD. (Posted on 4/2/2010)

  74. versatile, must have m43 lens Review by Paul Liesenberg "pablo"
    Value

    this is a fantastic price/value/versatility proposition.

    this is the lens that made me go "wow, i *love* the m43 movement"...

    i got this lens for my olympus e-pl1, and it works *beautifully*. i also own the oly kitlens, the oly 17 pancake, the panasonic 20mm pancake, and a very old OM 50mm/f1.4 lens (which is my fav for portraits). if i had to keep only 2 lenses this 45-200 would be for sure one of the two. it is not the sharpest and certainly not the fastest or widest, but it sure does many things very well on an m43 body. and it blows away any point and shoot, plus it'll make you look in sympathy at the full-frame guy carrying around the equivalent for his camera...

    sum it up: *awesome* tele for the size and weight and quality (try hauling around the equvalent), and also acts as a great portrait lens with the right lighting (many pros love teles for portraits, read an online tutorial and your friends will love you). i *love* this lens. for the price, and considering what we used to pay for this image quality, it's a major "wow, i get the m43 movement".

    great things are to come for m43. what a great format. this panny lens hints the vendors are not even remotely pushing the possibilities for now.

    sure, it will fall short in the eyes of the full frame guys that already own a lens ten times the price of this (for less versatility and far less portability), but deep inside the snobs will hate you for the combo and the images you'll produce while dragging along a tenth of the traditional heft and volume...

    you may feel i went overboard, but, if there is one take-away from this little review, it is this... if you own a m43 camera, get this lens, you will not regret it. it'll open possibilities you did not expect.

    PS: if you are an Olympus E-PL1 owner... do NOT turn on the lens IS. let the olympus in-camera IS do the work. if you have *both* systems working against each other... (Posted on 3/31/2010)

  75. Surprisingly good OIS & image quality! amazingly small. Review by hellfire
    Value

    addressing the 'most helpful' review that states OIS not effective: i've taken shots @ max zoom (400mm equivalent) with 1/30 shutter with tack sharp results. that's a 10x slower shutter speed than the 1/focal length rule would suggest (i.e. you should shoot at 1/400 for a 400mm lens to eliminate camera shake), and better than i get with my full frame 70-300mm canon DO IS lens.

    i use this with my GF1 without the electronic viewfinder. this does make manual focusing hard, and i found myself having some eyestrain.

    the image quality is generally "ok" : lack of contrast and punch esp. at long end. however, some judicious contrast adjustment and sharpening, you'll easily get results you'd expect of a substantially more expensive lens (look on dpreview's micro-four-thirds forum and you'll see amazing shots with this lens). i'd argue that once printed at letter sizes or less, you won't know the difference.

    i was surprised how nice the bokeh is. creamy and smooth as long as there isn't too much high contrast noisy stuff in the background.

    the size/weight is also amazing. it's about the same size as but lighter than a tall latte. for a 400mm equivalent lens! (Posted on 3/25/2010)

  76. For the money, it's good enough. Review by Dedicated Follower of Ray
    Value

    This lens is light, small, and sharp enough. For the price, it's not a bad deal. The OS is okay, but not what it is in the higher end lenses.

    A fair deal if you need an affordable telephoto. (Posted on 3/14/2010)

  77. Great lens at affordable price Review by T. T. Ming
    Value

    I have been using this product frequently for my recent 3 weeks visit to California. I'm satisfied with the product because:
    1. I have been using film cameras for almost 20years and had recently switched to Panasonic G1 because I want to maintain compatibility with my bunch of Leica M lenses and Nikon lenses. The smallness and lightness of the system impresses me.
    2. Never have I dreamed of holding a 400mm FOV with my hand and tracking birds in the air and capturing candid shots. I tried fixing the G1 to the monster 400mm F2.8 Nikon and find it totally not feasible for hand held shots. I must admit a more direct comparison would be to 80-200mm f2.8 which I also tried and dreaded the weight.
    3. The pana 45-200mm is compact and could fit into my jacket. There is no need to use a camera back during my recent trip to California since the camera + kit lens can be slung and one pocket holds the 45-200mm lens and the other holds the spare battery which I also purchased from Amazon.
    4. The built in OIS also helps me capture shots at lower shutter speed. This is an present surprise since there isn't any OIS function during the old film days.
    5. I'd shot birds, scenery, candid and sports (ICE hockey) and find the image to be sharp. Most of the unacceptable image are result of high ISO (more than 800), using OIS during panning and low shutter speed (In my opinion, setting it to 1/500sec at Shutter priority for this lens is safe enough for most situations)
    6. The small aperture is a downside of this lens, I would not because penalize this because this is a calculated decision as I wanted a portable system. Furthermore, there is nothing to complain about for such low price. (Posted on 2/12/2010)

  78. Nice lens for the price Review by intrnst
    Value

    As many people already said, it's not the sharpest, fastest, best bokeh lens available, but it's small, light and has a very decent performance. Excellent for the price.
    I would certainly recommend for a friend. (Posted on 12/22/2009)

  79. Mid to long range zoom Review by Fuzzy picture "John"
    Value

    I couldn't pass up this lens at the price it was offered on Amazon. It completes the upper end range for my G1 Panasonic after buying it with the kit lens. It is the equivalent of a 90mm - 486mm range on the 35 MM film camera. It is very compact and has the image stabalization system built into the lens. It is the Lumix Leica design and is extremely sharp at all focal lengths, but does benefit from the use of a tripod at the long end of this zoom since it and the camera are both very small and lightweight. I am very impressed by the sharpness and also the rendition of colors produced by this lens and recommend it to Panasonic G series camera owners. It is of exceptional value and quality for it's price! (Posted on 11/30/2009)

  80. Excellent lens with latest firmware Review by Draper Kauffman
    Value

    I have five lenses for my G1, but this is my favorite. Overall, it's quite sharp and produces images with an excellent feel to them, particularly for such a comparatively low price.

    Initial test reports indicated noticeable softness at 160-200mm, but this appears to have been fixed. One possibility is that the latest firmware may have improved the autofocusing at long focal lengths. This has not been verified by Panasonic, but many owners of new or updated copies of the lens are routinely getting sharper images at 200mm than the early test reports would indicate, so it seems to be the best guess at the moment.

    It's important to have realistic expectations for long lenses. If you've never shot with a really long lens on an SLR, it's easy to assume that such a cute little lens will be just as easy to hand hold as its 14-45mm brandmate. It isn't.

    At 200mm, it has the same long reach and very narrow angle of view as a 400mm lens on a full frame 35mm. I still have one of those from my film days, and it's 13 inches long, heavy, and almost impossible to hand hold! This Panasonic lens at 200mm is subject to the same laws of physics and optics as those old 400mm bazookas, even though it is so much smaller and lighter.

    The optical image stabilization is superb, so you CAN hand hold it in good light, but you need to be well-braced and use good technique, and there's no point in even trying to hand hold it at 200mm at very low shutter speeds. (When I'm shooting at 200mm, I increase the ISO if necessary to make sure my shutter speed is at least 1/125, and I really prefer 1/250 or faster.)

    If you've never shot a long tele before, consider using a tripod, turning OIS off, and touching up the autofocus results manually to nail the exact part of the image that you want to be the sharpest. Either that or try to get closer to your subject - sharp hand held shots at 100-150mm are much easier to get.

    In summary, this lens is an exceptional value and the zoom range is great for a wide range of subjects, from portraits to wildlife. If you treat it with respect at the long end, you'll get many great pictures with it. (Posted on 10/13/2009)

  81. An average telephoto lens for micro 4/3 Review by Alex
    Value

    This telephoto lens is just an above average performer. It is light and does its basic job well. (Posted on 10/4/2009)

  82. Fun and friendly Review by Frazer Run Properties "Tim"
    Value

    I purchased this lens soon after I bought the Lumix G1 camera. The camera came with a 14-45mm lens but I wanted an alternative for portraits and animal photography. The 45-200mm Lumix G Vario fit my needs well and I was not disappointed when I mounted it to the G1 body. The images are crisp and clear with no peripheral distortion. I especially enjoy the lens housed Optical Image Stabilization system. I really thought an in-camera OIS was the better system, until I tried the G1 lens line-up. In addition to the OIS the lens also contains the aperture mechanism. Using the camera preview function the lens stops down to the set f/stop value and allows true depth-of-field preview. Overall I find this lens an invaluable addition to my camera kit. I'd certainly recommend it to anyone doing more than simple snap shots. To top off the attraction it is made by Leica and the exquisite fit and finish really shows, not to mention sharp high resolution images. Reviewed by Tim Frazer (Posted on 9/4/2009)

  83. Difficulties with stability and focus Review by Michael Shea
    Value

    The lens doesn't keep still enough to produce sharply focused images at maximum magnification, other than with a very fast shutter speed. I'd normally prefer to have aperture priority, but that isn't a constantly realistic option if you're hand-holding the camera.

    In addition, the manual focus preview screen looks horrible, because you are given a very large preview that typically shakes around far too much until you press down the shutter button to hold it. Often the wrong area of the picture is selected for preview and it then takes ages to find the intended subject for the photograph. Subject to these limitations, the lens is certainly capable of good results and as everyone else has commented, it is very light and compact, which are big advantages. I haven't downloaded any firmware updates yet and won't do so until I'm fully familiar with the lens.

    Overall, I can't rate the lens very highly and I did not consider it to be particularly good value for money either. But maybe I've not seen the best of it yet. (Posted on 8/30/2009)

  84. Nice lens for the price Review by Jeff Holzl "traveller"
    Value

    The lens is first and foremost, small. So if you bought the G1 for the quality of its image vs the size then you will be pleased with the extended capability this lens brings to the G1.
    If size was never an issue then this lens will disappoint somewhere along the line as there are better sharper (bulkier) lens out there.
    I am very happy with this purchase but it is by no means my primary lens, which unfortunately will remain the kit 110mm for the foreseeable future.
    Love the size and quality and I am sure if the G1 suited your requirements then this lens will too. (Posted on 7/17/2009)

  85. Small & Light but Image Quality Lacking at Full Zoom Review by S. Paci "Shutterbug"
    Value

    I am a fairly serious amateur photographer who has in recent years mostly used some of the better digital compacts selling in the $500-600 range. I purchased the Lumix G1 and both lenses because I wanted to step up in quality and needed a smaller, lighter alternative to a full DSLR kit for travel and wildlife photography. After working with the camera and lenses for several weeks, I have come to the conclusion that, while I will be keeping it, the camera with its two Panasonic lenses represents a compromise in terms of image quality and is not as much of an upgrade over the better digital compacts as I had hoped. I have not looked into using the camera with some of the other lenses that can be made to work with it using various adapters.

    Regarding the 45-200 zoom lens in particular: at full zoom, the images are soft. There is also some flaring and chromatic aberrations that I don't know enough about to explain, except to know that they are there. I have a quality multi-coated UV filter on the lens and am also using the lenshood.

    I understand Panasonic has issued some firmware updates for the camera and both lenses which improve lens performance, but the instructions for loading these into the camera look pretty complicated. I have yet to determine whether the soft focus is due to problems with the lens or the autofocus itself (the manual focus on these lenses seems difficult to use), with my use of the autofocus, with my choice of settings (the camera offers many options which I have not yet fully explored), whether the image stabilization is not giving me as much extra leeway on the shutter speed as I hoped, or whether this is just a problem inherent with most inexpensive zoom lenses. That said, many of the images do sharpen up somewhat in Photoshop to acceptable levels. But I have yet to see an image shot with this camera zoomed out to 400mm that is truly tack sharp -- even if the shutter speed is over 1,000 of a second. That is a little scary.

    If I could give it 3 1/2 stars I would. I am giving it 4 because I assume that most users will not be using the lens as I am -- usually zoomed all the way out, with aperture open all the way, and relying on the image stabilization to photograph birds in available light. I realize I am pushing it to its limit on almost every shot. Still, I hoped to be blown away and I am not. (Posted on 6/14/2009)

  86. teleohoto lense for my Panasonic G1 is just what I needed Review by Roy Rothstein "tv expert"
    Value

    Purchased this lense because the package lense just wasn't enough. Used the new lense right away and got fabulous results. Seller delivered the lense in perefect condition and very eraly. Great seller! (Posted on 6/6/2009)

  87. Good Lens Review by J. Nguyen
    Value

    Pros: Price is just right for this particular lens. Picture quality is very good in daylight shooting. It knock off the background when you focus on an object which is a pleasing effect for me. Fast shipping, order on Monday and receive it on Friday.

    Cons: Zoom is not as far but you get a slightly greater distant than 1/1. Good for shooting single subject, animals, and the likes. Otherwise, the included Panasonic G1 14-45mm lens cover the rest. I would like to see a much father distant zoom and most likely buy an adapter with a regular 4/3 lens.

    Overall: Construction is solid and I find that zooming is a tad stiff but that will prevent from accidental zoom sliding like the bigger 4/3 lens. Also, Lens built-in Image stabilizer is very good and work well even maximum zooming range. I think this is a good buy but not great because there isn't that many micro 4/3 lens to choose from anyway. (Posted on 6/4/2009)

  88. Amazingly compact telephoto lens Review by Susan Peirce "Canyonlights Photography"
    Value

    I am very impressed by this lens. Its small, lightweight, portable, and extends to 400mm which is amazing for a lens that is so compact. It takes good photos. The only caveat is that there is some chromatic aberration which is not easily eradicated in Photoshop or Lightroom. But the for the size and the quality of the images, its well worth it. (Posted on 4/21/2009)

  89. Panasonic 45-200mm f/4.0-5.6 Lumix G Vario MEGA OIS Zoom Lens for Panasonic Digital SLR Cameras Review by Lynn Mannan "Bird Photographer"
    Value

    This was the only other dedicated micro 4/3 lens available when I bought my Lumix G1 Kit. It is in many ways an excellent lens. The major shortcomings are slow speed (4-5.6} and inaccurate autofocusing for how I use the lens. I like to photograph wildlife, particularly birds. The autofocus tends to select larger areas in the background or foreground than my chosen subjects. This problem is more a function of the camera than the lens. Manual focusing is the solution for these situations. I have no regrets that I bought the lens - good resolution, good color, sharp pictures in both JPG and RW2 formats. I look forward to my next micro 4/3 lens. (Posted on 4/11/2009)

  90. 45-200 Panasonic Lumix Lens Review by Robert Saltiel
    Value

    This lens came quickly from Amazon LLC and is exactly as described. The focus is fast and silent and it is small and light. The lens does a nice job of throwing the background out of focus making it great for on-location headshots. I would have loved a faster lens, even 4.0 across the spectrum would work, but for the money I really can't complain. I would recommend this lens. (Posted on 3/31/2009)

  91. Extended Range Review by Jesse H. Schexnayder "schex86"
    Value

    I purchased this lens used on Marketplace for about $40 less than Amazon's current asking price, and got a free Sigma multi-coated UV filter in the bargain. The lens was in excellent condition as well, it might as well be new.

    I'm new to the interchangeable lens world, having recently upgraded from a Panasonic point & shoot to the G1, so I don't really have a frame of reference from which to compare this telephoto zoom. I can say that trying to take closeups of anything more than a few meters away was next to impossible with the kit lens, and living in Alaska I would invariably be wanting to take pictures of rapidly moving moose at a respectable distance.

    Having just received the lens today, I can say that it works very well for my intended purposes. I happened to spot some deer on the way home, so I stopped the car, changed the lens, stepped out, and was able to take some decent photos of the animals as they maneuvered through the treeline. This is a first for me, as I was never able to bring this off successfully with my old camera.

    [...]

    The speed seems sufficient during daylight, but the AF does seem to have issues if you quickly advance the zoom from wide-angle to tele. But maybe I just haven't figured out the quirks. Build quality seems fine as far as I can tell, and the OIS does help noticeably, esp. at the highest zoom.

    If you're like me and new to SLRs, you'll be surprised at the size compared to the kit lens, esp. with the lens hood attached. Other people seemed to be surprised as well as I got several curious looks from passersby as I skirted through the woods with this thing.

    Bottom line, there aren't many lenses available for the G1 right now, so if you need some additional range, then this is your only choice, and based on my limited experience with it so far, its not a bad one at that. (Posted on 3/17/2009)

  92. Sharp and light weight Review by LMN
    Value

    Excellent optic even though it is not the fastest (f4 - 5.6) in the world. This lens is a valuable addition to the Panasonic G1. (Posted on 1/20/2009)

  93. Reasonable, Budget Telephoto Review by S. Chandrasekar
    Value

    I bought this lens because it is the only telephoto lens currently available for the micro43 system. My first impressions follow:

    Build Quality is what you'd expect from a kit lens. It is very "plastic-y" and doesn't really inspire the user with confidence. Perhaps more disconcerting is the fact that you can "feel" the components inside the lens move around. I read on the dpreview forums that this is to be expected.

    I was also less than impressed with the Optical Image Stabilization of this lens. Having used/owned various Canon IS lenses in the past, I was expecting 3-4 stops of additional hand-holding ability. However, I've found that I've had consistently poor results with the OIS beyond 2 stops. It is better than nothing (particularly since this lens is so cheap) but not great.

    The IQ is quite decent. It has little to no distortion (and it is very good at the wide end) but this may have to do with the fact that Panasonic corrects distortion from their lenses inside the camera. Pictures at the telephoto end are a bit soft but I'm probably being unfair (I've been comparing in my mind to Canon's fantastic 70-200 f/4 IS which costs 3 times more).

    The one extremely bright spot for this lens is its relative size. For an equivalent focal length of 90-400, there isn't another lens on the market that can compare to this lens' size. It is no bigger than the standard zoom kit lenses that you get with other systems. Micro43 has a bright future if they can continue to make such small lenses while improving build quality. (Posted on 1/7/2009)


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