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Nearly Ruined my GH4 Experience
on August 13, 2015
This lens nearly caused me to give up on GH4. When I originally purchased my GH4 I purchased two lenses - this one and the Panasonic pancake 20mm F/1,7. While I loved the pancake lens for day-to-day stuff I knew I would need some sort of tele lens. I bought this one.... and that was a mistake.
I may have received a bad copy, but I found this lens to be incredibly dark. Not just dark in the sense that it always defaulted to the F/5.8 aperture... but even then it seemed like I could never capture an image that had a bright look to it. Mirrorless cameras already suffer from a poor reputation for poor color, unfortunately this lenses adds to that stigma. in fact, based on some of the favorable reviewsI read on this lens... I assumed that it was the GH4 that caused the poor color rendition. Of course I was wrong, the Panasonic Leica 25mm F/1.4 completely changed my opinion on the GH4's true capabilities.
- Not especially sharp... this is going to sound harsh, but of the 10 or so lenses that I own, this one is the least sharp.... and by a noticeable margin. The lack of sharpness plus the darker look gives my image a bit of a *unplanned* noir look.
- Definitely has a heavier build quality - compared to many MFT lenses this one feels like a tank. In truth, I actually like the feel of the lens.
- Does feature image stabilization which does help accommodate for the slower speeds that you will need to shoot at due to the aperture size. However, I have never seen a review that has Panasonic ranked highly for image stabilization.
- One true positive is that you are getting the equivalent of a 280mm telephoto lens at a very reasonable price (at least compared to DSLR). Now the 70mm-300mm kit lens that came with Nikon D610 will shoot circles around this thing.... but all told that is a much larger (and heavier) set-up.
Final verdict - You rarely see negative reviews on lenses.... I am not sure why, but it seems like most of the people who buy a lens just happen to fall in love with it. That has happened to me on a couple of occasions ( the before mentioned Panasonic Leica 25mm F/1.4 and on my Nikon the Zeiss 100mm F/2 Macro lens). Regardless on this lens I wanted to give you a true opinion of someone who bought the lens and was disappointed.