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Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm/F4.0-5.6 Lens for Panasonic Lumix G-Series Digital Cameras

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  • 90mm-350mm in 35mm equivalent zoom
  • Nano Surface Coating technology minimizes reflections at entire visual light range
  • POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) integrated into the lens makes it easy to shoot sharp images even in low-lit situations
  • Power zoom

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Technical Details

Color: Silver
  • Brand Name: Unknown
  • Model: H-PS45175S
  • Lens Type: zoom
  • Minimum focal length: 45
  • Maximum focal length: 175

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Product Details

Color Name: Silver
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 5.6 x 4.1 inches ; 13.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B005J5TZQ6
  • Item model number: H-PS45175S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 26, 2011

Product Description

Color: Silver

The new LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 45-175mm/F4.0-5.6 ASPH./POWER O.I.S. lens features superb image rendering for lifelike textures and crisp, edge-to-edge contrast. A unique Nano Surface Coating technology minimizes reflections at entire visual light range (380nm-780nm) for a dramatic reduction of ghosts and light flare, resulting in outstandingly clear picture quality. Using a Multi-Actuator Floating Inner Focus System to control three lens groups separately the LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 45-175mm/F4.0-5.6 ASPH./POWER O.I.S. achieves a reduction in both size and weight without compromising picture quality. Boasting outstanding compactness, the lens is approximately 90mm in length and 7.4oz in weight, resulting in ultra-high mobility. Offering a versatile zoom range of 45-175mm the LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 45-175mm/F4.0-5.6 ASPH./POWER O.I.S. allows distant subjects to be captured sharply at the tele-end. Also notable, the lens is extremely suitable for portrait and landscape shots, as its high contrast and resolution helps images shot at the wide end maintain exceptional quality, and the zoom lever allows for quick and stable zooming, even while shooting a moving object. The new lens system features two Extra-low Dispersion (ED) lenses which suppress chromatic aberration and contribute to high descriptive performance across the entire zoom range 45-175mm. The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) integrated into the LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 45-175mm/F4.0-5.6 ASPH./POWER O.I.S. makes it easy to shoot sharp images even in low-lit situations. With improved sensitivity of the gyro sensor, the new POWER O.I.S. also suppresses large, slow movements two times more effectively while small, fast movements are compensated for by the conventional MEGA O.I.S.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The image quality is good and sharp -- the color is awesome.
Lenghoo
It doesn't extend during zooming or focusing, and the zoom switch does a good job providing a smooth zoom for your video.
John T.
Power zoom feature (optional) is very useful for video and also for stills.
Alex

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Fred Bauer on February 22, 2012
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
I was concerned about the double image problem reported on various blogs, and sure enough there it was on the first shots. But after downloading the updates for this lens and the camera (GX1) from Panasonic the issue was completely resolved.
Then I discovered just how good this lens really is. There is a tiny bit of sharpness fall-off at the long end but completely usable there and remarkably clean over most of it's range. The light weight and small size make it the perfect companion for the 14-42X.
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72 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Ken Walsh on October 19, 2011
Color Name: Black
REVIEW UPDATED FOR NEW FIRMWARE

The optical image stabilization system for this lens did not work properly when first released. Multiple users tested it on multiple cameras and in most cases it produced a severe double image with shutter speeds between 1/100 and 1/300. Tested on both GH2 and G3 with same results. It appears to be shutter vibration causing the OIS system to detect a false movement and then attempt to correct for this false movement. Bottomline, users were finding images are better when they turn OIS off.

For extensive details and test images look in the Micro Four Thirds forum at Amazon's partner site dpreview.com. Also check the very long thread in the Lumix Lifestyle UK forum.

Panasonic released a new firmware for this lens on 11/17. It appears to have significantly improved the OIS for many users. The shutter speed of 1/160 still appears to be a weak point, especially on the G3, but the "double image problem" has been resolved at most settings for most users. It has not completely gone away, however. Again, the forums referenced above have lots of users tests with both the old and new firmware in them.

I hope to run comparison tests between this lens and the 45-200 and will update the review when I have the opportunity to do so. Optically, without the OIS issues, the lens appears very good. I hope to upgrade this to five star review once after more testing.

FINAL REVIEW UPDATE

Well, I've now had the opportunity to run tests with this lens myself using the lens FW1.1 on a GH2 with body FW1.1 as well. The result is that the OIS performance is not spectacular. Shooting at 175mm there is still an occasional double image problem around 1/160th shooting speeds.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Alex on September 20, 2012
Color Name: Silver Verified Purchase
I've been using this lens for the last couple of months with Olympus E-PM1 to great success. Very sharp wide open at all focal lengths even for distant objects. I have not experienced any OIS issues others have been reporting. OIS is disabled on Olympus bodies so I wouldn't know anyway. The lens is light and compact (46mm filter thread), the zooming is internal so the lens does not extend. Power zoom feature (optional) is very useful for video and also for stills. I find it very precise and superior to manual zooming. I use power zoom exclusively with this lens. The pace of zooming is control by how hard you tilt the toggle conveniently located on the left. Image quality is superb. Great color, contrast and sharpness across all focal lengths wide open, no need to stop down (it doesn't get visibly better anyway). My experience is in agreement with many reviews which said that the lens is optimized for wide open shooting. This is important because it is not a bright lens and one would have to watch the shutter speed so using apertures as large as possible is recommended.

Compared to Olympus 40-150mm (I used to own one), Panasonic 45-175mm is better in every way:

- Better optics. The lens is sharper especially for shooting at a distance (you would need to stop down Oly 40-150 to f8 to get acceptable corner to corner sharpness, plus Oly is not that sharp at full zoom)
- Has noticeably better contrast and color
- Slightly faster AF especially at full zoom but more so in lower light (tested on same body). The AF is significantly faster during video (C-AF) vs Oly 40-150mm (same E-PM1 body)
- Internal zoom (IMO, all zooms should be like this, we're in 2012)
- Power zooming (invaluable for video).
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By boB on December 11, 2011
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
The lens focuses quickly and can be zoomed manually or powered. It is compact, light, yet provides more reach than most SLR lenses. The lens does not extend during zooming which helps to keep dust out and provide a more stable lens body. Of course none of this would matter if the images were not sharp but they are! Even the bokeh is good.
I updated the software but even before that the lens did not have any issues (on a G3). It makes a rattle when turned, until the camera is turned on. May be the OIS but it is apparently by design so I am not concerned.
Some images taken with this lens can be seen at: [..]
(not all are with the 45-175, some are with a 14-42 or 7-14 but any long shots are with this lens).

Cons: I wish it were constant f/4 but then the price, size, and weight would all be greater. The 46mm filter thread would have been better by matching it with the 52mm of the kit lens so we wouldn't have to buy more filters.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ken Walsh on October 19, 2011
Color Name: Silver
REVIEW UPDATED FOR NEW FIRMWARE

The optical image stabilization system for this lens did not work properly when first released. Multiple users tested it on multiple cameras and in most cases it produced a severe double image with shutter speeds between 1/100 and 1/300. Tested on both GH2 and G3 with same results. It appears to be shutter vibration causing the OIS system to detect a false movement and then attempt to correct for this false movement. Bottomline, users were finding images are better when they turn OIS off.

For extensive details and test images look in the Micro Four Thirds forum at Amazon's partner site dpreview.com. Also check the very long thread in the Lumix Lifestyle UK forum.

Panasonic released a new firmware for this lens on 11/17. It appears to have significantly improved the OIS for many users. The shutter speed of 1/160 still appears to be a weak point, especially on the G3, but the "double image problem" has been resolved at most settings for most users. It has not completely gone away, however. Again, the forums referenced above have lots of users tests with both the old and new firmware in them.

I hope to run comparison tests between this lens and the 45-200 and will update the review when I have the opportunity to do so. Optically, without the OIS issues, the lens appears very good. I hope to upgrade this to five star review once after more testing.

FINAL REVIEW UPDATE

Well, I've now had the opportunity to run tests with this lens myself using the lens FW1.1 on a GH2 with body FW1.1 as well. The result is that the OIS performance is not spectacular. Shooting at 175mm there is still an occasional double image problem around 1/160th shooting speeds.
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