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Panasonic 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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  • Micro Four Thirds lens mount system produces professional level images while greatly reducing the overall size compared to traditional DSLR lenses
  • Built-in Optical Image Stabilization reduces blurry pictures due to hand movement that is especially useful at longer focal lengths
  • Maximum f/stop opening of 4.0 (at 45mm wide) to a minimum of f22 with a filter size of only 52mm
  • 16 elements in 13 groups utilizing 7 circular aperture diaphragm blades with a total weight of only 13.4 ounces
  • Standard accessories include front and rear lens caps, lens hood and lens storage bag

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  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 9.4 x 6.4 inches ; 13.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • Item model number: H-FS045200
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 1, 2008

Product Description

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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I'm very impressed with the overall quality and performance of this lens.
I buy the Panasonic 45-200 Lumix Vario Micro Four Thirds lens to my G3 camera to have greater zoom and works great.
If you are looking for an outdoor lens with a good range you can't do much better than this one!

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286 of 288 people found the following review helpful By Draper Kauffman on October 14, 2009
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.
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142 of 150 people found the following review helpful By L. Rothman on April 3, 2010
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.
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90 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Paul Liesenberg on April 1, 2010
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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...
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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful By aproductofsociety on July 5, 2010
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.
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