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A Good Choice for m43 Zoom Lens,
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This review is from: Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm/F4.0-5.6 Lens for Panasonic Lumix G-Series Digital Cameras (Electronics)
This lens got some bad press in the beginning regarding IS problems. Several users reported double images at certain shutter speeds. It sounded pretty ugly but I also found reports from several users that loved the lens and reported good results with no problems.
I bought the lens reluctantly and had a "test program" worked out to thoroughly check the IS problems as well as the image quality. When it arrived, I upgraded the firmware to 1.1 and began to take pictures at all focal lengths and shutter speeds. I shot many, many shots at 1/160th second, which was reported as the worst single speed where IS failed.
To the point, I have shot hundreds of pictures with this lens and have not had a single IS problem, not one! The quality of the images is as good, or better, than any zoom lens I have ever used. It seems especially sharp at max zoom. The lens is now getting good reports on the same forums where the IS problem was reported.
This lens is light and handy, less than 1/2 pound, and is a perfect mate for the smaller m43 cameras. Image quality is excellent at all focal lengths and all shutter speeds. The power zoom lever is a nice feature, especially for zooming during video. IS on the lens is EXCELLENT and the view through the EVF is very smooth and stable.
Anyone needing this sort of lens that has reservations due to the early reviews about IS, should be assured that the problem, if there was one, has been fixed. I'd recommend ordering the lens,upgrading the firmware, testing it, then enjoying it.