PANASONIC LUMIX G VARIO LENS, 45-200MM, F4.0-5.6 ASPH., MIRRORLESS MICRO FOUR THIRDS, MEGA OPTICAL I.S., H-FS045200 (USA BLACK)
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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
- Macro Focus Range :1.00 m, Focal Length : 45-200 mm
- 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, Refer user manual below
- 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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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Mountings||Micro Four Thirds|
|Item Dimensions||2.76 x 2.76 x 3.94 inches|
|Item Display Weight||1.4 pounds|
|Item Weight||0.84 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||1.00 m|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F4.0 - F5.6|
|Maximum Focal Length||200 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||FourThirds|
|Minimum Focal Length||45 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||7|
|Number of Elements||16|
|Number of Groups||13|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||52 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||27 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||1.05 pounds|
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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- This is an initial review after using the lens for about 3 hours. The camera body used was Olympus OM-D E-M10.
- I do not have a copy of 25mm f/1.4 lens to compare this one against
- I will keep my written review on optical to minimal as it can be very subjective and I am not the most qualified individual to do so by any means
- Instead I will focus on highlighting product design, constructions, and features
- For those of you who wants to see some actual photos taken with the lens, I have uploaded full resolution shots to the link below
=== Pros ===
- Excellent price point : ~$150 brand new
- Light weight : measured 152 grams with both the hood and the lens cap on
- Silky wide focus ring : the focus ring is very wide and well dampened with no wiggling. It makes no noise when turning. In my opinion better than Olympus 45mm f/1.8
- Lens hood included : the hood can be mounted backwards when not in use. It is made of solid plastic with inner coatings and threads.
- Good flare control : no noticeable flaring even without the lens hood on although I have only tested indoors
- Good edge-to-edge sharpness : this lens in my view is sharp across the frame even at wide open
=== Cons ===
- Long minimum focus distance : measured to be approximately 16cm
- Some chromatic aberration seen at lower f stops : stepping down approximately 3 stops makes it reasonably controlled. This may be a non-issue with Panasonic bodies.
- AF overshoots sometimes : this is nothing major but I find the lens to be overshooting a little bit during AF when paired with my OM-D E-M10. This may be a non-issue with Panasonic bodies.
=== Summary ===
This 25mm f/1.8 lens is very well designed and put together - striking a good balance between solid construction and light weight portability. Even though minimum focus distance is a bit disappointing, it's bright aperture of f/1.7 can deliver good subject isolation. This lens is a solid buy at the current price point of ~$150.
Personally, this would make an excellent companion lens to heavier and much bulkier zooms such as Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 or Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8. I have sold Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 and Olympus 17mm f/2.8 when I got my 12-40mm f/2.8. However, this one will have keep its own spot in my bag as a cheap but solid "nifty fifty" along with Olympus 45mm f/1.8.
I can also see this lens performing well for videography in manual focus - primarily due to it's wide and silky focus ring.
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.
I take photos for our company -- so not a professional photographer, but I do need capture website-worthy photos that are ready for marketing brochures. I was really failing at catching all of our activities that took place on the water or at a distance -- this lens is going to keep me busy!