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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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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||H-PS45175|
|Compatible Mountings||Micro Four Thirds|
|Item Dimensions||2.44 x 2.44 x 3.54 inches|
|Item Weight||0.46 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Material Type||plastic barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Focal Length||175|
|Maximum Format Size||FourThirds|
|Minimum Focal Length||45|
|Shipping Weight||0.85 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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).Read more ›
What I found with the sample I received was that the image was sharp to the image corners even "wide" open at infinity-focus (and also at close-focus) throughout its zoom range, its distortion level was low, its CA level was also low, its illumination was quite even, and its resistance to flare and ghosting was high. I then checked it with many photos shot at 175mm in the potentially "offending" shutter speed range of 1/60th to 1/200th second. Only one of the photos was not sharp (but it did not show double imaging with in-focus high-contrast edges...). (BTW, this lens that I recently bought from Amazon had the firmware update version 1.1 already installed.) Next, for "fun", I tried some low-light photos at 175mm and f5.6 with the camera used hand-held for 1/10 and 1/15th second exposures at ISO 1600 with the G5. MUCH to my surprise, some of the photos were quite sharp, even when viewed at 100% - and they even looked good otherwise!Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great lens, works flawlessly on my Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1. I'm not a camera expert, but the standard 14-42 lens only gives you 3x magnification, which is just too little. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
I have serious problems with this lens. It does not work on the manual zoom, scroll wheel revolves but the image does not bring. Read morePublished 9 months ago by George
Got this lens and returned it. It simply could not be used in low light situations without a tripod. I bit the bullet and got the Panasonic Lumix 35-100mm f/2.8 lens…AWESOME!!!Published 17 months ago by dcant