Summary: I bought this lens to take pictures of my daughter doing surf. I wish time speeds up until June in order to properly use it. Try to take some indoor pictures but with medium or low light the picture are terrible, but thats normal. I bought it used and, because I'm in Portugal/Europe and the seller in the US (Texas) I thought it would take ages, but the service was pretty good.
Summary: I bought this lens to be able to use it on my two cameras LUMIX G-2 and G-3, micro. As I already have a lens Lumix G Vario 14-140, needed a 45-200mm, for complete versatility. I consider this lens as good quality, at an affordable price. I have no criticisms to make regarding this lens.
Summary: Bought this zoom lens on eBay for my Panasonic DMC-GF3 camera and took it to the race track. Detail is amazing, and the 200mm zoom (equivalent to 400mm with 35mm cameras) allowed for close-up shots of the cars in the pit stops from the top of the stands. Video performance was also very good. Autofocus could be slightly faster for high speed action like races, though.
Summary: I purchased this lens and so far is a very good performer. Please be advised to update the lens as soon as you get it. The lens is not very sharp after 160-170mm, but for the price you can't get anything better in the m4/3 world. REMEMBER TO UPDATE THE LENS FIRMWARE!!!!
Summary: I like this as an economical telephoto lens. Pros: price, fairly compact, decent range, rubber zoom ring, smoother zoom than the kit lens, nice picture quality, fast focusing Cons: Hard to use when fully zoomed without a tripod even with the image stabilization
Moreno Tagliapietra "fine art photography", Amazon
14 January 2012
Summary: Hi, I am a part-time fine-art photographer with a bunch of years of film and digital experience. Some six months ago, I purchased a GH1 body (less noisy sensor than the GH2) with the 14-45mm and 45-200mm lenses as a much lighter alternative to my primary DSLR system (Pentax K20D with DA and DA* lenses). I carry the whole system in a small pouch with a spare battery and memory card, a polarizer filter, phone, wallet and car keys.
Good value for a useful telephoto range at reasonable quality
5 December 2011
Summary: Pros: reduced size and weight, useful zoom range, good image quality up to about 150mm, well constructed. Cons: images become slightly soft at 200mm, maximum aperture of f/4.0-5.6 isn't particularly fast. Detailed review: This lens packs a lot in a small package. At full telephoto, the image stabilization absolutely shines. The wide end of the range is useful for portrait work, although the modest maximum aperture is somewhat limiting.
Summary: Recently purchased a Panasonic G3 micro 4/3 camera and purchased this lens for its extra zoom capability. The lens is compact and light weight, a little plasticky feeling (not a heavy built metal lens but then I wanted a light weight lens - a reasonable compromise.) The lens focuses quickly and images are very sharp considering the cost. I'm not thrilled with the maximum aperture of F4/5.6 but then it didn't cost $1,800 which is what my F2.8 Canon lens cost.
Unbeatable at this price point or anywhere near it
29 May 2011
Summary: At an effective 400mm reach, nice color and sharpness, you think this thing would cost twice the price. Very decent optics and nice fit and finish make it a great compliment to my Olympus pen or my panasonic gf2.