Summary: ... to round out a system. Since I had sold my large clunky Canon DSLRs and gone mirrorless with the Panasonic Lumix GX7 this was an obvious choice. Since the micro four thirds system has 2X crop ratio, this becomes in effect a 90-400mm lens. Light, small and sharp. Definitely a good value.
Summary: It's a good choice for telephoto zoom with autofocus on micro 4/3rds right now. The Olympus 40–150 doesn't zoom in quite as far, but it starts wider – wide enough that it's better suited for portraits and won't need to be swapped out as often.
Pros: Stabilization built into the lens - more effective than IBIS at higher telephoto lengths. Better sharpness than the average kit zoom. Small...very small. 90-400mm zoom range is slightly longer than the average kit telephoto zoom. Nice construction and tactile feel to manipulate (smooth dial movem...
Cons: 90mm equivalent zoom starting length is long enough that you will have to switch back to a standard zoom often. Some people don't like that the manual focus ring is electric rather than mechanically linked... There are good and bad things about that. Images are slightly corner-softened when fully...
Good lens for this price... at least for an amateur
Lim Boon Kiat, Amazon
9 February 2011
Summary: Just received this lens as a gift from the misses. At the current price Amazon offers, beats buying it from Asia. Cheapest price I found from all over the world. Just used it once. Needs a lot of light, as I tried it in doors and shutter speed goes into the seconds.
Summary: I've been using the Panasonic 45-200mm for a few weeks now with an Olympus PL1 and here are my impressions: --Construction is good, though it's just a bit big on an u4/3 body. All things considered, it's about as small and light as you could hope for, though my camera rests on the lens instead of...
Summary: After fiddling around with my excellent Panasonic 20mm 1.7 lens and GF-1, I felt that I wanted a zoom lens, especially since I like to capture nature. There's not many zoom lenses that is supported for the micro four-thirds format, the price was good, and I heard good things about this lens, so I...
A good tool...but set your expectations correctly before buying
5 July 2010
Summary: 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.
Summary: I have been using this product frequently for my recent 3 weeks visit to California. I'm satisfied with the product because: 1. I have been using film cameras for almost 20years and had recently switched to Panasonic G1 because I want to maintain compatibility with my bunch of Leica M lenses and...
Summary: I am very impressed by this lens. Its small, lightweight, portable, and extends to 400mm which is amazing for a lens that is so compact. It takes good photos. The only caveat is that there is some chromatic aberration which is not easily eradicated in Photoshop or Lightroom.
Panasonic 45-200mm f/4.0-5.6 Lumix G Vario MEGA OIS Zoom Lens for Panasonic Digital SLR Cameras
Lynn Mannan, Amazon
18 February 2009
Summary: This was the only other dedicated micro 4/3 lens available when I bought my Lumix G1 Kit. It is in many ways an excellent lens. The major shortcomings are slow speed (4-5.6} and inaccurate autofocusing for how I use the lens. I like to photograph wildlife, particularly birds.