I am totally happy, would recommend this lens for its value.
2 May 2013
Summary: - Why I bought it - for places like the LA Zoo, where the animals are far away. - What I like most about it - the range, the sharpness, and clarity for the price I paid. - What I dislike about it - the f/4.0 aperture is some what limiting, but again, the price. :-) - Whether or not I would buy the product again is a yes, because as a non-professional this lens meets the need of an amateur. I paid $207 for this lens new including shipping. Could not go wrong.
Summary: Although the lens experts knock this lens for being plastic, that is not an issue for me, especially at this price. The optics are what counts for me and that is what amazed me when I put it to the test this morning at all focal lengths outside with a snowy landscape. When I got the lens the other day, I immediately updated its firmware through Olympus, since I am using it on their EPL1, one of my favorite all-time digitals (I have owned 34)and one I have no intention of...
Excellent Zoom Lens That Won't Put A Hole In Your Wallet
Eoghann Irving, Amazon
9 October 2012
Summary: Panasonic apparently do not believe in catchy names for their lenses. But it does at least tell you exactly what you're getting. Since this is a micro four thirds lens you're looking at a zoom of 90mm to 400mm on the standard 35mm scale. That's a pretty good range and certainly brings things much closer to you. I got the chance to really put this lens through its paces during my Disney World trip. I was regularly switching between this and my standard 14-45 kit lens.
Summary: I've had the 45-200mm Lumix zoom for almost two weeks of testing. It was used primarily outdoors in available light with an Olympus E-pl1 body. The lens has proven to be extremely sharp and contrasty at all focal lengths. The autofocus is quick and accurate with the Olympus body and the stabilization function of the lens is quite effective.
Summary: Having finally sold the last of my Nikon digital (and film) gear, and replaced it with M-4/3 bodies and lenses, I needed one last lens to complete my kit: A telephoto. Panasonic makes several telephotos for the M4/3 system, of which this is the cheapest, and I was concerned as to whether it was good enough to produce the level of quality I was looking for.
Summary: After purchase on ebay camera Panasonic GF3, has bought at once and this lens. The test has shown, that very qualitative copy has got to me. Sharp on all to the staff. It is focused quickly. It would be certainly desirable посветлее hardly, but for this money the optics quite justifies itself also to me very much it is pleasant. I consider, that now my complete set does not require more what. I recommend this lens.
Summary: I just got this lens a few days ago and I am sold! I bought the Olympus Pen E-PL1 kit from Amazon Warehouse deals and saved enough to also get this lens at the same time. I currently have a Canon Rebel T3i, with some "L" lenses, and I knew I was stepping down, but had read about the 4/3 systems and was interested in a smaller camera for those times when the Canon was just plain too big and too heavy. Frankly, so far I don't miss all those extra pixels!
Summary: this is a fantastic price/value/versatility proposition. this is the lens that made me go "wow, i *love* the m43 movement"... i got this lens for my olympus e-pl1, and it works *beautifully*. i also own the oly kitlens, the oly 17 pancake, the panasonic 20mm pancake, and a very old OM 50mm/f1.4 lens (which is my fav for portraits). if i had to keep only 2 lenses this 45-200 would be for sure one of the two.
Summary: Lens is surprisingly affordable (compared to the small fortune the other Lumix lenses cost), and easily fits in the bag. Back in my film camera days, a lens that went to 400mm practically had to be carried around in a mortar tube. With the micro 4/3rds format, the 45-200mm zoom range is just astounding and lens will be superb for wildlife & birds.