Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm/F4.0-5.6
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So close, but yet so far
17 February 2012
Summary: Got the 45-175 X to replace the 45-200. It is half the weight and the diameter is much smaller, which made it much easier to fit in the camera bag. Initial testing was good, but some images appeared very soft when they shouldn't be. After digging through some forums and reading up a lot, I found this lens has a vibration issue that causes a "double image". Some people attributed it to the OIS (stabilization) but that is not the case.
Summary: Defective lens (motor). Panasonic wanted me to ship it back (at my expense) for diagnostic. They should have sent a replacement right away. Panasonic CSR informed me this lens only carries a 90-day warranty, which I found unusually short for a brand new purchase.
Excerpt: The optical image stabilization system for this lens does not work properly. Multiple users have tested it on multiple cameras and in most cases it produces 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.