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Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm/F4.0-5.6

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Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm/F4.0-5.6

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Overall 4

Not Suited for Indoor/Event Work

Jim Simon, B&H Photo
12 October 2012
  • Excerpt: I bought this for my GH2 as I needed a longer lens for wedding ceremonies. The stock 14-42 just wasn't reaching the altar from my normal back of church shooting position. The servo zoom was something I missed when I switched from video cameras to the GH2, so I thought this might be a good fit. As it turns out, the included range just doesn't work for me. 45mm is just no where near wide enough for what I do. But that's no fault of the lens.
  • Cons: Blurry Focus, No Mechanical Zoom, Poor in Low Light, Slow Focus
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Overall 4

Great lens, terrible quality conrtol

DDT, B&H Photo
28 June 2012
  • Excerpt: I've tried 3 copies (2 [@]and 1 from [@]), all showed double image with IS on at shutter speed between 1/40-1/200. Not B&H fault but their copy was the worst. Will send for exchange in the hope to get a good one. Other that this crucial production and QC fault, the lens is perfect for m43: compact, lightweight, great color rendition and contrast even under overcast sky.
  • Pros: Compact, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Very good colorcontrast
  • Cons: Blurry Focus
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Overall 4

Panasonic Didn't Do Its Homework ...

GoDark, Amazon
15 January 2012
  • Summary: This lens had and continues to have serious issues with its lens stabilization system. The Panasonic "X" lens series was touted by Panasonic as a harbinger of future premium lenses (without Leica's help); and the new Panasonic Power OIS was claimed to be twice as effective as the previous Panasonic lens stabilization system in certain situations. The reality?
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Overall 4

IS seems to have issues.

dmanthree, B&H Photo
3 January 2012
  • Excerpt: I wasn't able to get sharp photos from this lens on my GX1 when the IS was employed. Not sure what the issue was, but I get better results from the 45-200.
  • Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight
  • Cons: IS unreliable
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