Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm/F4.0-5.6
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You get what you paid for
rummy, B&H Photo
3 weeks ago
Excerpt: Nothing more nothing less. It's a decent lens but not it you are planning to work professionally. Very poor quality in low light situations. If you can..spend a little more to get something better
Summary: The physical design is great, the image quality is lacking. Shoot everything at 5.6 and images are satisfactory. The range and the compactness are wonderful. The zoom options (switch or ring) also are terrific. Image quality is my first priority so I returned it.
Average photo quality, save your money for a hihger spec lens
4 June 2013
Summary: The price was right, the lens is relatively lightweight and the construction seems fine. But picture quality is only average. Little detail at higher magnifications. My advice is save your money and plump for a higher spec version.
Excerpt: I got this lens for my Lumix GH3. It works well for a mid-range zoom. I like the power zoom feature although it would be nice to be able to more accurately control and vary the speed of the zoom (even on its slowest setting it zooms too quickly). It is not a low-light lens given its f4.0-5.6 rating.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight
Excerpt: I love the way this lens feels on my G3. I love the small size, but the image stabilization is not working right. This would be an awesome lens if the image stabilazation worked right. Zoomed all the way out the only sharp images were at 1/640 of a sec and faster hand holding with IS on.
Summary: Compared to 45-200mm much smaller, lighter and doesn't extend when focusing. Nice touch - even though the filter/cap size is 46mm, with the hood attached in reverse position, it accepts 52mm lens cap (the smallest available white balance with white milky dome in the center "Canon style").
Summary: CONs: (1) Tried four copies of this lens, updated the firmware on all four, and all four still had the edge-doubling issue when used with both my G1 and G3 at 175mm and shutter speeds between 1/80-1/250.
Excerpt: The BAD: Tried three copies of this lens, and all have the edge-doubling effect at shutter speeds between 1/80-1/250. In this range, at 175mm extension, the effect was there in 40% of my images, even after applying the firmware update.
Pros: Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Unusually sharp wide open
Summary: The BAD: Tried three copies of this lens, and all have the edge-doubling effect at shutter speeds between 1/80-1/250. In this range, at 175mm extension, the effect was there in 40% of my images, even after applying the firmware update.
Summary: REVIEW UPDATED FOR NEW FIRMWARE The optical image stabilization system for this lens did not work properly when first released. Multiple users tested it on multiple cameras and in most cases it produced a severe double image with shutter speeds between 1/100 and 1/300.