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8.7 out of 10

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

The Panasonic new cutting-edge interchangeable lens LUMIX G X VA Read more

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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 6
6.0

Average photo quality, save your money for a hihger spec lens

sommet64, Ebay
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.
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Overall 6
6.0

Nice Lens

shankel128, B&H Photo
14 February 2013
  • 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. The optical image stabilization works well.
  • Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight
  • Cons: Poor in Low Light, Strange Lens Hood
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Overall 6
6.0

I want to Love it but....

Photogky, B&H Photo
25 July 2012
  • 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.
  • Pros: Lightweight
  • Cons: Poor in Low Light
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Overall 6
6.0

problems with IS on G1 and G3

BookWorm, Amazon
12 May 2012
  • 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"). In addition to better portability compared to 45-200mm, better balance on G1, perfect on G3. The 45-200 makes both "nose heavy".
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Overall 6
6.0

Still has edge-doubling OIS issues on G1, G3

D. J. Bookbinder "David of MA", Amazon
15 April 2012
  • 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. The 1.1 firmware fix Panasonic supplied improved this issue slightly, but what it mostly seemed to do is program the cameras to avoid this shutter speed range when possible, at the expense of increasing the ISO.
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Overall 6
6.0

Still has edge-doubling OIS issues

D. J. Bookbinder "David of MA", Amazon
1 April 2012
  • 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. The GOOD: This lens is much sharper at f/5.6 and at the long end than the 45-200 and not much more than half the weight. Because it does not extend externally, it's immune to zoom creep, an less likely to pump dust into the camera.
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Overall 6
6.0

OIS still has problems...

David of MA, B&H Photo
1 April 2012
  • 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. The GOOD: This lens is much sharper at f/5.6 and at the long end than the 45-200 and not much more than half the weight. Because it does not extend externally, it's immune to zoom creep, an less likely to pump dust into the camera.
  • Pros: Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Unusually sharp wide open
  • Cons: Edge-doubling defect
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Overall 6
6.0

Some image stabilization issues

Ken Walsh, Amazon
19 October 2011
  • 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. 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.
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Overall 6
6.0

Some image stabilization issues

Ken Walsh, Amazon
19 October 2011
  • 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. 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.
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Overall 6
6.0

User Review

Leontiev Alexander, Yandex
13 October 2013
  • Excerpt: К покупке не рекомендую.
  • Pros: Легкий. Качество сборки хорошее.
  • Cons: Крайне плохой встроенный стабилизатор. При использовании с аппаратом, имеющим матричный стабилизатор (Olympus E-PL5) при использовании вместо встроенного в объектив матричного стаба - результаты лучше.
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