Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by meyerweb, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 5, 2011
    This lens has been sort of lost in all the "excitement" about the G5.

    I just noticed it's available for pre-order at B&H for about $200, or $45 cheaper than the 45-200. I don't think I'd choose it, but I'm eager to see how well it performs.

    Edit: Sorry, reading comprehension issue: it's $300, which is aout $65 MORE expensive than the 45-200 is now.
  2. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    I was looking at it, too. I just sold my Oly 40-150 in favor of my Panny 100-300. But this 45-150, if it's as sharp at 150 as the 45-200 was as sharp at 150 (not 200, but 150), then it'll be a solid lens and with IS for video (for non OMD owners)
  3. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    I think it was "metal clad like a NEX lens" at least that's what I read.
  4. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    This looks like an interesting lens... I can't see buying it when I already have a 14-140 and 100-300 at the moment, but I do at least see the point Panasonic was going for. It's much more compact and probably improved performance over the older 45-200, though that bit will have to wait for some reviews to verify.
  5. neon123

    neon123 Mu-43 Rookie

    Jul 2, 2012
    The size difference between the other two panasonic zooms is pretty big!



    Kind of tempted to sell my 45-200, and buy one of these.. much more portable.
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  6. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    I think those pics say it all right there. For everyone wondering why another small-aperture zoom tele lens from Panasonic, I think those pics are worth about a thousand words each!
  7. dre_tech

    dre_tech Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 31, 2012
    Exactly! Wise choice for Panasonic. The extra 50mm reach is irrelevant if the lens is huge. It'll be nice if it's reasonably sharp at the long end as well.
  8. sam_m

    sam_m Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 26, 2010
    my eyes had certainly opened for this lens as its a nice telephoto range but the long end is always the concern, if its as sharp as the 45-200mm in that range then im sold as it`ll be perfect for traveling, but from these snap shots its not looking too promising... at 45mm it looks very sharp, at 150mm im not sure, but I guess you cant really get a good idea from these shots.

    Panasonic Lumix Vario 45-150mm Sample Photos
  9. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 5, 2011
    Sorry, $200 was a typo. I'll fix it.
  10. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 5, 2011
    I don't think the 45-175 gets longer as it zooms though. It looks like the 45-150 probably does extend. It's still impressively small though. Hopefully it will be impressively sharp.

    I have to laugh at a few of the comments I've seen elsewhere, though, complaining that the zoom range is too short. 300 mm equivalent is anything but short.
  11. Ig7

    Ig7 Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 24, 2011
    How do you disable the lens IS without the switch on the lens. Considering I plan to use it with OMD, wouldn't the two systems interfere with each other?
  12. Steven

    Steven Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2012
    exactly. it is as big as it gets. that's the beauty of these powerzooms. it's always going to be smaller than the traditional mechanical zoom lens.
  13. Ig7

    Ig7 Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 24, 2011
    Makes sence, thanks
    Wonder when is it going to hit the stores?
  14. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 5, 2011
    My understanding is that for the OIS lenses without the switch, the OIS defaults to off, and you need the camera menus (on Panasonic cameras) to turn it on. The Oly has no option to turn it on, so it never works.

    On lenses with an OIS switch, of course, you can turn it on if you want to.
  15. G.Sal

    G.Sal Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 4, 2011
    The Philippines
    Does it 'extend' when zoomed or zooms internally?
  16. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    I don't think that's correct. Olympus bodies are notorious for not knowing what the state of OIS is on Panasonic lenses.

    The sound you hear is most likely the OIS mechanism keeping the lens elements in place. This it has do even when it is not actively trying to stabilize - otherwise the elements are essentially loose. On my PL 45/2.8 I can hear them shifting when I rotate the unmounted lens.

    With lenses that don't have the switch, my experience has been that you don't get any OIS on Olympus bodies. Certainly this was the case with the 14-42 and 14-42X and I strongly suspect the same will be true with the new 45-150.

  17. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    The lens is intriguing... but as JLoden mentions, for those of us with the 14-140 (which is a magnificent lens!) I have to wonder how the new one will perform optically, compared to the much more costly 14-140.
  18. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 5, 2011
    The 14-140 is my walk-around lens and vacation lens. I certainly don't see buying the 45-150 to replace it. But for people with the kit lens, the new zoom is a much less expensive alternative.
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