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45-175mm as the second half of my walkaround kit...

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by OdzBodkinz, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. OdzBodkinz

    OdzBodkinz Mu-43 Regular

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    Sep 11, 2011
    The 45-175mm made up the long end of my travel kit last week. Since some people havent had good luck with it, I thought I'd share my experience.

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  2. KVG

    KVG Banned User

    May 10, 2011
    yyc(Calgary, AB)
    Kelly Gibbons
    Great images!!

    Sent from my iPhone using Mu-43 App
     
  3. RussellOlaguer

    RussellOlaguer Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 12, 2012
    Paranaque, Philippines
    Russell Olaguer
    Very nice compositions!
     
  4. Azimuth

    Azimuth Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 12, 2012
    Thornbury, Victoria
    Brilliant images!

    Thanks for this, images are great for those of us mulling lens acquisitions.
     
  5. Jman

    Jman Mu-43 Veteran

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    Apr 20, 2011
    Columbus, OH
    Some nice shots there, especially the last, which is really awesome - a definite framer!

    I actually bought the 45-175 last week, but I will be returning it when I get a chance. I have already tried two copies - the first did the double image thing at medium shutter speeds, even after the firmware update. The second one thankfully didn't do that, but it is still optically inferior at all focal lengths to my much cheaper Olympus 40-150. I was hoping it would be equal to the Oly so I could use that and gain OIS, but alas, was not to be. I love the form factor, though, and it's a really nicely built lens. I was seriously bummed after viewing the images from a full day of shooting, as well as controlled comparisons on a tripod vs the Oly (and yes, I turned off OIS for the tripod shots). I'd really like to keep it, but I can't pay $300 more for a lens that gives softer images under 85% of circumstances just for the slightly sharper images on non-moving subjects in dim light.
     
  6. lsnake77

    lsnake77 New to Mu-43

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    Mar 27, 2012
    I like so much your photos. Which kind of software you use in post-production? I have also a panasonic G3 but my photos seem of a low budget camera if I compare them to yours! :frown:
     
  7. addieleman

    addieleman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 5, 2010
    The Netherlands
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    Beautiful pics, really enjoyed them!

    I also have a Panny 45-175mm and it hardly shows the double-line effect after the firmware update. Indeed there seem to be differences still between lenses after the firmware update; some are happy, some are definitely not and some in-between like me. I will keep the lens, not because it's the best lens in terms of IQ I ever had, but it's good enough and very convenient: light, small, fast AF and reasonably effective IS. This weekend I did a number of family snaps with it and I had a very high keeper rate in terms of correct focus and sharpness, though I have to add I used flash exclusively. My sample is visibly less sharp at the right edge at all focal lengths, so I prefer not to use it for landscapes.
     
  8. foto2021

    foto2021 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 5, 2011
    SE England

    The Panasonic 45-200mm OIS is a far better choice than the 45-175mm X. It is optically superior to the Olympus 40-150mm and has OIS. It is also cheaper than the 45-175mm X.

    I can understand why people buy the Panasonic X lenses. Unfortunately, their real world performance doesn't seem to live up to the marketing hype and both the 14-42mm and 45-175mm X lenses are getting some poor reviews.

    I suggest you should consider selling your 45-175mm X and replacing it with a 45-200mm OIS which should satisfy your needs.
     
  9. Jman

    Jman Mu-43 Veteran

    475
    Apr 20, 2011
    Columbus, OH
    I've owned the 45-200 for about 4 months...it was very good from 45-100, but not so great and very inconsistent at the longer end. It is also WAY too big compared to the other telephotos for m4/3....it sort of defeats the purpose of a small camera system. I have found my Oly 40-150 to be sharper in every way. The 40-150 softens at infinity (though is still decent), but in the closest focus to about 15m range, it's absolutely razor sharp throughout the entire focal range. In fact, it was equal (or even slightly sharper in some instances) to my Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II.

    Here's a crop I happen to have available from my 40-150 @ 150mm wide open. (full image is a tight head shot) This is 100%. You think the 45-200 is better than this?
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  10. lsnake77

    lsnake77 New to Mu-43

    3
    Mar 27, 2012
    Hi Jman, your crop is very sharp!:smile: Do you have used a tripod? In photo details I see you shot at 1/160 sec, ISO 320, F5.6 with GH2 and image is incredible sharp with this settings.

    I'm looking for a good tele for my g3, and I like very much oly 40-150 because light and small. The reason I don't purchased this lens is the lack of stabilization.
     
  11. Jman

    Jman Mu-43 Veteran

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    Apr 20, 2011
    Columbus, OH
    No tripod, but bounced flash, which negates the need for a faster shutter speed due to the short flash duration.
     
  12. foto2021

    foto2021 Mu-43 Veteran

    301
    Nov 5, 2011
    SE England

    If you were so happy with your Oly 40-150mm, and had previously been disappointed by the Pana 45-200mm OIS, what on earth made you decide to buy the Pana 45-175mm X OIS? I ask because there would appear to be little or no logic to your decision.
     
  13. Jman

    Jman Mu-43 Veteran

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    Apr 20, 2011
    Columbus, OH
    I wanted OIS again, and the 45-175 is the same size as the Oly, but internal focusing. And some reviews had shown the 45-175 to be superior to the 45-200. Also, why not give it a chance? No harm, no foul...the lens can be retur Ed for a refund if it doesn't meet expectations.

    What I'm really excited for is the 35-100 f2.8.
     
  14. foto2021

    foto2021 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 5, 2011
    SE England

    It's interesting but I would not want to be an early adopter, given Panasonic's problems with previous X lenses.

    Also, I chose m4/3 because after 30+ years shooting with big and heavy Nikon and Canon lenses I wanted something small and light. The new f/2.8 X lenses are unlikely to be as small and light as I would like.