Anyone using the Panasonic 45-175 with an Olympus body?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by aphasiac, Nov 26, 2015.

  1. aphasiac

    aphasiac Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 18, 2015
    If so, how does it perform?

    There used to be alot of complaints about double images due to the lens IS; can anyone confirm that this issue is now fixed by using the Olympus IBIS and 0-second antishock mode.

    I can buy this lens new for the same price as the Olympus 40-150, and I like the idea of having the extra zoom range plus the lens doesn't telescope out when zooming. I'm shooting with an EM10 mk2. Thanks!
  2. Rudy

    Rudy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 24, 2013
    Oakland, CA
    I had the Oly 40-150 in the past. It is an excellent lens for the price.
    I now have the Pany 45-175 and I think the image quality is similar enough to not get one over the other.
    However the Panasonic lens does not extend when zooming which is a definite plus in my book.
    I have used this lens on both an E-M5 and an E-M5 Mk II. Never noticed any double images, but then I never used its internal IS.
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  3. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    I'm not sure antishock was the issue, I think it was the lens OIS priority option that resolved the issue. I used it on an E-M10 mkI without any issues.
  4. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    I have. With the E-M5 previously, I never ran into problems with shutter shock any more than the 40-150R (which I sold because it was inferior optically, less reach, and telescoped). On the E-M1 now with anti-shock and electronic shutter it is very stable - earlier this week I got this pin sharp shot at 45mm f/4 1/20s ISO800 hand-held thanks to IBIS:

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  5. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    I also have the 45-175mm which I used with my Olympus bodies. I don't use it much, but when I need it, I'm glad to have it in my kit. This is by far my most favorite telephoto kit lens for any system, mainly because it's the only fixed barrel length lens in it's price range. There's nothing else like it in the market.
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  6. aphasiac

    aphasiac Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 18, 2015
    So, I got a Lumix 45-175mm for Christmas! Really excellent so far, love the constrast and "pop" of this lens, similar rendering to my Lumix 20/1.7II.

    Smaller and lighter than I'd imagined (roughly the same as the oly 12-50 zoom), and the dual zoom rings are nice; using the main one, it's easy to forget it's an electronic zoom. Oh and the package including a reversible hood and bag was nice, Olympus take note! Here's my camera zoomed to the max zoom of 175mm (also bought the ECG-3 external grip):

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  7. aphasiac

    aphasiac Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 18, 2015
    Samples taken my local park:


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  8. ivoire

    ivoire Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2011
    Naperville, IL
    I use it on the EP5 and EM5ll. I like this lens a lot and the internal zoom is a nice feature. I've had no problems with it at all

    24259362615_ab5056943d_b.jpg P1080045 by Michael Wolf, on Flickr

    23548812893_a5022777ab_b.jpg P1040008 by Michael Wolf, on Flickr

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  9. crossen

    crossen Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 26, 2014
    I own the Pana 45-175 and use it with my Oly EM10. I find it very sharp, and for urban photography and informal portraits, the fact that it does not telescope I find a great advantage: it doesn't spook people. The lens is quite light, which is another advantage.

    Its only competitor among my lenses is my Oly 60mm with 2x digital zoom ; shorter in focal length but faster and lighter.
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  10. eteless

    eteless Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 20, 2014
    I own it and keep it in my small bag to cover telephoto, it's small enough that I can do so. I have faster lenses however it does a pretty good job for day time shooting.

    It's really inconspicuous, it's weird but you get dismissed as non threatening very easily whereas if you're using a f2.0 or 2.8 monster I find the public tends to become more guarded (even if you're not taking pictures of anyone, just the presence of said lens is enough). Every tool has it's place/use, I think it's biggest strength by far is how much of a sleeper it is.
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  11. woollyback

    woollyback Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 20, 2015
    I am really interested in this lens now after reading this thread

    Question from the new boy does this lens fit straight to Olympus M1 without an adaptor?
  12. eteless

    eteless Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 20, 2014

    Not the best picture however it shows how small it really is.
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  13. aphasiac

    aphasiac Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 18, 2015
    Yes it includes a lens hood (reversible!) and bag.

    Btw it's all power zoom; the main zoom ring is also power zoom, but it feels like using manual - you really can't tell.
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