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Expired: Amazon Lighting Deal - Panasonic 45-175mm Power Lens for $199!!

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by veereshai, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. veereshai

    veereshai Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 12, 2011
    Arlington, VA
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  2. cz9h3d

    cz9h3d Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 18, 2012
    SE Michigan
    Kevin
    Argh! My wallet is now lighter. Will have to put my 45-200 up for sale...
     
  3. Nate8833

    Nate8833 Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 23, 2012
    I just bought one, too...

    I looked around for reviews, and what I could find was good. I have a GX1 and I've been using the Oly 45-150... does anyone know how this Panny 45-175 will compare? Thanks!
     
  4. Art

    Art Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2011
    San Francisco, CA
    45-175 is overall smaller with 46mm filter thread and internal zooming (doesn't extend, no zoom creep), features power zooming (great for video and can still use regular manual zooming), much better build quality with metal mount, has better optics producing sharper images especially for distant objects and noticeably better contrast/colors (prime like quality in this regard). AF speed is quite a bit snappier as mounted on E-PM1. Also 45-175 has OIS for Panasonic bodies and new upcoming Pens (OIS doesn't work on other Oly bodies cause no physical switch) This is fantastic deal, IMO.
     
  5. digitaldan1

    digitaldan1 Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 22, 2010
    Sigh… ordered one.
     
  6. carpandean

    carpandean Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Oct 29, 2010
    Western NY
    Pulled the trigger. May have to decide between it (along with the 14-45mm) and the 14-140mm.
     
  7. Mellow

    Mellow Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2010
    Florida or Idaho
    Tom
    Actually, I think the Oly 40-150mm is a bit shorter and lighter: 83mm vs. 90mm, 190g vs. 210g. Admittedly that's not a large difference, and the 45-175mm gets you an extra 25mm of reach + OIS. I've ordered one at this price, and if the IQ is actually better (especially at the long end, where the 40-150mm is weakest) I'll keep it. If not, then I figure I can sell it for little or no loss.
     
  8. Art

    Art Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2011
    San Francisco, CA
    Oly is much longer in use cause it extends dramatically and it is thicker due to huge 58mm filter thread. You'll be surprised at IQ. I've had two Oly 40-150, it was only good for the price, I paid ($99) but I was never really happy with the quality compared to primes.
     
  9. LeoS

    LeoS Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 6, 2012
    HMMMM...

    Is there any point in getting this lens for those with 75-300mm or 100-300mm?
     
  10. marcl

    marcl Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 8, 2012
    Had to buy one too.

    I have the Oly 40-150 but I often find myself wanting a bit more reach. I also think the IQ is just ok. The few review available all seem to agree that the Panny has better IQ.
     
  11. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    Ken
    And in the adjacent Deal of the Day box Amazon is offering a GF3 with the 14-42 for $299. Seems like somebody got a deal on a lot of Panasonic bodies and lenses!

    --Ken
     
  12. yekimrd

    yekimrd Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 14, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
    Mikey
    I have the same question and am tempted to replace my 75-300 with this. The sale would help finance my Oly 60 macro purchase.

    E-M5, P7-14, O12, PL25, O75, O75-300
     
  13. Reactions

    Reactions Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 24, 2012
    Norcal
    Gabe
    Damn amazon tax!
     
  14. Papadoc

    Papadoc Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 12, 2012
    Perfect. Two weeks after I bought my 45-175. Perfect. Wonder if they'll refund me the difference? Ha! It's a great lens, BTW. And I thought that at the usual retail price.
     
  15. LeoS

    LeoS Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 6, 2012
    Well that's one good reason. Also you're moving up from f4.8-6.7.

    @papadoc: Amazon has their 30-days money back guarantee, right?
     
  16. ahendarman

    ahendarman Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 9, 2012
    Agoura Hills, CA
    I also have the Oly 40-150 but the Panny seems to have better review and for $199 it's hard to resist.
    This might be the reason not to get the 35-100
     
  17. twalker294

    twalker294 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 18, 2010
    Here are a couple of threads where I've posted pics from my 45-175 on my OM-D:

    Football pics

    Other pics

    Make sure you scroll down on the second link to see the pics of foliage that i took. They are both at 175mm and straight out of the camera JPGs. I am very impressed with the 45-175 and for $199, it's an absolute steal. I paid $360 for mine and I think it's worth every penny at that price.
     
  18. kwalsh

    kwalsh Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Mar 3, 2012
    Baltimore, MD
    Well, with this deal I'm trying this lens again. I was an early adopter who returned it after all the OIS issues. Now I'm using an E-M5 and it might be a better fit, and I've seen a few people claim their copy is fine on their E-M5. Fortunately Amazon has a great return policy if this copy proves to have issues. I had been waiting to see what the new 45-150 was like, but just can't pass up the 45-175 at this price!

    Ken
     
  19. yekimrd

    yekimrd Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 14, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
    Mikey
    I bought one for my wife at 100usd more from eBay (new) 2 weeks ago. Judging from her pics on her new E-M5, you'll be happy, I guarantee. Was debating whether I wanted to downgrade from my 75-300 but I just went thru my pics and a lot of them were at past 200mm.

    It may not make sense but thank God for Amazon tax in PA otherwise I may have jumped on the lightning deal.

    E-M5, P7-14, O12, PL25, O75, O75-300
     
  20. zucchiniboy

    zucchiniboy Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 13, 2010
    San Francisco
    Nice deal. Jumped in for one. Having just switched to the GX1, wanted OIS at a reasonable price.