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First shots with Panny 45-150

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Pim, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. Pim

    Pim Mu-43 Regular

    I received the Panasonic 45-150mm few weeks ago, and today finally had some time to take it for a test run. I went to one of my favorite places in my hometown, the local Historical Open Air Museum, so apologies of some pics may look a little familiar to stuff I posted before, this was more to test the lens...:) . I found it to be quite a decent performer, the OIS seemed to perform very well, I managed to get shots as slow as 1/4 second handheld looking pretty sharp still.

    On a non lens related note: I used the Panny G5, and a lot of these were shot at ISO 1600, quite clean in my opinion. I also used the elctronic shutter for all of these, that may have helped with the low shutter speeds as well...

    Anyay, now for the pictures. These were all shot with the 45-150, all Jpeg (I have no Raw support for the G5 yet in lightroom), with some small adjustments for the color ones and Silver FX for the B&W conversions.

    DMC-G5    ---    53mm    f/4.4    1/100s    ISO 200

    DMC-G5    ---    45mm    f/4.0    1/250s    ISO 160

    DMC-G5    ---    76mm    f/5.1    1/160s    ISO 250

    DMC-G5    ---    76mm    f/5.1    1/160s    ISO 800

    DMC-G5    ---    69mm    f/4.9    1/160s    ISO 320

    DMC-G5    ---    45mm    f/4.0    1/100s    ISO 320

    DMC-G5    ---    150mm    f/5.6    1/100s    ISO 1600

    DMC-G5    ---    93mm    f/5.4    1/250s    ISO 160

    DMC-G5    ---    84mm    f/5.2    1/160s    ISO 200

    DMC-G5    ---    45mm    f/4.0    1/8s    ISO 1600

    DMC-G5    ---    97mm    f/5.6    1/200s    ISO 800

    DMC-G5    ---    150mm    f/5.6    1/320s    ISO 1000

    DMC-G5    ---    76mm    f/5.6    1/160s    ISO 640

    DMC-G5    ---    76mm    f/5.6    1/160s    ISO 400

    DMC-G5    ---    150mm    f/5.6    1/320s    ISO 1250

    DMC-G5    ---    132mm    f/5.6    1/250s    ISO 1600

    DMC-G5    ---    143mm    f/5.6    1/320s    ISO 1600
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  2. The Minimalist

    The Minimalist Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 19, 2011
    Are any of the photo's shot at 150mm?
  3. juangrande

    juangrande Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 2, 2012
    I'm guessing the pig shots were and upwind!:biggrin:
  4. Bacek

    Bacek Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 30, 2012
  5. danieru

    danieru Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 6, 2011
    Sweet! Those pictures look nice and sharp, I thought I had a deja vu but you posted similar pics previously.

    I'm still waiting for my lens since november last year.

    How does the weight and size of the lens feel like?
  6. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Terrific detail and contrast - nice. :cool: 
  7. Bacek

    Bacek Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 30, 2012

    Size is 0.5-1cm longer that kit P14-42, diameter is also about 0.5-1cm lager, they weight about the same (or at least I can't see the deference). So I say it really small tele (or kit is pretty large). And if I compare it to FF 300mm it is really miniature lens. I'll post picture of both later.
  8. danieru

    danieru Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 6, 2011
    Bacek, that really is compact and lightweight, thanks for describing the lens and if you could post some pics that would be extremely awesome! I'm planning on using it on a lumix G3
  9. Bacek

    Bacek Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 30, 2012
    14-42 has filter on, 45-150 is "naked"

    My third lens is not operational yet so picture is take with old Olympus compact.

  10. danieru

    danieru Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 6, 2011
    Wow, it really isn't that much larger than the 14-42, thanks for posting :) 
  11. ajamils

    ajamils Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 20, 2012
    Richmond, Texas
    I finally ordered this lens today. Was planning on getting the 35-100 but will wait for a price drop on that. So in the mean while I hope that this lens will fill the gap between my 12-35 and 100-300 lenses that I currently have.

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  12. Repp

    Repp Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 27, 2011
    Seoul, South Korea
    I'm a bit torn if I want this lens to go w/ my 14-45 and sell my 12-35 and 45-200 or if I want to grab the 35-100 to go w/ my 12-35 and sell the 14-45 and 45-200... one kit would be much smaller and lighter, the other much faster.
    Zooms are convenient and a must for shooting events... but the primes are smaller and imo more enjoyable for what I normally enjoy shooting. I just want something with a bit more reach sometimes than the 45 of my normal trio. Lol, there is also always the 75/1.8.
  13. Alan_N

    Alan_N Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 22, 2011
    Yorkshire UK
    Thanks for posting some pics I have been looking at getting either this lens or the 45-175, currently using a GF1 but wanting to move up to a G5 if I can find the funds and justifing buying it! :rofl: but think it will just be the lens for now, sadly did not have the funds when there was the cash back on at the end of last year here in the UK. Thanks to Bacek for the comparison photo showing the two lenes. how much bigger is it when fully extended? Just thinking off balance when on my GF1.

    Think I will order anyway :smile:
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  14. juangrande

    juangrande Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 2, 2012
    I was in the same boat. I ended up returning the 12-35 and selling the 14-45. I instead got the 14-54 MKII w/panasonic adapter. The combo set me back about $450. It is slower to focus, but still adequate, and a little bigger than the 12-35. I miss the 12mm a little, but I like the 54mm compared to the 35mm a lot. It's the same speed on the wide end and only one stop slower on the long. Very much equal in IQ. It reminds me of the 24-105L in terms of usability and IQ.
    I still have the 40-150 for the long zoom. $1300 is too rich for my blood.
  15. bwana

    bwana New to Mu-43

    Apr 19, 2012
    I am stuck: should I get the 45-150 or the 45-175.
    Which is faster focus? Which has better sharpness? Which one had better contrast?

    BAXTING Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 5, 2012
    Los Angeles SFV, CA
    I have this lens. I actually did not expect it to be as sharp as it is. I have been very pleased thus far. Nice shots.
  17. Uncle Frank

    Uncle Frank Photo Enthusiast

    Jul 26, 2012
    San Jose, CA
    Does the lens barrel extend when you zoom from 40 to 150, or is it internal?
  18. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
    It does extend, the P45-175 has internal zoom and does not extend.
  19. Julia

    Julia Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 9, 2013
    Dresden, Germany
    Sorry for dragging up this old thread, but I just had the Pana 45-150 for two weeks and wanted to add my impressions for anyone considering this lens.

    My expectation was to extend the reach that I currently have (Oly 9-18, 20mm Pancake, 14-42 Panasonic kit lens). I wasn't sure whether I needed it, but I itched to have it :)  With my DSLR, I had a Sigma 50-150mm 2.8 lens and used that for event photography, and while I knew that the Panasonic lens is much too slow for that, I thought I needed the reach.

    I posted some images in the respective image thread and while I found that it can produce very sharp images, I still decided to return the lens.

    Why? Well, I think that I should be able to use this lens without a tripod even on overcast days at apertures around 1/400 or 1/600 without having to crank up my ISO. Maybe that's too much to ask, but I was unable to shoot one single sharp image at speeds less than 1/1000. There was always blur from me not holding the camera steady and I already had my G3 up to my eye. I was intentionally not using the monitor for focussing to make sure I wouldn't shake the camera too much by extending my arms.

    Maybe my expectations are wrong, but I just don't see myself carrying a tripod on short, casual (photo) walks, taking the time to set it up etc. That's the beauty of the mFT system to me: have small gear and be ready to shoot immediately.

    So, for this reason, the lens will be returned today. It can be sharp if used in ideal conditions, but for me personally, that is just too limiting.
  20. Malo1961

    Malo1961 Mu-43 Regular

    May 17, 2010
    The Netherlands
    I just ordered this lens, and looking at your pictures (wonderful btw ) I think I made the right decision. It will arrive tomorrow so coming weekend it will be tested rigorously. :biggrin:
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