Learning to use the 45-200


Mu-43 Regular
Feb 13, 2010
I have been trying to improve my telephoto photography, as well as learning how to use the Lumix 45-200 on my GF1. My current technique is to use shutter priority. I set the shutter speed that I think I need to eliminate camera shake (although I'm not really allowing for the OIS system and there is probably a bit of fudge here) and then adjust the ISO up as necessary to ensure that I can at least achieve the minimum aperture for the focal length (preferably with some leeway to stop down a bit).

The lens works as a pretty decent macro, even at a 1m stand-off.

Here is a shot from yesterday showing the a bee just loving the honeysuckle in the garden:

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I am pleased with how sharp this image is. I have been trying to achieve this for ages with an E-520 and 70-300. The GF1 nailed it first time. This is an almost default development from Raw in Aperture 3, BTW.



Mu-43 Top Veteran
Feb 3, 2010
Ontario, Canada
Fascinating lens. From what I read it has some strong limitations, but when used with those in mind, it can produce some great opportunities. Nice shot. Imagine a similar one against a flower that's any colour but yellow...

Thanks for posting.

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