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lumix 45-200 reviews?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by moccaman, Jan 10, 2012.

  1. moccaman

    moccaman Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 4, 2012
    Sorry to be a pain guys, but searching has not found me any reviews on this lens, I am looking at combo kits right now and could get this lens for only a few $$ more in a combo, does it compare to the 14-45 optically and performance wise at long distances, say in the 125-150 part of its range?
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  2. sin77

    sin77 Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 9, 2011
    How about getting 45-175x separately?
    The size n weight is better n lens doesn't protrude when zoom.
    But right now wondering how's the power ois problem.
    Can anyone shed some light?
    I'm probably getting one.
  3. Dave in Wales

    Dave in Wales Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 5, 2011
    West Wales
  4. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    It's not as good. But depending on what you want it may be good enough. If you're the sort of person who scrutinizes your images closely at 100% on the screen, I suspect you'll be a little disappointed. If not, it's a handy lens, especially for the right price.

    Look at photozone's reviews:
    Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS - Review / Test Report
    Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-200mm f/4-5.6 OIS - Review / Test Report

  5. mumu

    mumu Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 16, 2012
    I've got both lenses and imo the 45-200 isn't in the same class as the 14-45. The lens is horribly soft at the long end and the OIS doesn't seem to be particularly effective. Certainly no where good as the Nikon 70-300VR or 70-200VR I have experience with.

    And yes, I realize there's a big price difference.

    I'm going to send my lens into Panasonic to see if it's within spec.
  6. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    I did some testing, and I was very impressed with this lens through 150mm. It softened up a bit at 200mm.

    For me, the tradeoffs are:
    Relatively large lens -- in-lens stabilization
    A little soft at 200mm -- sharp through 150, and a slow drop off in f/stops (which is nice)
    Well priced on the used market

    It's worth trying, IMO, unless you object to the size, but I've not tried the new 45-175.
  7. moccaman

    moccaman Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 4, 2012
    Thanks guys, the other lens I suppose thats worth looking at is the 14-140, it seems to get good reviews. I realise its much more expensive, but would you carry it over a 14-45 and another higher zoom lens?

    Of course the dream lens would be the 14-150, but at 1400 bucks its a little steep right now LOL.
  8. sin77

    sin77 Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 9, 2011
    I bought the 45-175x. Mainly because it's small n light. And I believe it's image quality is better than 45-200. As for Panasonic 14-140, it's out of my budget n it's big n heavy
  9. Del

    Del New to Mu-43

    Nov 8, 2011
    Omaha, NE
  10. zpierce

    zpierce Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Sep 26, 2010
    Minneapolis, MN
    I traded the 14-45 + 45-200 for a 14-140 and never looked back. I was swapping the two constantly it seemed like. The 14-140 is a nice compromise. It's not any heavier than the 45-200 and much easier than carrying both. I also didn't like the 45-200 at the upper end, finding it very soft. Later I added the 100-300, which I use less frequently so I don't have to swap constantly, and it's considerably sharper than the 45-200 when I need that reach.
  11. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    Which 14-150 is $1400?
  12. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    This is a fantastic lens and I use it quite often ..
    Here are some samples ..

    P3239080. P1013207.
    E-PL2    ---    200mm    f/5.6    1/250s    ISO 200
    ISO1600_200_1:500. iso200_151_f8_1:500. ISO400_97mm_f:9_1:400. ISO_1600_166_F:5_3_1:2500. P4120911. Panny45-200.
  13. AxeGrinder101

    AxeGrinder101 New to Mu-43

    Nov 19, 2011
    Homestead, FL
    As I have posted before, the Panny 45-200 is a very good lens for it's cheap price.
    It's getting even cheaper as new lenses come out.
    With good lighting, you can get some pretty decent images.
    I use it mostly for shooting race cars, and it's fast enough with sufficient lighting. It's unusable for night pictures. It has very good reach.
    With enough practice and use, you can learn to squeeze out its strengths and get good pictures.
    I have shot it at 200mm and it seems sharp enough for me, even with moving subjects at very fast speeds.
    Here are my latest from the Daytona 24 Practice using a G1:











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  14. atomic

    atomic Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 3, 2011
    Nice shots Axe! Makes me eager for spring so I can get out to the track and play with my 45-200. :) 
  15. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
  16. m1pui

    m1pui Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 30, 2010
    Sunderland, UK
    I'm guessing he'll be looking in Aus$ rather than US$.

    I know a friend from Perth is saying the exchange rates making stuff quite expensive for them now. I took him shopping in the UK yesterday so here's an example of a pair of Asics Kayana 17 running trainers he bought.

    UK price £79.99 = US$123
    (although a quick look online suggests they can be picked up for US$90)

    He reckoned that back home they'd cost him Aus$250 = UK£168 or US$260

    EDIT: Yeah, I just found this Panasonic lumix G 14-140mm F4-5.8 ASPH Micro 4/3 by Panasonic | Camerastore
    AUS$1498 = UK£1009 or US$1560
    UK price - £730 = US$1120 or AUS$1082
    USA/B&H - US$649 = £420

    I hope my conversions are correct there :confused: 

    I'm going to Hong Kong again this easter and been thinking about getting one of the tele lenses for my GF-1 as my longest is 45mm ATM. But for the amount I'd use it, I've been wondering if it'll be more cost efficient & convenient to just replace my other halves Canon 105iS with a compact super zoom like the Canon SX130 or Panny TZ series instead.
  17. Sadly that sounds about right for the official Australian list price for the 14-140mm

    Panasonic Lumix 14-140mm Micro Four Thirds - Ted's Cameras

    I have no idea who buys them at that price; I got mine last year as a factory refurb with warranty for $820 (including a free GH1 :wink:). If asked to choose between the 14-140 and the 14-45/45-200 I would take the former. The 45-200mm does seem to soften as approach 200mm which negates it's focal length advantage. It's also about the same size as the 14-140mm on it's own, let alone adding the 14-45mm as well. If the 14-45mm is a better performing lens than the 14-140mm then it must be seriously good since the 14-140mm is very impressive too.

    Of course that is assuming that you can buy the 14-140mm at a reasonable price. It is hard to fathom how they can charge $AUS1500 here when the same lens can be purchased new for less than half that overseas.
  18. m1pui

    m1pui Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 30, 2010
    Sunderland, UK
    I think it's just the effect of exchange rates and markets. I don't think that sticker prices have changed over the years but the rates have. It's the same in the UK, nothings got cheaper, but things are (when we convert it back to UK£ price)getting more expensive abroad.

    I mean, if you go back to 2005 it was near AUS$2.5 to £1 whereas now it's down to AUS$1.5.

    So your $1500 in 2005 would've been around £600, whereas at current rates its £1000.

    When I was in HK last year, the price of an iPad compared to the UK was around £100-120 cheaper in HK whereas now the gap has closed to more like £80 cheaper. The HK$ price in the stores haven't changed though.
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