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'Lumix 45-200'

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by RT_Panther, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    I can most likely get one for under $200 USD. I like reach so is it worth it or should keep on with my M. Zuiko 14-150?
     
  2. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nov 7, 2010
    I think the 14-150 is a tiny bit better optically, but close enough to choose based on preferred FL imo.
     
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  3. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    I think the 45-200 is one of the most underrated m43 lenses
     
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  4. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I just sold my 45-200mm! Optically it is fine and the extra little bit on the long end is handy BUT it is a beast{well for m4/3 anyway}. I sold it because it is almost as big and heavy as my Nikkor 55-200mm. The biggest reason I switched over to m4/3 was to save on size and weight. BTW this lens is selling for under $200 on ebay.
     
  5. funkright

    funkright Mu-43 Rookie

    17
    Dec 15, 2012
    I found and bought one for 160 on eBay (had looked for the last few weeks, 160 was a great price). Looking to use it to take pics of my son playing soccer. I think it'll be useful for that :)
     
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  6. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    I've enjoyed the images it delivers. I found mine to be acceptably sharp across the entire range.
     
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  7. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    This is what's causing me more thought. Like you, I also value as miniature a system as possible. (Which is why in the perfect scenario, I'd prefer the M. Zuiko 75-300).

    Hmmm....
     
  8. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I have the Olympus 40-150 and the 14-150 and both are smaller and lighter than the Panasonic 45-200. In fact the Panasonic lens is about an inch longer collapsed and 25% heavier than the either of the Olympus lenses.

    I agree if you are going to have the extra weight might as well get the 75-300 or the 100-300. This is my plan to get one of these lenses for longer tele needs. They are a bit more expensive but 300mm really is a better telephoto length. I have an old Osawa 60-300 and the reach is wonderful!
     
  9. DownUnderDog

    DownUnderDog Mu-43 Regular

    Me too, Gary

    I enjoy this lens sooooo much. Not that I have had much to compare it against! I once owned a Canon 75-200 f2.8L series giant and heavyweight.
    Cheers
    DUD
     
  10. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    X2. Especially after the firmware update
     
  11. Biro

    Biro Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 8, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    X3 - I agree completely. However, I just gave my 45-200 to my niece for her G1. I makes sense for me because I have the 100-300. Also, I recently bought the Lumix 45-150, which is a better match physically for a camera like the GX1. As long as you're not buying any of the really expensive :43: zooms, the 14-45, 45-150 and 100-300 make for a great set. But the 45-200 is a great lens on its own and is better option than either the Lumix or Zuiko 45-150 zooms if you're not also going for anything that reaches to 300.
     
  12. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    Tks all for the responses! :smile:
    Right now, I'm leaning towards the 45-200 - but:

    Pluses:

    1) Extra 50mm focal length on the long end
    2) I could sell the 14-150ED & get either the Lumix 14 or 20mm

    Minuses:

    1) Larger overall footprint with the 45-200
    2) I lose the "one lense walk-around" capability I have with the 14-150
     
  13. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    RT, just get the damn thing, you'll enjoy and shoot the hell out of it.

    Gary

    PS- If you don't like I'll buy it from you. I need to get one for my daughter.
    G
     
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  14. m43dex

    m43dex Mu-43 Veteran

    242
    Mar 5, 2011
    Michigan
    There are a lot of 14-150/14-140 fans here but I was not one of them. I sold my pany 14-140mm. It was very mediocre to me and I found that I would leave it at home always in favor of other lighter/smaller lenses. I do miss the 14mm prime when I want to go very small so I give you a big yes vote on that one. I have no opinion on the 45-200 though.
     
  15. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    Here's a recent shot from the Animal Kingdom. I had the 45-200 on the e-PM1 with the VF-2. Go to the EXIF data and note the appallingly low (1/160) shutter speed at iso 1600. It's not the very sharpest lens but it's still pretty good. Despite the size, I find it's easy to hold if you just hold the whole setup by the lens.

    gorilla%201-L.
     
  16. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    Okay some examples:

    #1
    GRAB0031-L.
    OM-D w/ P45-200 @ 56mm, 1/160, f/4.1, ISO 3200

    #2
    GRAB0289-L.
    OM-D w/ P45-200 @ 84mm, 1/60, f/5.6, ISO 3200

    #3
    GRAB0692.
    OM-D w/ P45-200 @ 132mm, 1/180, f/5.6, ISO 3200

    #4
    GRAB0113.
    OM-D w/ P45-200 @ 200mm, 1/500, f/5.6, ISO 3200
     
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  17. Biro

    Biro Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 8, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    Agreed... don't overthink this. Get the 45-200 if you're interested in it, especially if you're not a pixel-peeper. When it arrives, make sure the firmware is up to date and enjoy. If you buy from a good retailer, you can return it or you can sell it to Gary. But I think you'll like it.
     
  18. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    You guys drive a hard bargain here ;-)

    Price was waay too good for me to avoid on this one. Brand new, owner was moving over to DSLRs vice Micro Four Thirds.

    Anyways,
    Now I can put the M. Zuiko 75-300 on a long pause.
    Love how it comes with a hood & case (unlike "another manufacturer" who doesn't include these...) :rolleyes:


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    Olympus E-PL5 With Lumix G Vario 45-200 ƒ4.0 - 5.6 by RedTail_Panther, on Flickr
     
  19. Biro

    Biro Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 8, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    Congratulations. Cool outfit.
     
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  20. oto02

    oto02 Mu-43 Regular

    164
    Jul 24, 2012
    Melbourne, VICTORIA, AU
    Flo
    I have my 45-200mm and quite happy with the reach.

    Now I got a good deal to buy 100-300mm one, was wondering if it would better off this, in terms of IQ (apart of the obvious extra 100mm).

    Anyone of you guys have them bought and what's your thought?

    Cheers