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Panasonic 45-200mm blurring at 200mm with IS on

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by hookgrip, May 23, 2013.

  1. hookgrip

    hookgrip Mu-43 Regular

    150
    May 21, 2013
    Hi all,

    I'm new to Micro 4/3, having just switched over from a FF Canon setup.

    I have a Olympus E-PM2 and the Panasonic 45-200mm lens. I noticed today that at 200mm, images with IS enabled seem more blurry than with the lens IS disabled. At best, the images with IS enabled don't seem to be better than with it disabled. Is it simply better to disable the lens IS and use the camera body IS with this lens? My PM2 has firmware 1.1 and the lens has 1.3.
     
  2. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 28, 2012
    Shenyang, China
    贾一川
    Hi there

    I'm using the lens on an EPL-5 body which has got the same sensor as there is in an EPM-2. It's been pretty well known that the lens doesn't perform well at its long end, but the Mega O.I.S. is very effective. Your problem may have been caused by both lens IS and camera IS being active, try to use only one of those. Look forward to seeing your work.
     
  3. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    One of the two IS has to be disabled: so choose in body or lens IS.
     
  4. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 28, 2012
    Shenyang, China
    贾一川
    the lens IS is better than EPM-2's IBIS
     
  5. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    Agree.
     
  6. hookgrip

    hookgrip Mu-43 Regular

    150
    May 21, 2013
    Would setting the "Lens IS Priority" option in the menu work as well? With it enabled, perhaps I wouldn't have to disable the in-body IS manually each time I used this lens?
     
  7. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    I've had several 45-200 lenses, and it's weakest at 200mm. Stopping down and using high shutter speeds may remedy the issue.

    You could also refrain from zooming to 200mm and just stopping at 175mm, which holds sharpness quite well.
     
  8. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    I had a 45-200 and was overall satisfied with IQ but sold it for the softness at the longer end.
     
  9. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    Once we realize that this is a budget zoom (look at the price) then we can absorb some of the nuances. :smile:
     
  10. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 28, 2012
    Shenyang, China
    贾一川
    definitely true:thumbup:
     
  11. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 28, 2012
    Shenyang, China
    贾一川
    yeah, that's how I handle the issue with Lumix zoom lenses on Oly body, try for yourself
     
  12. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    Absolutely true, but I needed longer reach so...
     
  13. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    Me too which is why I recently purchased the M. Zuiko Digital 75-300 II :smile:
     
  14. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    I'm trying to decide between this and Pana 100-300, but really can't get through it: I choose one, then I think the other is a better choice: bottom line is I haven't yet got anyone of the two.

    How is the 75-300II?
     
  15. uci2ci

    uci2ci Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 22, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Sam
    You'd be hard pressed to to tell the difference between the two as far as IQ is concerned.

    But since you have a PM2 without the 5-axis IS, you should probably go with the 100-300 since it has mega IOS. Mega IOS works really well at the long end. I use it even though my OMD has 5-axis IS built in.

    If you had an OMD or the PL5, it would be toss up IMO
     
  16. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
    With most lenses, I've found that if IS isn't needed, photos are noticeably sharper with IS turned off.
     
  17. hookgrip

    hookgrip Mu-43 Regular

    150
    May 21, 2013
    The PL-5 has the same IS system as the PM2, FYI. Only the OM-D currently has the 5-axis system (and soon the E-P5 will also).

    This is also what I'm noticing. In good daylight, both the in-lens IS and in-body IS on my PM2 don't seem to help image quality, and in fact may sometimes make it worse.
     
  18. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    I've heard that the 75-300 works best with Olympus bodies and the 100-300 works best with Lumix bodies :biggrin:

    That being said, I thus far like the 75-300 II :smile:
     
  19. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    Thanks