Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm for $210 from Amazon.

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Thanks.

Throw distance is normal. It's the slightly disconnected feel it transmits.
I guess it's the same as focus by wire but since I very rarely use manual focus, the feel is apparent.

It's not a bad thing. Just different.
 

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Throw distance is normal. It's the slightly disconnected feel it transmits.
Good, thanks. That sounds like I expect due to the 'by wire' function on this lens.

Really looking forward to have a lens with a 350 mm (equivalent) field-of-view. I'm inpatient, but for the price I can wait.
 

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How is the zooming action on the lens using the 'by wire' zoom ring?

What aperture was used for the pics above? They appear to have plenty of DOF.
The physical zooming feels pretty good actually, I like it better than the 45-200. Smoother. And it is nice to have the zoom range displayed in the viewfinder.

The info on the pic was ISO 800, 69mm, F9, 1/400. A little LR tweaking.
 

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The physical zooming feels pretty good actually, I like it better than the 45-200. Smoother. And it is nice to have the zoom range displayed in the viewfinder.

The info on the pic was ISO 800, 69mm, F9, 1/400. A little LR tweaking.
Good news about the feel.

Thanks for the image data, that explains the DOF.

I'm just hoping the lens is capable of moderately shallow DOF at larger apertures and long zoom. It should be, 175 @ f5.6 should have a different look.
 

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The physical zooming feels pretty good actually, I like it better than the 45-200. Smoother. And it is nice to have the zoom range displayed in the viewfinder.

The info on the pic was ISO 800, 69mm, F9, 1/400. A little LR tweaking.
Now that you mention it and that I've been able to digest my feelings a bit more, I agree. Very smooth and the fact that there isn't a extending barrel section add to a very pleasant zooming action. And the display is nice. Features are just adding up. This is by far my favorite of the tele zooms I've tried.

Here's a sample 175mm @ F5.6.
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Here's the combo that I mentioned (45-175mm w/ 14-45mm hood):

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The included hood..

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and a few more with the lens..

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Thanks for sharing those shots, really makes me look forward to receiving my copy.

I think I prefer the standard lens hood, and I don't have the other to try anyway.

Cheers
 

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Not the best comparison, I know, but you can get the idea ...

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For me the 14-45 petal hood slips sniggly on but does not fit/connet to the bayonet. I fear it would fall off easily. I thing the hood that came with it will work better as the petal hood, being designed for up to 14mm wide, will block less light.
 

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Makes sense. I want/need the hood to mount securely... I'll reverse it on the lens for inside the bag travel.
 

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I just got notified by Amazon that my order for this zoom (placed several weeks ago) will ship soon, with expected delivery July 11-16.
 

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I ordered mine June 18, still no word on shipping.

Still excited about this lens for $210.
 

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I wish people would stop posting to this thread, I missed this deal & every time someone bumps it back up to the top of the is, my heart goes a flutter that it's come back, then I'm reminded all over again that I missed it! :frown: :wink:
 

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I don't blame you, that's how I felt the first week I missed it... But then it came back and I was ready!
 
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