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panny lens confusion

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by bwana, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. bwana

    bwana New to Mu-43

    Apr 19, 2012

    None are sharp in the last 20% of their zoom range.
    And they are all kind of slow. but why are there three?

    Is there a noticeable optical difference between these and the panny 35-100 at f4 ? which of the three is sharpest?
  2. dav1dz

    dav1dz Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 6, 2012
    One of them is powered, the 45-175. I wouldn't think there is a huge difference between the 45-150 and 45-200, but generally the shorter range one is sharper. Perhaps Googling some reviews?
  3. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
    45-150 - Cheap and small with decent quality
    45-175 - X range with power zoom for video a little sharper
    45-200 - Older heavier and larger with more reach, as sharp as the other till 150 and a little faster.

    Why there are 3 of them, probably there is a market need for such long tele and Panasonic decided to have a few offering for different market needs.
    They are all good lenses any of then you chose will do its work.

    Review compering the 175 to the 200
    Micro 4/3rds Photography: Lumix X HD PZ 45-175mm f/4-5.6
  4. bwana

    bwana New to Mu-43

    Apr 19, 2012
    tnx fellows. Still wondering how much the 35-100 outperforms them. for $1000 more and a couple of stops.
  5. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    Law of diminishing returns, as with all gear. You pay premium price for quality improvements most people won't really notice in prints or web. But you probably will. I know I do for the higher quality zooms (my experience is with Canon more than MFT, but the same sort of thing applies).

    What would be great would be a 'Canon-like' line of F4 zooms. High grade glass, constant aperture, expensive but not ridiculously so.
  6. dav1dz

    dav1dz Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 6, 2012
    I'd buy a 14-150mm f/4 if it's offered below $999.
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