Returned my third 45-200

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by addieleman, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. addieleman

    addieleman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 5, 2010
    The Netherlands
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    Today I've returned my third sample of the Panny 45-200mm after almost 2 weeks of agony; tomorrow would be the last day to return it. I bought it because I got frustrated with the 45-175mm's double-line issue, but I couldn't get myself to like the 45-200mm.

    My first sample was good, except for a blob of unsharpness in the lower left corner at 45mm that would slide out of the image by zooming out to 75mm or so. Sold it eventually because of this defect. My second one was reasonably good, but slightly unsharp at the right edge at all focal lengths. Sold it because I bought the X 45-175mm; bad move as it turned out. The third one was sharp across the frame, but had a somewhat high amount of purple fringing that didn't even go away at f/8.

    I came to the conclusion that the 45-200 didn't bring me a lot over the 45-175mm. The 45-175 has to be used with a shutter speed of at least 1/1000s at 175mm, but is good enough at f/5.6. The 45-200 needs stopping down to f/8 to get good IQ and a shutter speed of 1/500s to get a fair chance of a blur-free image at 175mm. Not very different. And the 45-175 is simply better optically: more sparkle in the images as opposed to the 45-200 which can be greyish, and hardly any purple fringing even wide-open, and less vignetting. And of course the 45-175 is soooo much lighter and smaller :eek:.

    I asked Panasonic Netherlands if it would make sense to send my 45-175mm in regarding the OIS issue. They told me to contact E-Care Repair Services which company obviously takes care of Panasonic's service here. So I did and I'm now waiting for their response.

    I probably won't buy a fourth 45-200 :frown:, I think I'll hold my breath for the Panny 35-100/2.8 and I'll wait this time to see how reviewers and other users fare with it. I bought the 45-175 as soon as it became available, I won't do that again. In the meantime I'll use my Minolta 75-150/4 when I have a tripod with me.
     
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  2. Art

    Art Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2011
    San Francisco, CA
    Why not try Oly 40-150? only $150 from Cameta.
    I am receiving my pana 45-175 today to be used w/o OIS. Can't wait to test it out.
     
  3. addieleman

    addieleman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 5, 2010
    The Netherlands
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    No image stabilization on my GH2 and G1 was the reason not to do that. OTOH, if I have to use 1/1000s IS is probably totally irrelevant. It's an idea :smile:.
     
  4. Art

    Art Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2011
    San Francisco, CA
    exactly, it's not like your Minolta has any OIS. I think even 1/500s may suffice in many circumstances w/o IS. 40-150 is just as small and light as Pana 45-175 except internal zooming.
     
  5. addieleman

    addieleman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 5, 2010
    The Netherlands
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    Well, I use my Minolta 75-150 on a tripod exclusively, it's a pain to focus it hand-held because of the viewfinder image jumping up and down. The Oly 40-150 may just work hand-held because of its AF, but I doubt I will gain much over the Panny 45-175. For the moment I'd like to keep wallet and cards inactive :smile:. Maybe the G5 with its electronic first shutter curtain won't induce vibration and who knows what the GH3 will bring. As they say in Dutch: "I'll keep my gunpowder dry."
     
  6. troll

    troll Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 25, 2012
    Try another 45-175. Mine doesn't have any double-line issues on G2 and E-P2, OIS works just fine.
     
  7. addieleman

    addieleman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 5, 2010
    The Netherlands
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    It's way too old to return it :mad:, so maybe Panasonic's service organization can do something about it. As mentioned before, I already contacted them.
     
  8. Dave in Wales

    Dave in Wales Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 5, 2011
    West Wales
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  9. zap

    zap Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 23, 2012
    uk
    i also love this lens...

    rooftop of a building in oxford street, london...


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  10. zap

    zap Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 23, 2012
    uk
    richmond park...


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  11. brainhulk

    brainhulk Mu-43 Rookie

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    Oct 11, 2010
    I like my 45-200. @ disneyland with my old gf1

    11gkthw.
     
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  12. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I had this lens for 18months and perhaps was a very good copy .I never had any troubles with it.It AFocused very quick on my EPL2 and was very sharp.I just sold it as I wasnt using it so much . Here are some samles.
    Cheers
    Bhupinder

    ISO1600_200_1:500. ISO400_97mm_f:9_1:400. iso200_151_f8_1:500. P4120911. P3239368. Panny45-200.
     
  13. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    ANd u can see 3D pop like Leica in 2nd Image ..lol
    Cheers
     
  14. DaveH

    DaveH New to Mu-43

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    Jul 5, 2012
    have to say im in the "love" crowd with this lens, its surprised me massively. I recieved a GX1 for my birthday this year and bought the 7-14, 20 and the 45-200 to go with it (as well as the 14-42 kit lens) and of all the lens' so far the 45-200 has impressed me the most, its sharp, colour repro on it seems to pop very nicely and its great to use. The 20 is nice and Ive had some good results, the 7-14 Ive got to learn to use properly really before I think Ill get the best from it.. but to stick the 45-200 on the cam and get the results I did Im over the moon, almost to the point of dissapointment with the other lens' I own (in comparison).

    I'd post some pics but im at work and Flickr is blocked :(
     
  15. michaeln

    michaeln Guest

    I have only had (and still have) one 45-200, and while I am not overwhelmed in love with it, I find it to be quite adequate for my needs. I am primarily a landscape photographer, so I don't need a long telephoto very often. But the few times I have needed one, the 45-200 has performed very well for me. It's a keeper.
     
  16. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    I noticed that mine has a bit of purple fringing too.......Hmmm...more to follow...
     
  17. redalien

    redalien Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 23, 2012
    Tamas
    I must speak on behalf of the 45-200mm! Or rather a picture is worth a thousand words, so I'll go that route.

    birdistheword.
     
  18. maxphoto

    maxphoto Mu-43 Rookie

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    Jan 10, 2011
    New York
    I have no problems with sharpness or color tinges with my 45-200. I got it used off of eBay and love it. My only issue with it is that is a little loose - if the lens hangs down it will expand on its own.