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Revisiting the Panasonic 45-200 OIS on the OM-D E-M5

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by Jonathan F/2, May 1, 2012.

  1. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    I decided to pick up a Pany 45-200 OIS as a small telephoto after trying MF unsuccessfully in the long telephoto range with the E-M5. Since Panasonic has discounted the lens and can be had anywhere from $160 to $200 USD, I thought it'd be a good price to revisit this lens. On the E-M5 this lens really shines!

    With the decent E-M5 high ISO, I can easily shoot this lens without worrying about light. Also, I find the E-M5 built-in IS seems better through the EVF over the lens OIS.

    E-M5 fully gripped with the 45-200:
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    Without the hood:
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    Here are a couple samples shot at varying focal lengths, aperture and ISO (shot on an overcast day):
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    Considering I shot on an overcast day, the high ISO shots held together very well, much better than the 12mp M43 sensor. I think at the current price, this lens performs quite well on the E-M5. :smile:
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  2. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    I have always liked that lens. It really is a bargain.
  3. DizzyV6P

    DizzyV6P Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 13, 2012
    I'm deciding on that lens or the 40-150. From that picture...wow...its pretty big. I think the Panny was about 7 inches vs. 4 inches for the 40-150 (and its lighter)

    Decisions, decisions. There's another thread on this in the Lenses section ;) 
  4. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    The difference in length is 3/4 inch, not 3 inches. The weight on the other hand is a factor of 2, though even the 45-200 is well under a pound.

  5. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    It's a lot smaller next to a full-sized DSLR!

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  6. duke

    duke Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 4, 2010
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Also, that hood almost doubles the length of the lens.
  7. DizzyV6P

    DizzyV6P Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 13, 2012
    Wow...if you put it that way.....hmm...

    I'm coming from a Canon 40D and 70-200 F/4L so anything is lighter at this point.
    $150 for 40-150 vs. $200 for 45-200 ARGH!

    Does it come w/ a hood???
  8. riveredger

    riveredger Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 30, 2010
    Northern NJ
    Ok - so where can this lens be found for $160?

    I just got one for $199 - which was the lowest price I found anywhere on the internet.
  9. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    Comes with the hood and lens pouch.
  10. FastCorner

    FastCorner Mu-43 Veteran

    May 28, 2011
    I really like the 45-200mm. It's so underrated.
  11. DizzyV6P

    DizzyV6P Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 13, 2012
    Ok...this gives me a better view:

    Compact Camera Meter

    (45-200) 13.4 ounces vs. (40-150) 9 ounces

    Is the AF for the Panasonic faster or the Olympus?

    Right now I have the 40-150 on order w/ the E-M5 to take advantage of the $150 deal. If I get the Panny for $199, then grab the GF3 w/ 14 f/2.5 deal ($395 Amazon). I should be set for a few months....at least until I save enough for the 20 f/1.7 LOL. Or should I just skip the GF3?
    Sorry for all the questions, after selling off all my Canon gear, I have about $1600 to replace it w/ the E-M5 and friends....LOL.

  12. fredlong

    fredlong Just this guy...

    Apr 18, 2011
    Massachusetts USA
    If you choose to spend the extra money for the optional Olympus lens hood it will be about the same size.
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