what zoom lens instead of 45-200?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by mesmerized, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. mesmerized

    mesmerized Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 18, 2012

    I own a Panny 45-200 but I'm not very satisfied with it. I bought it 'cause it was cheaper than the 40-150 Olly and I'm not really eager on getting that one either. Is there an alternative to these two lenses?
  2. yekimrd

    yekimrd Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 14, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
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    Yes, the IQ on the 45-175 is superb except there are OIS issues. But if you own the OM-D, this should be a non-issue.
  3. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    How about the Lumix 100-300mm?

    Personally, I adore my Zuiko 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5, but I'm guessing you won't be into such a large, expensive lens which works fastest with manual focus. The images out of it are superb.

    Have you considered a 200mm prime? The Zuiko 200mm f/4 makes a nice compact travel lens which gives you good reach and is faster than any of the native zooms.
  4. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 28, 2012
    Shenyang, China
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    Seen from a sample on Lumix website the new 45-150 seems to perform really sharp wide open at 150mm, which is exactly the point 45-200 is missing.
  5. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    The 45-175 X gets my vote!
  6. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    It seems that you have a bad copy of 45-200 mm . I had a very good copy and I sold it. Now I am using a friend's OLy 40-150 and its not sharper than PAnny 45-200 mm. New Panny 45-175 has mixed reviews and 45-150 is even worse than Oly 40-150 but I like the size and built of 45-150. Why not to try another copy of 45-200? I am gonna pick one tomorrow and compare with Oly 40-150.
  7. oldracer

    oldracer Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 1, 2010
    For what purpose?
  8. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 15, 2011
    Aberdeen Scotland
    The Lumix 35-100 has started shipping, it's looking like an excellent lens but is expensive (£900 or about $1300) and may not have the reach you are looking for.

  9. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 28, 2012
    Shenyang, China
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    that 45-150 isn't that good? I'll be damned:confused: