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Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount

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Product Highlights
  • Standard to Telephoto Zoom Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/4-22
  • Designed for Lumix G-Series
  • Fits Micro Four Thirds Format
  • Metal Lens Mount

The Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens is an interchangeable long telephoto zoom lens, developed by Leica exclusively for Panasonic Lumix digital micro four-thirds cameras. It follows the ultra-compact Micro Four Thirds Standard, which also makes it compatible with other brands that use this same format. The focal length of this lens is equivalent to approximately 90-400mm in 35mm format terms.

By incorporating the MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) feature and 3 ED elements, this lens makes it possible to capture clear, sharp images, edge to edge, even in macro shooting or low-lit situations. This provides users with a wide range of shooting flexibility.


Note: Since the Four Thirds camera body has a longer flange back length than the Micro Four Thirds camera body, Micro Four Thirds lenses cannot be mounted on Four Thirds camera bodies.

ED Glass
Three ED (extra-low dispersion) elements help the lens meet Leica's extremely high optical performance standards. They help capture images that are clear from corner to corner across the entire zoom range, with minimal distortion.
Multi-Coated
Multi-coated lens elements reduce ghosting and flare to an absolute minimum, enabling the lens to deliver an optical performance that meets Leica's lofty standards.
Circular Aperture
7-blade circular aperture diaphragm produces pleasant out-of-focus characteristics
Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount
Use of the Micro Four Thirds Standard means that this lens can also be used with other manufacturers that have adopted this digital camera standard
Performance
Focal Length 45 - 200mm
Comparable Four Thirds and Micro 4/3 Focal Length: 90 - 400 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Micro Four Thirds
Format Compatibility Micro Four Thirds
Angle of View 27° - 6°
Minimum Focus Distance 3.3' (1.01 m)
Magnification 0.19x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
Elements/Groups 16/13
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 52 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.76 x 3.94" (7.00 x 10.00 cm)
Weight 13.4 oz (380 g)
Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount
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    Panasonic45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount
     
    4.4

    (based on 258 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (123)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (120)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easily interchangeable (173)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (163)
    • Lightweight (147)
    • Consistent output (123)
    • Durable (84)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (80)
    • Heavy (24)
    • Slow focus (24)
    • Blurry focus (9)
    • Weak casing (6)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (153)
    • Wildlife photos (145)
    • Sports/action (85)
    • Weddings (57)
    • Video (40)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (122), Casual photographer (56), Semi-pro photographer (39), Pro photographer (18), Enthusiast (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (186), Yes (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Can't complain for the price

    I have been using this for more than a year with the GH2 body. Sometimes it's a little soft around the edges when fully zoomed, but at this price, that's totally acceptable to...Read complete review

    I have been using this for more than a year with the GH2 body. Sometimes it's a little soft around the edges when fully zoomed, but at this price, that's totally acceptable to me.

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    So far so good

    For outdoor use very good. Easy carry. f/4-5.6 not enough for indoor use.

    For outdoor use very good. Easy carry. f/4-5.6 not enough for indoor use.

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    5.0

    Very Good Lens.

    By Eugene Spiegel

    from Tel-Aviv, Israel

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Video

      Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

      Good Quality.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great lens for the price

      By deva

      from Chicago

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Price

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

        Works well both near and far.

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        4.0

        Great range. Sharp and fast.

        By Mesal

        from Missouri City, Texas

        Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

        Bought this lens for my Olympus OMD E-m1. Works great. Completely compatible. Fast and accurate autofocus. Sharp pictures in the center, a bit soft at the edges. I like the range of 45-200 ( 90-400) full frame.

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        4.0

        now I can reach out

        By Bob

        from Hudson, Florida

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

          This lens allows me to get the candid action shots from a distance. Its shutter speed and light gathering abilities are amazing. The compact size is a definite plus.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Impressed with autofocus on safari ride

          By thepurlfisher

          from Cupertino, CA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

            I used this lens with the GX7 recently. We were recently on a tram ride at the SD Safari Park and because I had a young child with me I couldn't always stay focus on the right object but I was really impressed with how fast the autofocus works so I was able to get a lot of shots that I thought I would miss (granted it was outdoor and it was a very sunny day). I also used it at my child's triathlon event and it worked out great too.

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            5.0

            Great lens

            By mahfoud79

            from Algeria

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

              I've bought this lens, and it works well on my lumix GM1, the picture quality is great and autofocus is fast. even in low light conditions this lens performs very well, no noise on pictures at ISO 3200, at ISO 6400, noise becomes visible.

              I recommand this lens for my friends.

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              2.0

              For Me it did not work well on Olympus

              By SvenlovesFlo

              from Reykjavik

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Lens Creep
              • Slow Focus
              • Soft

              Best Uses

                Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

                I found this lens to be very very soft...even at f/8...I may have had a bad copy but I found it slow to focus on the E-M1 as well . i sent it back . I have the Olympus 45-150 which is cheaper but less reach and the image quality is much better...I have tried 2 different panasonic zooms on the Olympus bodies and I find that they do not work as good as olympus on olympus

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                4.0

                Nice lightweight telephoto

                By Jazzi's dad

                from Yucaipa, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Economical
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • A Little Vignetting

                Best Uses

                • Beach photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

                I use this lens with a Lumix G6 camera body. This is a nice lens for walking along the beach, getting pictures of shore birds with getting too much into their personal space, so that they fly away, which is what I have mostly used it for so far. It is reasonably fast, has good optic quality, and has smooth action on the zoom. And for the price, you can't beat it. The image stabilization works so well that I can hand hold it, even at maximum zoom, and I still get sharp pictures. The only drawback I have found is that at the longer end of the zoom there is some vignetting of the corners of the image. But that can be dealt with either by cropping, or using the vignette slider in either LIghtroom or Photoshop Camera Raw. Amazing that the equivalent of a 400 mm lens can fit in such a small package, thanks to the micro four-thirds format.

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                5.0

                Great range.

                By DRB

                from IL.

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

                    Nice range is equal to a 90-400mm on 35mm.

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                    4.0

                    Another must have

                    By Stillwater

                    from Portland, OR

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

                      I carry this in my camera bag always, because you never know when you need to reach out for a shot. It takes great pictures at all focal lengths and is light weight and compact. It could be a little faster but with the stabilization inboard, it remains very, very useful. I also like the fact that it didn't cost an arm and a leg to acquire it.

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                      4.0

                      Good telephoto!

                      By JRaasch

                      from St. Paul, MN

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

                            A good all around telephoto for the m4/3 system. It is nice and small easy to throw in a jacket pocket and still have a good telephoto with you!

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                            5.0

                            I really like this lens

                            By Setter Dog

                            from Orange County, CA

                            About Me Photography Student

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight
                            • Rugged

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Video
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

                              This is a really good lens, very close to being an "all around" lens. Not as wide on the short end as ideal, I've been surprised how useful the 45mm focal length actually is. It stays on my G6 most of the time.

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                              4.0

                              Nice coplement to kit lens

                              By Clay

                              from Austin, TX

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Poor in Low Light

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

                                I use this for travel, family events and around town. The focal length picks up where the kit lens leaves off, and goes out to the point that some wildlife photography is possible.

                                I don't often print pictures - the most stringent test they're going to get is being displayed on a TV screen. It fills that purpose very nicely. It's sharp, light, and focuses quickly. Obviously it's not the fastest lens ever, but it might be the best overall at this price point.

                                The construction seems reasonable. Remember this is a conumer product, so you'll want to baby it. Since that's my usual mode of operation, this lens should last a long time.

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                                4.0

                                Best with support

                                By OPOP

                                from Philadelphia PA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                                Cons

                                • Poor in Low Light

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Weddings/Events
                                • Wildlife Photos

                                Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

                                Using this lens outdoors it almost always needs solid support or bracing. I've only just started using it. At the 60-80 marks it's decent for portraits, focuses quickly and is agreeably sharp. It's a bit big but not too huge to comfortably carry although I'm not sure I'll be taking it along without a tripod. The price point is excellent.

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                                5.0

                                Just what I was looking for!

                                By Meli

                                from Bronx, NY

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • NONE

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Macro Photography

                                Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

                                I basically needed a lens for my father that continued to zoom past the lens that came with the camera. I am very satisfied with my purchase. Since it was a gift, I do not use it as often but my dad is very happy with his present!

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                                5.0

                                Excellent low cost telephoto

                                By RDTeasley

                                from Madison, MS

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Wildlife Photos

                                  Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

                                  This is an almost excellent low cost telephoto lens. Image quality is quite good considering the price point and with proper shot discipline (tripod) sharp photos are easily obtainable. The optical stabilization works very well for times when a tripod isn't possible. All in all it's a great combination of price, weight and image quality. The only real drawback is the maximum aperture which limits low light use but the lens performs very well wide open.

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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Love the Lens

                                  By Jess the Traveler

                                  from Thunder Bay, ON

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easily Interchangeable
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                                  Cons

                                  • Heavy

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Macro Photography
                                  • Wildlife Photos

                                  Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

                                  I used my lens on a recent trip to Europe! It worked great, but the size made it a bit hard to keep changing lenses to take more close-up shots.

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                                  4.0

                                  Very good zoom -sharp images on distance

                                  By HjKristensen

                                  from Norway

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easily Interchangeable
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Nice Bokeh
                                  • Rugged
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Macro Photography
                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Video
                                    • Weddings/Events
                                    • Wildlife Photos

                                    Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

                                    Underestimated zoom from Panasonic - images are clean and Sharp from long distances, Product is better than the skill of most unprofessional photografers. Tripod- or steady freehand shots are sharp and crisp. Works fine also on Olympus cameras.

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                                    4.0

                                    Good

                                    By ashan

                                    from Vancouver, WA

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easily Interchangeable
                                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                                    Cons

                                    • Dark F4-56
                                    • Heavy

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Wildlife Photos

                                    Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

                                    Rarely to use, but sometimes very helpfull.

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                                    5.0

                                    Incredible lens! Does just what I need.

                                    By James

                                    from Jeremie, Haiti

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Pros

                                    • Easily Interchangeable
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Rugged

                                    Cons

                                    • Poor in Low Light

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Weddings/Events
                                    • Wildlife Photos

                                    Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

                                    Works perfect with my Olympus E-PL2.

                                    The only strange thing about this lens is it turns in the opposite direction to zoom in than expected. Perhaps a difference between Olympus and Panasonic lenses?

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