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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
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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
UPC: 037988988358
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
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)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.3 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.2 x 4.6 x 4.5"
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 270 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (128)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (124)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easily interchangeable (177)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (165)
    • Lightweight (151)
    • Consistent output (126)
    • Durable (84)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (83)
    • Heavy (25)
    • Slow focus (25)
    • Blurry focus (9)
    • Weak casing (6)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (157)
    • Wildlife photos (148)
    • Sports/action (86)
    • Weddings (57)
    • Video (41)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (125), Casual photographer (57), Semi-pro photographer (41), Pro photographer (18), Enthusiast (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (191), Yes (8)

    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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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    For Me it did not work well on Olympus

    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 ....Read complete review

    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

    Gets better the more I use it

    By mesal

    from Missouri City, TX

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight
    • Picture Quality

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light
    • Slow Focus

    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've owned this lens for about 18 months. I like the light weight, the reach, and the picture quality. I don't like that it is not very good in low light, although at ISO of 5000+ it is not too bad.
    I use it for daylight photos of wildlife, when I need the reach and the low weight. Recently I went to a local park and used it to take some pictures of ducks that were moving very fast. In continuous mode the results were amazing. For the price, this is an excellent value. I'm including a couple of pictures taken with the product an an OM-D EM-1.

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    2.0

    Way too soft of a focus

    By Adam D.

    from Nashville, TN

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

    It was almost as if I was just misjudging the focus when taking pictures. However no matter what, when I used the higher zoom range, 100-200, the focus was awful. I mean awful. Every image was soft. After using this for several days with I decided to return it. So far I'm finding it difficult to even find a Panasonic telephoto lens that doesn't have a reputation for a soft focus.

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    5.0

    The Clearer, The Better

    By Bro. Furqaan

    from Newark, N.J. (Brick City)

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

    This lens perfectly compliments my GH-4. I only shoot stills very close up to see how clear the pixel is, thus letting me know how well the camera and lens inner components work together hoping it will produce excellent clarity when production is done. So far, I am so amazed that it has passed my expectations especially clients who think I'm using an carl. Panasonic lenses are simply crystal clear.

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    4.0

    Panasonic Good Inexpensive 45-200mm Zoom

    By DBad

    from New York, NY

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife Photos

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

    Good inexpensive medium telephoto Zoom lens, seems pretty sharp and worth the price

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    • No

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    4.0

    Nice lens- good price

    By photo hound

    from Princeton

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

    Lens came in time and in perfect condition. Lens has great clarity and focused quickly in most situations on my little Lumix GM1.
    Would recommend for a reasonably priced zoom.

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    2.0

    Sturdy, But Purple Fringing

    By PicTaker

    from Lynchburg, VA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

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

      This is a nicely constructed lens, but chromatic abberation was evident in almost every picture I took at the longer zoom range. A caveat is that I am a pixel peeper, and the purple fringing was less in the normal zoom range. I opted for the 45-150 instead. Its picture quality is significantly better, with almost the same zoom range, and seems to be about half the size.

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      5.0

      4/3 lens!

      By Mary

      from Wisconsin

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

      Love it!

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      3.0

      Good lens

      By MikeH

      from Phillipsburg, NJ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light
      • Sticky zoom ring

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Video
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      I just bought this lens to do some intermediate video and stills of wildlife. Nice glass and images. It has fast auto focus for stills, but the OIS is not as smooth as I'd like for manual focusing handheld video. The zoom ring was a little sticky at first, but appears to be getting better with use. My first micro 4/3 lens for my GH4. Still evaluating if I made the right choice.

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      5.0

      Great gift

      By Kathy

      from spring Texas

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

      My husband was very pleased to receive this lens as a Christmas gift. Thanks for helping me give the perfect gift.

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      4.0

      Nice lens

      By JR

      from AL

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

      For those walks in the woods or at the zoo, this is a perfect lens.

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      5.0

      Nice little lens

      By Ann

      from Iowa

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

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

        Nice lens that takes clear shots. I wanted a lens to get a little more distance on my lumix and this lens does the trick. The lens is not too large and bulky to carry and would fit into my pocket. Overall satisfied with my purchase.

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        5.0

        Nice lens

        By Dan

        from Mountain View

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

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

          Good quality, enough for family use.
          Reasonable price.
          Excellent customer service from B&H.

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          • Yes

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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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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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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                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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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                    (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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