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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
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 248 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (118)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (116)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easily interchangeable (166)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (157)
    • Lightweight (142)
    • Consistent output (117)
    • Durable (83)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (80)
    • Heavy (24)
    • Slow focus (23)
    • Blurry focus (9)
    • Weak casing (6)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (148)
    • Wildlife photos (140)
    • Sports/action (80)
    • Weddings (56)
    • Video (38)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (118), Casual photographer (54), Semi-pro photographer (37), Pro photographer (18), Enthusiast (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (177), 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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    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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                  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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                    1.0

                    returned product

                    By Henny

                    from Bronx NY

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable

                    Cons

                    • Blurry Focus
                    • Heavy
                    • Slow Focus

                    Best Uses

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

                      I returned the lens after a week; it was too heavy for me. I Bought The 45-150 Lens And It's Much LighterTo Carry Around.

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                      4.0

                      Excellent Value in a Long Zoom

                      By mgsmith

                      from Lake Worth, FL

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Smooth Zoom

                      Cons

                      • Poor in Low Light

                      Best Uses

                      • Outdoors

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

                      The Micro 4/3 format offers a limited selection of lenses. This Panasonic offers 50mm more reach than the similarly priced competition for just a few dollars more. And it's performed very well so far.I'm using it on an Olympus E-PM1, and it performs nicely. It's sharp and bright, zooms smoothly and feels solid - like a well-built lens should.Like most Micro 4/3 lenses, this is no speed demon, but when I want to shoot with something light and compact, it's a great combo with the little E-PM1.

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                      4.0

                      can't beat the price/performance ratio

                      By Dave H

                      from San Diego, CA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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

                            At one tenth the cost {!!!} and considerably less size and weight than the 80-400 I have used with my SLR kit, the images it provides are surprisingly good. Be sure to use a shutter speed about 3x the focal length (yes, I know everyone says about 2x but I think you will be surprised at the increase in sharpness if you bump up the shutter speed). Since this isn't a really fast lens this means more light and/or higher ISO are needed, but you don't get something for nothing!. Also when judging results at 400mm (equivalent) don't forget there might be a a lot of atmosphere between you and the subject (crud and atmospheric distortions will degrade the image)..... closer is always better/sharper if possible. If properly used, you will be pleased with the results. If you want "perfection" open up your bank account.
                            I used this lens on the Olympus OM-D with its "in body" image stab.

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                            4.0

                            Nice zoom lens for MFT cams

                            By Michael

                            from Los Angeles, CA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Blurry Focus
                            • Slow Focus

                            Best Uses

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

                              Great value for the $ considering Panasonic's video optimized lenses of similar focal length are around $1,300. The zoom is great and the lens is well made. Great to have stabilization too. The image could be a bit sharper though & it can be a little slow to focus at times. Overall nice glass though that I'd recommend.

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                              5.0

                              Tasty little lens

                              By Michael G

                              from San Francisco, CA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Great value
                              • 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:

                                  Like many reviewers here I got tired of lugging around my DSLR kit (Canon plus heavy 'L' lenses) while on trips. So I plunked for the Panasonic Lumix GX1 and bought this lens for the extra reach. Very handy little system and so much easier to use. Asking the family to slow up a bit while I get my DSLR system ready and dialed in for a shot got so tedious I gave up taking pictures for a while. Took a trip with the Lumix system and took a boatload of shots, some quick snaps, many nicely composed and lovely images. This lens, of course, won't compete with the high end glass but for the price and convenience it's a no-brainer. Any shot is better than no shot and this little gem provides great clarity, light weight, quick focus and fits in my small shoulder bag easily. Highly recommended. Now I'm tuned back into the art I will be hoisting the Canon system out of the closet again. This lens has made life better in more ways than one.

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                                  5.0

                                  Nice lens!

                                  By Hoops fan

                                  from Florida

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  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:

                                    I bought this lens to use on an Olympus OM-D E-M5, because I wanted a telephoto lens that is smaller and lighter than I use on my Nikon cameras. The lens works well, focuses consistently, and gives sharp and contrasty output. The lens appears well-built, and doesn't have any drawbacks I can see, given the specifications of the lens.

                                    It is f5.6 at the long end, so you know up-front this is not for low-light photography. It compares well to a Nikon 70-300VR. You won't be disappointed in the output. Also, it is priced very reasonably.

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                                    4.0

                                    Worthy it!!

                                    By Jim

                                    from Boston

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Video
                                      • Weddings/Events

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

                                      Overal good lense for both video and photos.

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                                      5.0

                                      great

                                      By griff

                                      from Ireland

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Indoors/Low Light
                                        • 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:

                                        great product just what I was looking for.
                                        many great photos to be taken.

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                                        4.0

                                        Sharp Lens, Goes the distance

                                        By BenjaminB

                                        from Michigan

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Consistent Output
                                        • Durable
                                        • Easily Interchangeable
                                        • Nice Bokeh
                                        • Rugged
                                        • Strong Construction

                                        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:

                                          For what you get out of this thing (at this price), it works incredibly well... using with an AF100. Smooth with OIS on. Shooting outdoors handheld and on a tripod/slider, works great (stable image). Really sharp image all around throughout the zoom range. Focus ring could be a bit more fine-tuned but hey its not a cine lens. Overall its a great workhorse lens.

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