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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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  • Rear Lens Cap
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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 259 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (124)

    • 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 (148)
    • 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 (154)
    • Wildlife photos (145)
    • Sports/action (85)
    • Weddings (57)
    • Video (40)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (122), Casual photographer (57), Semi-pro photographer (39), Pro photographer (18), Enthusiast (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (186), 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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    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

    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.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • 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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          • No

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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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            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

                  Verified Buyer

                  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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                              • No

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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

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                                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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