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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 268 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easily interchangeable (176)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (165)
  • Lightweight (150)
  • Consistent output (125)
  • Durable (84)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (82)
  • Heavy (25)
  • Slow focus (24)
  • Blurry focus (9)
  • Weak casing (6)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (156)
  • Wildlife photos (147)
  • Sports/action (85)
  • Weddings (57)
  • Video (41)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (125), Casual photographer (57), Semi-pro photographer (40), Pro photographer (18), Enthusiast (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (190), Yes (8)

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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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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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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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    • No

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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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    • No

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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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      • No

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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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            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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                    • No

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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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                        • No

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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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