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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 273 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (128)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (125)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easily interchangeable (178)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (165)
  • Lightweight (153)
  • Consistent output (127)
  • Durable (85)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (84)
  • Slow focus (26)
  • Heavy (25)
  • Blurry focus (9)
  • Weak casing (6)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (159)
  • Wildlife photos (149)
  • Sports/action (86)
  • Weddings (57)
  • Video (41)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (126), Casual photographer (58), Semi-pro photographer (41), Pro photographer (19), Enthusiast (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (194), 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

good len, good price

By john

from houston

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Strong Construction

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:

    It's really good for out door and landscape,portrait as well. pictures have nice color and sharp. Feel solid in hand

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    • No

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    3.0

    Not bad for light travel

    By Vic

    from Charlottesville, VA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light
    • Slow Focus

    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:

    I use a professional set up for my nature and wildlife photography, but bought this lens to take on a family vacation for my Panasonic lumix 4/3 rd's camera. I wanted something to go with my fixed 25mm lens. The lens does a good job for still life but is a bit more challenging for wildlife. I did however get a few flying frigate bird shots with it and was happy I got it. Good range for the size and weight. Overall, if you're looking for a small portable lens for your 4/3rd's camera this did a good job, but it will never replace my DSLR set up. But it is way better quality than a P&S.

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    • No

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    3.0

    Heavy CA

    By Rog

    from Sheffield Lake, OH

    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:

    This was a lens I really wanted to like but wound up returning. Chromatic abberation was a problem in nearly every shot regardless of f-stop or focal length. I'm giving it 3 stars because I suspect Panasonic cameras are not as seriously affected since they have in-camera CA correction whereas Olympus doesn't.

    Otherwise, I really did like it and it performed well in terms of sharpness, AF, etc. Fit and finish was good for a low cost lens as well. I'd have given 4 stars had it not been for the aforementioned issue.

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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

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    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

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      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

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          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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