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PanasonicLumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 Zoom OIS Lens (Silver)
 
4.1

(based on 71 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (26)

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    (33)

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    (6)

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    (5)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (55)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (25)
  • Easy to use (21)
  • Easily interchangeable (19)
  • Consistent output (13)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (20)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (25)
  • Wildlife photos (21)
  • Video (17)
  • Sports/action (16)
  • Travel (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (17), Enthusiast (16), Casual photographer (13), Semi-pro photographer (9), Semi-professional (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (66)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good lens and light weight

I replaced my Lumix 45-200mm lens with this because it is much lighter for travel. It is sharp, focuses well, and has great bokeh.

I replaced my Lumix 45-200mm lens with this because it is much lighter for travel. It is sharp, focuses well, and has great bokeh.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Image stabilization system broken...

The optical image stabilization system for this lens does not work properly. Multiple users have tested it on multiple cameras and in most cases it produces a severe double image with shutter speeds between...Read complete review

The optical image stabilization system for this lens does not work properly. Multiple users have tested it on multiple cameras and in most cases it produces a severe double image with shutter speeds between 1/100 and 1/300. Tested on both GH2 and G3 with same results. It appears to be shutter vibration causing the OIS system to detect a false movement and then attempt to correct for this false movement. Bottomline, users are finding images are better when they turn OIS off.

The lens is recently released and to date Panasonic has not acknowledged any problem nor made any attempt to correct. It is possible it may work better on certain camera bodies.

For extensive details and test images look in the Micro Four Thirds forum DPReview.

I will attempt to update this review if Panasonic resolves the issue.

For now, I would strongly advise not purchasing the lens unless you intend to never use the image stabilization system.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Lightweight and easy to use.

By Mark the Traveller

from Saugatuck, MI

About Me Casual user

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Everyday use
  • Traveling

Comments about Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH. Lens (Black):

compact, lightweight, easy to use power zoom (which is very helpful if you travel and want others to use your camera). Seems to take clear zoom pics from my usage so far.

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3.0

Okay, But Not Great

By Reel Contact

from Spearfish, SD

About Me Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH. Lens (Black):

      It shoots just fine but the images lack some of the sharpness that I like. I use this with a JVC GY LS-300 and it doesn't quite compare to the Rokinons for sharpness. But it is the only zoom currently on the market that works with my camera. Just wish I had more choices. So I learn to live with it when I need a zoom shot.

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      5.0

      Works as advertised.

      By Mark the Traveller

      from Saugatuck, MI

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape Photography
        • Traveling
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH. Lens (Black):

        Not a bargain item but seems solidly built and works effortlessly and well. Also super lightweight and compact. Great addition to my Panasonic DMC-GX7.

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        4.0

        Zoom lense

        By R03

        from Ithaca

        Comments about Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH. Lens (Black):

        It does the job nicely.

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        4.0

        Nice Lens

        By Skyplex

        from Chicago

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Traveling

          Comments about Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH. Lens (Black):

          Super light and very good lens!

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          3.0

          "nd lens also rattles

          By Le vioque

          from Doncaster UK

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Poor Design

          Best Uses

          • Evertyday
          • Home

          Comments about Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH. Lens (Black):

          I have used this lens since June. It works well but it rattles. I've sent it back for investigation a month ago but the retailer has now replaced it with a new one. This one rattles as well.
          This one will be going back after Christmas too. Complete pain.

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          2.0

          Rattles a lot

          By Neil London

          from Oregon

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Not Durable
          • Poor Design

          Best Uses

            Comments about Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH. Lens (Black):

            When I opened this lens up I noticed one thing immediately; It rattles. I was pretty disappointed that it sounded like the lens wasn't made sturdy. It might have just been my unit so I sent it back and I am waiting for a replacement. I'm hoping the lens was defective otherwise I wont be using this product.

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            4.0

            Great lens for sports!

            By EF sports videographer

            from Overland Park KS

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Landscape Photography
              • Traveling

              Comments about Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH. Lens (Black):

              This is my go-to lens for action footage. I shoot video for my college and this lens is a must for me. Excellent for soccer and capturing indoors volleyball game footage under poor lighting conditions it does good but again excellent for outdoors. The lens is smaller than I thought for a micro four-thirds with nice internal zoom.

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              4.0

              Great lens

              By Jim

              from Las Vegas

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Landscape Photography
                • Traveling

                Comments about Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH. Lens (Black):

                This is great lens for both video and still photos. It even has a power zoom lens, not too fast, but I haven't used an SLR type camera with power zoom.
                Image quality is excellent. It's incredibly small and lite too for the power of the zoom.
                Would love to have a few lower f stops, but for the cost there's no way that can happen.

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                4.0

                Good lens - Does the job for the price

                By Tilly DeHun

                from Eugene, OR

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                • Starts At 45 Mm

                Best Uses

                • Video With Power Zoom

                Comments about Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH. Lens (Black):

                We needed something in micro four thirds that had a power zoom an stayed within our budget. This lens fit the bill. f/4.0 works well for inside shots. We are using it with a Panasonic GH3. My only issue has been that I wish there was something with more of a wide angle. 45-175 is tele to more tele.

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                3.0

                You get what you paid for

                By rummy

                from houston, tx

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Poor in low light

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Traveling

                Comments about Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH. Lens (Black):

                Nothing more nothing less. It's a decent lens but not it you are planning to work professionally. Very poor quality in low light situations. If you can..spend a little more to get something better

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                2.0

                Optics fine, functionality not

                By Ari

                from Chicago, IL

                About Me Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Decent Optics
                • Good Focal Length Range
                • Low Cost

                Cons

                • Image Bounce At Zoom End
                • Not Parfocal

                Best Uses

                • Slow Speed F Stop

                Comments about Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH. Lens (Black):

                For the price, I should not have expected much. The optical quality is fine, and in accordance with the price point. The problems are that it is NOT parfocal, so you have to refocus at every different focal length. Also, if you zoom at full speed, the element bounces at the end and causes an image flash. This lens is not suitable for video zooming.

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                4.0

                Better than I had expected

                By Hiking Howie

                from Gainesville,FL

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Smooth zoom

                Cons

                • Wish They Had It In 28

                Best Uses

                • Landscape Photography
                • Traveling

                Comments about Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH. Lens (Black):

                Got this lens for my Olympus OM-D E-M5. I had the olympus 42-150mm and it sucked in dust while zooming, the Panasonic lens does not extend. It is light and compact, I use it on my Hikes and camping sites. I've read some reviews on this lens and some people complain about different problems in their images. If you know how to set up your camera you won't have any problems with this lens, If you do that is why there are post processing programs out there, shoot RAW and get your image the way you like it.I'm a Happy camper with this lens.

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                5.0

                Nice Lens

                By Richard

                from Sacramento area

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH. Lens (Black):

                    I use this lens on my Panasonic GX 7 and it works very well. I like the motorized zoom and quick focus. It seems long enough to be very useful, but it is not an all-in-one lens. Too long. But it goes nicely with the kit 14-42.

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                    4.0

                    Great addition to my G6

                    By Rockin Ronnie

                    from Truro, Canada

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Poor in Low Light

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Video
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH. Lens (Black):

                    So far after having had this lens for a couple of weeks it has lived up to my expectations. It is light and well built. The power-zoom feature takes a little getting used to as this is the first of this type that I have ever had. Since it is internal focusing the lens length does not change. Comes with a discrete and well-designed lens hood, a bonus in this day and age. I also ordered a 46mm Hoya UV filter at the same time.

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    A Very Good Lense

                    By Richard Fendelman

                    from Coconut Grove, Florida

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action
                      • Video

                      Comments about Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH. Lens (Black):

                      Got this for my GH4. I already had the 45-200mm but then I read that there was a similar lens with more pro glass, the Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 Zoom OIS Lens (Black). So, I returned the 45-200 and got the 45-175. So far, I like it.B&H is great on returns btw.

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                      4.0

                      Works with Blackmagic Studio Camera!

                      By shorewire

                      from Apex, NC

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                      Cons

                      • Poor in Low Light

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH. Lens (Black):

                        The lens is great! The motorized zoom and focus abilities utilize the features built into the Blackmagic Studio Camera perfectly at a minimal price point!

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                        4.0

                        Good for video

                        By Sag

                        from new york, NY

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Poor in Low Light

                        Best Uses

                        • Sports/Action
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH. Lens (Black):

                        Good choice for the money, power zoom great for video

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                        5.0

                        Great Lens!!!

                        By flyfishing guide Colo

                        from Pueblo Co

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape Photography

                          Comments about Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH. Lens (Black):

                          I bought this lens for clear videos shot on the river at 15 to 30 feet and the lens works perfect.

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                          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Nice match with GM-1

                          By George

                          from Bellingham WA

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use
                            • Home
                            • Landscape Photography
                            • Portraits
                            • Traveling

                            Comments about Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH. Lens (Black):

                            I'm very pleased with this lens. Its a nice extension to the kit 12-32mm kit lens for my Lumix GM-1. Use the GM-1 when I want lighter gear that attracts less attention than my Nikon D-800E (e.g., travel, street photos). So far I've used the 45-175mm for street photos and landscapes. I'm very happy with the crisp quality of the images.

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