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PanasonicLumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 Zoom OIS Lens (Black)
 
4.2

(based on 58 reviews)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (46)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (25)
  • Easily interchangeable (19)
  • Consistent output (13)
  • Easy to use (13)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (19)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (25)
  • Wildlife photos (21)
  • Video (17)
  • Sports/action (16)
  • Travel (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (17), Casual photographer (13), Enthusiast (12), Semi-pro photographer (9), Pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (54)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great lens at this price

I mainly shoot still images and have very shaky hands. The OIS works great even at 175mm. The lens is quiet, compact and works well with my GH1. Focus is quick and zooming...Read complete review

I mainly shoot still images and have very shaky hands. The OIS works great even at 175mm. The lens is quiet, compact and works well with my GH1. Focus is quick and zooming is a breeze using the power button. Being an internal zoom helps to keep dust out and maintain stability. Image quality is very good and only a bit soft at the long end. Keep in mind that it is a f4-5.6 lens and requires good light for optimum performance.

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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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5.0

Nice Lens

By Richard

from Sacramento area

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 Zoom OIS 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

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      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 Zoom OIS 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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      5.0

      A Very Good Lense

      By Richard Fendelman

      from Coconut Grove, Florida

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      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 Zoom OIS 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

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        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 Zoom OIS 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

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          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 Zoom OIS 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

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape Photography

            Comments about Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 Zoom OIS 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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            5.0

            Nice match with GM-1

            By George

            from Bellingham WA

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            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 Zoom OIS 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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              5.0

              Good lens and light weight

              By JimTN

              from Oak Ridge, TN

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              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Portraits
                • Traveling
                • Wildlife

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

                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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                5.0

                Outstanding Zoom Lens

                By Setter Dog

                from Orange County, CA

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                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 Zoom OIS Lens (Black):

                  I also have the panasonic 100-300mm, but find I leave this lens on my camera most of the time. The 45mm wide end makes it more useful and the 175mm is still a lot of reach.

                  I find the lens sharp and colorful. The power zoom feature is really nice for video.I love the internal focus. There's less chance of picking up dust and it's just plain a better system.

                  The weight and internal focus make this a very unique lens in the m43 lineup.

                  I really like this lens!

                  Jack

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                  5.0

                  Awesome lens!

                  By poopster

                  from ontario

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast autofocus
                  • Great Contrast
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable
                  • Sharp

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Traveling
                    • Wildlife

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

                    This lens is very underrated. I find it to be very sharp, with excellent contrast. The OIS works great as well. It focuses extremely fast, and is so light and small, I carry it everywhere.

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                    5.0

                    Small but very mighty!

                    By Foto

                    from Ohio

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                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      Very compact and powerful zoom. Nice results and love it!

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                      5.0

                      Exceeded expectations

                      By Barnes

                      from northern MN

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                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Traveling
                        • Wildlife

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

                        I evaluated this lens, one I purchased for an upcoming trip to Africa, on a two-week trip to the Colorado Rockies via Black Hills. The photos I took with it, ones I sent out as eCards to friends, not only got raves, but also surpassed my more demanding scrutiny.

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                        4.0

                        Great lens

                        By Todd C

                        from San Diego, CA

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                            The best Panasonic telephoto lens I have used on a m43 system so far. I use this, the 14-45mm Panasonic zoom, and the 25mm 1.4 prime lens as my three main lenses.

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                            5.0

                            Excellent

                            By 4/3rds newbie

                            from Australia

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                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Portraits
                              • Wildlife

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

                              This lens is great to use and provides excellent pictures. It comes with a reversible hood which is great.

                              I've only used it for a short time but at full zoom I've taken some great bird shots with a hand held OMD EM-5. Also taken some good portraits at around 45mm.

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                              5.0

                              amazing intro lens

                              By J.wilt

                              from Ewa Beach, Hawaii

                              About Me Casual user

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                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Everyday use
                                • Portraits
                                • Traveling

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

                                The Lumix G-vario 45-175 lens dramatically changes how your Lumix G digital camera operates. This lens is a huge upgrade from the 12-45 lens that comes standard with the Lumix G with crystal clear focas and a much more usable zoom. The internal focal point makes the lens lighter and easier to get those shots where you don't have forever to change the zoom. Highly recomended for any budding photografer.

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                                5.0

                                It's LESS than I expected !!

                                By Guy

                                from Orpington

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                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Traveling

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

                                  This lens is so light weight you have to check it's in the bag - you can zoom manually or press the button and build quality feels and looks (very) good to me. The high quality results via my Lumix G2 have made me a very happy amateur owner. I'm no pro but this lens is so easy to change & use - I'm really (very) pleased with the results at the Florida gator farm where you really don't want to get close - but the snake, bird and gator skin details you can capture from a distance are spectacular. My photos got quite a few wows when I showed them on the usual 15.6" laptop screen. I do not know how well the images blow up but I also took some lunar shots and can clearly see the craters etc in the final pics. I have only viewed these in jpeg format but of course the G2 has also captured them in RAW - I still have to get the software to process these. I can only hope that these will deliver even more detail.

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                                  4.0

                                  Best Bang for your Buck

                                  By Feoff

                                  from Bridgeport, CT

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                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Great Autofocus
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Poor in low light

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everyday use
                                  • Landscape Photography
                                  • Traveling

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

                                  For the money, I could not have asked for a better lens. It utilizes some effective tools such as autofocus continuous mode, which is great for walking video with people. The image stabilizer has been great and I have not experienced any issues with it. I own a Lumix G5 and this lens did exactly what I need it to do. My only reason for not giving this 5 stars was because the lens does not appear to be durable. It's great that its lightweight which is much easier to carry for long periods of time compared to the Canon 60D with a similar focal length. Other than that, this is a great buy!

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                                  5.0

                                  Very good lens

                                  By ldw6559

                                  from Ky.

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                  • Poor in Low Light

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Video
                                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                                  Much less weight than kit 14-42 lens
                                  small size for amount of zoom, does not change size while zooming
                                  Power zoom allows for much smoother zoom
                                  Much better photo quality than kit lens
                                  Great video, able to follow subjects well
                                  Use for wildlife, structure, portrait
                                  Not good for indoor but then what long range zoom is
                                  Not great for street photography or close up shots as this lens starts at 90mm.

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                                  4.0

                                  Great lens for my Panasonic G3

                                  By Buck8Jim

                                  from Fort Worth Texas

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

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

                                        I have the 14-42 kit lens, the 14mm f2.5 and now the 45-175. All items bought used from B&H this year. The 45-175 in many respects is my best lens yet. B&H has my respect and gratitude.

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                                        4.0

                                        Effective telezoom for outdoor use

                                        By KL1970

                                        from Bangkok, Thailand

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                                        Pros

                                        • Consistent Output
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                        • Poor in Low Light

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Sports/Action

                                        Comments about Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 Zoom OIS Lens (Silver):

                                        I picked this up from B&H on a recent business trip to NYC as the lens is hard to find in my home location. The lens is mated with a Panasonic GX1. I'm using the lens exclusively for outdoor shoots in bright sun light. Both the zoom range and the speed preclude you from doing other things anyway.

                                        So far the lens appears to have produced good result at all zoom range. The in-lens image stabilizer works great overall. I was originally worried as there had been some complaints about double/blurry image caused by faulty image stabilization. This is not an issue with the lens I got. Either my unit is of later production run where all the kinks have been worked out or I am just lucky, I can't really say.

                                        There are some complaints also about slow focus speed. With the GX1 body, I can't really say that I notice this to be a problem. It is maybe a tad more noticeable at longer focal length than a 20mm f1.7, another lens that I use a lot. But that's hardly a fair comparison.

                                        The lens construction is almost all plastic, but it feels sturdy enough. Admittedly the plastic making up the lens barrel feels slightly cheap.

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