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PanasonicLUMIX G Vario 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH Lens - Black
 
4.3

(based on 38 reviews)

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Pros

  • Lightweight (30)
  • Easy to use (17)
  • Durable (10)
  • Reliable (10)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel (19)
    • Everyday (16)
    • Landscape photography (13)
    • Portraits (9)
    • Landscape/scenery (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (16), Photo enthusiast (7), Semi-professional (6), Semi-pro photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A real bargain

    This is an excellent mid-range telephoto. Light and compact and balances nicely on my GX1. The lens is sharp and if it were any faster it would not be so light and compact. ...Read complete review

    This is an excellent mid-range telephoto. Light and compact and balances nicely on my GX1. The lens is sharp and if it were any faster it would not be so light and compact. I can live with the slowness in exchange for something I will actually carry around for a travel lens. At the moment the silver version is 20% less than the black lens and is a real bargain at this price. Sample photos are at 45 and 150mm

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    good price but there's dust in my copy

    i got this lens as part of the panasonic dmc-g5 bundle, but unfortunately, while the lens looks nice and the zoom range is very useful, the copy i received has dust stuck inside,...Read complete review

    i got this lens as part of the panasonic dmc-g5 bundle, but unfortunately, while the lens looks nice and the zoom range is very useful, the copy i received has dust stuck inside, sticking on the rear lens element. i initially intended to return this lens but unfortunately, i have shipped this lens and the camera outside of the U.S., so i will end up spending more on shipping it back. i hope my next purchases here will result in items that are well inspected for defects like dust and scratches before shipment.

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    5.0

    Amazing for the price

    By Roc889

    from New York, NY

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about LUMIX G Vario 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH Lens - Black:

      The Lumix 45-150mm f4 is super compact and very light. Lengthwise it is long as the Canon 50mm F1.4. Extremely compact for a 300mm field-of-view (equivalent). It works amazingly well on my Olympus OM-D E-M10. Fast AF. There is no on-off switch on the lens for stabilization as with other Panasonic's. It really made no difference. Stabilization was controlled automatically by the camera body. AF during video was completely silent and fast. Manual focus was a joy. Very smooth.In my brief tests (I've only had it 10 days) I noticed that at 45mm and wide open (F4) sharpness is good except in the lower left corner where it is a bit smeary and lacking definition. At 45mm sharpness improves markedly by F6.3.At 100mm optimum sharpness is at F5.6 and decreases from there to F7.1.At 150mm sharpness is excellent across the field. Best performance is wide open (F5.6) to F8. Onwards from F8 the diffraction effect lessens sharpness. Considering that field-of-view at 150mm for this format is the equivalent of 300mm on full-frame performance wide open was amazing. Truly excellent. There is a good review of this lens at photozone.de for the more curious. As I said the only shortcomings of this lens are at the widest zoom setting of 45mm and is easily corrected by an aperture of F6.3. Otherwise it is remarkable.

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      4.0

      Probably a great lens

      By d9c9

      from LA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

        Comments about LUMIX G Vario 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH Lens - Silver:

        I ordered this lens to use with my BMDPCC it has image stabilization but it's controlled by the camera which the Black Magic Design Pocket Cinema Camera cannot do. Using the BMDPCC hand held with this lens with the BMDPCC's 3X crop factor it was hard to get a steady shot when using the zoom with out a tripod.

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        5.0

        Fine introductory Superzoom

        By Dan

        from Wellington, New Zealand

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Inexpensive
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Portrait
          • Travel

          Comments about LUMIX G Vario 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH Lens - Silver:

          I bought a Panasonic GX7 as a "fun" alternative to lugging around my Canon 7D when out and about. Because I thought the kit 14-42mm might be a bit limited I ordered the 14-150mm.

          Some people have said that it's too soft at the long end. I'm am enthusiast, so it'll do for until I can afford something faster like the 35-100mm f2.8. The attached photos give some idea of what you might expect hand-held at maximum zoom. I only had my first play real today, so it's possible that the photos might get sharper with more experience with the camera

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          4.0

          Great 90-300mm Performance for Micro 4:3

          By Bill

          from Lyndhurst

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about LUMIX G Vario 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH Lens - Black:

              Bought this lens to replace my Olympus 40-150. Compared to my copy of the Olympus this lens appears to be a little sharper at the short & long end. But the difference is nothing major. Build wise this lens is better than the Olympus and feels nicer in your hand. Lens looks expensive and has a metal mount. The zoom ring & manual focusing rings turn very smoothly & it has no zoom creep. If your primary body is a 5 axis Olympus camera & you can live with the looks & built of the Olympus 40-150 buy it. I would rather paid the difference in price for the better construction alone. If this lens has some macro cabalities it would be a home run. But you can't have it all.

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              5.0

              All around very nice lens

              By Woodak

              from NY

              Comments about LUMIX G Vario 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH Lens - Black:

              Sharp and has beautiful clarity.. No complaints.

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              4.0

              Solid Telezoom

              By Eric

              from Glencoe, IL

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Limited F Stop

              Best Uses

              • Traveling

              Comments about LUMIX G Vario 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH Lens - Black:

              Works well with an OM-D EM1. Better construction than the Olympus equivalent. Metal mount.

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              4.0

              small, sharp, well-built, and a bit slow

              By Steve

              from Smmamish, WA

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Portraits

                Comments about LUMIX G Vario 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH Lens - Black:

                I have had this lens only for a month. Love it so far. I own many other long pro lenses from the DSLR days (mostly Nikon). This lens is impressively small and light weight, yet still quite sharp. The hard plastic body is solid.

                I wish it was a f/2.8 lens. But then it won't be as small even for a MFT lens.

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                5.0

                Lovin' it!

                By Sofia

                from Berkeley, CA

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about LUMIX G Vario 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH Lens - Black:

                    Having a great time with this lens - I'm a hobbyist and I'm enjoying using it on landscape & family photography.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent lens

                    By mem

                    from North Carolina

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Landscape Photography
                      • Portraits
                      • Traveling

                      Comments about LUMIX G Vario 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH Lens - Black:

                      This lens is very useful to have with the mirror less camera. It is my staple lens and I leave it on the camera all the time.

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                      5.0

                      Tiny, inexpensive 90-300mm (equivalent)

                      By Joe

                      from Napa Valley

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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 Vario 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH Lens - Black:

                        This lens is fabulous! It is very small, has a great zoom range, and costs way less than you'd expect. When I go out with my G5 and my 14-45 and 45-90 zooms I'm ready for most shooting situations with minimal bulk and weight.

                        Panasonic has hit one out of the park with this combo!

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                        4.0

                        Nice lens for the price.

                        By Sicterricter

                        from Nevada

                        Comments about LUMIX G Vario 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH Lens - Black:

                        I've only had the lens a couple of weeks and have enjoyed using it so far. It's a nice telephoto zoom and it's good to cover the longer end where my primes can't reach. I guess the only thing is it would be nice if it was a bit faster but at the price I understand why it's not.

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                        4.0

                        GREAT ZOOM LENS

                        By altafbusal

                        from New York

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use
                          • Studio

                          Comments about LUMIX G Vario 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH Lens - Black:

                          I bought this lens two weeks ago and already loving it.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Inexpensive Zoom

                          By Chuck

                          from Hampton, NH

                          About Me Casual user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable
                          • Small

                          Cons

                          • Minimum F4

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use
                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Portraits
                          • Traveling

                          Comments about LUMIX G Vario 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH Lens - Black:

                          I always desire the best of everything but finances always get in the way. This lens is great for the money. It does everything I expected but it's a little slow. I'd like faster, but faster means bigger diameter lenses, more glass, more polishing, I understand. I have a hard time justifying more money for one lens than I spent on the camera. That said, this lens works great as long as there's plenty of light. Most of my telephoto shots are outside during the day so, I am more than satisfied with this purchase.

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                          4.0

                          Great lens for the price

                          By peweg8

                          from CO

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Sharp Small Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about LUMIX G Vario 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH Lens - Black:

                            Considering the good build quality, good sharpness, and price, this lens is a bargain. At all but the longest focal length (150mm) this lens is quite sharp. I'm not seeing issues with CA or too much distortion. It's really small considering the range it covers; much more so than the 45-200. I love that it comes with a lens hood. I'm really happy with my purchase.

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                            4.0

                            Compact size and decent sharpness

                            By mfd14534

                            from Rochester NY

                            About Me Semi-Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Everyday use
                              • Home
                              • Landscape Photography
                              • Traveling

                              Comments about LUMIX G Vario 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH Lens - Black:

                              This is a very practical lens for the m4/3 system. It is reasonably priced, compact and gives very good image quality wide open.

                              I also own the Panasonic 45-200mm lens and this lens is smaller and sharper.

                              If I could change anything about this lens, I would put an OIS switch on it and include a lens pouch.

                              This lens is a keeper!

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                              4.0

                              Good lens

                              By Erik

                              from Stockholm, Sweden

                              About Me Casual user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about LUMIX G Vario 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH Lens - Silver:

                                    Very easy to use and good quality.
                                    Takes sharp and clear pictures.

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                                    4.0

                                    Good Lens, Great Deal

                                    By axcar

                                    from Los Angeles, CA

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Easily Interchangeable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about LUMIX G Vario 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH Lens - Black:

                                        Bought as a package add-on with my Lumix G. The deal was phenomenal.

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                                        4.0

                                        Perfect micro four thirds lens

                                        By PJ

                                        from Los Angeles

                                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                        Pros

                                        • Durable
                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Reliable

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Everyday use
                                          • Landscape Photography
                                          • Portraits
                                          • Traveling

                                          Comments about LUMIX G Vario 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH Lens - Silver:

                                          This is a great lens for the micro four thirds system. It is small (almost the same size as the 14-42mm kit lens), lightweight and balances perfectly on my G3. The lens is so light that it can also be used on the smaller GF3 body with ease.I haven't tested the lens in daylight yet but have taken a few pics indoors. The focusing is silent but the lens can have slight trouble focusing in low light...but then this is a lens built for the great outdoors. Images produced by this lens are sharp and the bokeh is pleasing. The image stabilization is very effective as well. All in all, a perfect telephoto lens for the micro-four thirds system. And at this price, excellent value for money.

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                                          5.0

                                          Bang for your Buck!!

                                          By Jarome

                                          from Vancouver, Canada

                                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Landscape Photography
                                            • Traveling

                                            Comments about LUMIX G Vario 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH Lens - Silver:

                                            Great lens for the cost. I needed an inexpensive zoom lens and this fits the bill. Nice replacement for the kit lens. I only carry two lenses with me the 25mm Lieca and now this lens.

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                                            5.0

                                            Just love it.

                                            By Alex63

                                            from Calgary, AB

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Comments about LUMIX G Vario 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH Lens - Black:

                                            Great lens, happy that i have bought them.

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