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PanasonicLumix G Vario 45-150mm f/4-5.6 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Lens (Matte Black)
 
4.4

(based on 57 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (30)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (42)
  • Easy to use (17)
  • Durable (15)
  • Easily interchangeable (14)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (13)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (9)

Best Uses

  • Travel (19)
  • Everyday (16)
  • Landscape/scenery (14)
  • Landscape photography (13)
  • Wildlife photos (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (16), Photo enthusiast (14), Semi-pro photographer (7), Semi-professional (6), Pro photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (51)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fine introductory Superzoom

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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Well Built But Slightly Soft

I had high hopes for this lens. It was to be primarily used with various small Panasonic digital camera bodies for travel but sadly the image quality was not there. I had been using...Read complete review

I had high hopes for this lens. It was to be primarily used with various small Panasonic digital camera bodies for travel but sadly the image quality was not there. I had been using an Olympus 40-150 R lens for travel which produces very good image quality but lacked the Image Stabilization that would come in handy under lower lighting conditions. However, I found the Panasonic lens slightly soft which was unrecoverable in Photoshop. I will admit that the Panasonic lens appeared to have a better build quality and was slightly smaller than the Olympus but in the end it is image quality that counts. I have returned the Panasonic lens with no regrets.

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5.0

Great Product, Pricing and Availability fro B&H

By josephavellino

from 7853

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Comments about Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f/4-5.6 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Lens (Matte Black):

Very happy with the product as well as the pricing, availability and shipping from B&H.

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5.0

Amazing performance at amazing price

By camerabill

from Mendocino coast

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f/4-5.6 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Lens (Matte Black):

    I Have equivilant Oly lens and they are too close to call performance wise. Wanted Pany to use with GM5 for my lightweight walk around kit. I'm beyond being a pixel peeper and more interested in images this focal length can capture.

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    4.0

    Great Base Lens

    By TRFC

    from Brooklyn, NY

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Video
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f/4-5.6 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Lens (Matte Black):

    This lens is great for a basic lens. No the best in low light. Awesome image and great for outdoors or semi close-up shots. Love it.

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    5.0

    Very sharp & lightweight.

    By Steve C.

    from Minneapolis, MN

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f/4-5.6 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Lens (Matte Black):

        This lens emphasizes the beauty of mirrorless systems with its size. Nice & sharp.
        The pics I've uploaded are not good by any means but they show the sharpness at f5.6 at 45mm & 150mm, out of the camera jpegs, taken with a G7, ISO 800, bounce flash.

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        4.0

        A very good starting Telephoto lens

        By jimperio

        from Maryland, USA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Good Colors And Contrast
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Sharp
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Outdoorgood Lighting
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f/4-5.6 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Lens (Matte Black):

        Obviously, there are better options out there especially premium-grade lenses but if you consider the price you pay and the range you get. This is a very good starting Telephoto lens especially if you are new to photography. You'll get pleasing results without breaking the bank.

        This lens works great when used in good lighting conditions and still workable in low-light given you know your limits. The zoom ring feels good and very smooth to turn. I wish the Manual focus ring was a bit more tighter than it is.

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        5.0

        Lightweight Zoom

        By Setter Dog

        from Orange County, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          This is an amazingly light lens for 300mm equiv reach. I find it to be very sharp and colorful.

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          5.0

          Super Portable Zoom

          By Chiarascuro

          from Berkeley Springs, WV

          About Me Pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Size And Price

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Video

            Comments about Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f/4-5.6 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Lens (Silver):

            I haven't fully checked out this lens yet, but it does seem like a really good compromise between size and zoom range.

            I usually work with primes, but occasionally need a long reach lens. This one fits my bill and my camera bag.

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            5.0

            Silver Beauty

            By Droogie

            from Spokane, WA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Poor in Low Light

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f/4-5.6 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Lens (Silver):

            I bought this lens on sale recently and had the chance to take it on a road trip - impressive. Especially for the $ off sale price. I've needed an auto focus telephoto for my cameras and had been looking at the Olympus version . . . I'm so glad I waited. Granted it's not the fasted lens but performs like a champ nontheless Solid build, sharp images, what's not to like. Plus an included lens hood? Thank you Panasonic and B&H Photo.

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            4.0

            Good for handheld

            By Dave

            from Ventura, CA

            About Me Pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

            Cons

            • Poor in Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            The stabilization is better than I thought. 4 stars because not as good in low light but good for outdoors.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Well Built But Slightly Soft

            By Bigbrain

            from St. Louis, Missouri

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Poor in Low Light

            Best Uses

              Comments about Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f/4-5.6 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Lens (Silver):

              I had high hopes for this lens. It was to be primarily used with various small Panasonic digital camera bodies for travel but sadly the image quality was not there. I had been using an Olympus 40-150 R lens for travel which produces very good image quality but lacked the Image Stabilization that would come in handy under lower lighting conditions. However, I found the Panasonic lens slightly soft which was unrecoverable in Photoshop. I will admit that the Panasonic lens appeared to have a better build quality and was slightly smaller than the Olympus but in the end it is image quality that counts. I have returned the Panasonic lens with no regrets.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Perfect Telephoto Zoom

              By Link the Hero of Time

              from Chicago, IL

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

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

              I won't claim to be a professional photographer or even an experienced one, cause I'm not. The Lumix GM1 is my first camera years and my first interchangeable lens camera ever, so I'm writing this review from the perspective of an amateur.

              Now with that out of the way, I think this lens is fantastic. For me it's sharp at all focal lengths and apertures. It provides great portraits with a very pleasant blurred background. The image stabilization in this lens is a life saver as I have very shaky hands. That's mostly the reason I'm sticking with Panasonic lenses. I don't shoot on a tripod ever, so I need as much shutter speed and IS as I can get. My only qualm is that it's not a very fast lens, but considering the price you're paying this camera is still great.

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              4.0

              Nice lens

              By johnhs

              from Monterey, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife Photos

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

                The increased reach has made all the difference. Not the absolute sharpest lens, but it does a nice job.

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                4.0

                good lens

                By Thunderbird

                from Arden NC

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

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

                  I bought this lens for the specific zoom range, rear right cam for perfomances with GH3. Bought 2nd to match other GH3 on left rear. Works fine but you must have enough light as this is a slow lens. Also, the aperture moves with the zoom, an unfortunate but workable effect.

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                  5.0

                  Affordable and Powerful

                  By MPLUSM

                  from Anchorage, AK

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Video

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

                    Using with a Panasonic Lumix GH4 for video, mostly as a secondary camera on a tripod. Glad this lens has OIS so if I do go off the shoulder the image is stabilized. Only complaint would be that the rings (zoom and focus) are of hard plastic rather than a rubber or softer plastic. I use a Varavon SLING Follow Focus lever on my LUMIX 14-45 (B&H#VASFFB) and it sort of works on this lens, but the soft rings on the 14-45 grip the focus lever better. That's a small complaint for a great lens tho.

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                    4.0

                    Dependable Lens

                    By Juliogon

                    from San Leandro,CA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                    • Poor in Low Light

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Night Photography

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

                    Overall you can't lose with this lens.It has good image quality,long reach.I would keep it even as a walk around lens.The only complaint is it does not match the sharpness of a prime lens like the Olympus 45mm 1.8. But a zoom is not going to ever be as sharp as a prime.The Bokeh was quite good on this lens.I would recommend buying this lens

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                    5.0

                    We Love It And Would Recommend It!

                    By Mamma of 3

                    from Tuscola, IL

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

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

                      We just had a College Graduation and Christmas, so we used our Panasonic Camera and Zoom Lens for pictures. They turned out so crystal clear! Wonderful pictures and even better memories!

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                      • Yes

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                      4.0

                      So lightweight !!!

                      By run

                      from Israel

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Low Cost Just The Price
                      • Small and lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Slow Focus

                      Best Uses

                      • Candid Portraits Family

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

                      This lens is my favorit when I travel with family ,I use it almost only outside beceause you need some disatance between you and the subject. I cannt say it is the sharpest of my lenses but sharpness is not the most important thing , fun is the most important!!! Portraits are easy with this lense although the background is not so blured due to small aperture.My friend had a 45-200mm lumix and it is so big!!! mine is small and light.I love it

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                      4.0

                      Great little lightweight lens

                      By Nick

                      from Perth Western Australia

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Wildlife Photos

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

                        Excellent zoom and good image quality for the price.

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                        5.0

                        A much nicer lens than I expected

                        By Maaku

                        from Jupiter,fl

                        Comments about Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f/4-5.6 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Lens (Silver):

                        I purchased this to go with my Gx7 , It matches the kit lens perfectly, , the plastic is a very nice chrome .It's very well made for the money. Focuses very quickly and the stabilization seems to work fine. It's really sharp, surprisingly,soVery compact, It's a great deal for under $.

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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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