Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH. Lens (Silver)

Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH. Lens (Silver)

Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH. Lens (Silver)

B&H # PA451754XS MFR # H-PS45175S
Discontinued

Product Highlights

  • 3.8x Zoom Lens: 45-175mm
  • 90-350mm Equivalent in 35mm Format
  • Power Optical Image Stabilization
  • Power Zoom Function for Smooth Zoom
  • Nano Surface Coating
  • Multi-Actuator Floating Inner Focus
  • Metal Mount
  • 2 Aspherical Lenses
  • 2 ED Lenses
  • Stepping Motor; High Speed Contrast AF
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Panasonic 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 overview

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Panasonic's Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH. Lens (Silver) is a compact 3.8x telephoto zoom lens for Micro 4/3 cameras. With a 90-350mm (equivalent in 35mm format) range, this lens is only 2.42 x 3.54" (61.6 x 90mm) long, and the lens doesn't change length when focusing, thanks to its high tech "Multi Actuator Floating Inner Focus System". It also supports a Power Zoom feature which enables smooth zoom action with just a touch of a button on the lens barrel. This is particularly useful when shooting video.

The lens has a nano surface coating that greatly reduces ghosting and flare, and the two aspherical and two ED lenses deliver improved image quality, with reduced chromatic aberration. A stepping motor and high speed contrast autofocus deliver smooth, accurate autofocus throughout the range.

3.8x zoom lens: 45-175 mm
90-350 mm equivalent in 35 mm format
Power Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.)
Power Zoom technology enables a smooth, well-paced zoom action with just a touch of the power zoom lever on the lens barrel.
Nano surface coating reduces ghosting and flare
Multi-actuator floating inner focus means lens does not change length when focusing
2 aspherical lenses and 2 ED lenses for improved image quality and reduced chromatic aberration
A stepping motor and high speed contrast AF deliver fast, smooth autofocus
Metal mount
UPC: 885170052307
In the Box
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH. Lens (Silver)
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Lens Hood
  • Lens Storage Bag
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Panasonic 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 specs

    Performance
    Focal Length 45 - 175mm
    Comparable Four Thirds and Micro 4/3 Focal Length: 90 - 350 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/4 - 5.6
    Minimum: f/22 - 22
    Camera Mount Type Micro Four Thirds
    Format Compatibility Micro Four Thirds
    Minimum Focus Distance 2.95' / .9 m
    Optical Design 14 Elements in 10 Groups
    Features
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar No
    Physical
    Filter Thread Front: 46 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.43 x 3.54" / 61.6 x 90 mm
    Weight 7.41 oz / 210 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.85 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.7 x 4.1 x 4.0"

    Panasonic 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 reviews

    Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH. Lens (Silver) is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 18.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Technology Improves The Telephoto Hand-held exposures come out sharp thanks to the anti-shake technology built into this lens and the Lumix G3 body. Simply amazing compared to using a traditional film based camera and telephoto lens. This technology even makes possible low-light hand-held telephoto photography normally restricted to wider aperature lens -- F 4.5-5.6 is not a drawback for this telephoto lens. The internal focusing keeps everything compact and light in keeping with the design of the G3 body. Images are tack sharp wide-open or stopped down in manual mode. Put it on a tripod and six second exposures work just fine.
    Date published: 2011-12-11
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2011-10-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent lens, especially for the size The Micro 4/3 system is missing a great telephoto lens, particularly when it has such stunning primes like the Panasonic-Leica 25/1.4 or the Olympus 45/1.8 (the new Olympus 75/1.8 looks like a fantastic lens but it's still mostly unavailable). The Panasonic 100-300 is probably the best out there but it is too long for many applications. I use this on my Olympus OM-D E-M5 and though it isn't as sharp as my prime lenses, it is certainly reasonable, especially for the travel photography and snapshots I make with it. F/5.6 at the long end means you need to use this in good light (even if you're willing to bump up the ISO) but in those cases it's a nice complement to the small bodies. It doesn't change size when zooming or focusing and it is surprisingly light. From a few quick informal tests on my wife's GX1 and my OM-D E-M5, I didn't see a difference in performance between the Mega OIS in the lens and the IBIS in the Olympus body. There is no switch to disable the in-lens stabilization so I'm not sure if I was getting stabilization from both the lens and the body or not. In any event, I got a good 2-3 stops of benefit from the image stabilization in either case. I do wish the zoom were mechanical rather than by wire but they did it this way to allow you to use power zoom for video applications. Overall, I am happy with this lens but I do think I will buy the Panasonic 35-100/2.8 when it is available, assuming its image quality matches or exceeds the 12-35/2.8.
    Date published: 2012-08-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lens for OMD bought this as was looking for a longer zoom for my omd. might be a little slow in the max aperture but it is sharp enough for most purposes and esp outdoors. no double image problem that i can see and very happy with the price and build quality so far. autofocus is fast and accurate in good light. great to have the internal zooming and focusing as well.
    Date published: 2012-12-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Effective telezoom for outdoor use 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.
    Date published: 2013-02-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compact and light standard zoom lens This zoom lens is not only very compact in size but also very light in weight. Thanks to the power O.I.S technology, I find it is very usefully at tele-end and you can still take a clear picture by bare hands. Thanks to the nano-coating technology on the lens, the images are also found very sharp (especially at the centre part of the photos). The speed of focus is quite fast and accurate. The only drawback that I found on this lens is the largest aperture at 4.0 is not large enough in some indoor low light environments. All in all, you will not regret for buying this lens even if at its regular price, and, of course, you will be as happy as I am if you could get it from B&H at its limited promotion period. What can I complain for? Enjoy shooting.
    Date published: 2012-08-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from IS works better after update This is an update to my first review. After updating to the latest software on the lens the IS works better. Fairly sharp lens for the price. Great balance on G3. I love the way this lens feels on the G3. Size and weight is nice for such a long lens.
    Date published: 2012-07-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good lens for the price I am using this lens on an Olympus OMD EM-5. It is acceptably sharp across the entire focal length range, less so at the longer end. Small size and internal focusing means it is easy to pack and great for travel. Not seeing any OIS issues since I am using the Olympus IBIS built into the EM5.
    Date published: 2012-06-20
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