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Panasonic45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount
 
4.4

(based on 274 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (129)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (125)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easily interchangeable (179)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (166)
  • Lightweight (153)
  • Consistent output (127)
  • Durable (85)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (84)
  • Slow focus (26)
  • Heavy (25)
  • Blurry focus (9)
  • Weak casing (6)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (159)
  • Wildlife photos (149)
  • Sports/action (86)
  • Weddings (57)
  • Video (41)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (127), Casual photographer (58), Semi-pro photographer (41), Pro photographer (19), Enthusiast (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (195), Yes (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Can't complain for the price

I have been using this for more than a year with the GH2 body. Sometimes it's a little soft around the edges when fully zoomed, but at this price, that's totally acceptable to...Read complete review

I have been using this for more than a year with the GH2 body. Sometimes it's a little soft around the edges when fully zoomed, but at this price, that's totally acceptable to me.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

For Me it did not work well on Olympus

I found this lens to be very very soft...even at f/8...I may have had a bad copy but I found it slow to focus on the E-M1 as well ....Read complete review

I found this lens to be very very soft...even at f/8...I may have had a bad copy but I found it slow to focus on the E-M1 as well . i sent it back . I have the Olympus 45-150 which is cheaper but less reach and the image quality is much better...I have tried 2 different panasonic zooms on the Olympus bodies and I find that they do not work as good as olympus on olympus

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A quality product

By Mike

from Augusta, ME

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

      This is an excellent lens. The build is solid, giving a nice heft when attached to my camera. But it is not too heavy and shooting hand held is possible in many situations. Light gathering is excellent. Certainly worth the money.

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      4.0

      good len, good price

      By john

      from houston

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

        It's really good for out door and landscape,portrait as well. pictures have nice color and sharp. Feel solid in hand

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        • No

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Not bad for light travel

        By Vic

        from Charlottesville, VA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

        I use a professional set up for my nature and wildlife photography, but bought this lens to take on a family vacation for my Panasonic lumix 4/3 rd's camera. I wanted something to go with my fixed 25mm lens. The lens does a good job for still life but is a bit more challenging for wildlife. I did however get a few flying frigate bird shots with it and was happy I got it. Good range for the size and weight. Overall, if you're looking for a small portable lens for your 4/3rd's camera this did a good job, but it will never replace my DSLR set up. But it is way better quality than a P&S.

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        • No

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Heavy CA

        By Rog

        from Sheffield Lake, OH

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

        This was a lens I really wanted to like but wound up returning. Chromatic abberation was a problem in nearly every shot regardless of f-stop or focal length. I'm giving it 3 stars because I suspect Panasonic cameras are not as seriously affected since they have in-camera CA correction whereas Olympus doesn't.

        Otherwise, I really did like it and it performed well in terms of sharpness, AF, etc. Fit and finish was good for a low cost lens as well. I'd have given 4 stars had it not been for the aforementioned issue.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Gets better the more I use it

        By mesal

        from Missouri City, TX

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Picture Quality

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

        I've owned this lens for about 18 months. I like the light weight, the reach, and the picture quality. I don't like that it is not very good in low light, although at ISO of 5000+ it is not too bad.
        I use it for daylight photos of wildlife, when I need the reach and the low weight. Recently I went to a local park and used it to take some pictures of ducks that were moving very fast. In continuous mode the results were amazing. For the price, this is an excellent value. I'm including a couple of pictures taken with the product an an OM-D EM-1.

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        (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Way too soft of a focus

        By Adam D.

        from Nashville, TN

        Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

        It was almost as if I was just misjudging the focus when taking pictures. However no matter what, when I used the higher zoom range, 100-200, the focus was awful. I mean awful. Every image was soft. After using this for several days with I decided to return it. So far I'm finding it difficult to even find a Panasonic telephoto lens that doesn't have a reputation for a soft focus.

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The Clearer, The Better

        By Bro. Furqaan

        from Newark, N.J. (Brick City)

        Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

        This lens perfectly compliments my GH-4. I only shoot stills very close up to see how clear the pixel is, thus letting me know how well the camera and lens inner components work together hoping it will produce excellent clarity when production is done. So far, I am so amazed that it has passed my expectations especially clients who think I'm using an carl. Panasonic lenses are simply crystal clear.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Panasonic Good Inexpensive 45-200mm Zoom

        By DBad

        from New York, NY

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

        Good inexpensive medium telephoto Zoom lens, seems pretty sharp and worth the price

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        4.0

        Nice lens- good price

        By photo hound

        from Princeton

        Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

        Lens came in time and in perfect condition. Lens has great clarity and focused quickly in most situations on my little Lumix GM1.
        Would recommend for a reasonably priced zoom.

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        2.0

        Sturdy, But Purple Fringing

        By PicTaker

        from Lynchburg, VA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

          Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

          This is a nicely constructed lens, but chromatic abberation was evident in almost every picture I took at the longer zoom range. A caveat is that I am a pixel peeper, and the purple fringing was less in the normal zoom range. I opted for the 45-150 instead. Its picture quality is significantly better, with almost the same zoom range, and seems to be about half the size.

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          5.0

          4/3 lens!

          By Mary

          from Wisconsin

          Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

          Love it!

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          3.0

          Good lens

          By MikeH

          from Phillipsburg, NJ

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Poor in Low Light
          • Sticky zoom ring

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Video
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

          I just bought this lens to do some intermediate video and stills of wildlife. Nice glass and images. It has fast auto focus for stills, but the OIS is not as smooth as I'd like for manual focusing handheld video. The zoom ring was a little sticky at first, but appears to be getting better with use. My first micro 4/3 lens for my GH4. Still evaluating if I made the right choice.

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          5.0

          Great gift

          By Kathy

          from spring Texas

          Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

          My husband was very pleased to receive this lens as a Christmas gift. Thanks for helping me give the perfect gift.

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          4.0

          Nice lens

          By JR

          from AL

          Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

          For those walks in the woods or at the zoo, this is a perfect lens.

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          5.0

          Nice little lens

          By Ann

          from Iowa

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

            Nice lens that takes clear shots. I wanted a lens to get a little more distance on my lumix and this lens does the trick. The lens is not too large and bulky to carry and would fit into my pocket. Overall satisfied with my purchase.

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            5.0

            Nice lens

            By Dan

            from Mountain View

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

              Good quality, enough for family use.
              Reasonable price.
              Excellent customer service from B&H.

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              • Yes

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              5.0

              Very Good Lens.

              By Eugene Spiegel

              from Tel-Aviv, Israel

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography
                • Sports/Action
                • Video

                Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

                Good Quality.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great lens for the price

                By deva

                from Chicago

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography

                  Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

                  Works well both near and far.

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great range. Sharp and fast.

                  By Mesal

                  from Missouri City, Texas

                  Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

                  Bought this lens for my Olympus OMD E-m1. Works great. Completely compatible. Fast and accurate autofocus. Sharp pictures in the center, a bit soft at the edges. I like the range of 45-200 ( 90-400) full frame.

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                  4.0

                  now I can reach out

                  By Bob

                  from Hudson, Florida

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount:

                    This lens allows me to get the candid action shots from a distance. Its shutter speed and light gathering abilities are amazing. The compact size is a definite plus.

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                    • No

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