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  • Panasonic 45-200

    Thoughts anyone ?

    I have recently purchased a G3 with 14-42 kit lens to ease my way into m4/3rds. I am thinking of supplementing the kit lens with this inexpensive zoom.

    What are your thoughts on this lens ?

  • #2
    Re: Panasonic 45-200

    they're all good !
    I have the 45-200 and the zuiko 9-18mm, and together with my 14-45, gives me a fantastic range.

    I beleive a new 12-35 is also being released.

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    • #3
      Re: Panasonic 45-200

      Originally posted by Ekso View Post
      they're all good !
      I have the 45-200 and the zuiko 9-18mm, and together with my 14-45, gives me a fantastic range.

      I beleive a new 12-35 is also being released.
      Panasonic's 12-35 is already out and is a very fine performer, with the bonus of being an f/2.8 and constant aperture through the zoom range. It's not cheap though.

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      • #4
        Re: Panasonic 45-200

        Kenton
        My wife has the 100-300, and the 45-200, she will usually take the 45-200 when we are traveling. She has always been pleased with its abilities and IQ.
        Regards
        David

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        • #5
          Re: Panasonic 45-200

          I had this lens for a few days (borrowed)..some time back..should have bought it then..it was going cheap (used).It did make a very compact package with the E-PL1..
          Some pics ..below:
          1..at 200mm

          2...at its widest.45mm..came across this ..hermit..in the woods.

          3..This is not with the pana. lens..but just to add to the picture above..the hermits abode..with the 12-60 on E-PL1

          4..thru 6...mainpurpose behind using this lens was to see if i could use it for these types of wildlife.
          This pic had a lot of purple fringing..lens used wide open at full stretch.
          (corrected in LR-3).

          5...

          6..

          7..Two shots in the dark..they were slightly underexposed..

          8....but with the help of LR-3 ..brightened up a bit.


          My guess is you can judge for yourself if the lens will work for you..
          these pics were all taken with the E-PL1..and with no prior experience with the pany lens..had it for just two days..so if you have it for keeps, i'm sure things could turn out much better.

          Regards.
          E510, E3, E-PL1,E620 ,E-5,OM-D
          50-200SWD, 14-54Mk1, 50mm f2. 35mm,70-300mm,12-60mmSWD,PL-25mm-1.4,150mm-F2
          MFT: 14-42(kit)/12mm/45mm

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          • #6
            Re: Panasonic 45-200

            Thanks for these Raj. The lens certainly looks competent enough, a little soft perhaps at 200 but that is to be expected. For the money it seems it is just what I am looking for as part of my first m4/3rds outfit. now, where is that credit card....

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            • #7
              Re: Panasonic 45-200

              Hi,
              I'm a newbie, but saw this post and wanted to ask about the 45-200. I'm probably going to invest in the Pan CH3 and this lens I believe is an option in a package or alone of course. I'm a birder and interested in how this lens performs. And about the purple fringing, how are you dealing with that in LR? I have LR4. Also looking at the 100-300, but I may get something in the upper end price wise, with a 2.8 constant.
              Thanks,
              Lynn

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              • #8
                Re: Panasonic 45-200

                ...Its quite simple in LR4..
                on the "develop"panel on the right..scroll down till you see "Lens Corrections" select the "Color" Tab ....and you have the Defringe sliders showing up..

                Regards.
                E510, E3, E-PL1,E620 ,E-5,OM-D
                50-200SWD, 14-54Mk1, 50mm f2. 35mm,70-300mm,12-60mmSWD,PL-25mm-1.4,150mm-F2
                MFT: 14-42(kit)/12mm/45mm

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                • #9
                  Re: Panasonic 45-200

                  I have one and its my favorite lens, some of my best pictures were taken with my 43-200..............
                  My Flickr http://flic.kr/ps/2g5eDa
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                  Atheism is a none prophet organisation...

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                  • #10
                    Re: Panasonic 45-200

                    Excellent lens for the money IMVHO.

                    All JPG's shot on OM-D + Panny 45-200mm....at the long end.

                    P8120281-1-RS by Dave in Wales, on Flickr

                    P8120284-1-RS by Dave in Wales, on Flickr

                    P8120276-1-RS by Dave in Wales, on Flickr

                    P8120286-1-RS by Dave in Wales, on Flickr

                    P8120264-1-RS by Dave in Wales, on Flickr

                    P8120277-1-RS by Dave in Wales, on Flickr

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                    • #11
                      Re: Panasonic 45-200

                      These shots were taken with that same setup. When I hike, I bring the kit lens plus the long lens. I also have the 20mm pancake, which is fantastic for general use.

                      http://fourthirds-user.com/forum/showthread.php?t=12706

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                      • #12
                        Re: Panasonic 45-200

                        I can also recommend the Lumix 45-150mm. It's a very small and handy short tele zoom. It has a very good review at http://www.photozone.de/m43/845-panasonic45150f456 It's not possible to put the IS off on the lens but with recent Olympus bodies (E-P5 and E-M1) it'is possible to put it off in camera (if you prefer the IBIS in recent Oly bodies).

                        This lens is a little bit better optically than the Olympus 40-150mm especially at the long end and has a metal mount. I think it also is a little better than the Panasonic 45-200mm. It's smaller but has less focal length at the long end.

                        Per

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