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on 24 October 2011
I took a risk buying this as early comments from pixel peepers looked discouraging. I only shoot stills and had bought into the G2 system to use when my D300 system was just too heavy. My D300 with its 18-200mm and Sigma 10-20mm totals 1970gms. I had intended to as near as possible replicate this set up on the G2 using their 14-140 lens, but was surprised to find that at 458gms it was only 20% lighter than Nikon's 18-200mm and felt pretty top heavy on the G2. It was also nearly £150 more expensive than the Nikon lens. So I went for the 14-45, (150gms) which seemed to have better reviews than the 14-42, and I'm delighted with it. The 45-200 was my next thought, but again, I was surprised to see how heavy it was at 381gms. I tried the much lighter Olympus 45-150, (190gms) and while it was excellent I found that because it has no IS, I was unable to get sharp enough results, so I returned it.
So I was just about to order the 45-200 when I found out about the 45-175. It's expensive, but at 207gms it's 45% of the weight of the 45-200. So far I can only say it's wonderful. Don't be put off by reviews that say it's a power zoom only - it will also zoom manually - and very smoothly - and without lens creep. I am more than satisfied with the image quality. It isn't a Nikon 24-70, but then neither is the Nikon 18-200. It balances beautifully on the camera, especially because the lens moves internally, so doesn't lengthen when you zoom.
I probably won't get the other new Power X lens, the 14-42, because I find it helps me to have just enough weight in the camera to prevent camera shake when I press the shutter. But please Panasonic, bring out a lightweight wide angle Power zoom - I'll be at the front of the queue.