Panasonic H-fs045200e Lumix G Vario 45-200mm F4-5.6 ASPH Mega O.I.S Lens
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- Zoom lens for Panasonic DSLR Lumix G VARIO 45-200 mm f/4
- Optical Image Stabilizer
- Micro 4/3 System Lens on Micro Four Thirds mount
- 100 mm long, with 1 m closest focusing distance
- Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
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MicroFourThirds interchangeable lens
A telephoto zoom interchangeable lens designed specifically for the cameras compatible with Micro Four Thirds System standard. Covering from 90 to 400 mm (35 mm equivalent), this telephoto zoom lens lets you capture crisp, blur-free shots when shooting sports events and other distant subjects. The lens achieves minimum aberration at all focal length, high-contrast representation and high color reproduction by implementing 3 ED lens elements.
The lens incorporates Panasonic’s MEGA O.I.S. optical image stabilizer, which makes it easy to shoot super clear shots even in low-lit situations by suppressing the blur caused by a hand shake.
When the lens is mounted on the Lumix G Micro System DMC-G1 camera, you can use the contrast AF system, which is implemented in the DMC-G1 to offer a wide variety of convenient functions.
With its minimum focus distance of 1 m even at full zoom, the lens provides a maximum photographic magnification of 0.38x (35mm equivalent).
Seven aperture blades give the aperture a rounded shape that, when shooting at larger aperture, produces an attractive smoothness in out-of-focus areas.
Aperture range (F-F): 4 - 5.6
Closest focusing distance: 1 m
Colour of product: Black
Compatible products: DMC-G1 / DMC-G2
Component for: MILC
Diagonal angle of view (max): 27°
Diagonal angle of view (min): 6.2°
Diameter: 7 cm
Filter size: 5.2 cm
Focal length (35mm film equivalent): 90 - 400 mm
Focal length range (f-f): 45 - 200 mm
Image stabilizer: Yes
Length: 10 cm
Lens mount interface: Micro Four Thirds
Lens structure (elements/groups): 16/13
Lens type: Telephoto
Minimum aperture number: 2
Number of diaphragm blades: 7
Weight: 380 g
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Top Customer Reviews
I mention the SLR because because for those thinking of getting smaller gear instead of full size it might be relevant.
Firstly, this is quite a big lens compared to other micro 3/4rds lenses - much bigger and heavier than the kit zooms. With a reach equivalent to a 400mm in 35mm terms, this is to be expected. However, it is very well made and considering the reach the reach the actual size is not too bad.
The image quality is very good - I've read some reviews that say it lacks contrast but I don't think this is the case. So far then, on both the Pen and the G2 it scores really well.
So why 4 and not 5 stars? The OIS image stabilisation works, but not as well as the 70-300mm zoom on my Canon. At 200mm (400mm equiv. on a full frame) it's quite hard to keep it steady without high shutter speeds, which requires good light or high ISO.
Having said that it's the only game in town as far as long zooms go for micro 4/3rds; I'm glad we have a good one from Panasonic!
Great zoom (although Id still like a little more), nice, light and compact. Good optical stability on maximum zoom although in poorer light the definition is lost somewhat (though this is not necessarily a fault of the lens, it is bound to happen, just a bit of a shame).
All in all, a great lens, and a real must for anyone wanting to make the most of their G1 for anything other family snaps.
With this format I found that there are very few alternatives within a sensible price range that are a comparable to the cameras body using them, many alternative from Olympus and Leica are 3 or 4 times the cost of the camera body. Given the price point I think you get good value with this lens. If you are planning normal sized prints and not looking to crop too deeply at the long end its unlikely you will be dissapointed.
As with all zoom lenses there is a weakness and with this its the long end of the zoom where it is quite soft, the autofocus hunts a bit at the log end as well, again common to other similar lenses.
To sum up, Good value, effective stabilisation but nothing special optically at the long end, but unbeatable at this price.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is going to be a useful addition to my Panasonic G1 outfit. Really happy with the price I obtained it for. Looks new. Super sharp images. No complaints at all.Published 5 months ago by Ms. S. M. Williams
This lens is the best thing I've bought since purchasing my camera. The zoom on it is crystal clear, no quality lost and the option of autofocus makes it a hit. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Rae