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p.1 #1 · Micro 4/3 Panasonic 45-200mm or other tele zoom


HI,

I have an OM-D camera w/12-50 45/1.8 and and am looking into a good tele zoom with high image quality.

I was wondering where the Panasonic 45-200 stands in terms of image quality from those who have used it.

For reference, I had the Oly 40-150 and was not impressed but I hear better things about the 45-200.

I'd appreciate whatever advice you can offer and if you have images to post, I'd love to see them.

For greater reach, I know there's the Oly 75-300 and the Panasonic 100-300. Not sure I need that much reach but if the image quality is superior to the 45-200, I'd consider it.

Thanks very much,
Larry



Aug 08, 2012 at 12:12 AM
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p.1 #2 · Micro 4/3 Panasonic 45-200mm or other tele zoom


I have used the Pany 45-200 and have the Oly 40-150 now. I have also had a Pany 100-300 which is a pretty nice lens especially when you consider the price. As far as image quality, here are my thoughts; I preferred the Oly 40-150 over the Pany 45-200, I felt the Oly had better image quality and was smaller and lighter than the Pany. The 100-300 seemed to me a little soft at the long end, and I felt that due to the size of the lens and focal length it could have really used a tripod collar. So far the best telephoto I have used with my m4/3rds gear is the Oly 50-200 for 4/3rds (+ the adapter). Excellent in almost every way except slow to focus and somewhat heavy and bulky compared to the other choices. My hope is that Oly or Pany will bring out a 200-300 telephoto prime around 2.8 or 4.0.


Aug 08, 2012 at 12:44 AM
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p.1 #3 · Micro 4/3 Panasonic 45-200mm or other tele zoom


I think the 100-300 is a very good lens; very sharp between 100-250mm ... and pretty decent at 300mm. I did a quick test last weekend. The first image is the full/original image and the other 3 are crops.




  E-M5    LUMIX G VARIO 100-300/F4.0-5.6 lens    100mm    f/4.0    1/5s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  






  E-M5    LUMIX G VARIO 100-300/F4.0-5.6 lens    100mm    f/4.0    1/5s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  






  E-M5    LUMIX G VARIO 100-300/F4.0-5.6 lens    171mm    f/4.7    1/5s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  






  E-M5    LUMIX G VARIO 100-300/F4.0-5.6 lens    300mm    f/5.6    1/3s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  




Aug 08, 2012 at 01:12 AM
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p.1 #4 · Micro 4/3 Panasonic 45-200mm or other tele zoom


I had the Pany 45-200 but not for long - apparently I had a bad copy. Sold the 45-200 and bought a cast-off Oly 40-150 on B&S here and find it to be much better. But still waiting/looking/hoping for a high quality native m43 AF 200 f/4 prime!!! I conjecture that the mixed messages/reviews on the existing long zooms is due to extreme sample variability.


Aug 08, 2012 at 02:00 AM





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