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I've been waiting for a 70-200 f/2.8 equivalent for m4/3 for a long time. (yes, I know it doesn't have the same DOF...I'm over it). When I heard about the Panasonic release, I was very excited. Mine arrived today!
I'll shoot with it more a little later today, but some first impressions:
Sharp. Sharp at f2.8 throughout the range. It's not going to challenge the Oly 75/1.8, but it's VERY good for a zoom...about on par with my old Canon magic drainpipe in the sharpness department, but not QUITE up to the level of the 70-200/2.8L IS II (but not that far behind either)...at least as a first impression. I'll do more evaluation after I've shot more than 20 frames.
Here's a 100% crop at 100mm, f/2.8, 1/30s handheld.
Build: extremely high quality build. It's a weathersealed lens, and I have to say: it feels like a 70-200/2.8. Not in weight, of course (it's 1/4 the weight of the Canon 70-200/2.8 and half the length), but in feel. It's a mostly metal construction, very tight tolerances, internal zoom, and the zoom ring feels just like the zoom ring on the Canon 70-200 Ls I've owned. Smooth, precise, with just a hint of weight behind it. The OIS on the lens is near silent. At first blush it isn't QUITE as effective as the in-body IS of the E-M5, but it's close.
It's bigger than other m4/3 telephotos, but very compact for a 70-200 equivalent. Here it is with the very compact Panasonic 45-175:
And for a size comparison, here's them with the Canon 70-100mm f/4L, um, mug. The 70-200/2.8 is of course larger, but the mug is the same size as the real 70-200/4L.