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Panasonic G VARIO 45-200 mm f/4-5.6 M.O.I.S.

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Manufacturer Panasonic
Model G VARIO 45-200 mm f/4-5.6 M.O.I.S.
Lens style Telephoto zoom
Focal length 45 - 200 mm
Maximum aperture f/4 - 5.6
Angle of view 27 - 6.2 o
Closest focusing distance 1 m
Maximum magnification 1:2.6
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Auto focus type AF
Lens Construction 16 elements / 13 groups
Filter diameter 52 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Micro Four Thirds
Dimensions 70 x 100 mm
Weight 380 g
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Average rating (9 owners reviews)
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3.70 Average
Owners reviews (9)
  1. Tim
    Tim 2 February 2018, 15:37
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    IP 108.49.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: cheap
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Not good optically. All images were very soft, particularly at 200mm. Autofocus performance was slow. Build quality did not feel solid. Image stabilization was poor.

    Pros: cheap.

    Summary: I returned it for refund and got the 100-300 mk1 - not perfect but much better. I guess you could argue it was ok value for the money, but hey you could use a coke bottle for a lens for free.

  2. Digidinu
    Digidinu 21 March 2015, 18:20
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    IP 92.104.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 300€
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Not very sharp at 200mm. Bigger than necessary. Autofocus accuracy is not very good.

    Pros: Light enough to take it anywhere with you. Build quality is ok. Price is acceptable. Image stabilization works pretty good.

    Summary: Value for money is ok, but do not expect wonders from this lens.

  3. Gsay1951
    Gsay1951 20 March 2015, 20:15
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    IP 119.18.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: aud280
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Impractically slow. Poor IQ. Very limited usefulness.

    Pros: None that made me want to keep it.

    Summary: Kept it for about 12 months then sold it to buy a decent prime.

  4. Peter E
    Peter E 3 May 2013, 12:43
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    IP 161.52.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
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    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Not so sharp in 200 mm

    Pros: Steady built, Mega OIS

    Summary: Ok lens

  5. matadoerle
    matadoerle 12 April 2012, 17:19
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    IP 134.3.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: sold secon
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: The tube for tele seems very light build and moves far out, but nothing to complain about. If mounted the hood, there is no chance to change or rotate a filter attached.

    Pros: well build and good balanced, acceptable fast autofocus, sharp pictures and low distortion, shipped with lens hood and lens bag and two caps

    Summary: It's a kit lens but still worth more than that. It's acceptable fast, is sharp and has an acceptable bokeh for such a lens and it's also a good opportunity to attach macro converters for stunning macros.

  6. Canonicus
    Canonicus 20 February 2012, 20:36
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    IP 95.147.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: £153
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: A little on the large size for a micro 4/3rds lens. And, of course, it would have been better if it was the same size and price and f2.8 all the way. : )

    Pros: Sharp, smooth and well built. Uses 52mm filters which are cheap to buy and the same size thread as the commonly owned 14-45/42mm lens.Comes with a nice shade too--buy a Canon or Nikon lens and you have to cough up another $30-$40 for the shade.

    Summary: This is a very sharp lens and my shots at the 200mm end (400mm equivalent) are better than expected with little the way of softening. The boket is reasonably good too when taking a portrait and zoomed out about half-way. No harsh blobs just a nice blurry background that does not distract. I recommend this lens and for the price paid it is fabulous value--especially given its quality and the fact that it is MIJ. I moved from a Canon 70-300mm IS and would say the Panny lens is a step up all round--especially at the long end.

  7. Jdave
    Jdave 17 August 2011, 20:00
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    IP 135.245.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 275
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: slow, I have to shoot on a bright day.

    Pros: light, small and cheap! Picture are very good and sharp, if not super sharp as other panasonic lenses: 20mm and 45mm lenses.

    Summary: for a zoom up to 400mm for $270 at that small and light, what I can complain?? If you shoot bright day and with shutter faster than 1/400, you will get excellent sharp images! Very happy with this lens.

  8. dcisive
    dcisive 23 July 2011, 06:54
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    IP 71.32.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 285
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: not a fast large aperture lens

    Pros: Instant to focus on latest Panasonic bodies Superb tight build, very smooth zoom and nice balance. Size just can't be beat for focal length provided

    Summary: This is, to me, one of the "must have" mft lenses. It is lightweight but tight and solid built. Pretty much instant focus lock and is consistently accurate. The price is absurd for what you get. I've had a Canon 100-400L that was $1400 that didn't look better in print than what this lens delivered. Makes for the ideal addition to your travel lens group

  9. Michael Shea
    Michael Shea 17 January 2011, 21:05
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    IP 82.34.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: £220
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Slow in all respects and at longer focal lengths impractical to use in anything other than bright light. The light weight and small size is deceptive and tempts you to take it out without a tripod, which is usually a mistake. Nothing outstanding in terms of sharpness either.

    Pros: Appears solidly built and is easy to carry around.

    Summary: Disappointing and the worst Panasonic purchase I've made. Very little to commend it in my opinion, although I seem to be in a minority amongst users. Priced competitively and perhaps if I tried it out more often I'd be able to work more effectively within its obvious limitations.