Panasonic 45-200mm mini review

My 45-200mm arrived last night and today I was able to take some quick snapshots around the house. So far so good! With the GF1 (didn't yet had time to try with E-P1), the AF is very fast and virtually silent. The lens is not too big nor too heavy and balances nicely on the GF1.

The mega O.I.S is very impressive and I can get reasonably sharp images at 200mm and 1/30s!

From an IQ standpoint, I am very pleased so far: wide open, the lens is pretty good from 45mm to around 100mm and still pretty decent beyond that.

Overall, I am very happy with the performance of this $280 lens.

Some comments about using this lens with the Olympus E-P1.

The good news is that the AF is almost as fast as with the GF1 (feels as fast for me but don't want to start a milliseconds war here so this is why I am saying almost as fast).

I also quickly tested Olympus IBIS vs Mega O.I.S. and I would say that at 200mm, the in lens image stabilization (MEGA O.I.S) does better than the sensor IS. Not much, but enough to make a difference. I would roughly say 1 stop difference. but in any case, bot IS systems do an impressive job.

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Comments

Total comments: 4
Faisalee
By Faisalee (Sep 29, 2011)

Good article... thanks for sharing :)

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (Sep 28, 2011)

Nice lens (and pictures!) indeed!

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Faisalee
By Faisalee (Sep 29, 2011)

How many millions did DPR earn from this article?

hehe... just kidding of course, thanks to DPR this is feature is looking very promissing indeed :)

Cheers :D

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adensmore
By adensmore (Oct 5, 2011)

I have to agree with your assessment of this great lens. It's great for nature shots and portraits. The bokeh is fantastic for portraits!

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