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Panasonic launches Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm F4.0-5.6 ASPH OIS

By dpreview staff on Aug 26, 2011 at 05:00 GMT
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Panasonic has revealed the Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm F4.0-5.6 ASPH Power OIS power zoom. The telephoto zoom carries the company's 'Lumix X' branding that it will be using to denote premium quality lenses. Along with the PZ 14-42mm, it features a quiet variable-speed power zoom for smooth zooming during movie recording but, unlike the collapsible standard zoom, the 45-175mm also features 'by-wire' dials for direct control of zoom and focus. The lens features a compact, lightweight design and uses an internal zoom mechanism, meaning it stays the same length at all times.

UPDATE - We've asked Panasonic for clarification on compatibility, and have been informed "The lenses are compatible and will work with all Micro Four Thirds cameras."

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Press Release:

Panasonic announces brand’s first digital interchangeable power tele-zoom lens

Panasonic’s New Premium LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 45-175mm Lens Offers State-of-the-Art Design to Achieve Increased Functionality and Spectacular Image Quality

SECAUCUS, NJ (August 26, 2011) –Today, Panasonic announced the LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 45-175mm/F4.0-5.6 ASPH./POWER O.I.S. (H-PS45175), the company’s first cutting-edge digital interchangeable lens with electric-powered zoom operation.  This marks the launch of the company’s premium lens brand “X” which is compatible with the Panasonic LUMIX G Series and complies with the Micro Four Thirds™ system standard.  This lens introduction accompanies another LUMIX X lens announced today, the LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ POWER O.I.S.

The new LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 45-175mm/F4.0-5.6 ASPH./POWER O.I.S. lens features superb image rendering for lifelike textures and crisp, edge-to-edge contrast.  A unique Nano Surface Coating technology minimizes reflections at entire visual light range (380nm-780nm) for a dramatic reduction of ghosts and light flare, resulting in outstandingly clear picture quality. 

Using a Multi-Actuator Floating Inner Focus System to control three lens groups separately the LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 45-175mm/F4.0-5.6 ASPH./POWER O.I.S. achieves a reduction in both size and weight without compromising picture quality.  Boasting outstanding compactness, the lens is approximately 90mm in length and 7.4oz in weight, resulting in ultra-high mobility.

Offering a versatile zoom range of 45-175mm the LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 45-175mm/F4.0-5.6 ASPH./POWER O.I.S. allows distant subjects to be captured sharply at the tele-end.  Also notable, the lens is extremely suitable for portrait and landscape shots, as its high contrast and resolution helps images shot at the wide end maintain exceptional quality, and the zoom lever allows for quick and stable zooming, even while shooting a moving object.  

The new lens system features two Extra-low Dispersion (ED) lenses which suppress chromatic aberration and contribute to high descriptive performance across the entire zoom range 45-175mm.  The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) integrated into the LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 45-175mm/F4.0-5.6 ASPH./POWER O.I.S. makes it easy to shoot sharp images even in low-lit situations.  With improved sensitivity of the gyro sensor, the new POWER O.I.S. also suppresses large, slow movements two times more effectively** while small, fast movements are compensated for by the conventional MEGA O.I.S. 

LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 45-175mm/F4.0-5.6 ASPH./POWER O.I.S. contains seven aperture blades to help produce an attractive smoothness in out-of-focus areas even while shooting at large aperture.  Adopting an inner focus system driven by a stepping motor, the lens’ superior optical design supports Light Speed AF of approximately .15 seconds and fast aperture control results in a shortened shutter time lag of approximately 20% when compared to the LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm/F4.0-5.6/MEGA O.I.S.

The Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 45-175mm/F4.0-5.6 ASPH./POWER O.I.S. (H-PS45175) will be available in black and silver starting September 2011 with a suggested retail price of $449.99.  For more information about Panasonic LUMIX digital cameras and lenses, please visit www.panasonic.com/lumix.

Specifications

Price • $tbc (US)
• £tbc (UK)
Manufacturer's product code H-PS45175
Maximum format size Four Thirds
Focal length 45-175mm
35mm equivalent focal length
90-350mm
Diagonal Angle of view 27º - 7.1º
Maximum aperture F4.0-5.6
Minimum aperture F22
Lens Construction • 14 elements / 10 groups
• 2 aspherical elements
• 2 ED glass elements
Number of diaphragm blades 7, rounded
Minimum focus • 0.9m (3.0ft)
Maximum magnification 0.2x
AF motor type • Micromotor
Focus method Internal focus
Zoom method Internal zoom
Image stabilization • Yes (Power OIS)
Filter thread • 46mm
• Does not rotate on focus
Supplied accessories • Front and rear caps
• Lens hood
• Storage bag
Weight 210g (7.4oz)
Dimensions (retracted) 62mm diameter x 90mm length
(2.4 x 3.5 in)
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
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Comments

Total comments: 27
Albino_BlacMan
By Albino_BlacMan (Sep 5, 2011)

They should have made it constant f4. Than everyone would think "ooooh L grade lens! Great Price!" but since you lose half a stop on the long end it won't be taken as seriously as it could have been.

I'm sure it will be a nice lens but I think making it variable aperture was a pretty serious oversite from the marketing department

1 upvote
Albino_BlacMan
By Albino_BlacMan (Sep 5, 2011)

They should have made it constant f4. Than everyone would think "ooooh L grade lens! Great Price!" but since you lose half a stop on the long end it won't be taken as seriously as it could have been.

I'm sure it will be a nice lens but I think making it variable aperture was a pretty serious oversite from the marketing department

0 upvotes
DaMatta
By DaMatta (Aug 27, 2011)

A lens of 4.0-5.6 is nothing amazing, is realy over priced for is type of lenses in fact like all the 4/3 gama.

0 upvotes
julieng
By julieng (Aug 30, 2011)

Judging of the quality of an optic solely by its speed compares to judging the quality of a digital camera only by its pixel count, which is nothing amazing.

3 upvotes
Jason Butler
By Jason Butler (Aug 27, 2011)

"The telephoto zoom carries the company's 'Lumix X' branding that it will be using to denote premium quality lenses."

Really? An f/4-5.6 variable aperture lens hardly seems like "premium quality" to me. Slow & needs to be used @ high-ISOs for decent speeds and on m4/3 that = NOISE. OIS is useless for subject movement. A constant 2.8 or even an f2.8-4 would be better.

1 upvote
Color Blotch
By Color Blotch (Aug 29, 2011)

And with $1000+ price tag along with 1 kg weight it would sell like hot cakes.

3 upvotes
grafli
By grafli (Aug 29, 2011)

Like the Canon EF 70-300mm f 4.0-5.6 l is usm is also a premium quality lens. It costs 2000$!
But is built like a tank. And IQ is 1A!

0 upvotes
julieng
By julieng (Aug 30, 2011)

I'll take a good f4-5.8 over a cheezy f2.8-4 or faster any time of the week, twice on Sunday.
And if everything else is stellar about any given lens, I can deal with noise.

2 upvotes
Aleo Veuliah
By Aleo Veuliah (Aug 26, 2011)

It looks small and the size does not change when zoom or focus, Panasonic Lumix is doing well

0 upvotes
razorfish
By razorfish (Aug 26, 2011)

"...uses an internal zoom mechanism!"

Fantastic. Micro four thirds is going pro!

But we still need a constant f2.8 standard zoom.

0 upvotes
som1
By som1 (Sep 8, 2011)

coming soon

0 upvotes
MP Burke
By MP Burke (Aug 26, 2011)

Reading the statement above, you could get the impression that this lens is only compatible with the more recent models and not with the G1, GF1, GH1 and G2.
I presume that the compatibility issues will be clarified soon enough, before the lens becomes available.
With a maximum reproduction ratio of 0.4 (35mm equivalent) this lens could be quite useful for dragonfly and butterfly photography. Thu,s this lens could be of interest to me if it was able to give good performance at f5.6 at 175mm. That, is combination with O.I.S. would give it an advantage over the 40-150mm Olympus lens.

0 upvotes
Klarno
By Klarno (Aug 26, 2011)

Well that's a disappointment. If this had been small--like the concurrently released 14-42 is small, but within reason to account for its focal length--I'd have considered this as a pocket tele zoom. But I guess, in the end, they couldn't get around the laws of physics.

Overpriced to boot (for the speed and apparent target market, not necessarily for whatever the quality turns out to be), I suppose too will be staying with my CDAF-compatible Four Thirds kit lenses when I need to go compact and high quality.

0 upvotes
ANAYV
By ANAYV (Aug 26, 2011)

I think it is smaller, well...it is as big as it is, ....i.e. stays the same size when zoomed in (tele). The 45 to 200mm lens is a bit bigger, when zooming to the 200mm end.
this lens has internal zooming, so it stays the same .

internal zooming lenses are a welcome, me thinks!

ANAYV

0 upvotes
Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (Aug 26, 2011)

Pentax similar powerzoom lenses.

0 upvotes
ntsan
By ntsan (Aug 26, 2011)

Yeah no more extending zoom!

0 upvotes
Entropius
By Entropius (Aug 26, 2011)

Ugh. $400, for a lens that basically does the same thing as the $80 40-150 f/4-5.6 kit lens that's come with every Olympus camera since the E-510.

That lens, for the non-Four Thirds shooters, is the same size as this one or even a little smaller, focuses pretty quickly, is very sharp at any aperture or focal length, and as its last trick has actually quite nice bokeh.

0 upvotes
mattmtl
By mattmtl (Aug 26, 2011)

Not a completely fair comparison. The street price of the m43 version of the Oly 40-150 is $260 (B&H). (And I think you will also have a hard time finding the 4/3 version for $80 outside of a kit.) And that lens isn't stabilized, which matters if you're using a Panasonic body. There are probably other differences of note, though I suspect mostly of interest for video.

Anybody interested in m43 has to recognize that there's a premium to be paid, whatever the reasons. Oly charges $400 for a 45/1.8, after all.

What irks me about this new lens is not so much the price as the fact that it isn't fully compatible with certain bodies. For that reason alone I won't give it another thought until I buy my next body. The 14-42 is actually more tempting, and seems to be compatible with all m43 bodies.

0 upvotes
nickthetasmaniac
By nickthetasmaniac (Aug 26, 2011)

$80? On what planet?

1 upvote
leafinsectman
By leafinsectman (Aug 26, 2011)

I'm also disappointed about it not being compatible with the GF1 and GH1 which I both have. Oh well, I guess I won't be considering one until I upgrade my body.

0 upvotes
axelpix
By axelpix (Aug 26, 2011)

The motorized Zoom is a worlds first. You will need to pay for this until the competition is there. Power Zoom was actually highly demanded by the video community. Cameras like the GH2, G3 or even GF3 are really serious video cams. So the new lenses will be more then welcome for video enthusiasts. It's really added value.

0 upvotes
QuarterToDoom
By QuarterToDoom (Aug 26, 2011)

>By axelpix (Aug 26, 2011 at 06:08:59 GMT)

The motorized Zoom is a worlds first.

Actually Pentax has had motorized zooms years ago. I llooked at one when I wanted a longer reach for my MZ-3

1 upvote
digifan
By digifan (Aug 26, 2011)

Actually Canon and Olympus had power zoom Canon EOS700with 35-80 comes to mind and Olympus OM101/OM707.

0 upvotes
raven900sx
By raven900sx (Aug 26, 2011)

pentax had power zooms way back when the Z10 film camera was launched. they were never popular and were rather demanding on batteries. I had a 28-105 power zoom on my Z1p pentax, always liked manual zooming better

0 upvotes
tdwesbo
By tdwesbo (Aug 27, 2011)

The big Sigma (200-500 F2.8) is power zoom as well... Many video/cine lenses have had power zoom for years.

0 upvotes
axelpix
By axelpix (Sep 5, 2011)

Yes, you're all right. There have been power zooms before. But I mean Panasonic are first to bring this to a current mirrorless system camera with serious video capability.

0 upvotes
GBNG
By GBNG (Oct 4, 2011)

the optics of this new x lens is a bit advancer than the previous lumix lenses. It has 2 ASPH and 2 ED elements. It also has the nano coating. We should not only talk about its focal range and power zoom without regarding to its new features.

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Total comments: 27