Any real-world feedback on the Lumix Vario 45-200mm v.II?

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OP MiguelATF Regular Member • Posts: 459
Re: Any real-world feedback on the Lumix Vario 45-200mm v.II?

Allan Brown wrote:

MiguelATF wrote:

I know that the first version (v.I, which originally was introduced in 2010) of this lens generally didn't get great responses, from many users and a few reviewers.

I have the original version of this lens and find it to be quite good.

Most of the people here and, some reviewers, tested this lens when it first became available and with the original OIS.

This OIS and the subsequent firmware update for the OIS was not good enough for the lens at 200mm. This, plus that camera bodies of the time did not have IBIS or had the primitive 2 axis IBIS, did not help at all. This is why many say that the lens is very soft above 150mm and useless at 200mm.

When you pair this lens with a camera with 5 axis IBIS - in my case, the Oly EM5 II, the results are very good.

I have pointed this out many times but it falls on deaf ears and people do not want to know.

Here is a photo that I have posted several times. It is an OOC JPEG at 200mm wide open at f5.6. Look at the grass at the back - very sharp across the frame.

Had I shot raw and processed in DXO, the results would be even better.

So, to answer your question, the improved OIS of the newer version should work very well with the compatible Panasonic bodies. The lens will be almost as good with the 5 axis IBIS Olympus bodies as in my case.


Panny 45-200 MkI 200mm @ f5.6 wide open, OOC jpeg

Good points, Allan. Thanks for your reply.

And your sample (motocross) photo is quite cool - and, for me at least, a good argument in favour of the lens.

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