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

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tpani
tpani Regular Member • Posts: 322
Re: Any real-world feedback on the Lumix Vario 45-200mm v.II?

There is likely variation in the quality of the 45-200mm, and the image stabilization does not at all explain many/most of the complaints people have had about this lens.

I had the lens for a number of years, from 2010 until about 2014. At 200 mm, stopping down to f/8 or f/9 (at the cost of increased exposure times, and increased camera shake) improved the sharpness enough for me to be satisfied. I avoided shooting it wide open at 200mm. So, clearly, the question in my case was not about image stabilization. (I eventually replaced the 45-200mm by the 35-100mm f/4-5.6 (which is very sharp, one of the best non-expensive m43 lenses I know), and the 75-300mm (which is much better wide open at the longest focal length than my 45-200mm was, and better wide open than the 45-200mm stopped down to f/8 or f/9.)

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