Lumix G Vario 45-200mm f/4-5.6 Mega OIS

  • m4/3 coverage
  • autofocus 
  • internal focusing
  • Mega OIS optical image stabilization
  • 16 elements in 13 groups, 3 ED elements
  • 7-blade aperture diaphragm
  • smallest aperture is f/22
  • 52mm filter ring
  • 3.3' (1m) minimum focus, 1:2.3 magnification ratio
  • 3.94" (100mm) long, 2.76" (70mm) diameter
  • 13.4 ounces (380g) weight
  • included lens hood, storage bag
  • price US$230
  • Model Number H-FS045200

Thom's Mini Review: Inexpensive. This lens was the biggest surprise of the bunch for me. Optically it delivers very good performance for a low-cost telephoto (the 45-150 and 45-175mm are better optically, though). Yes, there's some vignetting and corner softness, but I've used this lens successfully on safari for close ups of animals and didn't find those things to be a real problem. The lens' mediocre aperture specs do hurt low light use of the m4/3 bodies, though. You'd be much better off with a fast prime in low light, but unfortunately there are none (you could use a converter with a third-party lens). Optical stabilization on lens selectable by switch. Good build quality. Recommended

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