Panasonic 45-150mm Anyone got one?

Discussion in 'Panasonic' started by Ghosthunter, Feb 27, 2013.

  1. It's real hard to find anyone with this lens. Anyone got one and if so it is any good. The few snippets I have seen on the net suggest that it's pretty good. I don't have time at the moment to test the one at work :eek:(

    Any input would be good.
  2. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Veteran

    Feb 22, 2012
    Madison, WI
    I was interested in it as well, but you're right there are hardly any user reviews out there. Then the recent sale on the Oly 40-150 came along and I stopped waiting. Is it being sold as a 2-lens kit at all?
  3. No it's not. I think I'll just have to buy one and let you guy's know what it's like. :biggrin:
  4. Biro

    Biro Super Moderator

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Alright... here's a killer for you: I got the Panny 45-150 for Christmas after giving my 45-200 to my niece. And then I couldn't resist picking up the Oly 40-150 for only $99 earlier this month. Hey, sometimes Panny lenses work better on Panny bodies and Oly lenses better on Oly bodies. So I have both. But I have had exactly zero time since Christmas to go out and test either. Ain't that a kick in the head? I can tell you build quality is fine on both. The IS switch is no longer on the outside of the Panny 45-150, the way it is on the 45-200. It's activated via the menu only. Zooming/focusing is also quieter than with the 45-200. The Oly lens is lighter, since there's no IS. I'm kind of frustrated that I can't tell you more. But, frankly, I don't think I'd sweat it if I were you. If I had only a Panny body, I'd get the Lumix version. If I had only an Oly body, I'd get the Zuiko.
  5. Cool, Thanks Biro. I'll prob get the Panny one as I need IS. I just wanna take half decent flower and bird images in my back garden.
  6. Biro

    Biro Super Moderator

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
  7. nianys

    nianys Veteran

    Sep 10, 2012
    I can only comment that I had a rather underwhelming copy of the 45-200, returned it. Then bought a used Oly 40-150 (1st gen) and it was just way better than it had any right too, in every way. Loved this lens !!
  8. woof

    woof Veteran

    Sep 23, 2011
    45-150mm at 45mm, f/4.0, 1/60th, ISO 1600, no flash under tungsten with a G5. JPEG OOC, no noise reduction applied, minor sharpening for print. Been busy, so this is all I've got. Gotta say that I did not work for this at all... draw your own conclusions. Works for me.

  9. Thanks Woof!! Good to see a real example. Looks pretty good to me but I'll probably go with the 45-175 as the examples from that lens are pretty stunning and it's is a little longer in focal length plus just a little more money.

    Thanks anyway :thumbup:
  10. woof

    woof Veteran

    Sep 23, 2011
    Agreed. I really have this because it came as a part of a G5 kit for an additional $69.00.

    I figure I did OK. I'm interested in the 45-175mm for the power zoom - specifically for video use.


    Compare 45-175mm:

    Very similar in terms of performance though the 45-175mm seems sharper in the long end and is longer overall.

  11. iansurita

    iansurita New Member

    Mar 26, 2013
    Kent UK
    Ian Surita
    Just came across this post, and it may be too late to offer my view. Nevertheless, I opted for the Panasonic 45-150mm last week to go with my Olympus E-Pl3, the reason being that it was a somewhat shorter than the Olympus 40-150 and looked to be a better finish in black. I didn't think there would be a lot between these two regarding image quality and therefore based my choice on the points mentioned previously. I haven't reached the stage of uploading any photos as yet here, but those that appear on my Flickr photostream seem detailed and sharp.

    All in all I think I'm happy with my choice.