Panasonic 45-200mm f/4.0-5.6 Lumix G Vario MEGA OIS

Last updated (30 March’12):
– Review by SLRGear

The Panasonic 45-200mm f/4.0-5.6 Lumix G Vario MEGA OIS features 45-200mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/4.0-5.6. The lens construction has 16 elements in 13 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 27 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 1.0m and has a filter size of 52mm. The Panasonic 45-200mm f/4.0-5.6 Lumix G Vario MEGA OIS lens weighs 380g / 13.4oz and it measures 2.7 inches in diameter and 3.93 inches long.

Panasonic 45-200mm f/4.0-5.6 Lumix G Vario MEGA OIS
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Panasonic 45-200mm f/4.0-5.6 Lumix G Vario MEGA OIS Reviews

SLRGear reviews the Panasonic 45-200mm f/4.0-5.6 Lumix G Vario MEGA OIS and writes;
“The 45-200mm ƒ/4-5.6 is also very good at providing undistorted images. There is a hint of pincushion distortion in the corners above 60mm, but this doesn’t exceed 0.1%; at 50mm, distortion of any stripe is almost non-existent. The 45-200mm ƒ/4-5.6 focuses very quickly on the G1 body, and locks onto the target well. The focus action is virtually silent.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photozone reviews the Panasonic 45-200mm f/4.0-5.6 Lumix G Vario MEGA OIS and writes;
“The resolution is pretty good throughout the range. The vignetting figures aren’t overly impressive at max. aperture but they are also not very different compared to similar APS-C lenses in this class. Lateral chromatic aberrations (color shadows) fairly heavy in the uncorrected RAWs but from an end user perspective this problem is usually not visible due to the CA auto-correction. Distortions are nothing to worry about.”
rating: N/A

Photoreview reviews the Panasonic 45-200mm f/4.0-5.6 Lumix G Vario MEGA OIS and writes;
“We noticed slight vignetting between 100mm and 200mm but no noticeable corner darkening at wider focal lengths. Flare was generally well handled and ghosting was negligible unless the lens was pointed directly at a bright light source. Bokeh (out-of-focus blur) was generally better than in the 14-45mm lens..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Panasonic 45-200mm f/4.0-5.6 Lumix G Vario MEGA OIS User Reviews

Surprisingly good OIS & image quality! amazingly small. | Rating: ★★★★☆
“the image quality is generally “ok” : lack of contrast and punch esp. at long end. however, some judicious contrast adjustment and sharpening, you’ll easily get results you’d expect of a substantially more expensive lens.. i was surprised how nice the bokeh is. creamy and smooth as long as there isn’t too much high contrast noisy stuff in the background…” – by hellfire

versatile, must have m43 lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“i got this lens for my olympus e-pl1, and it works *beautifully*.. if i had to keep only 2 lenses this 45-200 would be for sure one of the two. it is not the sharpest and certainly not the fastest or widest, but it sure does many things very well on an m43 body. and it blows away any point and shoot, plus it’ll make you look in sympathy at the full-frame guy carrying around the equivalent for his camera…” – by Paul Liesenberg

About as good as it gets | Rating: ★★★★★
“I’ve now worked with 2 and both were stunningly fast to focus, sharp throughout their entire focal range and provided excellent color and contrast. The lens balances wonderfully well on a Olympus PL1 or other Pens for that matter. It is quicker to focus than other Olympus lenses (perhaps due to firmware interfaces). I love the solid build frankly, but most importantly I”m rewarded with amazing sharpness that easily rivals the Canon 100-400L and 80-400 Nikkor lenses at their long end..” – by L. Rothman

Happy with this short profile long lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“.. With the micro 4/3rds format, the 45-200mm zoom range is just astounding and lens will be superb for wildlife & birds. I was able to shoot pretty effectively w/o tripod on several occasions, aided nicely by the optical image stabilization switch on the side of the barrel. “ – by Tjay

Good, solid Telephoto micro-four-thirds lens for Panasonic Lumix G-Series | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I was told that the 14-140 has vertical stabilisation in conjunction with horizontal, and is therefore more suitable to video, but I have found that the 45-200 (when given a little time) settles down amazingly well even at full zoom. The Mega-OIS does a great job of taking away minor jitters (e.g. heartbeat) and does pretty well with small movements (e.g. flinches), if you give it a moment to settle in..” – by Michael Hardtmann

For a budget telephoto, it’s actually pretty good | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Autofocus on this lens is very snappy and nearly silent on my E-P2 with the latest firmware. It’s much better than the kit lens in both respects, easily a match for my DSLR with a comparable lens. Again, this makes it a good choice for video..” – by Jeremy Thornhill

This is a great lens for wildlife photography. | Rating: ★★★★★
“I bought this to supplement my 20mm pancake lens on my Panasonic Lumix GF1. I took about 350 photos yesterday at the Muscatatuck Wildlife Refuge and I was very happy with the results. I will post a couple so you can see the sharpness, even at the longest distance..” – by K. Lowe

A good tool…but set your expectations correctly before buying | Rating: ★★★★☆
“The lens can produce nice, sharp images, even on the 200mm end, but you need to really practice shooting with it to raise your “hit rate.” Given the narrow image field at 200mm, getting a crisp shot of something/someone in a nicely composed image is not easy and entails as much luck as skill..” – by aproductofsociety

Decent zoom lens on a budget | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Image quality: it handles pretty well from the 90mm-400mm range (adjusted for 35mm equivalent). With the right aperture setting, it has beautiful bokeh and the image quality is pretty good..” – by Henry H. S. Yoon

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Features & Specifications

Panasonic 45-200mm f/4.0-5.6 Lumix G Vario MEGA OIS Specifications

* Zoom range of 45-200mm (35mm equivalent: 90-400mm).
* High-contrast representation and high colour reproduction by implementing 3 ED lens elements.
* Mega O.I.S. which makes it easy to shoot super clear shots, even without a tripod.
* Seven aperture blades give the aperture a rounded shape that, when shooting at larger aperture, produces an attractive smoothness in out-of-focus areas.
* Uses multi-coated lens elements that reduce ghosts and flare to an absolute minimum.


Lens Construction: 16 elements in 13 groups
Lens Mount: Micro Four Thirds mount
Optical Image Stabiliser (O.I.S.) compatible: Yes
Silent Wave Motor: No
Focal Length: f = 45-200mm (35mm Equiv.: 90-400mm)
Aperture Type: 7 diaphragm blades / Circular aperture diaphragm
Aperture: F4.0 (Wide) – F5.6 (Tele)
Minimum Aperture: F22
Closest Focusing Distance: 1.0m at all focal lengths
Maximum magnification: Approx. 0.19x / 0.38x (35mm film camera equivalent)
Diagonal Angle of View: 27°(W) ~ 6.2°(T)
Filter Size: Ø 52mm / 2.05in
Max. Lens Diameter: Ø 70mm / 2.75in
Overall Length: Approx. 100mm / 3.93in
Weight (g): 380.0
Weight (oz): 13.4

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