Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-200mm f/4-5.6 OIS - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - (Micro-)Four-Thirds
Wednesday, 18 February 2009 09:00

Sample Images

Here're some sample images taken with the Panasonic G1 and RAW-converted via Lightroom.

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Make Panasonic
Model DMC-G1
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1000s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-G1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 78.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/640s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-G1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/400s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-G1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 136.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/1600s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-G1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 109.0mm
Aperture: f/4.8
Exposure 1/1600s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-G1
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 144.0mm
Aperture: f/5.2
Exposure 1/800s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-G1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 45.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/1000s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-G1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 45.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/2000s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-G1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 67.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/1300s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-G1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 91.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/1600s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-G1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 72.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/2000s

Verdict

The Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-200mm f/4-5.6 OIS is a solid performer although it has its weaknesses. 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. The quality of the bokeh can be rough at times unfortunately.

The build quality of the lens is very high. The OIS (image stabilizer) is pretty efficient in field conditions and it can give you an extra potential equivalent to about 2-3 f-stops. We'd like to see a really deactivated OIS in non-stabilizing mode but, to be honest, most users will not disable the OIS anyway. All in all quite good lens with a sane price tag.

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