Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Results From New Lumix 45-175mm f4-5.6 Starting to Appear

 
New Lumix 45-175mm f4-5.6 Looks Promising
 Image Source:  http://www.iflphoto.com/Other/Petals-2012/i-LBrRH96/0/X2/P1030642-X2.jpg
 
Poster OdzBodkinz on dpreview posted this and one other nice image, taken in his garage with the DMC-G3 and new power-zoom Lumix 45-175mm f4-5.6 lens.
 
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Here's a link to Panasonic's description of the lens:
 
Lumix 45-175mm f4-5.6 Lens
 
 
I am having trouble seeing a reason to consider this lens, myself.  Before I bought the 14-140mm, I had the 45-200mm.  It was a great lens, and I can't imagine where the 45-175 would be better.  It has the same maximum aperture.  Apparently the new lens has aspheric elements, Power OIS (versus Mega OIS in the 45-200), and power zoom.  Power zoom does not attract me.  I did not see anything lacking in the 45-200 image quality, but I suppose aspheric lenses could always add something. The improvement to be expected from Power OIS is nebulous; Panasonic's description has a non-quantitative graph, which seems to indicate more images will be in focus.  Not too convincing for me.
 
I will stick with the good all-around 14-140, and the awesome 100-300 for the time being.
 
That said, the images I've seen from the 45-175 look quite good.
 
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