Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f/4-5.6 HD OIS lens leaked

Panasonic is preparing to announce a new Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f/4-5.6 HD OIS lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras. My guess is that this lens will be a cheaper replacement of the current 45-200mm f/4-5.6 ($245).

Via Photoprice

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  • Stevey

    No OIS switch, and looks smaller and probably lighter than 45-200 and 45-175. Cheapo tele zoom for u43. Wake me up when the 35-100 gets leaked.

  • It makes sense for Panasonic to make something cheaper and lighter than the 45-200 which is not particularly compact or light — in terms of size and weight it’s pretty close to my old Pentax F70-210/4-5.6 despite covering only 4/3 instead of 36×24 film, plus it’s a little pricey & bulky when compared to the typical APS-C 50-200-class lens — in terms of usage and price it’s more like the SLR zooms that go to 300mm.

    What I find unfortunate is that Panasonic (particularly with this lens) didn’t manage to shorten the short end of the zoom range down to the 35-40 range for this lens. 45mm is 90mm-equivalent, which is already a pretty narrow angle-of-view, most tele zooms that go to 300mm equiv. manage to provide 75-80mm-equiv short ends. At any rate, I’m sure they’ll sell plenty of these, probably with twin-lens kits.

    • I agree, that shortening the minimum focal length to 35mm (or even to 25mm) would be very welcome. I understand that another coming lens from Panasonic is 35-100mm f/2.8 which would be higher quality and the price. I believe, that 45-150mm f/4-5.6 is introduced as a cheaper alternative for people who would not spend over 1000$ for any lens, no matter how good it is, and who are not satisfied with 45-175mm or 45-200mm.

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