Panasonic 45-200mm f4-5.6 IOS – First Look

Panasonic 45-200mm f4-5.6 IOS
Panasonic 45-200mm f4-5.6 IOS

I’ve had my Panasonic Lumix GF1 since the beginning of 2010. For ages I just had the 20mm pancake lens for it. Last month I acquired the short 14-42mm zoom. And for my birthday on 1st January a couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to receive this 45-200mm long zoom.

Now I’ve got a very versatile and small camera kit which I’ll be taking with me to Florida for a fortnight in a few weeks’ time.

Made for the Micro 4/3rds format, this zoom is equivalent to 90-400mm on a 35mm camera – so it has quite a long reach. Image stabilisation can be switched on or off (I’ve used it mainly on so far) and compared to my Canon 100-400mm, it’s a minnow! Fully retracted, it’s only 100mm long and weighs just 380g.

I wanted to get the measure of what it could do, so have been using it as much as possible since it arrived. Here are a few examples of images I’ve made with it so far:

Looking Down The Road
Looking Down The Road

Looking down the road from Hylands Park, shows just how far you can “see”. It’s a decent zoom length.

Behind A Cloud
Behind A Cloud

The auto focus had no trouble, even facing directly into the sun.

A Tree In Hiding
A Tree In Hiding

Even tones across the frame – no significant vignetting at the corners.

Farm Cart
Farm Cart

Resolves find detail well without any colour fringing, and shows a vibrant colour rendition.

The Light Has Gone Out
The Light Has Gone Out

Pleasing bokeh in the background with a large aperture.

First impressions are very positive, so I’m looking forward to taking this to the USA as part of my photographic kit.