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Panasonic H-FS045200 Telephoto Lens

45-200mm telephoto zoom lens for for compact Panasonic hybrid cameras

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by Julie Govan
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Get extensive telephoto power with the Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 lens. Its broad telephoto focal range lets you get up-close-and-personal shots of subjects near and far; you can zero in on a nearby surfer, then zoom way out to capture a far-distant sailboat. Even better, the lens has built-in optical image stabilization, so your pictures remain crisply detailed even when your hand is a little shaky or lighting isn't perfect.

This nifty lens was developed for cameras using the Micro Four Thirds standard, such as the exceptional Panasonic DMC-G1, DMC-GF1, and DMC-GH1.

Highlights:

  • f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. telephoto lens
  • 35mm equivalent focal range: 90-400mm
  • Mega O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization) allows in-focus shots even with longer exposure times
  • compatible with Micro Four Thirds Standard cameras from Panasonic and Olympus
  • minimum focus distance: 3.3 feet
  • constructed of 16 elements in 13 groups
  • filter size: 52mm
  • lens is 4-11/16" long, 2-13/16" in diameter
  • weight: 13.4 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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Features and Specs
General
Brand Compatibility
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Panasonic
Image Stabilization
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Yes
Focal Length
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45-200mm
Maximum Aperture
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F4.0 (Wide)-F5.6 (Tele)
Weight
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13.4 oz
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • 45-200mm Micro Four Thirds lens
  • Hood
  • Snap-on front lens cap (installed)
  • Rear lens cap (installed)
  • Soft lens storage bag
  • Instruction manual (English/ Spanish/ French)

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Features
Specifications

Features

Product Overview: This Panasonic lens is compatible with digital cameras using the Micro Four Thirds mounting system. The lens includes a 52mm snap-on front lens cap (VYF3201), a rear lens cap (VFC4315), and a bayonet hood (VYC0986).

Image Stabilizer: The lens has built-in Mega O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer). The image stabilizer can be turned on/off with a switch on the barrel of the lens.

Diaphragm: The lens is equipped with a 7-blade diaphragm that produces a nearly circular aperture.

Bayonet Hood: The supplied hood extends approximately 1-3/4" beyond the front of the lens, and shades the aperture opening from direct sunlight that causes flaring. When not in use, the hood can be stored on the lens by mounting it in reverse position.

Specifications

  • Type of Mount: Micro Four Thirds
  • Filter Diameter: 52mm
  • Focal Length: 45mm to 200mm (35mm equivalent 90mm to 400mm)
  • Closest Focus Distance: 3.28 feet (1m)
  • Maximum Aperture: F4.0 (Wide) to F5.6 (Telephoto)
  • Minimum Aperture: F22
  • Lens Construction: 16 elements in 13 groups
  • Focal Length Scale: 45mm, 60mm, 75mm, 100mm, 150mm, 200mm
  • Physical Dimensions:
    • Without Lens Hood:
      • Length: 4.704" to 6.138"
      • Diameter: 2.773"
    • With Lens Hood:
      • Length: 6.455" to 7.889"
      • Diameter: 3.201"
    • Weight: approximately 13.4 ounces
 
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5 out of 5

Great lens at a great price

Written By MSB, Atlanta GA on Sunday, June 24, 2012
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Bought this lens for my Lumix GF1, great addition to my camera, nice zoom abilities and good quality photos. I find the auto focus to be a little slow, particularly when hand-held, but using a tripod will definitely help. Overall very satisfied with the price and the performance.
Pros:
Nice zoom range addition. Good price Good photos
Cons:
Little slow on the autofocus Size, with compact camera almost doubles the weight.
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5 out of 5

Panasonic 45-200mm Zoom

Written By Bob B, Lake Oswego, OR on Tuesday, June 12, 2012
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I am loving this lens. What a great value. Sharp enough for my usage. Feels really solid. If you are considering this lens do not hesitate to buy it especially with the money back guarantee.
Pros:
great value! Very sharp for a lens of this range at this price point.
Cons:
none for me at this point in time
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4 out of 5

A lot of lens for the money.

Written By Erik, New England on Tuesday, October 26, 2010
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This lens is a good compliment to the GF1 with either of the kit lenses. Some
say it makes the GF1 too unwieldy, but it seems like a nice match to me. It is
obviously no longer pocketable, like it is with the 20mm, but the combo is about
the lightest 400mm equiv. you're going to be able to assemble.

The optics aren't first rate, but they are good. The OIS is useful.
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