Compact, Sharp,

Inexpensive 45-150mm

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-32mm ASPH f/3.5-5.6 Mega OIS


The Panasonic LUMIX G Vario 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH lens is a deceptively small, light weight, and compact lens for the Micro-Four-Thirds format that is smaller in size than a typical full-frame (35mm) 50mm lens. Its effective equivalent field-of-view is that of a 90-300mm. It is sharp at maximum aperture at either the medium or telephoto extremes of its focal range.
















































































































At 150mm, and wide open at f/5.6 it is very good and only gets better at f/6.3 or f/7.1. Not only is it sharp, but it is also very reasonably priced. At the time of this writing in April, 2015, it sells for approximately $250 (USD). It handles beautifully for manual focus or autofocus, and balances extremely well on the Panasonic (GH2, GH3, or GH4) or Olympus’ OM-D E-M1, E-M10, E-M5.


For Micro-Four-Thirds users a similar focal length premium alternative is Olympus’ M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO Lens, that has a constant aperture of f/2.8 and sells for $1,500.


Taken with the

Lumix 45-150mm at f/6.3 @ 1/250sec.

Full shot here (at left).


The 100% crop below of the Micro-Four-Thirds image shows distinct detail in the plumage and head.


Standard settings in Adobe Camera Raw were used without any noise reduction.

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