Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 45-175mm only £283.99 (inc del) @ Panasonic e-shop
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Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 45-175mm only £283.99 (inc del) @ Panasonic e-shop

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Found 6th Oct 2011
Normally £399 from Panasonic e-shop, but save 30% with the use of exclusive member's voucher - works out at saving of £120! I've added the postage cost to the title price as that seems to be the norm here.

To get the voucher, you need to be a member of the lumixG community site, but it's free to register and only takes about 2 minutes:
lumixlifestyle.co.uk/

1- Once registered, go to "Offers and Rewards".
2- Then click "Exclusive LUMIX G X lens offer"
3- There should be a voucher code there.
4- Then just purchase as normal through Panasonic shop:
shop.panasonic.co.uk/H-P…ing
5- Submit your voucher on the 2nd or 3rd page, can't remember

Enjoy!!
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Original Poster
I've just bought this myself, so will be interesting to see what heat this gets!

This is over £35 cheaper then I can find it anywhere, let alone direct from Panasonic Shop. Next cheapest place I see it is at SRS:
srsmicrosystems.co.uk/668…csv

Remember, this is the new X lens, with stabiliser:
dpreview.com/new…asp
Edited by: "Crosny" 6th Oct 2011
I got this myself earlier on today, a real bargain. Cheapest price I've seen elsewhere is around £355.
Is this better than the 45-200mm?
Nice find just got the G3 well on hold until my B'day
Got the G3 from Jessops used a £100 of Tesco vouchers to get £200 worth of Jessops vouchers, Have applied for £50 cash back Not sure if this will come through with the G3 and lens package.
Now a £116 off a very useful lens, if it all works out, Camera and 14 - 42 lens and 45 -175 telephoto for about £504 Not a bad price.


Edited by: "Dodger21" 6th Oct 2011
Pondlife

Is this better than the 45-200mm?



I don't think it's worth getting this to replace the 45-200 but if you are buying new it should be worth it.

According to the press releases

"It features a quiet variable-speed power zoom for smooth zooming during movie recording but, unlike the collapsible standard zoom, the 45-175mm also features 'by-wire' dials for direct control of zoom and focus. The lens features a compact, lightweight design and uses an internal zoom mechanism, meaning it stays the same length at all times."

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Pondlife

Is this better than the 45-200mm?


There's a discussion regarding the 45-175mm vs. 45-200mm in the following link:
43rumors.com/two…ws/

...although it doesn't sound like anyone's actually used it - the general thought is that IQ is going to be quite similar. The main advantage seems to be internal zoom mechanism, and also that the lens is physically much smaller and some 50% lighter. If you already have the 45-200mm, probably worth skipping this and going for the better 100-300mm lens. If not, then probably worth picking this up instead of the 45-200mm.

Just my 2p's worth ;-)
Interesting to see what this lens is like.
Crosny

There's a discussion regarding the 45-175mm vs. 45-200mm in the following … There's a discussion regarding the 45-175mm vs. 45-200mm in the following link:http://www.43rumors.com/two-new-panasonic-x-45-175mm-lens-reviews/.



Not much positive on those comments at all really. Mind you all that was based on one video I guess.
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Pondlife

Not much positive on those comments at all really. Mind you all that was … Not much positive on those comments at all really. Mind you all that was based on one video I guess.



Yup, but it doesn't actually sound like anyone in that discussion had used it. Annoying that there aren't any proper reviews out yet.

Oh well, it's a gamble and if it turns out to be an average lens, I'm sure the resell value will hold up. It's funny how things are all relative, having bought FF lens for my Nikon D700, any lens for under £300 now feels cheap!!

Strange this isn't getting more heat, it's limited offer to buy a brand new £350-400 lens, just released into the UK market this month, direct from panasonic e-shop for only £280... in fact, it actually got colder since I last looked, so someone must have voted down, would be interested to hear why.
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Not sure if anyone is still following this thread, but as the offer runs for another 6 days thought I'd post a user review i found which compares this lens to the older 45-200mm:
clubsnap.com/for…oom

Just beware that there is no IS button on the lens itself, so if you use Olympus you have to manually switch the in-camera stabiliser off - otherwise the camera will automatically disable BOTH... without telling you. Nice!

His conclusion is on the page 2. He seems pretty happy with the IS and sharpness, and makes a valid point that this is the smallest, lightest 90-350mm lens you can find anywhere. This alone makes it more or less perfect if you plan on travelling light (which is kind of the point of micro 4/3s!)
Hi Crosny

My lens arrived yesterday. It is very small and light. In use it works fine on my GF-1. The IS seems pretty fine although I've not had a chance to use it much. The power zoom works fine.

Am looking forward to using it properly at the weekend.
Mine arrived this morning too. Woeful packaging. One box inside a much larger one with no padding between them.

Reasonably impressed although I'm not impressed at all with the manual focussing. I'd be interested to hear what other people find if they try the following:

Go to maximum zoom on an object 5m or so away. Do this inside and set the camera up on a tripod. I'm getting a shutter time of 1 to 1.3 seconds. Manually focus on an object and take a shot. Mine will autofocus fine but won't be sharp manually. If I take off the image stabilisation then it works so perhaps that's a quirk of this lens (or any telephoto for that matter, don't know enough about it). There's a real danger that I might read the manual so I'd be interested in what others have found.

I've only tried it inside so looking forward to having a play with it over the next few days. My suspicion is that this is going to turn out to be a great lens for the money.

Thanks to the OP for the heads up.
gingerpaul

Mine arrived this morning too. Woeful packaging. One box inside a much … Mine arrived this morning too. Woeful packaging. One box inside a much larger one with no padding between them.



I agree entirely with that, not what I expected from Panasonic, I will not be trying mine for a while yet, so I hope it's OK, no sign it has been bashed to much.
Yes, I was really surprised by the packaging as well. Maybe it's because we got the discount
gingerpaul

... I'm not impressed at all with the manual focussing. I'd be … ... I'm not impressed at all with the manual focussing. I'd be interested to hear what other people find if they try the following:



I tried some moon shots last night and the manual focussing was very difficult and I never got it right. An extreme case though. The Auto-Focus has been fine though.
Original Poster
Mine arrived today. Also surprised with packaging - a lose box inside a bigger box. Interesting. Just as well the lens was well cushioned in the smaller box. Surprised how small / light the actual lens is. It's actually miniature when I compare it any of my FF zoom lenses for my Nikon D700.

Irony is, the delivery of this lens has actually beaten the delivery of the GF3 + 14-42mm X bundle that i bought it for. They are still waiting on stock this week... so won't be able to test it out until that arrives!!
Crosny

Mine arrived today. Also surprised with packaging - a lose box inside a … Mine arrived today. Also surprised with packaging - a lose box inside a bigger box. Interesting. Just as well the lens was well cushioned in the smaller box. Surprised how small / light the actual lens is. It's actually miniature when I compare it any of my FF zoom lenses for my Nikon D700.Irony is, the delivery of this lens has actually beaten the delivery of the GF3 + 14-42mm X bundle that i bought it for. They are still waiting on stock this week... so won't be able to test it out until that arrives!!



That's disappointing!

Yes, it is incredibly light. But is seems huge to me as my regular lens is the 20mm Pancake.

Next on the 'to get' list is the Olympus 45mm and that should the set hopefully!

Oddly enough I just received an email from Panasonic with details of the offer. They really want to get these out there.
Just bought this from FotoSense for £312.46 delivered and I get to claim £60 cashback from Panasonic (an offer that started on 1st november) making it cost (£252.46 !)
Well I've been using mine regularly and have got the hang of how it works. Here are some fireworks from the weekend taken with it.

http://www.paule.org.uk/images/forums/fireworks-1001.jpg
Great picture. Very impressive
gingerpaul

Mine arrived this morning too. Woeful packaging. One box inside a much … Mine arrived this morning too. Woeful packaging. One box inside a much larger one with no padding between them.Reasonably impressed although I'm not impressed at all with the manual focussing. I'd be interested to hear what other people find if they try the following:Go to maximum zoom on an object 5m or so away. Do this inside and set the camera up on a tripod. I'm getting a shutter time of 1 to 1.3 seconds. Manually focus on an object and take a shot. Mine will autofocus fine but won't be sharp manually. If I take off the image stabilisation then it works so perhaps that's a quirk of this lens (or any telephoto for that matter, don't know enough about it). There's a real danger that I might read the manual so I'd be interested in what others have found.I've only tried it inside so looking forward to having a play with it over the next few days. My suspicion is that this is going to turn out to be a great lens for the money.Thanks to the OP for the heads up.



Theres a lot of talk on the forums about this lens having a major issue with OIS at low shutter speeds causing a double/blurred effect. Mine has arrived now and I am going to test it at the weekend to see if it makes my photos blury when OIS is enabled.

lumixlifestyle.co.uk/for…787
Voucher code no longer there by the looks Is it a generic code that someone can post?
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