Panasonic H-FS45150K Lumix G Series Lens (Black)

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Amazon Price: $299.99 $239.00 You save: $60.99 (20%). (as of April 17, 2014 3:51 am – Details). Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Compact, lightweight telephoto zoom covers 300mm, 45-150 f/4.0-5.6. MFT

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 2.4 x 2.4 inches ; 6.9 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B009SGB3KS
  • Item model number: H-FS45150K
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 29, 2012

Customer Reviews

Great Lens When Considering Build, Size, Function, IQ & Price

 March 7, 2013
By J. Gebauer
If I could give this lens 4 1/2 stars I would since it isn’t without a couple of small flaws. When considering build quality, size, function, image resolution, and price it is deserving of 5 stars.

Build:
The build quality is excellent for a lens at this price. It has a metal mount unlike the 14-42mm kit lens and a brushed metal feel to the lens barrel unlike the cheap plasticy feel of the kit lens. I’ve played around with the Olympus 40-150mm lens which sells for a little less than the Panasonic 45-150mm. The Olympus in comparison has a plastic mount and a very cheap plasticy feel.

Size:
The Panasonic 45-150mm lens is very compact for a telephoto zoom with stabilization. The lens diameter is the same as the 14-42mm kit lens and it’s length is only a centimeter longer which is astonishing. My Nikon 70-300mm lens in comparison is twice as long and almost 4 times the weight as the Panasonic 45-150mm. Compactness is a major selling feature with the Micro 4/3′s system and this lens is the best telephoto zoom for allowing you to maintain that compactness. When comparing other Micro 4/3′s, the Panasonic 45-200mm lens in is roughly 3cm longer than the 45-150mm and the Olympus 40-150mm is a centimeter longer.

Function:
The lens is designated with an HD basically saying that it is designed to work well when shooting videos. I haven’t shot any videos yet with it but I can say that the zoom is very smooth and the focusing is near silent which is necessary when shooting videos. The smooth zooming is a huge improvement over the choppy zoom of the 14-42mm kit lens and much smoother than the Olympus 40-150mm as well. The stabilization is also designed to work continuously when shooting videos which is unlike my Nikon 70-300mm VR lens. The focus of the Panasonic 45-150mm lens is very fast. Not quite as fast as the kit lens which isn’t a surprise considering it’s a telephoto zoom. One thing that should be noted unlike most other telephoto zooms with stabilization this lens doesn’t have a on/off switch on the lens itself. You have to go through the camera to turn the stabilization on/off.

Image Quality:
Before using the lens I read reviews on review sites that this lens was only sharp for portrait or zoo type photography because it wasn’t sharp when shooting at infinity. Also that it wasn’t sharp at 150mm. I found those both to only be partially true. From my test shots, I found the lens to be soft only when shooting at infinity at 150mm. When testing lenses I photograph a book shelf full of books straight on while the camera is on a tripod. I also use the timer so there isn’t camera shake from me pressing the shutter button. With the Panasonic 45-150mm I photographed the bookshelf at 45mm, 60mm, 75mm, 100mm, and 150mm. For each of the focal lengths I photographed with the aperture wide open, f/5.6, and f/8. At 100mm and 150mm wide open was f/5.6 so I only took 2 photographs at those focal lengths. I found the image quality to be impressive at wide open with excellent center sharpness and very good corner sharpness. Oddly enough at f/5.6 with each of the focal lengths the image quality looked just a touch softer across the frame but still very good overall. At f/8 the image quality was excellent across the frame, including corners, even the center sharpness at f/8 was slightly crisper than wide open or at f/5.6. Knowing it can produce excellent images across the entire frame, including corners, at f/8, I decided to go outside and test the lens at infinity since that was a gripping point with some reviewers. For this I photographed a mountain range at f/8 at 45mm, 60mm, 75mm, 100mm, and 150mm. With each of the focal lengths except 150mm, the sharpness at infinity was excellent. At 150mm the image was obviously soft. Image quality dropping off at the extreme telephoto of a telephoto zoom is fairly common so I don’t consider it a big gripping point especially considering it only occurs at infinity.

Price and Summary:
At the $220-$260 price range this is an entry level zoom. All things considered, build quality, size, function, resolution, this lens offers a lot of bang for your buck. The only downsides are image softness at infinity at 150mm and the lack of a stabilization on/off switch on the lens (I know some people that may bother but if you are used to not having it on the kit lens this lens is no different). Even considering those downsides I feel this lens is a no brainer for most potential users. It gives you the best of the Micro 4/3′s, compactness and fast, near silent AF, plus it takes excellent images and has a solid build with smooth zooming for video work.

Fantastic lens!

 April 5, 2013
By A. Gray
This is a truly fantastic lens. It is small, compact, light weight, and sharp! I previously used the Panasonic 45-200, and immediately sold it after trying this lens. Despite having 50mm less reach, the compact size and improved optics make it the better of the two. And that’s saying a lot — the Panasonic 45-200mm lens is a great lens itself.

The lens is a great companion to the 14-42 kit lens included with many Panasonic cameras. With the two you’ll be able to meet most of your outdoor photography needs. And if you really want a longer reach (for bird photography, for example), then adding the Panasonic 100-300mm will give you a complete package.

Budget Compact Telephoto

 March 14, 2013
By Idaea
This lens is my first m4/3 telephoto lens, as I purchased it bundled with my new Panasonic G5. The lens itself is incredibly compact, only a few millimeters longer than the stock 14-42 lens. It has a nice purple sheen that makes it stand out from my camera, and it looks absolutely beautiful to hold.

The lens, given the micro four thirds limitations, does not perform well in low light, and a sunny day is necessary to bring out its potential, but given the right conditions this lens is incredibly sharp and has a decent bokeh. The sharpness does drop off from about 120-150mm, but not horribly.

Nice Standard Telephoto Lens

 April 4, 2013
By Jet Shine
This is a really nice telephoto lens, with a solid feel to it (metal construction and base). The zoom and focus rings operate very smoothly, unlike the 14-42mm standard zoom lens. A lens hood is included, very nice. The optical image stabilizer works well. The lens is also incredible small, considering the 90-300mm (35mm equivalent) zoom range it covers! Pictures taken with this lens look nice, see one of the samples I posted here. I’m using this with my DMC-G5 camera.

It would be nice if the lens were faster than f/3.5-5.6 which seems to be the status quo for this type of lens in this price range. But still, it’s a good lens to have to complement your M4/3 collection.

Great lens for a nice price!

 October 9, 2013
By P.K. Frary "Gochugogi"
The Lumix 45-150 yields a lot of reach within a petite form factor, allowing for stealthy transport into places where DSLRs dare not tread. Nobody blinks at my tiny Lumix GX1/14mm F/2.5 “point ‘n shoot.” Once inside the venue, I pull the 45-150 from my pocket and have 90-300 full frame equivalent reach in the palm of my hand! I can shoot wide open and nail sharp images.

I was very surprised at the quality of this inexpensive zoom: excellent fit and finish, attractive design, 2 to 3 stops of effective OIS (optical image stabilization), hood included and very good image quality. The black 45-150 lens looks a lot nicer than the Amazon product image. There is no on-off switch for OIS, so you’ll have to dive into the menus to disable image stabilization for tripod use. Although the barrel is primarily plastic, the metal (aluminum) shell on the main barrel is a nice flourish and the mount is metal. The zoom and focus rings turn smoothly, making precise control a snap. AF is quick, silent and silky smooth. Video buffs will groove on the smooth focus transition.

My Japan made Lumix 14-45 cost nearly twice as much as the 45-150. I can’t see obvious differences in quality or materials between the two zooms. How did Panasonic keep the price so low? Probably offshore production saved Panasonic a bundle in labor and material costs.

This telezoom offers a lot of magnification and even with image stabilization I need relatively fast shutter speeds or to use a tripod for sharp images. For example, shooting at 150mm I need 1/250 of a second or faster shutter speeds for crisp images. I find small cameras harder to hold steady than DSLRs due to lower mass and grip area. I suspect reviewers complaining about soft images were experiencing camera shake, especially if shooting with the LCD at arm’s length. For free standing shooting, I get more keepers using the EVF since I can steady the camera against my face.

Wonderful little telezoom: sharp, easy to travel with and a nice price!

great lens

 May 24, 2013
By A Pierce
We bought this lens in addition to the standard one that came with the camera. It works great (as expected) and we look forward to using it to increase the capabilities of our camera

A fine telephoto zoom for micro 4/3

 April 16, 2013
By sy
A 90-300mm in 35mm equivalent has a plastic shell and barrel but the mount is made out of metal. I don’t have any complain about sharpness. Built-in image stabilizer works pretty well. Compactness and light weight are also plus for micro four-thirds system comparing to the same equivalent other DSLR lenses. This lens serves in between my Panasonic 14-45mm and 100-300mm zoom.

This Panasonic lens is great for the $ especially when combined with the kit 14-42mm.

 April 26, 2013
By John West "NRHJohn"
The mount is metal and feels good connecting to the body, the lens is smooth in movement and quick working with the autofocus. I had an Oly E-PL2 with Oly 40-150 and was pretty pleased, but as good as it was I prefer the Panasonic as it just feels smoother when using. I received this lens when I upgraded my E-PL2 for a Panasonic DMC-G5, the body had the non-PZ Vario 14-42mm lens. Super deal and the two have seen duty on several outings already. I love the near perfect overlap of these two lenses together. If your going for a walk you can shoot everything with this lens, from close up (focusable at 3ft to infinity) as a 90mm traditional lens all the way out to 300mm. (check into the way micro 4/3rd lenses are actually a 2x equivalent to the traditional 35mm standard most of us grew up with.) Anyway, I love this lens, sure there may be better lens available for more $ but again for the price this is a very serviceable lens.

Must buy for any Panasonic Mirrorless camera user

 May 9, 2013
By abhiram
I purchased this lens as part of combo deal along with the camera. This lens if very high quality and is definitely worth the price. I am surprised at the size of the lens !! It’s slighly longer than the 14-42mm kit lens that comes with Panasonic DMC-G5 inspite of it’s long range. Very well worth the price.

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