I recently bought a new Micro Four Thirds Lens to add to my kit. I got the 45-150mm Telephoto Lens. In 35mm full frame terms this gives you an effective focal length of 90 – 300mm which gives you a pretty good reach. The first thing that strikes me about this lens is it is tiny. It is quite a lot smaller than the Lumix 45-200mm Lens and significantly smaller than an equivalent lens on a Canon or Nikon DSLR.
In the photo below you can see what the lens looks like on the Lumix GF5 compact camera. The lens does look quite big on this camera, but don’t forget that this camera is tiny. The lens is quite light in weight, but on the GF5 is has a pleasant handling weight.
In this next image you can see the 45-150mm lens on the Lumix G5 camera body which is more of a DSLR looking camera.
This lens looks quite good on this camera and again has a good handling weight when in use. This lens is ideal for wild life photography (see later), shooting kids at play, street photography and portraits.
The lens is comprised of 12 optical elements in 9 groups with one UHR (Ultra High Refractive Index) lens and two aspherical lenses to minimize distortion and heighten sharpness. The seven aperture blades produce smooth, attractive out-of-focus areas and a multi-coated lens element allows light to pass more directly to the sensor, which reduces flaring.
The Lumix 45-150mm includes a stepping motor system which makes the focusing action smoother and almost silent which is ideal when shooting video, as you want the smooth focus transitions and do not want to record a zooming sound on top of your recorded audio. The inner focus system of this lens produces excellent resolution and contrast and utilizes the high-speed, high-precision Contrast Auto Focus system when used with the Lumix G Micro System line of cameras. Also incorporated into this lens is Panasonic’s MEGA O.I.S. which is an optical image stabilizer that neutralizes the effect of camera shake when shooting in low light or with high zoom.
I took this lens out for a photo shoot the other weekend. Me and my wife took the kids to Twycross Zoo, in Tamworth, England. I took my Lumix GF5 camera body, and shot exclusively with this lens. The remainder of this article shows some of the shots taken with this lens. The lens produces a nice bokeh effect on background which you can see below. These shots have been slightly tweaked in Lightroom to adjust the exposure and vibrancy, but apart from that they are as taken with the Lens.
Most of these shots where taken with the lens extended to 150mm due to my distance from the animals in the enclosures. I found 150mm (300mm full frame) to be ideal for getting nice close ups of the animals. Extended out to 150mm and the Image stabilisation meant I could get nice sharp images.
This is by far from a scientific review of the lens, there are plenty of other decent techy reviews out there like this one on Camera Stuff Review. As a general user, I found this lens great to work with, good to handle, and the image quality is very good for the price.