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Old Oct 21, 2010, 3:14 PM   #21
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I saw that article and the photos. Without extended out, The 45-200 is longer, 100mm vs. 83mm; so the extension is 40mm. For the 40-150, the full length at 150mm FL is 143mm, so the extension is 60mm, about 20mm longer than that of 45-200.

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Old Oct 21, 2010, 4:11 PM   #22
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Both the 40-150 an the 45-200 are actually pretty compact. If you ever seen the canon ef-s 55-250. It is about the same size. I checked out the 40-150 today at the camera shop. And it is smaller then the dslr version. And it very light, and looks well built.

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The DSLR version also extends out like that, as does the 14-150 micro lens, the 70-300 DSLR lens....pretty much every Olympus Digital Zuiko zoom lens that extends out to 150mm or longer.

From what I can see here...

http://www.photozone.de/olympus--fou...pana_45200_456

...the 45-200 Panasonic extends plenty on its' own as well, looks plenty long, especially with the hood fitted and is a physically bigger/heavier lens (all are lighter than my Olympus 50-200 SWD though!) than the 40-150 due in large part to the built-in OIS. You should snap an image of the two next to each other zoomed to their maximum settings, without a hood fitted, so we can see the difference between the 40-150 and Panny 45-200. I have never held the 45-200 Panasonic.

the alternative is to build a physically longer lens and make the zoom internal. The 70-200 f4L Canon zoom has an internal zoom mechanism so is the same physical length whether set to 70mm or 200mm, but it's also built into a housing that's longer than it would have been had the lens been built as an externally zooming lens.
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My "store of choice" here in the Dallas area, Arlington Camera, so far has not yet received any copies of the 40-150. Suprisingly, they did tell me they are now starting to carry the Panasonic line, which is huge. Until now, they have never gone outside the "traditional" camera brands other than Sony, because they took over the Konica-Minolta line. They do have the 14-150 and 9-18 micro Zuikos though, so I may need to go take a look.

Is the mount on the micro 40-150 really plastic? I know the kit 14-42 is, but the higher spec 14-150 and 9-18 Zuikos have metal mounts and I was under the assumption the 40-150 would too. The images I have seen of it make it appear like the mount might not be plastic.
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Metal mount, and they have a all silver version coming out also. would look nice on the silver model.

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all m4/3 lenses from oly with the silver band on it are metal. Only the solid black kit lens is plastic.

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do not believe sales guys anymore. Will wait they they have demos that I can mount to a camera to fully check.
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I really don't see any sign of metal and I see nothing unlike plastic.



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wow, I should have taken the end caps off, oly changed it up again. But It makes sense. It will most likely be a kit lens like the 14-42 packaged. But jr just got them in and took it out of the box to let me see it. They do not have a demo model out yet.
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sdsc,

Have you gotten a chance to see how it did with video? And if the AF work better then the kit lens, which is pretty poor as it flicks and clicks during video.
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this all makes the panny 45-200 even more appealing

it has a longer focal length, better build. and the in lens stabilization is superior both at longer focal lengths and definitely during video.
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Taking video with this lens is a lot easier than the kit lens, because of fast, quiet and smooth C-AF. Because better focused, video look more clear. However, I have got some crappy video beside good ones. So, like with the kit lens, this camera will perform poorly on video sometimes, I still have no clue why and when. Seems to be focusing; like the kit lens, AF fails sometimes (see the youtube in the first post for an example).









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