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Old Apr 19, 2011, 5:22 AM   #1
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Default GF2 + 45-200mm, much sharper than I thought

When I was stocked with EPL1, it was very difficult to buy lenses. Oly lenses all cannot do video (no OIS); if I was to buy panny lenses, I worried about all the issues like compatibility (e.g. AF speed and accuracy), extra wear (e.g. loud aperture noise), in-body correction for distortion, vignette and CA, firmware upgrading (how to?), etc..

Now I've settled down to panny body, time to relax and get all the nice lenses, no any fear. The 14mm does most, from 14mm to 43mm, for virtually zero size and weight. The 14-45mm covers almost all the ranges from 14 to 140mm and still very compact and light. When I accidentally found out that BestBuy carries the 45-200mm and price is still as before the quake, it's no brain.

From the few shots right out of the BestBuy door, it is far more sharper than what I read, even at 780mm!

1080p video at 400mm is smooth like silver, 1240mm becomes not so easy to hand handle. Haven't tried 800mm yet, but I think it should be not too hard. C-AF is smooth, no hunting, not as fast as the 14mm though. The 14mm is extremely fast, cannot think of anything that could ever beat it.

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Old Apr 20, 2011, 5:40 PM   #2
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Old Apr 27, 2011, 11:49 AM   #4
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Very nice. I've been saving for a 20mm lens, but now I'm thinking maybe I should get the 45-200.....
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Old Apr 27, 2011, 2:59 PM   #5
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BestBuy is offering 10% or $25/100 gift card out of $250/1000, you cannot go wrong as you can easily return it (no restocking fee) in case you don't like it! I first asked for a price matching, it did not work; so I simply bought another one with the coupon and returned it with the old receipt.

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Old Apr 28, 2011, 1:05 AM   #6
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I sold my panny 14-45mm lens. This 45-200mm, even at ETC 781mm, makes me want even longer reach! Poison. With the 14mm plus the 45-200m, the 14-45mm now becomes no much reason to carry. It is lighter and smaller, but, with it mounted, GF2 still needs a bag like with the 45-200mm. Therefore I'd rather carry the 45-200 for its much longer reach. The 14mm makes GF2 truly pocketable and, with ETC, it can do quite well between 14 and 45, I can live without the variable range between.
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