- Compact, high quality build with weathersealing
- Nice handling and great feel on the zoom ring
- Lens is sharp over most of the frame right from f/2.8, and becomes extremely sharp stopped down just a smidge
- Autofocus is fast, accurate and silent
- Excellent range, equivalent to 70-200mm on full frame
- Fast, constant f/2.8 aperture
- Internal zoom
- Optically stabilized
- Well controlled chromatic aberration
- OIS is only effective to a little more than two stops and must be turned off at high shutter speeds to avoid quality issues
- Not quite as sharp as the very best 70-200s for other systems
The cons list above may seem a bit nitpicky to some. Especially the last point, so let me explain. The image quality of this lens is outstanding, and the lens is a worthy addition to the Micro 4/3 lineup. However, compared with the newest 70-200mm lenses from Canon and Nikon, it’s not quite going to match those stellar optics. Instead, I’d say it’s on the level of something like the original Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. So, very, very good, but not flawless. Considering it’s $1,000 less than those new Canon and Nikon lenses, though, I can forgive this. Still, it’s a pricey lens at $1,499, and will really only cater to those who know they need an f/2.8 telephoto zoom in this range.
However, MANY people, including myself, fall into this category, and so I have a feeling a fair few of these will be sold. Overall, Panasonic has created an excellent zoom lens. Sharp, well built with a great range and fast aperture, this lens finally brings a top tier telephoto zoom to the Micro 4/3 system, and I can definitely recommend this lens for the serious Micro 4/3 shooter. A great lens.