Panasonic Lumix S Pro 70-200mm f/4 O.I.S. review

A well-balanced telephoto zoom for S series cameras

5 Star Rating
Panasonic Lumix S Pro 70-200mm f/4 OIS review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Smaller and only about two-thirds the weight of Panasonic’s 70-200mm f/2.8 L-mount zoom, this f/4 lens feels well-balanced on S-series full-frame mirrorless cameras for handheld shooting. Even so, it comes complete with a tripod mounting ring, which is usually sold as an optional extra for 70-200mm f/4 lenses. Sharpness is epic throughout the entire zoom range, enhanced in practical terms by the optical image stabilizer which works in tandem with the sensor-shift system in S-series bodies. All in all, it’s a great buy.


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    Solid and sturdy, weather-resistant construction

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    Autofocus is very fast and virtually silent

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    Removable tripod mounting ring with Arca-Swiss compatible foot


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    Push-pull focus ring won’t be to everyone’s taste

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    Quite pricey for a 70-200mm f/4 lens

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A 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom is often regarded as one of the ‘holy trinity’ of lenses for full-frame cameras, along with similarly ‘fast’ wide-angle and standard zooms. However, there’s a lot to be said for downsizing to an f/4 zoom. 

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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