I was consistently blown away by the performance of my inexpensive Lumix G Vario 45-200 f/4.0-5.6 zoom. (All the photos in yesterday’s post and of Charlize the Heron were taken with it. All were handheld.) The image stabilization in that lens is fantastic, in stark contrast to the completely ineffectual version in the 45mm Leica Macro-Elmarit.
The two lenses are entirely different creatures. I imagine that parents with two children who have wildly different personalities are similarly bemused: I love them both madly, although some days the qualities of one are more appealing to me than the other.
Truly, I have no regrets at having both. Together with the kit 20mm pancake, they make a pretty comprehensive set of lenses for the kinds of pictures I like to make (remember to multiply the focal length x 2 for 35mm equivalents). I don’t have a wide-angle lens, but that’s okay. I learned years ago that I simply don’t see the world in wide-angle; I have rarely wished I had a wider-angle lens in my bag. These days, on those few occasions I do, I’ll just shoot enough pictures to put together a panorama in software.