There were times when we paid for this lens between 149,00 and 165,00 Euro approx. This has changed thoroughly. Amazon offered the silver version a few days ago, even at the price of 289.00. However, there are also some favorable alternative providers. This lens has been praised in many reviews in detail and rightly so, but also criticized. My impression: Yes, it works in material and feel pretty cheap (or cheap). At least compared to the alternative of Panasonic, the 45-150. The slightly rotating the focus ring is quite contrary to the law slowed acting Zoom ring which over time is however a bit more supple. On the other hand absolutely convincing in this class very good quality of the optics. Not in every sector of the focal length range necessarily very good, but definitely good. Anyway, I was able to determine the 45-150 in direct comparison to Panasonic. If one needs the lens of a camera with the body present stabilizer, you can actually go wrong with purchasing the Olympus nothing. You should pay attention, however WO buying it. From several MarketPlace providers to find it here at the price of less than 200.00 Euro. In such an I bought myself also. But: Although the delivery was made - FBA - in its original box and new, also lay warranty card and manual in. It was soon, however, to see that they were a particular market for amerikanichen copy. The warranty card was issued by Olympus Imaging America Inc. and listed service centers were only those listed in USA, Canada and Mexico. To my knowledge there is in this case in our market for this part no guarantee. That the dealer (in UK and NJ) also provides no invoice or other proof of purchase, does not make things better. The fact that is non-existent in the attached documents German, you already can on the other hand look almost as marginal.