African Safari: Panasonic 100-300 or Olympus 75-300?

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Sinan Tarlan
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African Safari: Panasonic 100-300 or Olympus 75-300?
Oct 14, 2012

Trying to figure out the best option. I already have the Oly 45-150 f/4-5.6 which is a decent lens but I will need more reach as I am going to the Masai Mara in July.

I have an OM-D E-M5. I am leaning towards the Panasonic option for 2 primary reasons: faster at 300mm at f/5.6 vs. f/6.7 and the other reason being I hate to pay $900 for an f4.8-6.7 variable aperture lens.

However, my concern lies in the reports I've read with the Panasonic's focus with it potentially being more troublesome than the Olympus which I find surprising given the faster aperture range which should let in more light. I'm not dead concerned with tack sharpness at 300mm although samples from both look good enough so I am not as worried about IQ but more about the focus and aperture speed, etc. Size of the lenses is not an issue either.

Anyone used the 100-300 for a safari? Any reason why I should opt for the Olympus for my purposes?

Cheers.

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