100-300 lens choice: Pana or Oly?

Started Jan 30, 2013 | Discussions thread
Aleo Veuliah
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Re: Why I will go with the Oly unless it's an utter disappointment
In reply to sean000, Jan 31, 2013

sean000 wrote:

Unless this new version turns out to be significantly inferior, which is possible but unlikely, I will buy the 75-300mm mkII instead of the Panasonic 100-300mm for the following reasons:

  • Lighter and Smaller - I already own a Nikon 300mm f/4 telephoto that I can use with MF on my E-M5 and with AF on my Nikon DSLR. The main point for me to get a zoom like this is that it be lighter and smaller for daily carry, so I want the lightest and smallest possible.
  • Better C-AF with the E-M5? I believe I have read that this is an advantage of the original 75-300mm over the Panasonic.
  • The 75-100mm range is quite useful. I currently have the 45-200mm Panasonic, which I plan to sell, and I use the 45-100mm range quite a lot. Since I have the 45mm f/1.8 I'm fine with having a gap between 45mm and 75mm. 45mm and 100mm is a bigger gap (although I do have a Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro I use a lot).

If you use both Olympus and Panasonic bodies, the 100-300mm makes more sense because of the built-in stabilization. If I ever buy another Panasonic body (I had the GF1), I will sell the 75-300mm and buy a Panasonic tele zoom.

Personally I don't worry about the half a stop difference between the Oly and the Panny at 300mm. With the high ISO capabilities of the OM-D, that is a negligible difference. If the MKII does appear to be inferior, I will probably see what kind of deal I can score on a used copy of the original version. Actually... I think I might just pre-order the new version and see for myself. I'm feeling lucky

Sean

Both are great lens. Depends on personal taste and needs. One thing I would like to see is the same scene and settings and camera taken at 300mm with both lens.


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