Question about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F4-5.6 OIS

Started Mar 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
shihhan
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Re: Question about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F4-5.6 OIS
In reply to pavinder, Mar 27, 2013

pavinder wrote:

Just bought my OM-D today, and am considering which lenses to add on.  I currently only have the kit 12-50mm 3.5-6.3

My plan at the moment is to buy in the following order (when I have the cash)

1. Panasonic  35-100mm 2.8 - for longer shots and bright lens.

2. Panasonic 12-35mm 2.8 - brighter than the kit lens (but with rumours of an upcoming Olympus zoom with similar FL range I'm happy to hold off on this a while)

3. Panasonic 100-300mm 4.0-5.6 - all reviews and opinions indicate it's the best long lens.  I also saw a second hand lens at a good price today.

But I'm a little unsure of the 100-300mm and wondering whether I should wait on this too, mainly because the lens is getting on for 3 years old so I wonder if there a strong likelihood of a new lens being released to supercede this, either a brighter lens to complete a Panasonic f2.8 trio, or maybe a comparable Olympus?

Further to this, would a 100-300mm f2.8 lens be:

a) possible to make   or

b) prohibitively heavy/large/expensive  anyway?

Thanks for your opinions.

What about the 75-300 II? OIS is not an issue for EM-5 really...

The original 75-300 was slower than 100-300, but has better IQ (and funnily enough, cost more)

100-300 f2.8 will be stupidly large and prohibitively expensive (The FT 150 f2 was priced £2000).

I think you're more likely to see the 100-300/4-5.6 stay as the slow long tele lens... (along with 75-300 / 75-300 II)

If you want fast glass, there will be a 150 f2.8 (likely to be pricey)

Would love a 100-300 f4 or even just a 300 f3.5 would do!
Have you considered manual focus? Get some old OM / Nikkor stuff and use adaptor. Cheap way to get fast glass.

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