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

Started Mar 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Question about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F4-5.6 OIS
In reply to pavinder, Mar 28, 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.

I'd avoid the 100-300mm Panasonic on an Olympus body : its IQ isn't better than the 75-300mm Olympus, while the second version of the 75-300mm Olympus is now priced competitively with the Panasonia while beimju lighter at the same time.

Only those who have a Panasonic body and really need the OIS have a reason to buy the 100-300mm. I may have a bad copy of the 100-300mm, but mine isn't able to focus at infinite when used at longer length than 225mm, whether manually or with AF. The contrast also sinks dramatically at the long end.

I had a Panasonic when I ordered it and the Olympus first version was much more expensive, but with an E-M5 and the second version of the 75-300mm I don't see any reason to buy the Panasonic, on the contrary.

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.

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