Best lens for tennis

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Best lens for tennis
7 months ago

I have the opportunity to be close to the court at the US Open during the day, at luxury suite level. I have an Olympus E-M1 and three lenses competing for one space in my bag.

Olympus m40-150

Olympus 50-200 non-SWD version

Panasonic 100-300


  • the 40-150 is lightest but slowest
  • the 100-300 has the furthest reach, although the minimum focal length might be restricting
  • the 50-200 is both the highest quality and fastest, but heaviest and slowest shot-to-shot

I really am limited to one of the lenses. I will have to handhold (no monopod or tripod).

What suggestions from experience might you have?

I assume that turning off IBIS will be best for action and since tennis players are rarely ever still.

 kpevav's gear list:kpevav's gear list
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm 1:4-5.6 Panasonic Lumix G 14mm F2.5 ASPH Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F4-5.6 OIS +3 more
Olympus E-M1 Pentax Optio M40
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