Oly 75-300mm lens... Is it REALLY WORTH GETTING?

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eyeshutter
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Oly 75-300mm lens... Is it REALLY WORTH GETTING?
Apr 24, 2012

Any reason why the Olympus 75-300mm is so darn expensive ($899) compared to the Panasonic 100-300mm (499), besides the obvious 25mm gap & lens weight?

I've read from different forums that both lenses take great pictures & neither one is supreme over the other.

Is it worth buying the Oly 75-300mm, or just stay conservative & go for the Panny 100-300mm lens?

Planning to pair one of these with my soon-to-arrive E-M5 (I hope)...

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In reply to eyeshutter, Apr 24, 2012

for the $400 you save with the panny you get a free oly 45mm.

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The Pani is pretty good. It feels somewhat “cheap” and some (including mine) suffer from lens creep.

But it’s relatively clean for the price.

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In reply to Ollie 2, Apr 24, 2012

The OLY needs a exterior refresh, Desperately!
It looks the same as the old kit lens and costs $900.
If it were all shiny and new looking it would be a great lens.
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In reply to eyeshutter, Apr 24, 2012

I think the IQ is a bit better than the Panasonic including colour and contrast. It also looks sharp wide open. The Panasonic looks like a very good lens but I'm getting the Oly. It's also smaller and lighter. The differences might not be huge but with Oly you generally get what you pay for and there are some exotic elements in this lens. More expensive lenses aren't generally hugely better than cheaper counterparts but there are often subtle differences. There is also quite a difference between 75mm and 100mm at the wide end. I'm prepared to pay for the slightly better performance on the m.zuiko, plenty won't but I believe there is enough of a difference to make it worth it for me personally.

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In reply to eyeshutter, Apr 24, 2012

eyeshutter wrote:

Any reason why the Olympus 75-300mm is so darn expensive ($899) compared to the Panasonic 100-300mm (499), besides the obvious 25mm gap & lens weight?

I've read from different forums that both lenses take great pictures & neither one is supreme over the other.

Is it worth buying the Oly 75-300mm, or just stay conservative & go for the Panny 100-300mm lens?

OIS is a big advantage. At 300mm a stabilized viewfinder is a huge help, and aside from the E-M5, the 75-300 won't give you one. The 100-300 will give you a stabilized viewfinder on any body.

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Here are a couple good reasons for the Oly... (imgs)
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It is a very solidly built and sharp lens.

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The M5 DOES offer a stabilized view with it's new IBIS system and offers MORE stops of stabilization than the OIS does. So the Panny isn't the winner with that combo

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In reply to eyeshutter, Apr 24, 2012

In the UK just now, if you're willing to buy a Pen E-PM1 or E-PL3, you can get a massive £200 off the 75-300 which makes it around £389. Cheaper than the Panny in fact (although the Panny itself now has a £50 cashback making it very close)! OK, I don't actually really want a Pen mini but at only £300 with 14-42 after a £50 cashback, I could consider it either as a causal small and backup camera or for immediate resale.

From what I've seen, the Oly probably has the edge in IQ. It ought to with a more sophisticated construction. The added range down to 75 and the probable greater stabilization on the E-M5 (which I've almost certainly now decided to get) would swing it for me. The slowness would be compensated by the fact that virtually all reviewers say it's fine wide open which is not the case I would say for the 45-200 for instance.

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SaltLakeGuy wrote:

The M5 DOES offer a stabilized view with it's new IBIS system and offers MORE stops of stabilization than the OIS does. So the Panny isn't the winner with that combo

Both lenses are winners. Most of the pros for the Olympus and Panasonic have been noted but the biggest plus for me is the Olympus just feels like a quality lens. There is no comparison in the feel of the two lenses. The Olympus zoom and focus is just smooth as can...not so with the Panasonic. I really like that the Olympus is smaller also. I have no reason to push one over the other I have both. I just love the feel of a quality lens. I use the Panasonic on my GH2 and the Olympus on my E-M5. Not a pixel peeper so the IQ really looks comparable to me. I think unless you are really looking for the best quality feel you will be happy with which ever one you pick.

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eyeshutter wrote:

Any reason why the Olympus 75-300mm is so darn expensive ($899) compared to the Panasonic 100-300mm (499), besides the obvious 25mm gap & lens weight?

I've read from different forums that both lenses take great pictures & neither one is supreme over the other.

Is it worth buying the Oly 75-300mm, or just stay conservative & go for the Panny 100-300mm lens?

Planning to pair one of these with my soon-to-arrive E-M5 (I hope)...

Pros for the Pany:

  • Faster across the range the two lenses have in common (100-300 mm)

  • OIS

  • Considerably less expensive

Pros for the Oly:

  • Slightly smaller/lighter

  • Covers the 75-100 mm range

Haven't been able to discern any noticeable difference in image quality. Both appear to be very good in that regard.

I personally have the Pany 100-300 and am very happy with it. Right now, I have the 45-200 and a Minolta MD 85/2 to help me out with the range between 45 and 100. Although pretty happy with those two as well, I will probably get rid of both and buy the Oly 75/1.8 instead when it appears.

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Re: From what I have seen yes....
In reply to papillon_65, Apr 25, 2012

Yeah, but... are the subtleties enough to warrant an extra $400 charge on the lens?

I guess it's a matter of perspective.

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Re: Here are a couple good reasons for the Oly... (imgs)
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Thank you for the impressive samples. I also saw some samples on flickr for both lenses... Which, unfortunately, didn't help.

I'll have to research further for picture comparison (of the same sample image) taken by the two lenses.

Great shot of the dog, btw.

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In reply to eyeshutter, Apr 25, 2012

eyeshutter wrote:

Yeah, but... are the subtleties enough to warrant an extra $400 charge on the lens?

I guess it's a matter of perspective.

For me yes, the oof areas on the Oly also look very smooth and bokeh is also very nice. As I said the diffferences are very subtle but they make the Oly a better proposition for me. I'd rather pay less for it but you get what you pay for with exotic lens elements. It will also work better for me on my EP3.
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In reply to eyeshutter, Apr 25, 2012

Hi

I Love mine. It is pretty amazing to have 600 mm (equiv) at your fingertips.
But it takes some good light or high ISO to perform.

BR

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eyeshutter wrote:

Any reason why the Olympus 75-300mm is so darn expensive ($899) compared to the Panasonic 100-300mm (499), besides the obvious 25mm gap & lens weight?

I've read from different forums that both lenses take great pictures & neither one is supreme over the other.

Is it worth buying the Oly 75-300mm, or just stay conservative & go for the Panny 100-300mm lens?

Planning to pair one of these with my soon-to-arrive E-M5 (I hope)...

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In reply to MrScorpio, Apr 25, 2012

An egregious case of the mFT lens "tax" that sometimes rears its head. I bought the FT 70-300mm for $230 on sale a couple years back, it now sells for $399 at B&H. The 75-300mm is priced at $899 on B&H.

Why the price more than doubled (in my case almost quadrupled) going from a large lens (not that large actually) to a smaller lens with likely less expensive smaller optics while offering essentially the same performance is a question. Still can't track with an mFT body, so no plus there. Consequently, I see no need to "upgrade".

In fairness, the 75-300's advantages, in addition to smaller size/lighter weight, is its video capabilities. I don't shoot video, so this doesn't entice me.

There's a number of fairly priced excellent mFT lenses available (45mm f1.8 at $400, 20mm f1.7 at $350, 25mm f1.4 at $500), this just isn't one of them IMOP.
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In reply to eyeshutter, Apr 25, 2012

According to anecdotal, which tested both lenses, the Olympus got 3 of 5 stars and the Panasonic got 4 of 5.

http://www.ephotozine.com/article/panasonic-lumix-g-vario-100-300mm-f-4-0-5-6-zoom-lens-review-17763

http://www.ephotozine.com/article/olympus-m-zuiko-ed-75-300mm-f-4-8-6-7-lens-review-18990

Both had about the same resolution at 300mm, but the chromatic aberration of the Olympus was worse.

I prefer to rely on tests rather than anecdotal reports. BTW, I have the Panasonic lens and have gotten excellent results. It is heavier than the Olympus, however. 520 grams vs. 430g.

So in this case, you can save your money and get better results.

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I picked one up for $200.
Great lens when stopped down to f8

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Adjuster wrote:

According to anecdotal, which tested both lenses, the Olympus got 3 of 5 stars and the Panasonic got 4 of 5.

http://www.ephotozine.com/article/panasonic-lumix-g-vario-100-300mm-f-4-0-5-6-zoom-lens-review-17763

http://www.ephotozine.com/article/olympus-m-zuiko-ed-75-300mm-f-4-8-6-7-lens-review-18990

Both had about the same resolution at 300mm, but the chromatic aberration of the Olympus was worse.

I prefer to rely on tests rather than anecdotal reports. BTW, I have the Panasonic lens and have gotten excellent results. It is heavier than the Olympus, however. 520 grams vs. 430g.

So in this case, you can save your money and get better results.

This is the same site that gave the 4/3's ZD 50mm F2 a rather lukewarm review when everyone else acknowledges it to be stellar. If this is a site you use as your reference point for lens reviews then I'd seriously think again.
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