Canon 5D/100-400L IS vs. Panasonic GF1/45-200

Started Jan 16, 2010 | Discussions thread
jwilliams Veteran Member • Posts: 6,113
Re: Canon 5D/100-400L IS vs. Panasonic GF1/45-200

At those shutter speeds obviously you should have no problem getting good results with IS.

I know the 100-400 isn't the best Canon lens at 400, that is why years ago I bought the 300/4IS and 1.4x instead of the zoom, plus I just though the 300 handled better. I had been contemplating upgrading my ancient 20D and getting either a used 5D or new 5DII. My though was use my GH1 for most things and reserve the DSLR gear for the times when I want to take 'serious' pictures.

I am curious, these shots aside, how you feel about the quality of the GF1 vs your 5D. I haven't done any direct comparisons of my 20D vs my GH1, but my gut feeling looking at my GH1 shots is that the 20D is still a tiny bit better. To me it seems that my GH1 blows highlights out easier and really needs to have the exposure nailed for good results. It seems the 20D is more forgiving. Given ideal lighting and exposure I think the GH1 may actually be slightly better. I did some shots under a simple studio lighting setup and the results were very good. Also it seems that setting the WB manually helps a lot. The AWB on the GH1 seems to miss a lot more than the Canon.

I don't have the 45-200, but do own the 14-45, 14-140 and 20. I may just have to pickup the 45-200. My reasoning so far was I would probably get my 20D and 300/4 + 1.4x if I was going to do long tele shots like widlife stuff etc. I might want to rethink that.

Again thanks for the informative post.

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