For EM-5/E-PM2, do people like Olympus 75-300mm or Panasonic 100-300mm

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For EM-5/E-PM2, do people like Olympus 75-300mm or Panasonic 100-300mm

I was wondering which long lens people like with the Olympus EM-5 (and E-PM2 as backup)? Do people like the Olympus 75-300mm or the Panasonic 100-300mm?

Now, on the EM-5, the Panasonic's IS would need to be turned off (or the camera's IS turned off). On the E-PM2, I can set the camera to favor using lens IS if it has it over sensor based IS. I suspect lens based IS might be more effective than sensor shift.

The Olympus wins out in terms of weight (430g vs 520g), which might be a factor in handling the camera. The Olympus is slightly smaller at minimum zoom (116mm vs 126mm), but I suspect this is to small to matter. The Panasonic is 1/3 stop faster (f/4-5.6 vs. f/4.8-6.7).

For my E-5, I have the Olympus 50-200mm and 70-300mm lenses, but the weight of those lenses and having to use the 4/3rds to micro 4/3rds adapter makes them feel bulky on the E-P2/E-PM2 (I haven't gotten the EM-5 yet), so I'll looking at native micro 4/3rds solutions.

I figure either of the lens will be problematic at the 300mm limit, but for 100-250mm, I'm hoping either of these lenses will give good images in daylight.

I had recently purchased a Stylus1 but I' not as happy with the zoom range, so I'm thinking of returning it. I had originally thought of getting another bridge camera with superzoom (such as SH-50 or SP-100), but I started thinking that perhaps I should get a lens, and just use micro 4/3rds cameras.

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