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

Started Feb 19, 2014 | Questions thread
mpwolf Regular Member • Posts: 109
Re: For EM-5/E-PM2, do people like Olympus 75-300mm or Panasonic 100-300mm

Lots of discussion about these two lenses. You may have already seen these, but they're worth a read if not.

Panasonic 100-300 vs. Olympus 75-300 II lens test:

40-150 vs. 75-300 vs. 100-300 Pictures:

Yet another Olympus 75-300 vs Panasonic 100-300 review:

Ming Thein also has a good review of the 100-300, with some comments on the 75-300 scattered within:

For what it's worth, I have the 100-300 for my E-M5 and I like it a lot. I can't comment on it with the E-PM2 though.

When I bought the 100-300, only version I of the 75-300 was available and with a $300+ premium for the latter, my choice was fairly easy. The lower price and the slightly faster aperture tipped things in favor of the 100-300, although I do think I'd appreciate having the extra 25mm on the wide end.

If I were shopping today, with only ~$50-100 separating the two, it would be more difficult to choose. I think I might end up with the 75-300 given the extra range. The loss of some speed would factor into the equation, but ultimately neither lens is going to be very useful in low light, so I think it's a minor consideration.

The MEGA O.I.S. appears to work well, but I've never directly tested it against the E-M5 IBIS; I usually use the latter. On the downside, the two IS systems don't play very well together and on occasion I've had both switched on by mistake.

As some other commentators have mentioned, the 100-300 could also hold it's value a bit better as it would appeal more to owners of Panasonic bodies without in-body stabilization. I doubt there are may shooters that want a 600mm (35mm equivalent) unstabilized lens on an unstabilized body. FWIW, both seem to sell for about $400 used on eBay, so people are taking a bigger hit on the 75-300.

You can't really go wrong with either. Neither is going to be the sharpest lens you own, but both will give you the ability to capture some pretty nice shots, given the reach.

Ultimately the question becomes, on the E-M5 at least (i.e., ignoring O.I.S.), are you willing to pay ~$50-100 and half a stop of speed for 25mm on the wide end?

- M

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