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

Started Feb 19, 2014 | Questions thread
Michael Meissner
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Re: For EM-5/E-PM2, do people like Olympus 75-300mm or Panasonic 100-300mm

After starting this thread, I decided to see how my current gear worked with the 4/3rds long lenses I already own and the Panasonic MA-1 adapter. I'm waiting for the refurbished E-M5 that I ordered to show up, so I used my E-PM2 as a stand-in. The 4/3rds 70-300mm balances surprisingly well on the E-PM2, and focuses ok for static or slow moving objects. I switched to my original E-P2, and there the focus takes a lot longer, and doesn't always lock on as well.

I then tried my 50-200mm mark I, and I really don't like the feel of the camera in my hand with the lens, and the focus on the E-PM2 is a lot more uncertain (and worse on the E-P2).

So my take away is the 70-300mm is usable in good light, as long as I don't need fast focus. The 50-200mm is not as comfortable on the E-PM2 and the focusing is hard to use. So, the 50-200mm will stay on the E-5 where it is perfectly suited, but I may start using the 70-300mm to see how well it works in practice.

From a specs point of view, the lenses are long and heavy:

  • 4/3rds Olympus 70-300mm, 5" and 1.4 lbs;
  • micro 4/3rds Olympus 75-300mm, 4.6" and 0.93 lbs;
  • micro 4/3rds Panasonic 100-300mm, 5" and 1.5 lbs;
  • 4/3rds Olympus 50-200mm, 6.2" and 2.4 lbs.

The Panasonic 100-300mm and 4/3rds 70-300mm are about the same size/weight, while the micro 4/3rds 75-300mm is slightly smaller, and 0.5 lb lighter.

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