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

Started Apr 4, 2013 | Discussions thread
Kim Letkeman
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awful test ...

Adjuster wrote:

I have had the Panasonic 100-300mm lens for some time. Last year I tested it in comparison with the Olympus 75-300 lens. The Panasonic won hands down at every focal length.

I was curious whether the new Olympus 75-300 II lens would be any better. Son of gun, it is. I tested them with the OM-D on a heavy duty Gitzo carbon fiber tripod and a RRS BH-55 bullhead. Hard to have a more stable platform. Tested the lenses at 100, 200, 250, and 300mm. Lenses produced the same results except at 300mm, where the Olympus seems to be better.

Olympus 75-300mm lens

Panasonic Lumix 100-300mm lens

So the good news is that Olympus has produced a better lens. The bad news is that I am compelled to buy it. Sigh.

If you are going to test a lens, at least choose a subject and method that does not result in half the frame being completely blurred. These images are awful and if this was the only pair of images I had seem, I would never choose either lens.

The 100-300 is a fine lens, and mandatory for Panasonic owners as the Oly lenses have no stabilization. I do not feel slighted in the least ...

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