Best lens for tennis

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ElliotV Regular Member • Posts: 335
Best lens for tennis

I have the opportunity to be close to the court at the US Open during the day, at luxury suite level. I have an Olympus E-M1 and three lenses competing for one space in my bag.

Olympus m40-150

Olympus 50-200 non-SWD version

Panasonic 100-300


  • the 40-150 is lightest but slowest
  • the 100-300 has the furthest reach, although the minimum focal length might be restricting
  • the 50-200 is both the highest quality and fastest, but heaviest and slowest shot-to-shot

I really am limited to one of the lenses. I will have to handhold (no monopod or tripod).

What suggestions from experience might you have?

I assume that turning off IBIS will be best for action and since tennis players are rarely ever still.

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Pentax K-3 II Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm 1:3.5 Macro Pentax smc DA 70mm F2.4 AL Limited Pentax smc D-FA 100mm F2.8 Macro WR +7 more
Olympus E-M1 Pentax Optio M40
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