Is very large aperture important for long tele photo?

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Troels L New Member • Posts: 17
Is very large aperture important for long tele photo?

I'm have an urge for a 'sniper' (super tele) and I'm therfore trying to decide whether to get the Oly 40-150mm pro + MC-14, Oly 75-300mm II or Pana 100-300mm for my E-M10 II. The cost is not an issue if the price difference gives parallel better results. For me size, weight and AF is important when my girlfriend and friends use it, but of course IQ is crucial. I'm looking for the most fun and versatile super zoom tele lens.

I'm buying used, so the current prices are

  • Olympus 40-150 pro, 1:2.8 + MC-14, $1275 (1 year old)
  • Olympus 75-300mm, 1:4.8-6.7 II, $275 (3 years old)
  • Panasonic 100-300mm, 1:4.0-5.6, $450 (1 year old)

I the know a fast lens is great for a vide verity of situations for sports and dim light situations e.g indoors. But in what situations will a larger aperture be a great benefit/deciding factor for 'sniping' photos in daylight of animals in the zoo and for travel to south America walking around all day with max 2-3 lenses?

 Troels L's gear list:Troels L's gear list
Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Olympus M.Zuiko ED 75-300mm 1:4.8-6.7 II Panasonic 20mm F1.7 II Olympus 12-40mm F2.8 Pro Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 25mm F1.8 +1 more
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