Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm F2.8-4.0 ???

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iano Senior Member • Posts: 1,763
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Pavel Jelinek wrote:

Although I own and use Olympus 40-150/2,8 PRO lens, there are situations this lens is short, otherway Olympus 300/4 PRO is prime and all the time I am missing something "between".....

Long awaited Panasonic 50-200 is on the market, also some reviews on the web, but hard to listen here about it. What is the reason ? Is the IQ poor for BIF, or is it too expensive ? There is advance in size and weight and mostly also in excellent converters 1,4 and 2x by Panasonic.

I am looking for some solutions up 40-150 mm for birding (papuchalk, humingbirds) with better IQ, the discused next Oly 150-400 hard to think if it will be or not....

Is here in this forum some owner using this lens for birding or wildlife photography with good experience ? I have a chance purchase this lens for slightly better price 1.333 €.

I have the 50-200mm, and use it with the G9.  First thing is the previously I was using the panasonic 100-300 for longer end of the zoom range, and I was getting something like 1/30 decent BIF shots....basically useless.  With the 50-200mm the AF speed in the same situation seems like more than 10x faster.  Where the 100-300 would seem to take even over 1 second, with the 50-200 it is basically instant.  The end result is the keeper ratio for moving subjects is almost 100% (not counting when I miss the framing ).

A pro review should be better than mine for IQ, but if there is anything I can add I will see what I can do.  This is the m43 best lens I have used.  I have used the 100-400 but not long term.  I have not used the Oly 40-150 though.

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