E-M1X and Panasonic-Leica 100-400mm Images

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gary0319 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,662
Re: Any metal shavings?

Gregm61 wrote:

HRC2016 wrote:

Gregm61 wrote:

After waffling back & forth about this lens, and using a combination of the 40-150mm f2.8, with and without the 1.4X TC and 300mm f4 as companions to the 12-100 but still wanting more reach, I finally caved yesterday morning, drove over to Competitive Camera, who happened to have a copy of the Panasonic -Leica in stock, tried it out on my E-M1X and walked out of the store with it.

The whole end-game was having as "complete" a system as I can comfortably carry in my most comfortable bag to tote, the Think Tank Turnstyle 20, Version 2. That my third lens is the 7-14mm f2.8 creates the multi-lens for tele shooting conundrum; do I just carry the 40-150mm f2.8, with the TC in the accessory area, or the 12-100mm f4 and 300mm f4 (which BTW does fit and carry great in the Turnstyle bag), opting to get as "long" as 150mm by shooting the 12-100 at 100mm and doing a 50% crop.

One things for sure, having seen images of the upcoming Olympus 150-400mm f4.5 next to the Panasonic-Leica, that's going to be one monster of a lens, never mind what the cost is going to be. The 100-400 PL fits in the Turnstyle 20 along with the 12-100mm f4 and 7-14mm f2.8 perfectly. This morning I did my 9+ mile hike around White Rock Lake and then 2+hours at the Arboretum with the E-M1X and 3-lens filled Turnstyle 20 in tow and it was great.

About the mechanics, and I believe I've read every possible comment about how this lens works/doesn't work on some Olympus bodies. Hell, the Panasonic rear lens cap was/is even stiff coming off the back mount. The tolerances are quite tight, but the lens does, smoothly mount on and off both my E-M1X and E-M1 Mark II bodies. There's certainly not going to be any water intrusion at the body/lens connection. The zoom ring, with the zoom lock fulled released, is fine. It is not as buttery smooth and the 12-100 f4 or 40-150mm f2.8 M. Zuikos, but I like it.

Did you check to make sure the 100-400 is not leaving metal shavings in the body? That was one of my concerns, whether this lens was future proof for Oly bodies.

The mounting on my E-M1 Mark II and E-M1X is tighter than mounting any M. Zuiko, but very smooth. It’s definitely not leaving anything behind.

Buying a lens that will fit in your bag? That's a new one....

....and important. If I can’t carry the outfit comfortably, I would not carry it at all. The first full day I hiked with the new setup for over 10 miles so I’m good. I had no good option (lord knows I’ve tried enough) for comfortably carrying an outfit that included the 40-150mm f2.8 and 300mm f4. The 100-400 is the only higher-end practical solution that gets you that long.

Now you have one less reason for BAS - bag acquisition syndrome.

Horrible malady. I own as many bags as I have all bodies and lenses.

One can never have too many bags......or lenses.

Glad you're enjoying the lens and feel you can live with its quirks. That's what's important.

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