Panasonic and those usuriously priced telecons

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Eric Nepean
Eric Nepean Veteran Member • Posts: 5,477
Re: Panasonic and those usuriously priced telecons

unhappymeal wrote:

I recently offloaded 90% of my m4/3 gear, but kept a few items for shooting wild life. Partly, this is because the Fuji XF 55-200 and XF 100-400 aren't spectacular and partly because I couldn't find a buyer for the PL 50-200.

Right now, I have an E-M1 II, recently repaired GX8 and Panasonic-Leica 50-200. I'm looking to get a bit more reach for wildlife and birds and I'm in a bit of a conundrum. The Panasonic-Leica 100-400 can be had brand new for $1,600 CAD (+ tax).

Where do you find that?

If you can get it for that price, grab one.

I have my apprehensions about the lens (quality control, dust ingress, not the sharpest and repairability), but the recently announce Olympus 100-400 is $2,100 CAD.

My other option is going with the Panasonic teleconvertors, but wow are they expensive: $700 CAD a piece for the DMW-TC14 and DMC-TC20--a full $300 and $200 more than the Olympus TCs. I can almost purchase the PL 100-400 at that price.

The PL50-200 is F4 at 200m, with a 2x TC it is F8 at 400mm, that's fairly dark except in broad daylight.

Let's hear it. If it was your money, what would you do?

Edit: Wild card option: put the PL 50-200 up on ebay and grab a used Olympus 40-150 Pro + EC-14 and EC-20 for $2,000 CAD.

If you sell the PL 50-200, you have no real need for the GX8. Sell it too, and reduce the number of GUIs and menu systems you have by one.

El-cheapo option: Buy a used Four Thirds 50-200 SWD with used 1.4xTC and 2xTC, for use on the E-M1.2. I used mine on the E-M1.1.

I started with the used Four Thirds 50-200 SWD with used 1.4xTC and 2xTC, eventually purchased the Panny 100-400. I might have been better off with the Panasonic 100-300mkII.

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