Panny Lumix 100-300 vs Leica 100-400 vs Oly 100-400

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Panny Lumix 100-300 vs Leica 100-400 vs Oly 100-400

I have recently entered into the M43 system, and I am enjoying it so far. I am using an E-M1 Mark II with Lumix Vario 100-300 II for bird photography.

I do not have any major complaints with the setup, but sometimes I feel sometimes the lens is a bit soft at 300mm. At 300mm keeper rates drop below 40% which is usually high till 250mm. It's not like I cannot get sharp images at 300mm (see these ), but the culling process is longer when most of the images are at full length. The average is at max 3 out of 10.

I had planned this as a stepping lens till I save money for an Oly 100-400, probably by end of 2022. But right now, someone in my city is selling the Leica 100-400mm for 60000 INR (approx $770). He is selling the whole GH5 kit, but is willing to sell the lens alone, and after talking to him I am damn sure he can even go down to 50000 INR. Now, I am being tempted by this deal, and the question is:

  • Will the PL 100-400 quench my thirst for more reach and better keeper rates? Can I purchase it and be done with investing in this setup for at least 2-3 years?
  • How much gain is at the far end from 300 to 400mm?
  • Or should I prevent myself from GAS and enjoy the current lens till I am able to buy Oly 100-400?
    That will most probably be new only as getting a used Olympus 100-400 in India is a rare chance 1~2%.
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