Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm F4.0-6.3 ASPH Power OIS

Announced Jan 5, 2016 •
Lens | Micro Four Thirds

I've big heavy Canon kit for years but recently got an OMD-Em1M2 outfit with 14-40 and 40-140 pro and tcon 1.4. I'd a look at the 300 f4 pro but decided it was very long to be a useful single focal length. Decided to try the above. Mine has no faults. The fit is a little tight but that's due to the rubber weather sealing ring. The zoom is not stiff and the sharpness at the far end is almost as good as it is at all other lengths. It's fantastically useful. I've used it for running photography ...

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paff1234
 

From 2011 I used the 100-300 Pana, and from September 2016 I bought the 100-400 Pana, based on both I can make a comparison on this lens. Positive aspects: excellent blurred, considering that it is a zoom with 20 lenses, excellent stabilization, very solid and well finished construction. Excellent handling that allows you to use a 200-800 equivalent freehand without getting tired. Negatives: at focal lengths from 300 to 400 mm to get a great detail it is necessary to close the diaphragm at ...

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Alan Ernst
 

The most expensive glass I ever bought, but it is worth the price. Optically superior to my (original version) 100-300 zoom. Definitely more hefty though. My unit is very sharp throughout the zoom range starting at wide open. Solid build and excellent stabilization. Only concerns I have: - hard to zoom with one hand as the zoom ring is so tight (others have mentioned this) - tripod collar and  control switches for AF/MF, OIS on/off, zoom range are combined in the same section. Whereas this ...

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kkuu14
 

The lens have solid build and wonderful optics. It's limited by the low light performance of M43 sensor but sensor tech will only move forward so no worry. Only downside is very tight zoom ring even in "unlock".

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I have sold my Canon 300mm f4 IS, 1.4 teleconverter and 70D for several months. Then I bought this lens on December 7th, 2016 from a second hand APP market. I should say this lens is just for me. It’s lighter, more flexible, sharper and more stable than the canon lens combos. I really like it. 1. It is only 985g, much lighter than canon 340is and Olympus 340 pro: 2. The focal length from 100mm to 400mm (200mm-800mm compare with full frame camera) is more flexible than prime lens. 3. The ...

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noraa
 

I purchased this lens specifically to take pictures of the 2017 total solar eclipse - and it was magnificent.  The images where sharp across the entire focal range, and the OIS allows for hand held shots that have no right being hand held (for example, I just took a picture of the moon, shot at 1/40 of a sec, hand held, and it came out with no obvious motion blur).  My biggest complaint would simply be its size and weight - I've used it on my Olympus OM-D E-M10 and it not only dwarfs the ...

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wijros
 

There are several issue for improving this lens and the system. (1) it is with the G80 body not possible to use with auto-focus. It always focus after starting to film on a place you do not like. So actually I use only manual focus if there is no clear sky behind the bird. (2) the tripod mount is ...

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Yesterday was my first time combining the Pany-Leica 100-400mm with my new Olympus EM1-Mark II, and I could barely believe how fast this duo focused and shot. Even in the weak, near-solstice sun, it froze the movements of Chickadees, Titmice and Carolina Wrens, with detail so fine, I could see the tongue of the Wren, singing carols. I had respected this lens when shooting with my spouse's worthy EM10-II, but the new Olympus flagship kicks this lens up into my pantheon of near-perfection. ...

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I purchased this lens in late August of 16.   Expensive and probably out of my budget, but splurged.  It's solidly built, and hefty, but balances nice.  More compact than one would think.  For what it offers it literally stands alone in photography.  The range is more than impressive, as well as glass performance.  At times it seems as if fully extended the sharpness matches what it can do at 100mm, which is extremely impressive.  I don't seem to have issues with light, sure you might need ...

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HRC2016
 

I purchased this lens based on the numerous reviews, which seemed quite impressed given the lens reach. Yes, there has been a lot of hype. In my experience, this lens comes at too steep a price, compared to other m43 telephoto zooms (which I find to be a much better value). If you try to use the entire range of this zoom you may be disappointed, or asking why you bought a lens that goes up to 400 if the quality falls off before that. Yes, that also happens with other lens, but those other ...

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