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300mm or more for Epl-1

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by elandel, Jun 15, 2010.

  1. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    Hi everybody,

    Hope this is the right plce to post this question. I'm lookink for a 300mm zoom for my Epl.1 and don't want to spend a fortune.

    My question is: has anyone got some advise? The 70-300 Zd works well on
    :43: or can I get some third party lens like Tamron or Sigma at bargain prices?

    Thanks.
     
  2. adam

    adam Mu-43 Regular

    68
    Apr 21, 2010
    Maryland
    The ZD 70-300 works fine on my Panasonic GH1 with the Panasonic adapter...the AF is dreadfully slow, but it wasn't great on my former E-30 either :) Image quality is quite good for the price. Should work fine on the E-PL1 as well.
     
  3. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    Thanks for moving, I was not sure it was the right place.

    Well I read somewhere that the AF if the ZD 70-300 was a 'bit':rofl: slow. That was why I was hesitating to buy.

    How does it perform in lowlight? And in contrast light situations?
     
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  4. Gwendal

    Gwendal Mu-43 Veteran

    300
    Jun 6, 2010
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  5. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    Thank you. I'm going to see it now.
     
  6. Jim

    Jim Mu-43 Rookie

    21
    May 30, 2010
    Aren't Panasonic releasing a micro 4/3 100-300mm at some point in the future. I plan to find out about that before I buy.
     
  7. BillN

    BillN Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    SW France
    I find anything, MF and long, difficult and very slow to use on the EP-1 or G1, especially wide open

    The dedicated AF lenses are far more effective and enjoyable to use on the M43 cams.
     
  8. pdh

    pdh Mu-43 Top Veteran

    598
    May 6, 2010
    There was a prototype exhibited -- in fact I think you can see a snap of it on the Panasonic website -- of a 100-300mm lens earlier in the year, with a projected release date of "autumn 2010".

    But when I was in the market for a m43+long lens setup (early March this year) , no Panasonic dealer could tell me anything more about it than the above. (Which is why I ended up with an E-P2 + the 4/3 70-300mm)

    Perhaps there's some updated news, I'd be interested to hear if you find anything out.
     
  9. Bokeh Diem

    Bokeh Diem Mu-43 Top Veteran

    655
    Mar 14, 2010
    Toronto
    hello adam..

    Do you have any posted shots taken with that lens? Which Panasonic adapter is that you used?

    Thanks in advance,

    Bokeh D


     
  10. adam

    adam Mu-43 Regular

    68
    Apr 21, 2010
    Maryland
    Haven't gotten any keepers yet...I'm going to try to get some airplane shots this weekend if the weather cooperates. My adapter is the Panasonic DMW-MA1.
     
  11. et100

    et100 Mu-43 Regular

    80
    Feb 15, 2010
    Chicago area - USA
    Check out the previous thread posted above, there are a quite a few samples as well as a link to an indoor event photographed with E-PL1 and Zuiko 70-300. I own the combo and use the Panasonic adapter. The AF is rather slow but accurate and a lot easier than using MF lenses IMHO and I use this lens for macro too. The 70-300 was sold as low as 219 early this year and the adapter cost around 100 usd.
     
  12. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    Maybe Pana will release a 100-300, but the price?

    If we look at the actual lens then the price will be:eek:. Maybe not worthwhile.
     
  13. w7ox

    w7ox Mu-43 Regular

    64
    Jun 18, 2010
    Phil Wheeler
    I'm waiting for the Panny 100-300 expected later in 2010. Don't know what the price will be, but native m4/3 should give faster AF and that can be crucial for the sorts of targets I want 300mm for.
     
  14. ianc

    ianc New to Mu-43

    7
    Jun 30, 2010
    Essex UK
    Third party lenses, such as the sigma's work fine in MF on my G1 with the correct adaptor (in my case, PKA one from a certain auction site).
    The downside is they give a very unbalanced set up
     
  15. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    Well I'm thinking about buying a Sony A200 to use with long zoom lens so it's not too unbalanced, but mostly very cheaper than buying Zuiko lens for m4/3.

    I have a very nice bigbeercan but really wheights a ton and seems too bulky with my Lucille.:smile:

    Of course keeping my E-pl1 as main body and travel kit.:thumbup:
     
  16. et100

    et100 Mu-43 Regular

    80
    Feb 15, 2010
    Chicago area - USA
    I just got the EVF and focusing with long lenses is improved, a few advantages: you can see if you are in focus a lot better, the lens and camera are more stable when you hold them close to your body and you can actually MF. Basically its a big step up for using long lenses on E-PL1.

    elandel, if you get the A200 your "crop" multiplier is going down to 1.5x, so for 600 equivalent you would need 400 on sony (its just 300 on m4/3). But if you already own the glass it might make more economic sense.
    Also when you do get the long glass make sure to try it on E-PL! too and let us know how it performs.
     
  17. pxpaulx

    pxpaulx Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    Midwest
    Paul
    I am getting my evf for the e-pl1 today, can't wait to use it for MF! I found the VF with my previous GF1 was adequate for MF, but not great; having tried out the olympus evf I know I am in for a treat, especially with my 400mm f5.6 sigma.