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Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by Phocal, Jan 16, 2014.
the 4/3 70-300 is real slow to focus on the EM5. it does work but there is lag time and in dim light it will hunt.
The Panny is well balanced on the E-M1. It will also hunt some in less light, but for the most part focuses very well.
You know, if I was doing a lot of wildlife, I'd get a 7d and the 400/5.6.
Funny, out of all the 43 lenses I had the 70-300 was the fastest to focus but I guess I really only used it in good light. With that said I would still cough up a bit more for the M43 version
I held out going from 4/3 to m4/3 until the release of the E-M1 due to its phase detect focus, which works very well on 4/3 lenses.
Now I am able to consider many various telephoto lenses including manual focus legacy lenses from film cameras as well as the Olympus ED 70-300.
I have the 70-300 I got for about $90 used- whoo! It totally needs good light out doors to not AF hunt constantly. It's basically a rebaged Sigma lens. It does have going for it an almost macro ability. I do wonder if it would be better on the E-M1 though. Note: The lens is pretty noisy, with focus and zooming.
I have been looking at the Oly 70-300 and the Panny 100-300 myself. I have always used my D7000 and 70-300mm VR lens for wildlife but lately the camera has been having focusing problems and missing the mark. From what I head the Olympus lens focuses faster on Olympus bodies. I have seen plenty of awesome sharp images from both, and the panny has the advantage of optical stabilizer which "might" be better for panning subjects of animals on the move. I should think if you want to wait for the 40-150mm 2.8 later this year perhaps you should save the money and pick up the 40-150mm R kit lens for $100 or less. It's supposed to be sharp and quicker focusing than the 4/3 lenses on the em5. It doesn't have the same reach but it will also force you to get closer to the subject in turn getting better photos. Personally I haven't bought into very many M43 gear because I'm still looking for the right camera for my style, I didn't want to invest in a bunch of glass before I was certain.
I have been using legacy lenses almost exclusively on my Em5 such as the Minolta Celtic 135mm f2.8 $40 on ebay, and a 450mm Tele Lentar $70 on ebay. The celtic has a slight green CA and the Lentar is a very dark lens at minimum f6.3 so its a bright light only lens. However it has both stepped and steppless aperture rings and a smooth as butter focus so it's great for video which is mostly what I use it for. I use a set of cheap macro rings that cost a whole $5 on ebay. Below I have some examples the leaf was with my Russian Industar 61 53mm f2.8 with one macro tube and the penny was taken with my Pentax 50mm f2 with 3 macro rings. So you could also get a few legacy lenses for your Em5 and they will give you more than enough to mess with until the Em1 drops in price and the 40-150mm f2.8 is released. :smile:
I've used the 43 70-300 quite a bit on the E-PL1 and generally agree with the other comments about noisy, slow focus and hunting in low light. All that said, I think it makes sense for your temporary situation given how good the images can come out under the right conditions (or with some manual focusing). At $200 or so used it is pretty much the best, cheapest, longest autofocus-capable lens for m43. I'd also note that I'm using a $50 eBay adapter rather than the Olympus one that cost $100 or more, I have had no problems with it.
Mine says Viltrox JY-43F if that helps. Searching on this forum or Steves-digicams Olympus forum will probably turn up lots of info. Personally I wouldn't shy away from the Chinese ones as long as they advertise AF they'll have the contacts.
here another choice, 4/3rds 150MM and EC20, for 300MM F4 with focus limiter, although it doesn't work too well on the EM5 its very good on stationary Wildlife on EM1
I use a 3rd party adapter as well- it works fine as the genuine item. I used have the MMF-2, and they preform identically.
a bit, if you bought new it would be about 2900.00.. used you might get away with 2 grand
however comparably to other brands for 600MM equivalent F4
Nikon DX a 200-400 F4 is 6,000
Nikon Full frame 600MM F4 is 10,000
Canon APS-C 400MM F4 is is 6500.00
Full Frame 600MM F4 is not even possible, best you can do is 600MM F5.6 with a TC, for near 7,000
My advice would be to just buy a used 100-300mm or 75-300mm m43 zoom in the buy and sell forums here. You wont have any problems selling it later for the same price.