Any rumors of a new Panasonic 100-300mm or there abouts?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Faceinthecrowd, Aug 29, 2013.

  1. Faceinthecrowd

    Faceinthecrowd Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 29, 2011
    I am looking at getting into m43rds.
    I am going to get the nice 12-35/35-100mm f2.8s.
    I would also like to get something at the longer end. I saw a rumours/roadmap about a 2.8 150mm which might be tempting but I would prefer a long zoom.
    Given normal product cycles and rumors, do people think Panasonic will have a replacement for their 100-300mm in the next ~6 months?
  2. Biro

    Biro Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 8, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Is there anything really wrong with Panny's current 100-300? I kinda like mine. If you want f/2.8 in a 100-300, it's going to be a lot bigger than the current one. A lot more money, too. But, to answer your question, I haven't heard about a new 100-300 being in the pipeline.
  3. Faceinthecrowd

    Faceinthecrowd Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 29, 2011
    Highly desirable for me would be an "X" version with weather sealing and that quieter faster movie mode focus thingy. Maybe a constant f4.0.
  4. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    My guess is the 100-300 will get a new cosmetic upgrade to match the rest of current lens lineup. I doubt it will get an optics change.
  5. gcogger

    gcogger Mu-43 Veteran

    May 25, 2010
    A constant f/4 would make it a much larger and heavier lens than the current one.
  6. Faceinthecrowd

    Faceinthecrowd Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 29, 2011
    But it would still be much smaller than APS-C FF versions.

    And it would help m43 attract those users by covering the long end.
  7. sun12321

    sun12321 Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 1, 2010
    If make constant f/4, I prefer pany develop a 300mm prime instead. :biggrin::biggrin:
  8. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 5, 2011
    Anyway, to answer the OP's question, no, I've seen no rumors of a new long tele zoom.

    I don't think I'd want anything significantly bigger than the current 100-300, but I wouldn't mind one that's a bit sharper and more contrasty, especially at the long end. Making a 150 - 300 could save a little big of weight, and make it easier to optimize.

    The current one focuses plenty quietly for me, but faster focusing, along the lines of the 12-35 and 35-100, would be nice.
  9. RoadTraveler

    RoadTraveler Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 23, 2012
  10. huai

    huai Mu-43 Regular

    May 24, 2013
    No rumors of a 100-300 yet, but they've refreshed almost every other lens to make them cosmetically consistent, and smaller in size. Some (20mm f/1.7) were reduced by about 20% in weight, while others (14-140mm) were reduced by almost 50%.

    I am hoping a smaller 100-300 is coming next year with aperture and IQ to match the existing one.
  11. hoodlum

    hoodlum Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 16, 2012
    Toronto Canada
    Panasonic improved the IQ and reduced the size and weight with the new 14-140mm. So they might do the same with the 100-300mm but haven't heard anything. If they go to f4 I would prefer a prime as the long end is always sacrificed with zooms.
  12. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 5, 2011
    I think I would find a 600mm eq. prime to be extremely limiting. That's a REAL narrow FOV. I'd accept a shorter zoom range, though, which would make the lens easier to optimize across the range. A 200-300, or even 150-300, would be easier to optimize while still keeping the size reasonable.
  13. STR

    STR Mu-43 Veteran

    May 16, 2013
    100-300 is a fantastic lens at a great price with no real flaws. Personally, I'd rather see the 7-14mm remade so you can detach the hood and screw on a filter.

    I have the 12-35 and just ordered the 35-100 5 minutes ago. The 12-35 is a fantastic lens. It's sharp down to the individual pixels, which means it likely outresolves the sensor itself and is probably future-proof for next-gen 18-21MP sensors. Assuming they go that route. I'm happy with 16.
  14. jrsilva

    jrsilva Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 1, 2012
    I agree with you.
    Prime 300mm f/4 and fast AF
  15. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Oct 14, 2010
  16. STR

    STR Mu-43 Veteran

    May 16, 2013
    I'm not sure fast AF is possible on a lens like that without phase detection. With a 300mm lens, the focusing elements are both larger and have to travel a longer distance. This means slower focusing. Faster is entirely possible, as the 100-300mm is an earlier lens with only a 120Hz readout (adjusting focus and getting feedback from the sensor 120 times a second), while newer lenses (12-35/35-100/14-42 II/14-42PZ/45-150/45-175/14-140 3.5) and bodies (GH3, G6, GX7) are capable of 240Hz. However, we're still looking at (best) halving the focus time of the 100-300.
  17. Faceinthecrowd

    Faceinthecrowd Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 29, 2011
    Thats really interesting. I was wondering if there was a good way of objectively assessing speed. Is this information for zooms and primes summarised somewhere - effective mechanical focus speed?
  18. Lakesider

    Lakesider New to Mu-43

    Sep 9, 2013
    New member here...

    Well, I'd love to see an ugraded 100-300 to cosmetically match the new lumix 14-42 and 45-150 lens. I just purchased a Lumix G5 body and I've been pondering what lenses to buy for this thing. I'm a bit anal about consistency in looks with a lens collection. IMO Panasonic has a lot of overlap in their lowish end lenses and maybe should discontinue a few of them. Maybe a reworked 100-300 should become a 150-300 since they already have newer 45-150.
    As a side note I own a Lumix FZ150 and a Nikon D5100. The Nikon will be going up for sale soon. Never could embrace that antiquated flipping mirror and live view system on the 5100 after playing around with the FZ150.
  19. hoodlum

    hoodlum Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 16, 2012
    Toronto Canada
    DPreview mentioned today that Olympus is working on a Super Telephoto lens. You can see their updated lens roadmap here.

  20. FernandoBatista

    FernandoBatista Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 3, 2012
    That's not really true, the 100-300 is a good lens optically speaking but the AF is so-so at best.
    I really liked the results I got from mine when it was well focused, but it failed focus in far more occasions than it should.
    The AF on this lens at least should be updated.

    That depends on what your subjects are, for me and probably any bird photographer 600mm FOV is about as wide as I would want.
    The shorter I shoot is 750mm FOV and most times I'm using a 1,4x TC on top of that or even 2x.
    So it just depends on what you do.

    For a zoom that would be my choice too, a 150 or 200-300 would be a very useful range, enough zoom to accommodate most subjects and an easier lens to built than a 3x zoom.