Anyone have photo examples of the 100-300 lens?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by duvinclunk, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. duvinclunk

    duvinclunk Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 21, 2012
    I have no experience with a lens as large as the 100-300. I want to purchase it prior to the upcoming F1 race in Austin this November and am wondering if it will be sufficient to cover my zoom-ing needs.

    Does anyone have picture examples of the 100-300 lens? What I'd like to see is of someone standing in the exact same place for each picture but with a lens maybe like a 50mm equivalent lens and then how far the 100-300 zoom would take it in. If someone has images or wouldn't mind taking a couple quick ones that would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks.
     
  2. RnR

    RnR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
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  3. Chrisnmn

    Chrisnmn Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 26, 2012
    Auckland, New Zealand
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  4. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Jay
    I've been meaning to do this myself sometime by heading to the driving range and shooting the yardage markers at various focal lengths. My experience with telephoto lens reach is basically "a lot less than you think". People go into it thinking a 300mm (600mm FF equivalent) lens will be a telescope, and it's really not.

    The 100-300mm I have is just the limit of long enough to take decent pics of the moon, and I still have to crop them in a lot to fill the frame. When it comes to other conventional telephoto subjects like wildlife, the 100-300 worked well on my Alaska trip for bears, moose, caribou and other large animals at a medium distance (max of a few hundred feet to get central focus on the animal in the frame), with some cropping in post. Small animals you still need to be pretty close, as illustrated in that link RnR posted above.

    Example: this squirrel photo was taken from probably 20-30 feet away after stalking up on the squirrel and shooting as I went.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/30940068@N02/7585167786/" title="Panasonic 100-300mm AutoFocus is Squirrelly by jloden, on Flickr"> 7585167786_62d8f25861_c. "800" height="601" alt="Panasonic 100-300mm AutoFocus is Squirrelly"></a>
     
  5. RnR

    RnR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
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    That squirrel pops! Nice!
     
  6. oto02

    oto02 Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 24, 2012
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    Flo
    Great shot indeed.

    Was wondering if this lens would be sharper than the Oly 4/3 70-300mm (or the Oly M. 70-300mm).

    Thanks
     
  7. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Jay
    Thanks - not the world's most exciting subject, but the lens did well :wink:

    There's a bunch of photos from the 100-300 in my Alaska trip thread also if you want to see more real world examples. Pretty much anything wildlife you see in that thread with the exception of the Arctic Ground Squirrel shot was done with the Panasonic 100-300mm
     
  8. duvinclunk

    duvinclunk Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 21, 2012
    That's what I figured. I may rent one prior to dropping that much money to get an idea of what I'm in for.
     
  9. Spuff

    Spuff Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 5, 2010
    Berkshire, UK.
    Weather permitting I'll take of reach comparison shots tomorrow (I have a good subject).

    Talking of squirrels with this lens:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/safetytrousers/7762204614/" title="squirrel on a bin by Safetytrousers, on Flickr"> 7762204614_e5b543342c. "500" height="186" alt="squirrel on a bin"></a>
     
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  10. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Some here: 100-300mm Panasonic - a set on Flickr
     
  11. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
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    I've had significant experience shooting motorsports. The 100-300 should work out just fine (again it all depends on where you are and your final image expectations). If you had a media pass and shooting for a newspaper, this lens in daylight shooting, would take care of most of your needs.

    Gary
     
  12. oldracer

    oldracer Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 1, 2010
    USA
    Tough to say, but it is really the only choice.

    The most dramatic racing pictures tend to be somewhat head-on photos of a pack of cars exiting a corner or in a corner. For example (from Google images):

    1975BMW30CSL1.

    These can take a lot of lens, probably more than the 600mm equivalent, depending on where you are standing. Gary's comment "If you had a media pass and shooting for a newspaper, this lens in daylight shooting, would take care of most of your needs." applies. If you are going as a spectator you will probably not be allowed to get so close to the action and the lens will not really be enough.

    Shots of cars taken from the side are easier and require less lens. Probably your best opportunity for photos will be if you can buy a pit-area pass and get close to the cars that way. So take something shorter than the 100-300mm.

    But, as I said, there are really no good options. There was just a thread on this. I can't find it using the search function, but you may be able to. If you read it you may get some useful information, too.
     
  13. Spuff

    Spuff Mu-43 Top Veteran

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  14. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Here's one using a 14mm lens at Fenway:

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    Another taken from the same seat using the 100-300 at 300mm:

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    Both of those are uncropped.
     
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  15. Adams.rt

    Adams.rt Guest

    Great, shots Amin! And great seats, by the way! I guess that's one of the perks of being the illustrious head of a multi-million dollar online forum... :smile:
     
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  16. duvinclunk

    duvinclunk Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 21, 2012
    Spuff and Amin, thank you! Exactly what I was looking for.

    Appreciate everyone's responses. Is this 600 equivalent lens the most telephoto us micro 4/3 owners have?
     
  17. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Jay
    Other than adapted lenses, yes 300mm is the limit for the m4/3 format at present.

    To be completely accurate, there are some mirror/reflex lenses available for m4/3 mount that go considerably longer such as 1200mm, but they're usually cheap, and with all the caveats of mirror lenses (donut bokeh, loss of contrast, small aperture and so forth).
     
  18. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    I don't have any adapted long lenses, but Alien Skin Bokeh 2 can do a decent impression of a much faster 300mm lens :wink:.

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