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Going to pull the trigger on a telephoto. Just can't decide which one...

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by gdourado, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. gdourado

    gdourado Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 23, 2012
    Lisbon - Portugal
    Today I woke up and decided I had enough time reading reviews, forums, browsing flickr for samples... And decided I would finally pull the trigger on a telephoto lens.
    As you can see from my sig, I currently cannot shoot past the 45mm focal length. I would like to start taking some different pictures, like going for a walk in the forest and shoot some birds, or squirrels.
    Do some landscape shoots with high compression.
    Go by the river and shoot some boats and water activities and go by the airport and do a bit of plane spotting.
    Now, the thing is I cannot make my mind between the Panasonic 100-300mm and keep it all m43 or go for the tamron 70-300 VC USD to use with my 350D.

    First the prices:
    - Panasonic 100-300 is 470 Euros.
    - Tamron 70-300 is 320 Euros.

    So, the panasonic is about 50% more expensive.
    If I go with the Panasonic, I will use it with my E-PL2. I was thinking about buying a OM-D but decided to hold on until the announcement of the new Panasonics, namely the G5 and GH3, to then decide which new body to go for.

    So I am really having a hard time deciding here...
    I guess my main concern is that because contrast detect AF is not good to track subjects, I won't get good pictures with the 100-300 and end up being frustrated...

    If I go with the Tamron, I might like it, but then I might start thinking about buying a new DSLR for it, since the 350D is pretty ancient and start getting GAS for a used 40D or a new 60D or whatever...

    I know the main thing is go out and take pictures and have fun, and that equipment is secondary, but I guess I am going through one of those times of reading reviews and reviews and forums and thinking about gear...

    Oh well... Can you help me out please! :) 

    Thank you!
  2. bongestrella

    bongestrella Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 2, 2011
    Mechanicsburg, PA
    Why not consider the panasonic 45-200? With m43's 2x crop factor, you will be at equivalent 400mm compared to 480mm on a canon body? There is really not much difference between those two equivalent focal lengths if you ask me. The 45-200 is cheaper too.
  3. st3v4nt

    st3v4nt Mu-43 Veteran

    May 26, 2011
    Jakarta, Indonesia
    If you so worry about AF in m4/3 then I would suggest you stick with DSLR. Not because the AF in m4/3 much slower compared to DSLR, but it was your AF habit that will only makes you wondering the what if scenario over and over in your head every time you snap a picture with m4/3. Just my 2 cents.
  4. MizOre

    MizOre Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 26, 2011
    Don't know what money is like for you, but the 45-200 is available fairly inexpensively. If you don't like it, then move back to the DSLR. If you don't have a viewfinder, the 100-300mm is rather a handful of lens.
  5. mclarenf3

    mclarenf3 Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 23, 2010
    I agree that the 100-300mm will be quite a task to shoot handheld without a viewfinder. The other considerations is that the 100-300mm is an equivalent of 200-600mm lens in the DSLR world and that's a verrrrry long telephoto.

    I would honestly suggest getting the 45-200mm or the Olympus 40-150mm to make sure you really like being out that far. I have the 40-150mm currently, and for 90% of my telephoto shots it has enough reach. There's only a handful of times where I'd want more reach than that. And even in those situations, I'm pretty sure 200mm would suffice.

    Just this weekend I took my E-M5 and the Olympus 40-150mm II R to a Bryan Adams concert and got some great photos:

  6. pxpaulx

    pxpaulx Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    Yeah agreed - the 45-200mm is a better comparison to the 70-300mm on the canon camera - a 90-400mm equivalent vs a 110-480mm equivalent; the 100-300mm is a 200-600mm equivalent lens, a noticeable difference on the telephoto end, with a bit of a loss on the wide end. For the cost, the 45-200mm is a great, inexpensive option.
  7. yamark

    yamark Mu-43 Regular

    May 23, 2012
    I just got the m43 100-300 and it's quite the lens. It's my first telephoto and my keeper ration isn't high right now, but wow, the keepers are phenomenal.
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