Help with tele lens decision.

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by RobertS, Jun 1, 2013.

  1. RobertS

    RobertS Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 28, 2011
    I'm interested in getting a lens with a little more reach than my Oly 40-150mm lens on my E-PL2. Looks like the options are : Oly 75-300mm, Panasonic 45-200mm, or Panny 100-300mm. But I'm also concerned with the overall IQ of such a lens, and am pretty happy with that of my current 40-150mm.
    In your opinion(s), which of these other 3 lenses would offer me quality AND increased tele range, equal to, or better than, my 40-150mm?
    Thanks for your thoughts.
  2. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
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    I can't comment on the other two but I own the Panasonic 100-300 and it's an amazing lens. I just spent the day shooting a disc golf tournament and that's the lens I used most of the time. Sharp, excellent color and superb IQ. I love this lens! :thumbup:
  3. RobertS

    RobertS Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 28, 2011
    Thanks RevBob,

    Might I ask which camera(s) you use for this lens?
  4. RobertS

    RobertS Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 28, 2011
    I know it's next to impossible to find anyone who has experience with all 4 of these lenses, but if you've used even 2 of them, or maybe merely researched a couple of them and made some sort of decision, I'd like to hear your thoughts.
    Like I said IQ is the top concern......even over my quest for more focal range. I'd rather have a shorter, but more highly regarded shorter ranged lens, than have to compromise on the quality of the longer end of one of the longer teles.
  5. Steven

    Steven Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2012
    What camera do you have? If Panasonic then you are limited to Panasonic lenses for their OIS. I wouldnt bother with 45-200, not much more reach .
    Don't have either of other 2 but I understand they are about same optically. U
  6. Fmrvette

    Fmrvette This Space For Rent

    May 26, 2012
    Detroit, Michigan
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    I've got the Olympus 40-150mm and the Panasonic 45-200mm, and there have been a few threads on IQ comparisons between the two that generally give the Olympus a slight edge in image quality. If image quality is your major criterion I would forgo the Panasonic 45-200mm because you already have the Olympus 40-150mm.

    I'm using the lenses primarily on an OM-D EM-5, less frequently an Olympus EPL-1 and find them very close. I prefer the Panasonic because of it's extra reach.

    I would suggest that you research the Olympus 75-300 and the Panasonic 100-300.

    Unfortunately I do not own either of those lenses, and so am unqualified to furnish information on them (other than by hearsay).


  7. quatchi

    quatchi Mu-43 Veteran

    May 17, 2012
    Munich, Germany
    I have the Oly 75-300 and had the Pana 45-200. In case you are not on a tight budget, I would dismiss the 45-200. At least in the 150-200 range, the Pana is getting weak and the Oly is superior. As the Pana 100-300 is supposed to be of similar quality to the Oly I would get one of those two lenses.

    In this post, there is a comparison shot between the Oly 75-300 and Pana 45-200.
  8. Geoff3DMN

    Geoff3DMN Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 29, 2012
    Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia
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    I have the Oly 75-300 and I tried the Panny 100-300, the reasons I bought the Oly were it's lighter and smaller than the Panasonic but If I had a G5 instead of an OMD I'd have bought the 100-300.

    Honestly I don't think either is a bad lens.
  9. elj4176

    elj4176 Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 23, 2012
    I have the 40-150 and the new 75-300. I previously rented the first version of 75-300 and it is a great lens. Not fast but very sharp. If you will be shooting with plenty of light then that won't be an issue.

    I think I posted some snaps from my trip to The Wilds with the 75-300 in the lens forum.