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New matte black Panny 35-100mm?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by zensu, May 2, 2016.

  1. zensu

    zensu An Old Fool

    Aug 8, 2012
    Southeastern USA
    Bobby
    I'm considering an F2.8 pro quality telephoto zoom for my E-M1 and in doing comparisons I found a website that lets you compare many photo equipment.
    The odd thing is the image of the Panny 35-100mm F2.8 zoom looks to be a matte black finish and I've always thought this lens only comes in a glossy grey/black?
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  2. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Ian
    It's always looked like that over at camerasize.com. It's still the metallic, slightly purple hue that's been well documented for years now.

    Honestly, I never notice it. I'm more concerned with what the images look like coming out of the camera, and they look damn good.
     
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  3. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Panasonic and Olympus lens designs are all over the place. M43 is the only system that looks like it was hodgepodge'd in Dr. Frankenstein's lens lab!
     
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  4. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
    Panasonic has done remakes of a few lenses, but I don't think the 35-100 f/2.8 is one of them yet. In the case of the 14-140 and 45-150 besides changing the color to a matte black they also removed the red "HD" and changed the lettering from gold to silver/gray.
     
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  5. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    They need to get the 7-14 and 100-300 updated at least cosmetically. The two tone black grey doesn't match with any of the newer bodies!
     
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  6. zensu

    zensu An Old Fool

    Aug 8, 2012
    Southeastern USA
    Bobby
    Thanks for helping clear this up for me. I seriously thought they might have updated this great lens. Yes, I'm comparing the Panny to the Olympus because I've saved up enough to get a high quality telephoto zoom for my E-M1. I have 3 Oly lenses currently: the 7-14mm F2.8, the 12-40mm F2.8, and the 60mm F2.8 Macro. Yes the Panny would be half the weight and size but it's range is limited to 100mm and the Oly is larger/heavier but it would get to 150mm and operate at a closer min. focus (macro fan) as the other Oly zooms I have operate at a closer min. focus than other similar zooms. I'm leaning toward the Oly because it operates as my two current Oly zooms do (zoom ring direction, L-FN button, similar colors in output to sensor, etc.) so there would be no lag figuring these qualities when I change lenses. This would get me from 7mm to 150mm all at F2.8 with outstanding (near macro) close focusing ability. Geez I've just about talked myself into getting the Oly!
    Bobby
    PS, it also has a matching convertor. Dang, I'd better shut up. :hmmm:
     
  7. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Larry
    The 12-35 has been updated to black. Personally I really like the "purple" that the old lenses were done in.
     
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  8. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Larry
    Try them both side by side. I ended up with the 35-100. It is still a walk around lens, where I find the 40-150 is not.
     
  9. Gary5

    Gary5 Mu-43 Veteran

    310
    Jan 15, 2014
    What happened to hand arthritis? FWIW I consider the 35-100 the single most convincing argument for m43. The price difference BTW is about the same as a used 50-200SWD.
     
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  10. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Ian
    Great point. If you own an E-M1, I would absolutely get the 35-100 and a 50-200 with the leftover funds (I have both, and it's great to have both of them for different scenarios).

    The biggest problem I have with the 40-150 is it's reach, or lack there of. I don't find 150mm is enough for the type of shooting I do, so I would need to buy the 1.4x TC to get it to 210mm, but then it's a constant f/4 lens. But with the 50-200, I get all of the reach of the 40-150 PRO + 1.4x TC, but it's an f/2.8-3.5 lens. Yes, I guess the AF is a bit slower, but I figure if I can shoot motorsports with the 50-200, there's not a real reason I need the 40-150 PRO.


    I would definitely recommend getting a 35-100 f/2.8, and the 50-200. It doesn't even have to be the SWD variant, I have the original and find it a joy to use on the E-M1.
     
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  11. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    The thing that keeps drawing me toward a 35-100mm, as someone who doesn't shoot super-tele, is that it's really the same size as the regular kit telephotos, and not much heavier.

    I mean it's practically the same size as the cheap kit 40-150 f5.6, but it's a sealed f2.8 pro telephoto:

    Compact Camera Meter

    Even if you don't need f2.8 all the time, you can still pack it around as an everyday telephoto.


    If we were shooting a DSLR, our f2.8 pro tele would be a different story, if you don't absolutely need f2.8 that day, you don't want to be carrying your 70-200mm f2.8 around. It's massively larger than a consumer level, slower telephoto:

    Compact Camera Meter


    Of course I already own the 75mm f1.8, so I keep convincing myself I don't need both.
     
  12. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Larry
    So I own both and sadly I use the 75 much less after acquiring the 35-100.
     
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  13. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
    Almost 2 years ago I started down a road to use m4/3 for events and had both the 35-100 and 75. They are both great. The 75 reminded for the gorgeous Nikon 85mm f/1.4, a big beautiful hunk of glass. The 35-100, while only f/2.8, matched it in AF speed. And was a more useful tool for the way I shoot events. In the end though I reversed direction and decided to keep my Nikons for my event work and m4/3 for fun and personal use so sold off both.
     
  14. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I've got 75mm f1.8 and 45-175mm. Probably should have just gone with 35-100 instead for convenience, but I get great stuff with the lenses I do have. I'm not complaining.
     
  15. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    I would have considered the 35-100, but needed greater reach to shoot my son's soccer games. The plastic fantastic 40-150 R wasn't bad, but I needed more so I got a used Pana 45-200. That turned out to be not quite as good as I wanted, so I ended up with a 50-200 SWD, which has hit the sweet spot at far less cost than the Oly 40-150 Pro + MC-14. If you're not needing the longer reach, I think the Pana 35-100 would be an excellent choice. If you're considering the 50-200, just remember that it is a bit larger and heavier than the Oly 40-150 Pro. And, since the lens extends when it zooms out, it feels much bigger. However, the results are worth it. :)

    Too bad camerasize.com doesn't have the 50-200 SWD to compare with the other lenses. I've had to use the Oly 40-150 Pro for comparison purposes.
     
  16. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Similar lengths, but the 50-200 is about 1/3 heavier.

    40-150 Pro: 79.4 x 160mm / 760g
    50-200: 86.5 x 157mm /990g
     
  17. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    Yes, but one must also include the adaptor to mount on M43. Mine with the MMF-3 and EC-14 mounted is a little less than 8.5" long. A bit like apples and oranges, since I end up with a lens that maxes at 283mm and f5.6.
     
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  18. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    I have the same setup. I keep thinking I should get the 35-100mm as well, but the 75mm renders so nicely!
     
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  19. MaK543

    MaK543 Mu-43 Regular

    139
    May 1, 2012
    MD USA
    Love my P35-100! The range is great for regular family events. For sports, I'd like more reach. A new m43 version of Olympus 50-200 is my wishful thinking, but I'm pretty sure it's not happening anytime soon
     
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  20. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I think the 40-150mm + 1.4x TC is the closest we are going to get unless Panasonic has a surprise for us.