New tele lens

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by workout81, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. workout81

    workout81 New to Mu-43

    Mar 17, 2013
    Hi guys, it's 1 year that I'm using my GX1 with great satisfaction with my pancake 20mm and 14-45 pana zoom. But now I need to improve my set-up. Wit a super wide 7.5 samyang and especially a tele.

    What can I chose? From the market there are a lot of solutions 45-200....45-175....and many others.
    My interests are un sport and animal photography something fast would be the best...
    Any suggestion?
    Pro and cons ?
  2. rnagoda

    rnagoda Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 12, 2012
    Pittsburgh, PA
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    Well - if by fast you mean f/2.8 or better, you only have the 35-100 as an option. Otherwise the 45-200 is pretty decent and the 100-300 is great, but neither is fast. The Oly 75-300 has fans, but I've never used one so I can't say and at that length you'll probably want OIS in whichever lens you get.
  3. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
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    The fastest would be to use the 100-300 up to 200mm it will be the fastest solution. Look at this review Micro 4/3rds Photography: Lumix G 100-300mm f/4-5.6.

    Another option but without AF is to get a legacy prime a 135mm F/3.5 and even f/2.8 can be very good and not too expensive but no auto focus and OIS.
  4. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010

    This link needs a sticky! The tele question is getting asked a lot, and this review is very helpful
  5. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
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    I'm assuming that by "fast" the OP means quick focusing rather than fast in the sense of "bright". He references sports and animal photography, which for the most part are not necessarily low light endeavors.

    I really like the Panasonic 45-175 PZ. It's not fast in the sense of low f/stops, but AF performance is pretty good. The feature of it that I appreciate over the Olympus 40-150 (besides much more solid "feel") and the Panasonic 45-150 and 45-200 is the fact that it has an internal zoom (i.e. the front element doesn't extend when zoomed).
  6. workout81

    workout81 New to Mu-43

    Mar 17, 2013
    Thank you for these advise, I was talking about fast lens in term of fast focusing but also fast shooting exposure in order to catch everything.
    I'm also really attracted from the 45-175 due to the fixed length.
    The OI i think is a must.
    What about quality of these lenses?
  7. brlowe

    brlowe Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 2, 2011
    Boise, ID
    I will just add a vote for the 45-175, I have it the 35-100 and 100-300 and the 45-175 is a great lens. It is light and takes great pictures. The power zoom is nice in the G5 also. My wife's kit is a G5 with the power zoom 14-42 and 45-175 lenses and that is all she needs.
  8. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    I bought a 45-200 but really wasn't impressed. At anything over 150mm the sharpness and contrast were very poor. It seemed almost as if the photos were taken through some sort of veil or something. Not a keeper!

    OTOH, I've just picked up a 100-300 and am much more impressed. It's pretty sharp at all focal lengths, even wide open. Sharpness drops off a bit at 300 when wide open, but it's still acceptable and stopping down to f8 produces very good results. Here's an example at 300mm, 1/250th f8 handheld, ISO 200 - 100% crop from centre and full shot.