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Nonsense: P100-300 on an EPM1

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by WT21, May 15, 2012.

  1. WT21

    WT21 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    Well, the EPM1 is the only m43 body I have currently, and I wanted to try out a 100-300, so here it is:



    I took it around the morning dog walk. Nothing special, but some samples.






    First time I had to use "S" mode in a while. P and A mode would only push shutter speed to 1/160 at 300mm, which was too slow even with IS on. Tried both lens IS and sensor IBIS and neither did the trick. So far, I'm finding I can shoot 1/320 with lens IS on. Maybe I'll try more IBIS testing, but the EPM1 is so small, I'm really just holding a lens that happens to have a camera attached.

    I do like the lens, though. I had read this lens had funky bokeh, but it looks OK to me. I like the reach, and the AF speed is pretty good. It's also a 1/2 meter MFD which is very nice, so flower shots, etc. if I want them.

    My one issue is how to carry it. This am, I used an R2 strap, but I'm concerned about the tripod mount on my EPM1 supporting this lens. I REALLY wish this lens had a built-in tripod mount. Then, I'd connect the lens to the R2 strap, and I think I'd be happier/less concerned.
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  2. MrDoug

    MrDoug Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 5, 2011
    Boise, Idaho
    Yes.. how to carry it.. go to Rite Aid and get a Sling.. as if you had a broken or injured arm.. put your arm and camera in the sling and it should be fine..
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  3. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    one of my fave lenses for sure....never tried it on a wee body like that, but I'd hold it by the base of the lens, I think. Keep shooting!
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  4. penfan2010

    penfan2010 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 12, 2010
    NJ, USA
    WT -thanks for sharing, great photos; I like the detail, texture and colors, especially the closeup of the roof and windows. That's a massive lens on such a small body, but I guess it's all relative. I still use my older four thirds 70-300 Oly with an MA-1 Panasonic :43: adapter, and it can be a beast to hold on all my E-PXX bodies. I kept my DSLR strap and put it on my E-PL1; given its big grip, it's the most balanced body to use with the big zoom.

    The Panny is far sharper that the older Oly, based on your pics. Makes me want to trade in my trusty beast..thankfully the Panny is still above my personal $400 price ceiling for lenses, so won't be tempted any time soon.
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  5. WT21

    WT21 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    I won't tell you that I got my 100-300 for $400 (albeit used) ;) 
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  6. penfan2010

    penfan2010 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 12, 2010
    NJ, USA
    Nice deal!
  7. phrenic

    phrenic Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 13, 2010
    So that's what it's like shooting with a NEX body..
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  8. steve16823

    steve16823 Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 26, 2011
    Brookfield, IL
    So did I! From B&H.
  9. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 10, 2011
    Ashland, OR USA
    I've used my 100-300mm plenty with my GX1 on a tripod. So far, no problems with the combination. It really isn't a very heavy lens, even fully extended.

  10. AlanU

    AlanU Mu-43 Veteran

    May 2, 2012
    Today i almost bought one. My concern is the IQ. How are people finding this lens??? I'm just concerned with buyers remorse.

    When I shoot with a OMD with 25mm I find the IQ to be excellent. I typically shoot with a Canon full frame. I find the M43 system to be a great compliment for a small package. I'm just concerned of a loss of IQ going zoom with this M43 system.

    Is there any dlsr shooters able to compare the 100-300 to a dslr system?? So far it looks acceptable. Can anyone chime in? thanks so much
  11. WT21

    WT21 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    What zoom do you shoot with on your full frame? And what's your m43 body?
  12. kinlau

    kinlau Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 29, 2012
    it's a bit softer than my EF 300/4 +1.4x, and my 400/5.6L kills it, but there isn't much out there that can touch a EF400/5.6L prime. My m43 body is the GH1&2, dslr is the 7D.
  13. AlanU

    AlanU Mu-43 Veteran

    May 2, 2012
    I have two 5dmk2's and original 5d. The reason why I seem particular with my zooms is because I tend to own fixed aperture lenses with extremely high IQ.

    For my zooms 16-35Lmk2, 24-70L, 70-200 f/2.8ISmk2, 100-400L.

    I recently picked up an OMD EM5. I tested the 100-300 panny today with a stores M43 body. I found the BNIB lens to have a sticky zoom ring. IQ wise I found it somewhat sharp but I didn't get to look at an calibrated IPS panel.

    I only currently own a 14mm f/2.5 and 25mm f/1.4. This camera was suppose to be a fun casual camera. After seeing the IQ my attitude has changed and I find it stunning for a little sensor body.

    I'm taking the 100-400L on a family trip but I was contemplating on buying a 100-300. I just research and cannot stand buyers remorse. Seeing the m43 as a developing format and casual use I may just stick with primes if the zooms "lack IQ".

    100-300 looks versatile but I just dont know if it meets my expectations. I'm just familiar shooting with incredible dslr primes/zooms.
  14. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    If you need the extra reach, I suspect that the 100-300 on the E-M5 will capture a similar amount of detail to the 100-400L on a 5D II. The Canon will give more per pixel sharpness, but the pixel density on the 5D II is less than half that of the E-M5, so the total amount of detail captured on focal length-limited captures is probably similar. Neither system can match a recent APS-C Canon and 400/5.6L prime in that capacity.

    Where the Canon 100-400 will completely outclass the Pana 100-300 is tracking moving subjects. I've shot flying birds with both lenses, and there is no comparison. For landscapes or still wildlife, I think the Panasonic does very well.
  15. foxtail1

    foxtail1 Science geek & photo nut Subscribing Member

    Dec 30, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    I love this lens! I've got it on my G3, and it does dwarf the camera body.

    I've been using it handheld and I am pleased with the results. I shot a bunch today in the early evening and it performed well even in lower light. Check my Flickr feed. All of today's photos and the May 3rd photos were shot with the 100–300 mm.
  16. WT21

    WT21 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    I just realized to check the FW on my 100-300. Sure enough, it was at 1.0. I've updated to 1.2, and the IS seems improved. Both 1.1 and 1.2 claimed IS improvements. It seems that way to me on initial test shots.
  17. Spuff

    Spuff Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 5, 2010
    Berkshire, UK.
    I was kind of disappointed to begin with in the IQ but I now feel I couldn't do without the reach it gives me. And I've got better at using it.
  18. Glenn S

    Glenn S Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 1, 2010
    I completely agree with your assessment Amin, I've used the 100-400 and I believe I'm getting as good results with the EM-5 and 100-300. The IBIS on the Oly gives the lens a chance to excel.

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  19. yamark

    yamark Mu-43 Regular

    May 23, 2012
    The 100-300 will probably be my next purchase for my EPM1. It's been a few weeks since the last post on this thread....is this still working out for folks?
  20. WT21

    WT21 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    I'm having fun with mine!
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