Showcase Olympus 100-400 f/5.0-6.3

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Here's a very brief comparison between the 100-400 (+MC-14) and the 300 Pro (+MC-20). I shot these two images standing on the same spot within a minute of each other. Unfortunately I did not have the presence of mind to align the settings as you will see in the EXIF.

The first is from the E-M1.3 and 300 Pro, MC-20 (600mm, f/8, 1/800, iso 400)

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The second is from the E-M1.2 and 100-400, MC-14 (560mm, f/9, 1/1600, iso 1600 - thanks to +1EV))

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I performed the same crop in Lightroom (2400 wide, eye centered on the upper left golden ratio crosshair). Normal LR intake sharpening only. The exposure was adjusted on the second to align it with the un-manipulated first. I also had to dial the color back a bit to get the sky to match, despite the elevated iso. At 100% there is not a great deal to choose between. They would be equally useful, I think. I might return soon to see how difficult it is to persuade the 100-400 to match the performance of the 300 at identical shutter speeds.
 

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The iso1600 vs iso400 makes it tricky to determine anything conclusive. I can definitely see more "grain" in the 100-400 but if you weren't comparing directly between shots you probably wouldn't mind.
 

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The iso1600 vs iso400 makes it tricky to determine anything conclusive. I can definitely see more "grain" in the 100-400 but if you weren't comparing directly between shots you probably wouldn't mind.
To my eye, there's nothing about the 100-400 image that couldn't be massaged to be essentially indistinguishable from the 300 image. I have to admit I'm impressed...
 
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The 100-400 is an excellent lens. On Wednesday, I finally took delivery of a 150-400, and I am very impressed--as you would expect. Until they get sold, I still have a 300 Pro and the 100-400. I will attempt some sort of basic comparison at a common focal length and aperture of all three if I get a chance. One thing I can say right off the bat is that the Bokeh on the 150-400 is outstanding.
 

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The 100-400 is an excellent lens. On Wednesday, I finally took delivery of a 150-400, and I am very impressed--as you would expect. Until they get sold, I still have a 300 Pro and the 100-400. I will attempt some sort of basic comparison at a common focal length and aperture of all three if I get a chance. One thing I can say right off the bat is that the Bokeh on the 150-400 is outstanding.
Congrats, Dave. Enjoy!
 

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