Most of that applies to me too (except I don't have the 75mm lens) & the thing to remember here is at its price point it is a nice lens. I would have preferred it was a little heavier & a little brighter, but it still performs well for what it is.I bought it for something longer than the 40-150 for shooting birds. My big problems with it are that at 300mm it's slow, F/6.7. which means that I have to push ISO higher than I prefer in order to get fast enough shutter speeds to avoid blur from bird movement and allow me to handhold exposures without camera shake since, at nearly 67, I'm not as steady as I used to be. These problems are compounded since a lot of the birds I shoot are in shadowed areas rather than in good light. I also find autofocus a bit of a gamble at times when the bird is a long way away and relatively small in the frame.
If I'm not shooting birds, say using it for picking details out of distant landscapes, and the light is good none of the above issues apply and I'm much happier. It's a good lens but not a great one like the 75mm when it comes to things like sharpness.
Not a lens I use often but I do find it useful when I need the reach. My feelings about it really depend a lot on what I'm using it for and there's a big difference between using it in good light and in low light at the long end.
Just bought one yesterday. Exceeded my expectations (which had been lowered considerably after spending a month researching it versus the P100-300. And that lens? I hear it chews though battery even when OIS is turned off.I'm curious what experience anyone has had with this lens. I'd like to get a bit more range on my OMD-EM5 and G3 than ingest on my Panasonic 45-200. I looked at the Panasonic 100-300mm but it seems very large and heavy.
And that's using an E-M10? Might sound daft, but love the grain. For 4000 I reckon it renders damn well (unless you've mistakenly added an extra digit, in which case *shrugs*).I took this yesterday. It was a bright sunny day, but the feeder is in the shade. ISO 4000, 1/400, f/7.1, @ 300mm. Handheld.
Good points.The 100-300 is bigger, heavier, a little slower to AF, a little more prone to hunting when focusing, but it has OIS. When it comes to actual image quality, the IOS of the 100-300 doesn't give a significant advantage over the 75-300 and the IBIS (with the EM5/1 at least, probably worse with older cameras and some pens). However, IOS is a nice benefit because it offers constant stabilization to the viewfinder which is very handy for framing. The EM1/5/10 can stabilize the viewfinder, but only when half-holding, which makes it awkward to frame and focus quickly, as you're often letting go of the shutter button and losing IS.
With both lenses, handling and technique is absolute essential. There are a decent amount of less than stellar reviews out there for each lens, and I can say from experience that these lenses are as good as the shooter(technique) and the light. With poor technique, you're not going to get good results. With poor light, you'll have to raise the ISO too high to keep a reasonable shutter speed.
Interesting. One of the concerns for me was the lower transmission when trying to decide which to pick up, but in the end considered my use and all other factors (battery usage, size, weight, any lens correction using the E-P5 and E-M1) and chose the O75-300.The aperture difference is just, well, not a difference at all in real use. I've read that the transmission difference is basically 1/3rd of a stop (though I haven't verified this myself). Fact of the matter is, if there isn't enough light to get the shot with the 75-300, there isn't enough light to get it with the 100-300 either.
No mistake, it was ISO 4000. More hummingbirds here.And that's using an E-M10? Might sound daft, but love the grain. For 4000 I reckon it renders damn well (unless you've mistakenly added an extra digit, in which case *shrugs*).
I dig it.I like the 75-300 for landscapes. It renders an unusual quality I think.
What body are you using? Wonder if that, or the use of S-AF MF would help.I'm fairly close to selling mine. I've had it for about 4 months but can't seem to find the sweet spot. Either the sharpness isn't there or I'm not getting the photo at all because of focus lag. Not sure why it hunts but I'll get perfect backgrounds with an OOF subject more often than not.
Fair to say you can't go wrong even if you kept the O75-300.i'm tempted to fork out for the 75mm prime and just crop the hell out of it.