Pana 100-300 or Oly 70-300?

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by cvwood, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. cvwood

    cvwood Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 12, 2011
    Currently, I use a Pana 45-200 for bird and wildlife photography. Last week, on a excursion, I found that I desired a little more reach than 200mm.

    I'm looking at both the Pana 100-300 and the Oly 70-300. I currently have the Pana 20mm, Oly 14-42mm, the Pana 45-200, and an adapted Canon 50mm FD, all on an EPL-1 body.

    Any thoughts, specifically on the 100-300 vs. the 70-300 as it pertains to build quality, optical quality, and real-world usage?

    Thanks!
     
  2. shoturtle

    shoturtle  

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    Oct 15, 2010
    if you are using a panny body, go with the panny lens, the ois is useful. The long end of it is a tad soft. And on a pen body, it really throws out the balance of the smaller body.

    There still is not allot of info the 75-300. But it is much lighter and balance better on the pens. It seems to AF faster then the 100-300 when I played around with both in the shop.
     
  3. Grinch

    Grinch Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    I believe the oly 70-300 is 4/3 ...why wouldn't you look at the m4/3 75-300 oly?
     
  4. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    The Panasonic 100-300 IMHO is just too big & heavy. I might as well use my DSLR & 70-300....

    The Olympus 75-300 is my preference....
     
  5. cvwood

    cvwood Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 12, 2011
    Sorry, I meant the 75-300mm.
     
  6. Grinch

    Grinch Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Don't apologize, I have been told the 70-300 is a great lense, but it would be even more of a brick than the 100-300. I have the 45-200 as well, and take into account that the 100-300 will be larger and heavier, I believe. The oly 75-300 should be smaller or the same size as 45-200. If you have an oly body, I'd think the oly should be a strong contender. I can't say which stands out in regards to IQ... Panny lenses always seem to be held in high regard, and I have no complaints with the two that I have. I am debating the same situation as yourself, but have put it on the back burner for now as I have an OM 75-150 awaiting an adapter.
     
  7. shoturtle

    shoturtle  

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    Oct 15, 2010
    the 70-300 is not that much larger then the 100-300 actually. they are about the same size, just add the length of the mm2 adapter. And it is allot sharper then the 100-300 at 300mm. It is a very good 4/3 lens.
     
  8. cvwood

    cvwood Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 12, 2011
    Not to diminish the 70-300 from Oly, but I'm really looking for a comparison of the 75-300 and the 100-300. I'm leaning towards the Pana, simply because of price, even though I'd like the extra 25mm I'd get on the wide end of the Oly.
     
  9. ssgreenley

    ssgreenley Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 12, 2011
    The Internet doesn't seem to have many comparisons available. What did you end up doing?
     
  10. cvwood

    cvwood Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 12, 2011
    I think I'm going to go with the Pana 100-300mm because of price. However, not the question is whether to buy it or the Oly 9-18mm first. I have another thread going on that quandary!