Pana 100-300 or Oly 75-300II

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by elandel, May 22, 2013.

  1. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    Hi all,

    I'm looking for a 300mm zoom lens. The first 75-300 had not a good reputation but this MKII seems to be better and also less expensive.

    Any thoughts? Has someone tried them both?
     
  2. quatchi

    quatchi Mu-43 Veteran

    326
    May 17, 2012
    Munich, Germany
    Where did you read that the 75-300 version I has a bad reputation? All I recall is that people were complaining about the price tag compared to the Pana 100-300.

    Depending on who you ask, either the Oly or the Pana is a notch better than the other. It probably only comes down to your requirements:

    Oly:
    - smaller
    - some tests say a notch better IQ (others don't)
    - 75mm at the short end

    Pana:
    - OIS
    - 1/3 stop better at the long end
    - tripod mount available (~100$)


    Here is a full discussion about those two: https://www.mu-43.com/f38/p100-300-o75-300-ii-43439/
     
  3. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    Thanks. Jumping straight to the discussion.
     
  4. mauro

    mauro Mu-43 Regular

    145
    Jun 26, 2012
    near Venice, Italy
    I have the panny 100-300 and I have found the af (expecially af-c) very slow and inaccurate with my e-m5.
    On Saturday I will try the new 75-300II and I'll make a direct comparison.

    Ciao
     
  5. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    Looking forward to read your comparison
     
  6. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
    AF-C is suboptimal on every m4/3 body...you should try AF-S. My experience with sports, and a lot of pics I've seen posted here of other active subjects, indicates that this lens does extremely well on the EM-5 in single focus mode, especially if you touch up the focus as the subject moves so there's less time needed to focus when you expose the image.
     
  7. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    Overall doesn't sound like much, but it is the difference between e.g. needing ISO 800 and ISO 1100 (technically 1/2 stop, not 1/3).
     
  8. Savas K

    Savas K Mu-43 Top Veteran

    784
    Jan 10, 2013
    I see that, but considering these are broad daylight lenses, it's a difference with no impact. Either lens, when day light wanes, I'm switching lenses.
     
  9. yekimrd

    yekimrd Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 14, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
    Mikey
    Shameless plug -- I have the 75-300 MkII for sale on the B&S thread. I've always favored the Olympus version for its smaller size (even the filter size is smaller) and lighter weight. I've owned both the first and second iteration and won't hesitate to recommend it.
     
  10. Optical1

    Optical1 Mu-43 Rookie

    10
    May 17, 2013
    75-300mm for Oly cams, 100-300 for Panny cams. I much prefer the 75-300 due to its size and weight, but OIS is necessary for the Panny cams.
     
  11. mauro

    mauro Mu-43 Regular

    145
    Jun 26, 2012
    near Venice, Italy
    I tried the 75-300 and I found the af much, much faster than the panny!
     
  12. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    Thanks.