Panasonic 100-300 on OMD E-M5?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by newbert, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. newbert

    newbert Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 22, 2012
    Glens Falls, NY
    I'm considering purchasing the Panasonic 100-300 for use with my E-M5, but have a few questions:

    Are there any issues with this combo? Does it have the same "purplish flare" issue that the Panny 7-14 exhibits with this body?

    Is it best to turn off the E-M5's IBIS and use the OIS of the Panny lens, or vice versa? If it's best to turn IBIS off, is there a way to have the camera automatically do that by recognizing the lens, or would I have to remember to do it manually each time I use the lens (and then need to remember to reactivate it afterwards)?

  2. aukirk

    aukirk Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 9, 2012
    I had the 100-300 with my OM-D for a short time and returned it. (When they pulled the Oly 75-300, I was hoping the new model was going to be weather sealed)

    I don't have a lot of feedback about the quality of the lens, as I only took a handful of photos. It was VERY big (compared to m43 lenses), but I imagine I would have gotten used to that.

    As far as stabilization, you are going to want to switch it off on the lens and let the OM-D take care of it.
  3. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    No problems with the P100-300 on the OM-D. Used the IBIS, it is the best stabilization of all time (so far). Once you get the lens try your own tests between IBIS and IS.

    The on-off IS switch is manual. I just keep my lens in the off setting, so the IS is always off. Unless you have other µ4/3 bodies no need to turn IS back on.

  4. newbert

    newbert Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 22, 2012
    Glens Falls, NY
    Thanks for the feedback, guys! :smile:
  5. Biro

    Biro Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 8, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    I have the 100-300 but don't have the OM-D. The lens works fine on both Panasonic and Olympus bodies. Gary is correct: Turn the OIS off if you're using the lens on the E-M5 because that camera's five-axis IBIS is superior. But on any other Olympus body, I recommend turning off the IBIS and using the len's OIS. In fact, on the latest-generation Oly bodies, there is a menu selection that allows you to default to in-lens stabilization if a lens has it.
  6. ralfmouth

    ralfmouth Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 16, 2012
    I have it and love it on the e-m5.
  7. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    Works great.
  8. zpierce

    zpierce Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Sep 26, 2010
    Minneapolis, MN
    I've had the lens since release and like it a lot. I just recently got an EM5 and it works great there too. Did some handheld shots of the moon switching back and forth between ibis and ois and I found ibis to be noticeably a bit better. Just don't leave them both on as I first had, it's like a bucking bronco moving all over the place :) 

    These were from the combo this past weekend.
    Panasonic 100-300mm f/4-5.6 Image Thread - Page 48 - Micro Four Thirds User Forum
  9. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
    One more positive recommendation for this combination. I use it mostly with OIS rather than IBIS and haven't seen any real difference but YMMV.
  10. slothead

    slothead Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 14, 2012
    Frederick, MD
    I'm with Gary on this. Mine works great.

    But you got my attention with the mention of the purple flare with the P20mm. I don't get any purple flare! Are you talking about shooting into the sun or something?
  11. newbert

    newbert Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 22, 2012
    Glens Falls, NY
    Whoops! Sorry - I meant the Panny 7-14... :redface: It's a well known issue (if only I had mentioned the correct lens).

    Sorry for the confusion.
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