panasonic 100-300

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by datagov, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2012
    New York
    I've had this lens in Etosha National Park in Namibia the last week and I've been really pleased with the performance. The light here is so strong I don't need IBIS or the build in IS in the lens. on my OM-D. I rest the lens barrel on a bean bag across the car door and the photos are excellent at all focal lengths. I did notice a loss in IQ when IBIS is on and wanted to pass that on in case others are having difficulty getting good IQ at full zoom.
     
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  2. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
    Ehud
    I consider buying this lens. Does the IQ degradation also happens when you shot with the lens OIS?
     
  3. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2012
    New York
    Here's An Example At 300mm With Is Turned Off.
     
  4. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
    Shutter speed?

    Anything over 500-1000/th and over it would not surprise me to see better with it off depending on the shooting. I know the system have gotten much better but it always use to be you could point and shoot before the systems had time to react, engage, and process.
     
  5. Spuff

    Spuff Mu-43 Top Veteran

    652
    Dec 5, 2010
    Berkshire, UK.
    If I was mounting the lens on a tripod I would always turn the IS off. And I guess, as said above, if you have a high enough shutter speed you would be better with it off.
    But in the conditions I usually have to shoot in I think it is better I have it on.
    I took this with the 100-300 with IS on and I am not regretful about the sharpness (300mm, f/5.6):
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/safetytrousers/8175353915/" title="swan feathers (on the swan) by Safetytrousers, on Flickr"> 8175353915_ac1fa6d1e8. "500" height="260" alt="swan feathers (on the swan)"></a>
     
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  6. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
    Ehud
    Thanks, this is very sharp there is no movement blur. I will get this lens.
     
  7. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    Oregon
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  8. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
    Ehud
    Thomas thanks I have ordered one today.
    It looks like a great lens to own, now I need to decide if i want to sell the P45-200 or keep it as a "short telephoto".
     
  9. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    Oregon
    For what I shoot, I need zooms and because I only have 7-14 and 100-300, I really miss the middle focal lengths, so I'd say keep it for now. If you find that you are not using it as much, then you should sell it.
     
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  10. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
    Ehud
    If i sell it i will have a hole between the 45 and the 100, but this will give me the incentive to get the O60.:smile:
     
  11. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    With the IBIS ON-

    GRAA0406.
    OM-D w/P100-300 @ 300mm, 1/350, f/5.6, ISO 1600

    GRAA0409.
    OM-D w/P100-300 @ 300mm, 1/350, f/5.6, ISO 1600

    Gary
     
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  12. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    Oregon
    :biggrin:

    The 60mm is a beautiful lens! In fact I am ready to go out just now for a walk with the wife and the 60mm is on the OMD and the 7-14 on the EPL1

    I am eyeing the 12-35 and the 35-100.
     
  13. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
    Ehud
    I can get the 12-35 in Hong Kong for 850$ in July but I think that the P14-45 is enough for me. The 35-100 is not on my radar it is way to expensive to be justified.
     
  14. fsuscotphoto

    fsuscotphoto Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 15, 2013
    St. Cloud, FL
    Ron
    I shoot with the Sigma 150-500 on my 7D a lot. How does this lens compare? I wouldn't dare turn off my IS on the Sigma, handheld.
     
  15. 45-200 was my 1st tele-zoom. Picked up the 100-300mm several months ago. Not much resale value in the 45-200. Especially when retailers have placed the lens on sale for ~$100. Happy to have kept the 45-200mm. Certain situations it fills in the 45-100mm gap. For vacation trip I pack the 45-200mm. Bit lighter, compact. The loss of the lens in a worse case event would be easier to deal with. Be really unhappy if I lost the 100-300mm.
     
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  16. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    Oregon
    That is a great price!!! I hear you about the 14-45. I was really close to buying one a while back, but decided to save $$ and add it towards the 12-35.

    PS: noelh's reply is spot on.
     
  17. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
    Ehud
    This is why I am on the fence. A lighter travel lens that I can stick to my G2 for all those risky situation. It can make a 'weather proof" set for me combined with the unused P14-42 kit i got with the G5.
     
  18. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
    Ehud
    Today I would do the same.
     
  19. fsuscotphoto

    fsuscotphoto Mu-43 Top Veteran

    819
    Feb 15, 2013
    St. Cloud, FL
    Ron
    The price of lenses is my only real complaint about MFT so far. I'll probably buy used until the third party manufacturers step up to the plate for real.
     
  20. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
    Ehud
    Looking at the prices of same focal length and speed the :43: are priced lower.
    A Canon/Nikon 24-70 F/2.8 is prices between 1600-2000$ and the Tamron is 1300$ all are more expensive then the P12-35 at 1120$.

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    The same applies to the P100-300 that sells for 500$ while similar focal length lenses are in the 1500 price range.
    Generally speaking the :43: lens prices are lower then the Nikon/Canon similar lenses.