Showcase Panasonic 100-300mm f/4-5.6

Discussion in 'Native Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by scott, Dec 10, 2010.

  1. scott

    scott Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 15, 2010
    My 100-300mm wasn't supposed to ship until late December or January, but all of a sudden it showed up yesterday. Now, my plan is to use this lens for outdoor, existing-light wildlife photography, so here, quite logically, is an indoor, spotlit (spotlighted?) picture of my kid reading a poem at the school talent show. At least he's wearing a cat costume.

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    Almost unedited -- I just tweaked the levels slightly.
    Larger version here.

    I'm hoping we'll have some good weather this weekend for getting bird pictures, too. :)
     
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  2. scott

    scott Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 15, 2010
    Some 100% crops at 300mm--all handheld. Boring subjects, but decent sharpness tests:





     
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  3. scott

    scott Mu-43 Veteran

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  4. scott

    scott Mu-43 Veteran

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    Here are a couple more test images from the new lens. I don't mean to claim that they're great pictures, but they seem to be useful test examples.


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    Lousy composition, but a good example of what the lens can do:


    Larger versions here.
     
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  5. JCD

    JCD Mu-43 Veteran

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    these photos are simply stunning, great sharpness and details; this 100-300 is definitely a must buy :thumbup:
     
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  6. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
    Richard Elliott
  7. Kosta

    Kosta Mu-43 Veteran

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    Sep 29, 2010
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    I spent a bit of time just looking at MTF charts the other day, and of the micro four thirds zooms, this one looks very sharp throughout the image. I'm not sure if panasonic measure slightly different to olympus but from the MTFs alone (not the best way to tell but still an accurate measure) all the pana lenses are sharper than their oly equivalents! c'mon olympus! where did all your quality optics go?
     
  8. JCD

    JCD Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 10, 2010
    Palermo, Italy
    well, it seems that panasonic is using the partnership with leica as it should
     
  9. This is my next purchase.
     
  10. greerd

    greerd Mu-43 Regular

    Here's a squirrel shot I shot the other day with my 100-300 hand-held through the deck window. The zoom ring is stiff compared the my 45-200 and not as smooth, but I like the creamy OOF and the reach.

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  11. agoglanian

    agoglanian Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 23, 2010
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    Abram Goglanian
    So do you guys think this would be a much better buy than the 45-200? At present I only have the GF1 so this lens probably wouldn't balance too well with that camera, but I intend to buy the GH2 when I can and I think this would be matched pretty well to that camera.
     
  12. Kosta

    Kosta Mu-43 Veteran

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    Sep 29, 2010
    Australia
    awesome shot Doug!
    I think they make the lens a little stiffer deliberately so when it is facing downwards the weight doesn't extend it - similar to the oly 75-300.
    would love to get my hands on this lens!
     
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  13. greerd

    greerd Mu-43 Regular

    Thanks Kosta, I have the 7-14, 20, 14-45, 45-200, and now the 100-300. I think this will be my favorite lens as I'm starting to like shooting birdies and such. I haven't used a tripod yet as the Christmas tree is hogging my spot, but for hand-held at 300mm I can't complain. If I shot exclusively Olympus I would of waited until the m.70-300 was tested with some real life shooting before I purchased but I shoot with the G1 at this point so...
     
  14. greerd

    greerd Mu-43 Regular

    Can't answer that for ya, the 45-200 is a great buy IMHO, but there are alot more samples on dpr forum. Look for mark1000, as he is using the GH2 and 100-300. He was about the first to get either and has been posting samples continuously for the last little while.
     
  15. sinophilia

    sinophilia Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 22, 2010
    Verona, Italy
    Oops I kept looking for this thread and yet I missed it all the same. I will repost here two photos I took today. To me, this lens was a great purchase.

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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/sinophilia/5273530737/" title="Robin by sinophilia, on Flickr"> 5273530737_b55383f080_b. "1000" alt="Robin" /></a>
     
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  16. sinophilia

    sinophilia Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 22, 2010
    Verona, Italy
    Definitely get the 100-300 over the 45-200! It's quite light and compact even on the GF1. Of course it's less versatile, but much more useful when you really need a telephoto lens.
     
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  17. scott

    scott Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 15, 2010
    Another recent one:
     

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  18. russell

    russell Mu-43 Regular

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    Very nice. What happens with the IS when put on an Olympus?
     
  19. ricseet

    ricseet Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 20, 2010
    Singapore
    Hi Guys, lots of nice images from the 100 -300. Congrats!
    A great lens.

    Here are two taken with the GH2/100-300 combo

    Stock Bill Kingfisher
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    Yellow Bittern
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    thank you for viewing and have a nice day

    ric
     
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  20. agoglanian

    agoglanian Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 23, 2010
    Laguna Niguel, CA
    Abram Goglanian
    Wow! Those sure are crisp!
     
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