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Panasonic 100-300mm Lens In Limited Stock for $499 at B&H

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by Amin Sabet, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    This lens has been hard to find at this price for a long time now, with stores that had stock charging $100 premium (or more). Our B&H rep tells me that their stock is very limited so act fast if you've been waiting for this.

    Direct link: <a href="http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/736369-REG/Panasonic_H_FS100300_Lumix_G_Vario_100_300mm.html/BI/1848/KBID/2491/kw/PA100300/DFF/d10-v2-t1-xPA100300" target="_blank">Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F/4.0-5.6 OIS Lens at B&H Photo</a>

    My review of the Panasonic 100-300 is here.

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  2. veereshai

    veereshai Mu-43 Top Veteran

    777
    May 12, 2011
    Arlington, VA
    Thanks Amin, looks like the Panasonic 7-14mm is in stock as well.
     
  3. Rhodel_close

    Rhodel_close Mu-43 Rookie

    20
    Apr 7, 2012
    Amin, would you recommend this lens over the Olympus 75-300mm?
     
  4. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    If haven't used the Olympus so can't recommend one way or the other. I haven't seen any reports that the Olympus is a much better performer, so I decided based on price.

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Mu-43 App
     
  5. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
    If you have or may use it on Panasonic bodies, the 100-300mm is probably your only practical choice because it has OIS.
     
  6. Rhodel_close

    Rhodel_close Mu-43 Rookie

    20
    Apr 7, 2012
    I plan to use it on my OMD, thus OIS is not a major concern.
     
  7. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    Never tried the Olympus lens, but I can tell you that this one is an excellent lens - fast becoming one of my favorites.
     
  8. campbellcj

    campbellcj Mu-43 Regular

    39
    Jun 30, 2012
    Already showing out of stock at B&H. :(
     
  9. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    IMHO,
    If money isn't an issue, then the M. Zuiko would be the one to get....
     
  10. yekimrd

    yekimrd Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 14, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
    Mikey
    Ditto. There's a second hand mZD 75-300 at a reasonable price on the B&S thread.

    E-M5, O75, PL25, O12, O75-300
     
  11. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I don't think it's clear at all that the Oly is a better choice. The Oly is more expensive, slower and doesn't have the IS that Panasonic camera users will need. As far as optical performance goes, oddly there is AFAIK only one test of both by the same source: Panasonic and Olympus

    It's possible that differences in individual technique and luck will play a bigger part than the lenses themselves in real life.
     
  12. yekimrd

    yekimrd Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 14, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
    Mikey
    The photographer who asked Amin the question owns an E-M5 which is why I agreed that the 75-300mm is the smarter choice IF price was not an issue. The smaller form factor provides for easier handling with the EM-5 and no need for OIS with its excellent 5-axis IBIS. Yes, there is no clear winner IQ-wise per reports between the 2 and at 899usd vs 499usd new, the Panny is the wise choice (esp with the 1/2 stop diff) but with used Panny's running for close to MSRP vs 700 for the Oly, my vote would be for the Oly.

    E-M5, O75, PL25, O12, O75-300