Panasonic 100-400 or Canon 100-400 & metabones?

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by rwingsfan, Feb 17, 2017.

  1. rwingsfan

    rwingsfan Mu-43 Regular

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    Tony
    Size is not a issue for me so that's out of the way. Can buy either of these options around the same price. Better or worse? I am still struggling picking a new body also (between G85 & E-M1 II) Will either of these work about the same or will IQ be better on one?
     
  2. wimg

    wimg Mu-43 Regular

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    It's probably much of a muchness, between the advantage of having a native lens vs using a lens with adapter which you can also use with a different camera system.

    I haven't shot with the PanaLeica, but I do own the Canon LII, plus all three Metabones adapters (glassless, 0.71X, and 0.64X, and yes, they do all fit my Pen F and E-M1 II), and the Canon works very well indeed with all three, focus is fast enough for me, but I haven't tried any BIF etc., as I use it mostly for macro and landscapes :). Still need to check how sharp it really is, but I normally find I really only do it if I find it lacking :), which it clearly isn't ....

    As to bodies, based on my current experience, E-M1 II is the way to go for this lens :).

    Kind regards, Wim
     
  3. rwingsfan

    rwingsfan Mu-43 Regular

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    Tony
    Interesting. I have purchased the E-M1.2 so that part is settled. Part of my thinks the Canon route is better because I can pick up a cheap 40D or something down the road, but the Pana would be much lighter. I guess IQ is the determining factor for me.
     
  4. wimg

    wimg Mu-43 Regular

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    For me it was a simple choice. I don't shoot long tele often, I also shoot Canon FF, and have a bunch of lenses for it; they are also lenses which are not common with MFT, or don't exist for MFT (like the TS-Es and MP-E), so going the Metabones way was the obvious option. And seeing what the results were with the first one I got, the 0.64X, I decided to get all three, for more options :).

    I just love it :).

    Generally speaking, my Canon I use these days for special shoots only, while I always carry MFT gear with me.

    Kind regards, Wim
     
  5. Lcrunyon

    Lcrunyon Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Loren
    I own both the PL 100-400 and the Canon 100-400 L II, which I used with the 7D Mk II. Now that I have the E-M 1 Mk II and some good telephoto lenses, I intend to sell my entire Canon kit. As for lens quality, both are superb. I don't think you will see enough to distinguish them wrt IQ.

    I think the answer to your question really depends on what your long-term intentions are. If you really want to use it for two different systems (I don't, which is why I'm dumping one), then the Canon would allow that. What/how you want to shoot also matters. If you want to use it for BIF on your E-M1 Mk II, I'd definitely advise getting a native m4/3 lens (either the PL or the Oly 300) and would see no need for getting a Canon. While I suppose the Canon lens and an adapter would perform okay-ish on a m4/3 body, if you are going to shoot action with it I have to think you are practically condemning yourself to having to upgrade later on.
     
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  6. Drdave944

    Drdave944 Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    If you already have Canon equipment it makes sense to go with Metabones. If you don't ,use specific M-43 equipment. If you use Canon you will have a heavier rig plus the expense of the adapter.
     
  7. Sniksekk

    Sniksekk Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    As far as I know, pro capture won't work with Pana lenses in E-M1 MKII.
    So if BIF is the plan, and the plan is also using pro capture I would do some research at that subject.
     
  8. RAH

    RAH Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Rich
    What is "pro capture"?
     
  9. Sniksekk

    Sniksekk Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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