Panasonic 35-100 owners !!!

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by PantelisMor, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. PantelisMor

    PantelisMor Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 14, 2013

    i search for my next lens. I was between oly 75 mm and pan 35-100.
    I think pan will sweet me better as is more flexible. My problem is that in panasonic 35-100 image threat, i don't see photos... i want to listen opinions of members which have this lens...

    thx alot...

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  2. sh@iful

    [email protected] Mu-43 Rookie

    Oct 1, 2012
    Penang, Malaysia
    Shaiful Amdan
  3. PantelisMor

    PantelisMor Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 14, 2013
    i khow the link. i just say that i don't see a lot photos

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  4. EarthQuake

    EarthQuake Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 30, 2013
    I had the same dilemma a few months back. Eventually I went with the 75/1.8, and here is why:

    1. After looking at hundreds of sample photos, maybe thousands, here and on flickriver, I found that I overwhelmingly liked the look of the 75/1.8 more than the 35-100. Its hard to say if this is all in the lens, or the people who were taking the shots, but I think I viewed enough photos to come to the conclusion that the rendering of the 75/1.8 is a lot better. The bokeh especially is fantastic, near the best bokeh I've ever seen on a lens outside of specialty lenses like Minolta/Sony STF.
    2. I also like the ability to get that extra bit of subject isolation with a 1.8 vs a 2.8.
    3. I don't shoot with teles all that often, so I wanted it be as small and light as possible (though the 35-100 is still incredibly small/light for that type of lens). If I was a pro wedding photographer I think I would get the 35-100 (or both) no question.
    4. The 75/1.8 is crazy sharp, sharp enough that I can easily crop to 100mm equiv and still have very, very good image quality.
    5. I have the 12-40, and 45/1.8 if I need to shoot wider than 75mm, so that negates the need for the 35-75mm zoom range for me. Sure the 35-100 would be more convenient here, but I'm not sure I really mind.

    Overall I am very happy with the 75/1.8

    Now, saying all of that I haven't used the 35-100, and from everything I know about it, it is a very good lens as well. If the 75/1.8 was not available I would have picked up the 35-100 without a second though and I think I would have been very happy with that choice too.
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  5. sdsyver

    sdsyver Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 14, 2012
    Northern Alberta
    I have both. Had the 75 first and love it. It is always in my bag. Bought the 35-100 for the versatility and the weather sealing. My travel kit now consists of the the 12-40, 35-100, 25 and 75. I'm covered for all lighting and weather situations.
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  6. dav1dz

    dav1dz Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 6, 2012
    I would get the 35-100. Been saving for it for a while now and it's really the only choice if you want a fast versatile telephoto zoom at the moment. The reason why you don't see too many photos is because it is an expensive lens and continuous auto focus on most m4/3 bodies are not as good as DSLR so the typical users of the 35-100 are not quite here yet. As Olympus and Panasonic improve their continuous auto focus performance more people will come.

    There are over 1000 photos for the lens group on Flickr. Have you seen it?[email protected]/
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  7. Gary5

    Gary5 Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jan 15, 2014
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  8. PantelisMor

    PantelisMor Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 14, 2013
    My big problem is that i have not the opportunity to go to a store and try a lens... I depend on internet and especially in our forum. Thx a lot for your help.......
  9. mpresley

    mpresley Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 13, 2012
    Wolfe City, TX
    The 35-100 is a great lens, of course so is the 75 (I have both). I probably use the 35-100 more simply for the versatility of the zoom - but I love to shoot with the 75 when I can.

    There's a lot of great examples all over the place show casing the 35-100. I'll submit one set of my own - most of these were shot using the 35-100.
  10. geoawelch

    geoawelch Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 18, 2011
    George Welch
    I have and like both - the 35-100 focuses quicker for me but the 75 has that certain quality - like Canons 85 1.2 - hard to describe
  11. aukirk

    aukirk Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 9, 2012
    I have both and wouldn't want to give up either. They are totally different lenses.

    If I had to give up one, I would keep the 75, but if I could only take one with me for a day, it would be the 35-100.

    The 75m produces amazing images and is really used when I want to get great DOF and super sharp image.

    The 35-100 is a compromise where you want the flexibility of capturing high quality images without needing to change lenses. You can definitely get great portraits with this lens, but they don't have that punch of the 75. Then again, you can't get a 35m shot with the 75 (obviously). There is also the weather sealing, which is a huge factor.

    Here are some of my shots with the 35-100:





    While I am happy with those shots, I don't think the 35-100 could deliver the type of shallow DOF that I got with these 75m shots:


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  12. Ccasey

    Ccasey Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 29, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Does anyone have any experience with the 35-100 and C-AF on the E-M1? I'm trying to decide whether to grab a 50-200 SWD or wait for the 40-150 2.8, and I assumed that the 35-100 would be pretty comparable to what we might see out of the 40-150. This would be for my kids' sports.

    I had pretty good luck with the 40-150R, but I don't know how much the extra DOF was helping me out. My fallback is to stick with a 5D3 but I was hoping to dump all of my DSLR gear.
  13. Lisandra

    Lisandra Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 16, 2010
    the 35-100 is an amazing little lens. sharp right from f2.8 and indeed versatile. The 75 is a gem, super sharp at f4 and beautiful dof at 1.8, but the 35-100 is a far funner lens.
    If youre worried about its performance dont, at f4 its sharper than most primes ive had for any system












    as you can see from some of these, you can get quite the shallow dof if you want. Go long at 100mm
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  14. mpresley

    mpresley Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 13, 2012
    Wolfe City, TX
    wonderful portraits - the 35-100 is a very nice lens. If I had to choose only one between the 75 and the 35-100 (and that would be hard) I'd choose the 35-100, plenty sharp, great build, and versatile.
  15. PantelisMor

    PantelisMor Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 14, 2013
    Qurick and Lisandra, your photos are amazing.... i think is an amazing lens.. Lisandra, you tell that the lens is sharp more than a lot primes. with which lenses you compare ;;

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  16. Lisandra

    Lisandra Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 16, 2010
    oh boy thats a tough one..well not tough but a long answer. Ive had just about every system you can think of, but to stay short within m43s the 35-100 its sharper than both oly 17mms (1.8 and 2.8) at any aperture, the sigma 19mm at any aperture (matches the 30mm at f4), the panasonic 14mm f2.5, matches the oly 45mm at f2.8, and the oly 12mm f2 at any aperture.
    I know there are some people wjo just cant believe a zoom could be better than any prime, but believe me we've tested in every way you can think of, and its quite possible. For instance the new canon 24-70 f2.8 II is sharper than quite a bit of primes from and out side that range, by what you may call a considerable margin.
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  17. sdsyver

    sdsyver Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 14, 2012
    Northern Alberta
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    Here are some taken with the 35-100mm yesterday in temperatures ranging from -28C to -18C. It was nice having the zoom on this particular day.
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  18. tosvus

    tosvus Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 4, 2014
    I have the 35-100 and very happy with it. Lately it has stayed on my camera a lot. Quality is great, and the weather-sealing is really good to have, plus for me, owning a Panasonic GH3, The image-stabilization is very useful. Also, of course, more flexible since you have a fairly good range of focal lengths.

    I don't own the 75, but would like at some point. My reason for staying away so far, is that even though people say this is the sharpest lens for m43 (possibly with exception of the new Nocticron), the focal length is a bit limiting. Certainly usable, but for instance for indoor use, it is too long.
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  19. zulfur666

    zulfur666 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 30, 2014
    I just pulled the trigger @ B&H for the 35-100 f/2.8 couldn't wait for the 40-150 f/2.8 from Olympus any longer as a "need" a zoom for my E-M1 and just sold my 14-150. And the upcoming weekend is predicted to be nice. Besides I don't know how much longer I'll be in the U.S before having to head back to Asia as prices in the US are better.
  20. chipbutty

    chipbutty Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Wonderful, natural looking portraits. What a change it makes seeing people as they appear naturally and not softened so much that they resemble bread dough or look like an alien!

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