Panasonic 35-100mm F 4-5.6?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by larryis1, Apr 6, 2015.

  1. larryis1

    larryis1 Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 23, 2015
    Southern Nevada, USA
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    I have a new OM D E-M5 II, and am interested in getting a telephoto lens for my new system with objectives of light weight, low profile, good build and decent image quality. I am favoring the Pan. 35-100mm F4-5.6. Can anyone comment on how that lens performs with the Olympus M5 II body? With my objectives as stated above, are there any alternatives to this lens?

    Also, what is the length of this lens when fully zoomed in to 100mm?

    Thank, Larry
  2. BigTam

    BigTam Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 19, 2012
    Dortmund, Germany
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    I have the 35-100, and it checks all the boxes you gave. Collapsed, about 50mm, 2", at 35mm, about 75mm, 3" and at 100mm, about 100mm, 4".Can't say how it performs on the M5II. You might want to look at the Olympus 40-150, too. Light, a good bit larger, a little plasticky, but very good value for money. Up to 100mm excellent BQ.
  3. m43man

    m43man Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 28, 2012
    A couple reviews are showing edges not as sharp as the 35-100, but maybe it's acceptable compromise.
  4. snaimpally

    snaimpally Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 31, 2012
    I have the 35-100mm f4. Very nice compact lens that provides a very usable zoom range. I have been using it on my Panny DMC-GM1 and haven't tried it with my EM5 yet, but I don't see why it wouldn't perform well.. The 35-100mm is pretty cheap considering it what it gives you. I got some very nice pictures with it.
  5. Desert_B

    Desert_B Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 8, 2013
    Minnesota, U.S.A.
    I, too, am looking at the 35 - 100 F 4 - 5. 6 to use on my em10 during travel.the reviews and sample images I have seen are quite promising.up to this point, I have had a couple of primes that I have used for basically everything, not really finding a need for the 14 - 42 kit lens.I did get the Olympus 40 - 150 for well under $100. It is fun and does well for some things, but I'm just not sure yet if it's my ideal travel lens.Larry, did you end up getting the 35 - 100, and if so, how do you like it?
  6. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
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    Here are a few shots with my newly acquired 35-100 4-5.6, all hand held on the GM1. I took two shots of the flower, the first one at 6.3 (wide open) and the other at 9 for more DoF. It's hard to tell the extent to which diffraction effects are sneaking in a f9. I should try this on a tripod since the GM1 is very small and it's hard to hold stayed at full tele. OTOH, I will never use this lens on a tripod with the GM1. I may try it on my EM1 to see how stable I can get it, although I'm still going to have to rely on the lens IS.
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  7. Robert

    Robert Mu-43 Rookie

    Oct 16, 2012
    The Panasonic is an excellent travel lens. I used it om my Olympus em5 during my cyclingtrip in Yunnan, China.


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