Panasonic GX8 + Olympus 75-300 II??

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by ajamils, Dec 4, 2015.

  1. ajamils

    ajamils Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 20, 2012
    Richmond, Texas
    Has anyone used the above combo? If so, how has the experience been? I was originally thinking about picking Panny 100-300 but I've owned this lens in the past I wasn't too thrilled with it. Other than slightly slower on the long end, I've read mostly positive reviews of 75-300 II and that's why I'm considering picking it up.
     
  2. b_rubenstein

    b_rubenstein Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 20, 2012
    Melbourne, FL
    I think the biggest issue with the Oly is that it doesn't have IS. I have this lens and use it with Oly bodies. It really needs some good stabilization because of the long focal length and slow aperture. It works okay when using the Oly IBIS, but the GX8 IBIS isn't as good.
     
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  3. BGDavis

    BGDavis New to Mu-43

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    Jan 15, 2017
    This is an old thread, but the topic is still relevant.
    I tried the Oly lens with GX8 recently. The stills are great; the IBIS works perfectly. However: no IBIS at all with any type of video. (Menu to enable E-stabilization for video is grayed out for the Oly lens.) I always shoot hand-held, often with the Panny 100-300mm at full zoom. Results for both stills and video are great. Sadly, if you use the Oly lens (which is much lighter, smaller and has a greater range of focal lengths) you will not be able to shoot video of any type without a tripod. This is disappointing since the official MFT website claims that this lens is fully compatible with this camera.
     
  4. Hypilein

    Hypilein Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 18, 2015
    Now that the new version of the Panasonic 100-300 adressed the issues of focus speed and aperture mechanism, I think the choice is clear. Weather sealing is another bonus.
     
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  5. BGDavis

    BGDavis New to Mu-43

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    Jan 15, 2017
    The GX8 is weather sealed; all information indicates that the Panny 100-300mm lens is not.
    List of MFT weather sealed lenses as of a few months ago (most of them are Oly):
    • Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO
    • Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm 1:2.8 Macro
    • Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 300mm F4 IS Pro
    • Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm F2.8 PRO
    • Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm 1:2.8 PRO
    • Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 EZ
    • Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH Power OIS
    • Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm F4-5.6 II
    • Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm F2.8 OIS
    • Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F2.8 Pro
    • Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm F4.0-6.3 ASPH Power OIS
    (Based on DPreview's database)
     
  6. Hypilein

    Hypilein Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 18, 2015
    Panasonic just announced the 100-300 II. They updated focus motors, aperture mechanism, OIS (added support for DUAL IS2) and weather sealing. Price remained low.
     
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  7. D7k1

    D7k1 Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Nov 18, 2013
    I have both the Oly 75-300 II and the PL100-400 - for travel only the 75-300 II is pretty amazing. Even with the PL100-400, hand holding video at anything over 100mm (esp. 4K) is a real challenge. Taking my yearly reptile trip with my friend and am taking one Gx8, 12-35, 75-300. I have several choices of small travel tripods and I Might take one
     
  8. BGDavis

    BGDavis New to Mu-43

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    Jan 15, 2017
    Thanks for this information. Sounds like a nice upgrade, although they have left the weight the same at 520g. I was attracted to the Oly lens because it has a greater range of focal lengths and is also quite a bit lighter and smaller. I get good results from the previous Panny 100-300mm, but it gets heavy pretty fast when shooting hand-held.
     
  9. BGDavis

    BGDavis New to Mu-43

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    Jan 15, 2017
    If you have the GX8 and the Oly lens, to shoot any sort of video you'll have to use the tripod, won't you? The lens has no IS and the Panny IBIS only works with still photos with an Oly lens?
     
  10. D7k1

    D7k1 Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Nov 18, 2013
    Yes, but I've and that is why I am taking a travel tripod. Plus I've found with the Pl100-400 shooting past 100-150 for video hand held is a real challenge.
     
  11. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    Also include the Olympus 12-100/4 PRO