Showcase Panasonic Leica 100-400mm f/4-6.3 DG Vario-Elmar

petegiu

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EM-1 PL100-400
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I've been thoroughly impressed with the output of the 100-400 especially at 400mm and cropping like this one below. I did run some NR in Topaz Denoise because after I recovered some shadows around the claws/tail there was some noise (and still is), I also let Denoise do light sharpening (+10). Anyway, even the base out of camera Jpeg was impressive enough.
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It wasn't full, but the moon was so bright and the sky so clear I just had to grab some shots tonight.
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A few shots from a local park in Brooklyn, NY -


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Found "Fudge" in a basket. shot at 100mm f4 and 1/50sec
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Today I edited a video. I took most footage around my house.. and have been collecting for a while. I really love this lens! Combined with my G9 it's by far the best setup that I ever had. Not sure if video's are OK here, but since all footage is taken with the 100-400:
 

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So what is everyone’s opinions on the weight/size for carrying this around? When I go out, I’m usually equipped with my P100-300ii, as most of the interesting things I come across are farther away—it’s actually the default lens on my camera when I put it up. The PL50-200 is also very tempting, since it starts at 50 and is not much bigger than the P100-300ii that I cart around now. More range could be had with the teleconverter, but that’s even more money and it comes at a performance price.

The PL100-400 seems more widely available used than the PL50-200, so it would be the cheaper option—I just don’t know if I could be happy with the extra size weight? Any thoughts much appreciated.
 

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I really enjoy this lens paired with the EM5MK3 + JBD wooden grip. A few from a local park in NYC.

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@Darmok N Jalad in my opinion, it’s really difficult to let this lens stay home.
I’ve not got any weight problems with it, but I can easily go with 3 houses (1x g9, 2x em1), and 100-400, 12-40 and 40-150 attached to them.
 

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So what is everyone’s opinions on the weight/size for carrying this around? When I go out, I’m usually equipped with my P100-300ii, as most of the interesting things I come across are farther away—it’s actually the default lens on my camera when I put it up. The PL50-200 is also very tempting, since it starts at 50 and is not much bigger than the P100-300ii that I cart around now. More range could be had with the teleconverter, but that’s even more money and it comes at a performance price.

The PL100-400 seems more widely available used than the PL50-200, so it would be the cheaper option—I just don’t know if I could be happy with the extra size weight? Any thoughts much appreciated.
I think it's almost a 'must have' lens.
I've also got the Oly 300mm Pro - but particularly if I have any travelling to do, it's always the 100-400 that comes with me.
It's also a great performer! 👍
 

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So what is everyone’s opinions on the weight/size for carrying this around? When I go out, I’m usually equipped with my P100-300ii, as most of the interesting things I come across are farther away—it’s actually the default lens on my camera when I put it up. The PL50-200 is also very tempting, since it starts at 50 and is not much bigger than the P100-300ii that I cart around now. More range could be had with the teleconverter, but that’s even more money and it comes at a performance price.

The PL100-400 seems more widely available used than the PL50-200, so it would be the cheaper option—I just don’t know if I could be happy with the extra size weight? Any thoughts much appreciated.
Do you need 200 mm, or 400 mm? 50 mm, or 100 mm? That's what it comes down to.
 

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Do you need 200 mm, or 400 mm? 50 mm, or 100 mm? That's what it comes down to.
I could use all of that range. One of the things that I thought of with the 50-200 is that 50 is short enough to get portraits, but I think I’d enjoy 400 even more. I’ll probably start with this 100-400 and go from there. It’s easier to find for better deals right now anyway.
 

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Buying a lens purely on price is about the worst way to go about it. In my experience. It's not too hard to figure out your most used focal length/s and buy accordingly, surely?
Oh, I’d like to own both (haha, who wouldn’t), as I could see a lot of use for both. Cost just helps become a deciding factor. I take a lot of wildlife photos, so 100-400 would be great, but I could also really see using the 50-200 for a walk-around lens. Right now, my most used lens is easily the 100-300. That’s not to say the other 2 lenses I own aren’t invaluable for me (8-18, 12-60), they are just seeing less use in our lockdown life. My main concern with the 100-400 is size/weight. The 50-200 is just a bit heavier than the 100-300, so there isn’t as much concern there, but then I lose range for wildlife unless I drop for a TC.
 

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So what is everyone’s opinions on the weight/size for carrying this around? When I go out, I’m usually equipped with my P100-300ii, as most of the interesting things I come across are farther away—it’s actually the default lens on my camera when I put it up.
I previously had the 100-300II, and had the same concern. No doubt about it, the 100-400 is quite noticeably heavier. I could hand-hold the 100-300II up all day, but I have to limit the duration of holding the 100-400 up as I start to feel it in my wrists.

In terms of carrying for walking around though, I haven't had any issues with it on my sling strap while walking around for an hour or two. Definitely don't put it around your neck!
 

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Out of level 4 restrictions and into level 3 - we get to drive to a nearby park as a family. First outing for the lens in a while.

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