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Panny 35-100 F2.8 vs 45-200 in same range

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Sootchucker, Jun 13, 2014.

  1. Sootchucker

    Sootchucker Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 9, 2012
    United Kingdom
    Hi guys, despite me saying to myself that my M4/3 kit was simply a travel alternative to my Nikon full frame kit, I'm finding that I've haven't picked the Nikon's --up in 2 months now, and I have have GAS for M4/3 equipment, that's how impressed I've been with M4/3.

    I now have some decent lenses for my OMD-EM1 and GX7 - namely the Olympus - 12-40 F2.8, 60mm Macro, 45mm F1.8, 9-18 UWA & the Panasonic 7-14 F4, 20mm F1.7, 14mm F2.5, 14-140 II, 100-300 OIS and the 45-200 OIS.

    Now I am looking to rationalise my lenses somewhat (get rid of the 9-18 for instance now I have the 7-14), but one "pro" lens I'm missing is the 35-100 F2.8 (70-200 F2.8 FF equivalent).

    So here's my question, taking the wide F2.8 aperture aside, how much better in terms of pure image quality is the 35-100 F2.8 than the Panasonic 45-200 within the same focal range ? My copy seems pretty sharp up until about 175mm, but at 200mm get a tad soft, but certainly within the same range as the 35-100 looks pretty decent.

    I know the 35-100 is a pro lens and better made, faster etc, but in terms of pure image quality, am I missing out by not having this lens, or should I trade the 9-18 Olympus and the 45-200 for one of them ? I ask as Panasonic seem to be having a bit of a supply problem in the UK, and very few (if any) companies have this lens in stock to try.

    Thoughts please.
  2. poopstick

    poopstick Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 9, 2013
    Burlington Ontario
    Night and day.
    While not terrible, the 45-200 is probably the least sharp of all Panasonic's lenses. The 35-100 on the other hand, is the sharpest zoom Panasonic has.
    And then considering each lens's aperture range, the extra cost is very much justified for the pro lens.
  3. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Since you have the E-M1 is worth having a look at the Oly 50-200 f2.8-3.5.
  4. Sootchucker

    Sootchucker Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 9, 2012
    United Kingdom
    Thanks chaps. Just snagged a mint copy of the Panny 35-100 F2.8 for a cracking price, so I guess the 45-200 is now up for sale :smile:
  5. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team Subscribing Member

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    I'm sure it's the right move. I had a 45-200 for about a day before I decided to sell it - worst lens I've ever used. By far!
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