So just noticed Panasonic will release a new version of the 100-300mm ii

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Haven't seen this myself, link would help!

If it is like any of the past Panasonic second versions of a lens then the answer is that nothing will change other than the external cosmetics of the lens.
 

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I was just about to buy the 100-300. I wonder if this means I should wait and possibly get a good deal on the original when the new one comes out.
 

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43rumors tend to dig up most rumors and announcements (to the point some of it doesn't pan out). Don't recall seeing anything about this on there though? I may just have missed it of course.
 

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I have not heard any news about this. Would be interested if it's true, since I am considering getting the 100-300 in the next few months, and so would probably get the older version at a discount if there was a new version...
 

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I think I'm fine with the current version unless they make it into a fixed barrel 100-275mm power zoom X lens with nano coating. That would actually be pretty nice!
 

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Well I went to Kenmore camera site and saw it along with the older model. New model the 100-300mm ii is on order 100 bucks less and older version that is in stock. ??? Maybe its a smaller version for the gm line I have no idea. I have bin looking for any info on it on line but have not found anything yet.
 

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Hmm interesting. That said if they messed with the ois like they did on the 35-100 2.8, I'd rather get the older version to avoid video jitter.
 

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here you go,http://www.kenmorecamera.com/p-36823-panasonic-100-300mm-f4-56-2nd.aspx

Wonder if it is just one with accessories and one without. Don't know, rumors how we love rumors.
This might be a pretty good indicator of an updated lens. Kenmore Camera seems to have a close relationship with Panasonic and usually gets lenses in stock fast. They might of gotten advanced notice of a new lens? Hopefully it gets slightly improved optics and a size reduction similar to the 14-140 II.
 

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Sorry to burst your bubble guys, but if the only basis for the rumour is the Kenmore Camera listings, it looks to me like "2ND" just means "2nd hand" or maybe "refurbished." There's also a "2ND" listing for the 35-100 and 45-200, and in every case it's a good chunk cheaper than the retail price they're selling the new models for.
 

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This is not a new lens. Panasonic may possibly be getting into selling refurbished lenses, but do not hold your breath on availability. This is from a long discussion with Kenmore Camera.

--Ken
 

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Yeah, this looks like a refurbished unit of some form. That's what "2nd" usually means. Something new or like new with a minor cosmetic defect.
 

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Ha, to bad if it only means second hand, really would like a to see a upgrade on 100-300mm.
 

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