So who is purchasing the Olympus 300mm or Panasonic 100-400mm?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Whtrbt7, Jan 13, 2016.

  1. Whtrbt7

    Whtrbt7 Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 7, 2014
    i just wanted to see who is planning on purchasing one of these long lenses and what they are using it for. Also if anyone is purchasing one over the other for specific reasons. Both lenses look awesome.
  2. yendikeno

    yendikeno Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 5, 2015
    I've adopted a wait and see attitude. Want to see more tests of the Pany lens, as currently there doesn't seem to be a lot of information about it.
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  3. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 20, 2012
    Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia
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    Agree, but in my case, I think I want to go for the Pana-Leica 100-400mm lens (as it seems more useful to me or at least more versatile) but that would only be if there is some sort of discount in the future (hopefully this year) & if I can talk my better half into agreeing with the purchase. It would be to use on my E-M1.
  4. Carbonman

    Carbonman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2014
    Vancouver BC
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    I'll probably get the Oly 300mm f4.0, but it won't be until the Canadian $$ climbs up a long way from where it is now and Olympus has some serious discounts. My guess is about 3 years down the road before I actually pull the trigger.
  5. GRID

    GRID Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 22, 2011
    Oly 300 easy, Pana is to slow and i dont like moving parts when using the camera in dusty/snowy/muddy conditions.
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  6. ninad

    ninad Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 25, 2013
    Riverside, CA
    I am planning to buy Oly 300 and pair it with MC14. I am primarily a birder and like the reach and sharpness this combination will provide over my current Oly 75-300. But I would love to see head to head comparison between Pana 100-400 and Oly 300 before I pull the trigger.
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  7. srhphoto

    srhphoto Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 26, 2012
    Most definitely not the Oly - way too expensive for what is only a 300mm f4.

    I'm far more tempted by the Panny 100-400, but I just don't shoot anything these days that requires that sort of reach so I'm in absolutely no rush to get my hands on one.
  8. MassimoFoti

    MassimoFoti Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 27, 2014
    Lugano (Switzerland)
    I am tempted by the 100-400 but reality is I would use it only a few times per year and that wouldn't justify the price.
    Later on I may reconsider in case I will find a very good deal on second-hand
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  9. Tony Rex

    Tony Rex Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 6, 2015
    Melbourne, Australia.
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    Olympus 300mm since I've already got the MC-14, but I'm not sure when. It all depends on how quick the price settled. The $2K mental barrier is too hard for my amateur capacity.

    And the moment its biggest competitors are actually the other PRO lenses (7-14mm and the FE) and the new bodies PEN-F etc. I'm not sure I'll be buying an ultra expensive lens after I had those multiple big buys.

    I'm in no hurry to get into birding category, so I'll just wait and watch for a killer deal to come along,... Or just forget it altogether.

    Or buy a GX8 + the P 100-400.. Idk... I much prefer the Olympus but they gotta seize the momentum if they want to get my amateur money.
  10. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 14, 2010
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    I've used the 100-300mm quite a lot but I've always wanted more reach and better sharpness. With the 100-400mm I'll get both - even though it's hard to justify the price as a mere hobbyist...
  11. Dave Lively

    Dave Lively Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 16, 2014
    I preordered the 100-400 but am hoping to see some reviews before the lens ships. If the early reviews are disappointing I can cancel the preorder but if I wait to see all the reviews before I buy one I might not get one in time for some trips I have planned. Panasonic is probably not planning to sell many of these and if demand exceeds their estimates it might take a while before supply catches up. Waiting for a potential $100 - $300 discount around Christmas is tempting but I want to use the lens this summer enough to buy one as soon as it comes out. This will be the most expensive photography related item I have ever bought by a big margin but I want one badly enough for a trip to Glacier national park this summer to pay full price.

    The 100-400 is quite a bit smaller than the 300, a mere 1/3 stop slower at 400 than the 300/1.4 TC combination and over $1000 less expensive. Makes the decision pretty easy for my purposes. It should replace both my 100-300 and Canon 300mm FD L f2.8 with 1.4 TC. Selling both of those will help defray the cost of the new lens. If I got the 300mm I would still want to keep the 100-300.
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  12. turbodieselvw

    turbodieselvw Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 29, 2010
    I have the Panny on order. It better arrive before my trip to the Galapagos in June. I had the Oly 40-150 with 1.4 converter with me in the Galapagos last year and found that I needed a much longer lens; hopefully, the new Panny will be it. The Panny will also be of use on my return trip to Kenya for the big migration.
  13. mcasan

    mcasan Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 26, 2014
    300 Pro for my E-M1. I already have the TC for use with the 40-150 Pro. Dual IS only works within either Panasonic or Olympus brands. So if I shot Panasonic I would have a GX8 and have the 100-400 on order. I can't imagine not wanting/using the advantage of a dual IS system with long glass.
  14. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 20, 2012
    Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia
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    I've just found out the Aussie price for the Oly 300 f4 lens, $3,699. OUCH!!!!!

    NZ is much worse at $4,299.
    Olympus AU
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  15. hoodlum

    hoodlum Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 16, 2012
    Toronto Canada
    I have pre-ordered the 300mm. I only use the long end of my 100-300 so the faster prime is what I was looking for.
  16. Drdave944

    Drdave944 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 2, 2012
    Since I have the GX-8 and it would get dual IS it is hard to resist. I would like to see some tests. Dual IS sure works with the 12-35mmf2.8. and 35-100 F2.8.
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  17. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    Not for me. If I wanted kit this big I'd likely be doing birding or such like and then I'd like tracking/continuous AF that works too - so I'd buy a D7000 or a 7D with one of their 300mm lenses.
  18. RMills

    RMills Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 7, 2014
    Pre-ordered the Oly 300, better match for me and have the TC already. Picked the Oly for speed and dislike extending barrels.
  19. Sammyboy

    Sammyboy m43 Pro

    Oct 26, 2010
    Steeler Country
    .... I have two Oly 300's on order, need a third one but that will have to wait until 3rd qtr. 2016 ......
  20. TNcasual

    TNcasual Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2014
    Knoxville, TN
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