Telephoto choice

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Hoddy, Dec 17, 2014.

  1. Hoddy

    Hoddy New to Mu-43

    Dec 17, 2014
    I have just acquired a Lumix G3 with kit 14-42 lens and am looking to buy a telephoto to use.

    Is there much difference in the IQ between the Panny 45-150 and the 45 -200 and is the "X" series 45-150 worth the extra money from an IQ point of view? The extra range of the 45 -200 is not really relevant to me (I'd be happy with anything from 100mm upwards) I dont do any video either.

    Any help or alternative suggestions welcome although I do really want a lens with IS.

  2. bigal1000

    bigal1000 Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 10, 2010
    New Hampshire
    They are all consumer grade lenses I doubt there is any real difference.....
  3. flamingfish

    flamingfish Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 16, 2012
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    Just curious -- any reason you're not looking at the Pana 45-175? When I was researching lenses, people seemed to like it a little better than the 45-200. I got the 45-175 and like it, but haven't had the opportunity to compare it with either of the lenses you mentioned.
  4. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
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    I've got the Oly 40-150 and like the IQ very much for what it is. You might be more happy with a Panasonic lens only for the simple fact of the OIS in the lenses.
  5. Hoddy

    Hoddy New to Mu-43

    Dec 17, 2014

    No reason, just forgot to mention it!
  6. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
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    The PL 100-300mm is an awesome lens with IS. May be a bit pricey, but I really love this lens.
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  7. Tadgh78

    Tadgh78 Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 25, 2013
    I have both the panasonic 45-175X and the 100-300. The latter is the more powerful telephoto of the two obviously as its nearly twice the focal lenght of the former. At 100mm 100-300 will also shoot at at least half a stop wider apperture than the 45-175, meaning a higher shutter speed can be used reducing the chances of camera shake blurring the photo.

    For me 300mm is often still isn't enough reach for the kinds of subjects I like to shoot (wildlife mostly). However if really all you need is 100mm then I'd go for the 45-175 every time. It's is a far smaller lens (about half the size) and a more practical one to carry around. It also zooms internally which is nice and makes it feel just a bit more solid. I feel it can just about serve as general purpose lens albeit a rather narrow one. You won't miss a portrait shot because you have the 45-175 on your camera. The same can't really be said for the 100-300mm.