Which lens do I buy now?

bilzmale

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I have a good range of :43: lenses but lack something in the long zoom range. The prices for the new Oly 70-300 and the Pana 100-300 are a stratospheric $900 odd and out of my reach.

That leaves two choices:
Pana 45-200mm - Competitively priced ($270) and includes OIS. Some reports of softness at the extreme range but a 'native' lens so focus is pretty quick.

Oly 4/3 70-200mm - available for around $300. Not stabilised on the GH1. Extra reach but is it hand-holdable. I have the necessary adapter. Unsure about focus speed. Well regarded for price on a 4/3 body.

Advice gladly sought.
 

Brianetta

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I'd go for the Panasonic, principally on the grounds that it's a native lens, with the size and weight benefits that attracted me to the format. The OIS is a bonus, of course.
 

pdh

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My comments may only partially apply as I use an E-P2
I find the 4/3 70-300 extremely slow focusing, and at the long end sometimes it won't focus at all in less than good light conditions, and I don't find the AF to be very accurate.
Trying to MF handheld at 300mm can be tricky ...
It's a solid lump of a lens but it can be handheld. Couldn't really use it without a viewfinder though.
I think the crucial question is what you want to use it for, how you use it, and what compromises you are prepared to accept.
A small target at full stretch is going to be pretty soft.
If you can use a support, whether a tri- or mono-pod, or a beanbag, I reckon you can get some very acceptable results.
There are a couple of other threads on this subject elsewhere on the forum with images which prove how well it can be made to work I think.

https://www.mu-43.com/f40/olympus-70-300mm-e-p-l-1-2-can-done-2038/

https://www.mu-43.com/f40/300mm-more-epl-1-a-3668/

A few people use it as a macro too, and I've certainly managed a few really gorgeous images of (e.g.) dragonflies.
Forum member Christilou does some lovely flower work with one as well, worth having a look at her gallery.



hope this helps!
 

bilzmale

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OK reality check. I'm not going to be happy with either lens (I have actually owned and sold both at different times).

With the AUD at 95c of the USD I have pre-ordered a new 100-300 Panny from Amazon. Now let's see how long I have to wait in the queue.
 

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