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brian1208
6th March 2013, 02:02 PM
That's blown the last of my "Canon Money", I finally succumbed and purchased this lens, so no more toys for another year :p

Of course, the moment I get a new lens the light goes but I had to go into town this morning to photograph the exhibition (did it yesterday but promptly forgot and formatted the card! :o ) so took a few shots on Christchurch Quayside.

First impressions are very positive, its light but well built and seems very sharp from wide open (and, with a very few tries into grey skies, seems to track BIF shots quite well, more on that later)

Here are a few ubiquitous swan shots at f4, no sharpening applied from the .jpg (which had sharpening set to -1) but a slight boost to the light

http://i1130.photobucket.com/albums/m531/oldcanon/Panasonic%2035%20100%20test%20images/panasonic100mmf45swan1.jpg

http://i1130.photobucket.com/albums/m531/oldcanon/Panasonic%2035%20100%20test%20images/panasonic100mmf45swan2.jpg

http://i1130.photobucket.com/albums/m531/oldcanon/Panasonic%2035%20100%20test%20images/panasonic100mmf45swan.jpg

http://http://i1130.photobucket.com/albums/m531/oldcanon/Panasonic%2035%20100%20test%20images/panasonic100f45swanwings.jpg

Ray Shotter
6th March 2013, 02:06 PM
I like image number 3 - a beautiful Pose !

Ray.

CJJE
6th March 2013, 02:26 PM
Great shots! What's he standing on?? :-)

brian1208
6th March 2013, 02:34 PM
Thanks both of you

What's he standing on?? :-)

Water! :)

(he had just finished beating up one of the other swans and this was his "Tough Guy" posing bit at the end, using his tail as a brace and flapping his wings to get his body lifted high at the start of the show)

Shame about the first shot with the background swan but at least it shows the "Out of focus" quality at f4

Alpha1
6th March 2013, 02:38 PM
Nice shots with a very good lens. I hanker after the 35-100 too! I did get the 75/F1.8 MZuiko at Focus though(good price!) but they were out of Pana 35-100's!

I also like the third one. The detail is quite amazing and I think the dull day has served you well!;)

OM USer
6th March 2013, 02:38 PM
#2 is a really mean pose.

brian1208
6th March 2013, 03:34 PM
Nice shots with a very good lens. I hanker after the 35-100 too! I did get the 75/F1.8 MZuiko at Focus though(good price!) but they were out of Pana 35-100's!

I also like the third one. The detail is quite amazing and I think the dull day has served you well!;)

I havered a bit about gettig the 75mm Dave but as I already have the 60mm macro decided it wasn't for me (its a great bit of kit though)

Greytop
6th March 2013, 08:04 PM
Nice shots Brian, I like my 35-100 too :)

wellyboot
6th March 2013, 08:40 PM
Lovely shots, as always Brian. Are they cropped at all?

brian1208
6th March 2013, 09:49 PM
Lovely shots, as always Brian. Are they cropped at all?

around 10%-15% crop for these, mainly for composition and to remove odd bits of swan :)

Seonnaidh
6th March 2013, 10:27 PM
No3 is a definite winner IMHO.
Must get one of these lenses.
Only delaying because I'm hoping OLy will do something to provide m4/3rds with some tasty equivalents.

Paul19
6th March 2013, 10:40 PM
Must get one of these lenses.
Only delaying because I'm hoping OLy will do something to provide m4/3rds with some tasty equivalents.

Me too*chr, but still saving up so have some time to see what Oly can produce.

brian1208
6th March 2013, 11:24 PM
I was talking to the lass from Olympus about what's coming next and she indicated that she "thinks" there will be a 40-150 f2.8 sometime in the Autumn (she took my card and promised to keep me informed, but we will see :) )

wellyboot
7th March 2013, 12:59 AM
I was talking to the lass from Olympus about what's coming next and she indicated that she "thinks" there will be a 40-150 f2.8 sometime in the Autumn (she took my card and promised to keep me informed, but we will see :) )

Now that sounds like one I would be very interested in! And just in time for Christmas too!

brian1208
7th March 2013, 07:01 AM
It does sound interesting doesn't it.

I'm saving for the panny 150 f2.8 prime and hoping someone will bring out a 1.4x TC to go with it

OM USer
7th March 2013, 10:53 AM
A 40-150mm F2.8 (or more likely F2.8-4.0) would pile on the pressure to do something about the silly F6.3 at the long end of the 12-50mm kit zoom. Its the only thing lets lets down an extremely useful and very versatile lens. I'm trying to be practical here and not asking for the impossible, just for something that I can use indoors a bit more often. Of course my dream would be the FT 12-60mm re-engineered for MFT and fast CDAF.

Alpha1
7th March 2013, 11:02 AM
I was talking to the lass from Olympus about what's coming next and she indicated that she "thinks" there will be a 40-150 f2.8 sometime in the Autumn (she took my card and promised to keep me informed, but we will see :) )

If that would be 40-150 at F2.8 from wide to tele that would indeed be something. In the meantime that 35-100 of yours is a cracking good lens and it comes complete with a lens hood!*yes

Greytop
7th March 2013, 11:36 AM
A 40-150mm F2.8 (or more likely F2.8-4.0) would pile on the pressure to do something about the silly F6.3 at the long end of the 12-50mm kit zoom. Its the only thing lets lets down an extremely useful and very versatile lens. I'm trying to be practical here and not asking for the impossible, just for something that I can use indoors a bit more often. Of course my dream would be the FT 12-60mm re-engineered for MFT and fast CDAF.

If it's weather and dust proof and performs at HG level then I might well be tempted.
I also suspect if there is truth in this then we will see something like a f/2.8 12-40 or 14-45 or similar which again would be of interest to me.

Although I do very much like my Panny f/2.8 zooms if it were a toss up between Oly and Panasonic, all other things being equal Oly wins.

brian1208
7th March 2013, 11:52 AM
if it were a toss up between Oly and Panasonic, all other things being equal Oly wins

for me too

brian1208
8th March 2013, 04:59 PM
I've just spent a happy hour wandering along a very misty Mudeford Quay, shooting grounded boats in the mist and having a play at shooting Gulls in Flight in the mist.

The 35-100 did a very good job of coping with the minimal contrast difference between gull and background and I reckon I was getting 40%+ in-focus shots using AF + MF but letting the system do its own focusing.

Shooting at 3.5 fps the system was able to track gulls approaching head on and keep pretty reliable track of them (CAF was a total wash-out in these conditions but I suspect that is a function of the body rather than lens)

One thing I'm noticing is that when I half-press the shutter to focus then full press I'm hearing a noise which sounds like the aperture blades closing down from wide open.

Does anyone else hear this (or is it my ears playing up again? ;) )

Attic
10th March 2013, 12:41 PM
Excellent photos, the 35-100 looks a really great lens.