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Olympus or Panasonic ... That is the question.

Hi again guys.

As you may know, I now have my E-M1 ii, 12-100 Pro and 60macro and I nearly have the rest of the little essentials for the camera prior to going out and, weather permitting (for me not the camera) putting it to the test and proper use .... but ...

I am now trying to decide on a long lens. It must be light and reasonably priced (for now) and a zoom of preferably 300mm or more ( fixed length lenses do not suit my use, the 300mm Pro is also way too heavy regardless of how good it is).

There only seems to be two lenses which fit that criteria, the Oly 75-300 Mkii and the Panny Vario 100-300 Mkii.

Does anyone have experience of using both these lenses, if so, which do you think is better at the long end and overall in use?

From some great replies to a previous post, I noted that 'pdk42' was never happy with the Panny 100-300 he once had , and '090657' loved his Oly 75-300 .

Obviously a split camp at the moment so any views, comments, experiences etc. of either of these lenses gratefully received.

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Re: Olympus or Panasonic ... That is the question.

Having used them all, I have settled on the 75-300.

However I also have a GX8 that would give me dual IS with the 100-300 mk ii, but if going that way the 100-400 would be the better option.

Dual IS really works well, as can be seen when using the 300mm f/4

Given how good the IBIS is on the EM1 ii unless you want the extra length of the 100-400, go with the 75-300 as that extra little bit at the wide end can come in handy and has so for me on a few occasions.

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Re: Olympus or Panasonic ... That is the question.

Very helpful answer Keith - I've been trying to make the same decision.
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Re: Olympus or Panasonic ... That is the question.

I would definitely go for the 75-300 ( I already have ) For the price, size, weight and performance it's no contest compared to anything else.

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Re: Olympus or Panasonic ... That is the question.

Given your criteria Keith then, as you say, these two are the only options. I doubt there's a lot between them in IQ, so given you have an E-M1ii, the 75-300 seems the obvious choice. You'll be able to take advantage of Pro Capture mode and I think it's actually a little smaller and lighter.
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Re: Olympus or Panasonic ... That is the question.

As for VFM, the 75-300 is superb. But it does need good light due to its slow speed at the long end (actually it is best to avoid the full 300mm if you can). Depending on what you are shooting, I think keeping the shutter speed up and using around f7.1 at or near the long end is good advice. Any slight softness can be cleaned up in PP anyway.
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Re: Olympus or Panasonic ... That is the question.

I've had the Panasonic 100 300 MkI and now have the Olympus 75 300 MkII. The Olympus 75 300 MkII is the better lens in my opinion and is more portable as well.
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Re: Olympus or Panasonic ... That is the question.

Just wanted to say thanks guys for your input.

Not surprisingly, considering this is an Olympus system forum, the consensus is to go for the Oly 75-300, with not much love for the Panny 100-300. That does make sense though.

I really had wondered about the Panasonic 100-400 but, for starters, I've just spent enough money buying into this system and ... get this ... my wife is starting to look at my E-M1 ii with much nicer looks than she gives me, so, with her in mind, the 75-300 is a good start for me and if she likes the system when she can prise it from my clutches to try it, I can eventually pass it to her and get the Panny 100-400 (or, better still, an Oly version if they ever get round to making one) for myself.

Thanks benvendetta for your thoughts regarding the slow speed at the long end.

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Re: Olympus or Panasonic ... That is the question.

A bit late to the party here, and I know this is a bit of a hobby horse of mine, but another possibility to consider, so long as you don't mind extra size and weight, is to get a used Four Thirds 50-200 (f/2.8-3.5) and an adapter, and if you want extra length, 1.4x (and/or 2x) teleconverter. Absolutely superb image quality, and affordable. But bulkier and heavier than M43 glass.
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Re: Olympus or Panasonic ... That is the question.

Thanks RobEW. I do now have a brand new 75-300. The other thing is, I really don't want to start using adapters or even teleconverters unless there is absolutely no other way around a situation.
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Re: Olympus or Panasonic ... That is the question.

The 75-300 is also a lovely lens, especially in good light. And almost miraculously tiny and portable.
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