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Panasonic 100-400 or Olympus 300 pro

OK, so I may struggle to find the money, but should anyone be planning to sell either of these lenses soon please let me know - I have a few other non-photography items that I'm selling to help cover the cost so no big rush but the lure of e-infinity keeps on pulling at me..
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Re: Panasonic 100-400 or Olympus 300 pro

Me too Steve, I'm in the same quandary don't quite know which way to jump. Good luck with your search.
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Re: Panasonic 100-400 or Olympus 300 pro

It's not an easy one is it Phil - I've never really used primes, and the only one I have (an 85mm f1.8 for my Nikon D850) is my least used lens ever. I have a sigma 150-600 for the same camera and use it a lot, mainly at the 500-600 end.
I'm not really sure I can keep both systems so that's one dilemma, and the other is that the oly 300 has so much going for it, but it's a prime. The 100-400 has the extra reach and flexibility but extends, which I don't like (as does the sigma) but is a lot cheaper.
Fancy joining forces and buying a few lines for tomorrow's euro millions..?
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Re: Panasonic 100-400 or Olympus 300 pro

I think I'll stick with my 75-300 until Olympus reveal the new 150-400 (or whatever it may be) then make my choice.
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Re: Panasonic 100-400 or Olympus 300 pro

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I think I'll stick with my 75-300 until Olympus reveal the new 150-400 (or whatever it may be) then make my choice.

This just adds to the dilemma, as I don't imagine it will be cheaper than the 300....
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Re: Panasonic 100-400 or Olympus 300 pro

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This just adds to the dilemma, as I don't imagine it will be cheaper than the 300....
I was seriously interested in the Panny 100-400 but all the discussion revealing the fact that it's unrepairable after the warranty expires has now definitely put me off anything with the Panasonic name on it.

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Re: Panasonic 100-400 or Olympus 300 pro

Unrepairable? Must have missed that. Surely not, maybe just uneconomic to do repairs?
An Olympus 150-400 does sound good, in all but price I'd guess.
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Re: Panasonic 100-400 or Olympus 300 pro

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Unrepairable? Must have missed that. Surely not, maybe just uneconomic to do repairs?
My wife's Panasonic 100-400mm developed a fault during its warranty period and was sent off for repair.

The repair facility simply replaced it with a new one, it seems replacing was less expensive than repairing.

I'd bought her a 300mm just before the Panny was sent off, the new 100-400mm was tested when received and I don't think it's been used since, I'm not sure if she'd want to part with it though.

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Re: Panasonic 100-400 or Olympus 300 pro

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Unrepairable? Must have missed that. Surely not, maybe just uneconomic to do repairs?
An Olympus 150-400 does sound good, in all but price I'd guess.
Phill, this is just one of the threads relating to Panasonic's service, or lack of it. There are more.

http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=47481

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Re: Panasonic 100-400 or Olympus 300 pro

WEX are advertising seven used Panasonic 100-400 zooms, including one open box and one refurbished as new. It appears that at least some of them find their way back onto the market after they have eventually been repaired.

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WEX are advertising seven used Panasonic 100-400 zooms, including one open box and one refurbished as new. It appears that at least some of them find their way back onto the market after they have eventually been repaired.

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Hi Ron, I haven't looked at the Wex site yet. Do Wex indicate any of these 100-400 lenses offered were faulty and subsequently repaired ?

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Hi Ron, I haven't looked at the Wex site yet. Do Wex indicate any of these 100-400 lenses offered were faulty and subsequently repaired ?

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No, none of gives any indication of being faulty and having been repaired. However the one which is refurbished is described as: Refurbished by the Manufacturer to original specifications. Condition of goods: Shows signs of testing. I am speculating that it has been repaired but there might be another explanation.

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Re: Panasonic 100-400 or Olympus 300 pro

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No, none of gives any indication of being faulty and having been repaired. However the one which is refurbished is described as: Refurbished by the Manufacturer to original specifications. Condition of goods: Shows signs of testing. I am speculating that it has been repaired but there might be another explanation.

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My understanding with Panasonic 100-400 lenses from articles on the net and posts on here is as follows:

If the lens develops a fault under warranty it will be replaced free of charge.

If the lens develops a fault out of warranty, you will be offered a new replacement at a slightly reduced price compared to the RRP. but they will not offer to repair the faulty lens.

As always, I could be wrong

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Re: Panasonic 100-400 or Olympus 300 pro

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I think I'll stick with my 75-300 until Olympus reveal the new 150-400 (or whatever it may be) then make my choice.
What about using a teleconverter, are they any good?
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Re: Panasonic 100-400 or Olympus 300 pro

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My understanding with Panasonic 100-400 lenses from articles on the net and posts on here is as follows:

If the lens develops a fault under warranty it will be replaced free of charge.

If the lens develops a fault out of warranty, you will be offered a new replacement at a slightly reduced price compared to the RRP. but they will not offer to repair the faulty lens.

As always, I could be wrong

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It doesn't mean those lenses will not be repaired and re-sold. These will most likely be re-supplied to the market as 'refurbished' along with open box returns that are, otherwise in as-new condition. And they will have a warranty.

Personally, I have had great success in buying 'refurb' laptops, Dyson vacuum cleaners and other items and saved hundreds of pounds, some from the original manufacturer direct. I can't sayI regretted buying any of them.

On the other hand I am having a battle with HP over a 4 month old laptop bought brand new from them direct which has a cracked screen through no fault of my own, but that's a different story!

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