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Re: Panasonic Leica 100-400mm F4-6.3

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A couple of image samples, plus the blogger Daniel Cox has kindly offered downloadable tiffs. This lens looks like a winner. The unfriendly UK pricing for the Oly 300/4 means this lens is likely to sell well I reckon.


http://naturalexposures.com/lumix-di...400mm-samples/
It should be pointed out that Daniel J. Cox is a highly experienced pro with many awards, not just another internet 'expert'.
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Re: Panasonic Leica 100-400mm F4-6.3

I don't know if anyone on here is after this lens but I popped in to Jessops in Kingston today on the (very) off chance they may have the Oly 300mm F4.
Of course they didn't but he (the salesman) said "I've got the Panasonic 100-400 to show you".
I almost fell over as not even Wex have one.
He put it on a E-m5ii body for me to have a go. With some reluctance I decided it wasn't for me so I walked out of the shop with the lens cap in my pocket!
I found it an hour later while walking the dog so it meant a return trip to Kingston!
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Re: Panasonic Leica 100-400mm F4-6.3

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He put it on a E-m5ii body for me to have a go. With some reluctance I decided it wasn't for me so I walked out of the shop with the lens cap in my pocket!
What didn't you like about it?

Incidentally it looks as if Ffordes might have the 300mm F4 in stock.

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Re: Panasonic Leica 100-400mm F4-6.3

Bearing in mind that I used it on the Olympus body I felt that the IS was only on a par with my old Canon 300 lenses on the 1D bodies I had. Obviously this is because the body could play no part in the IS process, only the lens.

There's nothing wrong with that you may say and of course you'd be quite right but since going over to m4/3 Olympus I've felt that the ultra modern IS has moved the whole stabilisation thing a quantum leap forwards.

The lens felt plasticky to me but that's not a criticism, there are many fine lenses out there made of plastic, it's just a value judgement of mine.
I definitely didn't like the extending barrel though.
Generally it seems quite good value for money and just like the Canon 100-400 it is probably the ideal safari lens for m4/3 users.

Incidentally, Ffordes don't have the 300mm F4 in stock but thanks for the heads up anyway. If B&H in New York haven't got one then I reckon no one has!
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Re: Panasonic Leica 100-400mm F4-6.3

I've been using the 100-400mm for a few months now having had the 100-300 Panasonic for a few years previously.
The 100-400mm is a bigger and heavier than the 100-300 for sure but feels a lot sturdier to me.
I've been carrying it hiking in the hills on an E-M1 and it still fits in a Napoleon style pocket of a waterproof/softshell. The extra reach over the 100-300 is a great benefit. It really does make a difference trying to get shots of wildlife etc. The image quality is superb I find and use the on board E-M1 IS.
The only downside is the extra size and weight makes for a bigger footprint for the wind to catch. You really do have to get a stable grip on the camera if it's a blowy day.

The equivalent of an 800mm lens that fits in your pocket? Can't be bad.
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Re: Panasonic Leica 100-400mm F4-6.3

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I've been using the 100-400mm for a few months now having had the 100-300 Panasonic for a few years previously.
The 100-400mm is a bigger and heavier than the 100-300 for sure but feels a lot sturdier to me.
I've been carrying it hiking in the hills on an E-M1 and it still fits in a Napoleon style pocket of a waterproof/softshell. The extra reach over the 100-300 is a great benefit. It really does make a difference trying to get shots of wildlife etc. The image quality is superb I find and use the on board E-M1 IS.
The only downside is the extra size and weight makes for a bigger footprint for the wind to catch. You really do have to get a stable grip on the camera if it's a blowy day.

The equivalent of an 800mm lens that fits in your pocket? Can't be bad.
When you say you've been using the on-board IS of the E-m1 does that mean you turned off the IS of the lens first?
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Re: Panasonic Leica 100-400mm F4-6.3

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Bearing in mind that I used it on the Olympus body I felt that the IS was only on a par with my old Canon 300 lenses on the 1D bodies I had. Obviously this is because the body could play no part in the IS process, only the lens.

There's nothing wrong with that you may say and of course you'd be quite right but since going over to m4/3 Olympus I've felt that the ultra modern IS has moved the whole stabilisation thing a quantum leap forwards.

The lens felt plasticky to me but that's not a criticism, there are many fine lenses out there made of plastic, it's just a value judgement of mine.
I definitely didn't like the extending barrel though.
Generally it seems quite good value for money and just like the Canon 100-400 it is probably the ideal safari lens for m4/3 users.

Incidentally, Ffordes don't have the 300mm F4 in stock but thanks for the heads up anyway. If B&H in New York haven't got one then I reckon no one has!
I have both lenses, I use the Olympus 300mm Pro on my E-M1, my wife uses the Panasonic 100-400 on her E-M5 II.

Both lenses are capable of producing excellent results although I think the Olympus definitely has the edge, even with the MC-14 attached.

The Panasonic 100-400 is much lighter than the Olympus 300mm and has the flexibility that zoom lenses offer over primes however, there is usually a compromise in image quality from a zoom lens when compared to a prime lens.

I would say that the Panasonic 100-400 is a huge step forward from the Olympus 75-300mm lens, the images my wife has produced using the Panasonic 100-400 are much better than those produced by her 75-300 especially towards the 300mm end on the 75-300.

My wife tends to use the lens OIS of the 100-400 in preference to the in body IS and thinks this gives better results. She also tends to take all of her shots hand held which she has no difficulty with.

I don't think that the inability to use the dual IS system should be a reason not to buy the Panasonic 100-400, when you bear in mind that many of us have used long zooms such as the Olympus ZD 50-200, MZ 75-300 and Sigma 50-500 using in body IS only and have produced good results, why should this be different with the Panasonic 100-400?

I find the Panasonic 100-400 to be a reasonably solid piece of kit and a good lens to use, I may even end up buying another for my own use at some point in the future as I think it's probably the best long zoom lens available for the micro 4/3 system at the moment.

For those who prefer the flexibility of a zoom, the lighter weight for use as a walk around lens, the Panasonic 100-400mm is probably the lens for you.

It's not inexpensive but it costs substantially less than the Olympus 300mm Pro.

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Re: Panasonic Leica 100-400mm F4-6.3

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When you say you've been using the on-board IS of the E-m1 does that mean you turned off the IS of the lens first?
Correct. I've always used the OIS when using non-Olympus lenses.
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Re: Panasonic Leica 100-400mm F4-6.3

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Correct. I've always used the OIS when using non-Olympus lenses.
Haha it never occurred to me to do that , it sort of nullifies my adverse comments on the IS doesn't it? Wife always says my lateral thinking skills are deficient.
In my defence I'm a m4/3 newbie and I was pressed for time, late collecting the dog from his haircut (rubbish excuses).
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Re: Panasonic Leica 100-400mm F4-6.3

These are now in stock at WEX and Park cameras if anyone is interested?
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Re: Panasonic Leica 100-400mm F4-6.3

Just wondering, When comparing with the Sigma 50-500 /4.5-6.3, what would he the difference?
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Re: Panasonic Leica 100-400mm F4-6.3

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Just wondering, When comparing with the Sigma 50-500 /4.5-6.3, what would he the difference?
The Sigma 50-500 is a 4/3 fit lens and would require an MMF adapter to be used with a micro 4/3 camera.

The focusing speed of the Panasonic 100-400 mm is much faster than the Sigma and the IQ is much better.

I hope this helps.

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Re: Panasonic Leica 100-400mm F4-6.3

If you are considering this lens and are in no real hurry to purchase I see Amazon are currently advertising it at 1,152.75 (usually dispatched within 1 to 2 months.) That is about 194 less than the next cheapest price according to camerapricebuster.

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Re: Panasonic Leica 100-400mm F4-6.3

I am wondering if those sellers are reliable.

I saw incredible prices in this period especially on amazon.de, but were sellers with very strange names.
I saw 25mm F/1.2 for 844 Eur or 300mm F/4.0 for 1600 Eur.

Maybe is not your case.
Let us know how the transaction was.
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Re: Panasonic Leica 100-400mm F4-6.3

This particular one is advertised as 'Dispatched from and sold by Amazon' rather than one of their third party sellers.

Just for the record I will not be purchasing one but I posted this as a 'heads up' for anyone who is considering buying the lens.

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