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Standard zoom and mid range Lenses with focal lengths larger than 12mm, but no longer than 60mm, includes standard zooms and portrait primes plus some macro lenses.

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MFT 75-300mm v FT 70-300mm

Hello.
I have always been impressed with the results from the relatively inexpensive FT 70-300mm zoom and in good light it works well on the M1.
However I also read glowing reports on the MFT 75-300.
I'm now looking for a bit more reach. I would not part with my 50-200 SWD but it is hardly a walkabout setup when mounted on the M1, the 70-300mm is more acceptable.
Other than size and weight is there a major advantage in replacing my current 70-33mm with the 75-300mm?

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Re: MFT 75-300mm v FT 70-300mm

From my experience of both, the 75-300 focuses faster and, more importantly, is silent in use. I used to hate the whining noise from the 70-300 as it went through the focusing cycle.

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Re: MFT 75-300mm v FT 70-300mm

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From my experience of both, the 75-300 focuses faster and, more importantly, is silent in use. I used to hate the whining noise from the 70-300 as it went through the focusing cycle.

Ron
The 75-300 MkII arrived from Jessops a couple of days ago and what a beauty it is!
Ron you are completely right; by comparison this lens makes the 70-300 seem somewhat agricultural in use as it indeed whines and hunts for focus on the EM-1.
The new lens is completely silent and focus is almost instantaneous.
The images seem extremely sharp with a nice bokeh for close up portraits.
And if anyone didn't know, the LH-61E lens hood as fitted to the 70-300 does fit the 75-300.
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Re: MFT 75-300mm v FT 70-300mm

Once you have had the time to get a little more accustomed to it I would love to know how it compares to your 50-200. I have the non SWD version and find it too slow to focus much of the time - stuff like athletics in particular but not just moving subjects..
I just wish the new 45-150 would appear soon but until then I might consider selling on my 50-200 and go for a 75-300 despite it's slow max aperture..
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