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    Newbie needs long lens advise

    I gave a Gf1 with the 140mm zoom lens. Taking a trip to Africa and need a longer zoom... Anywhere from 200mm to 300mm. new or used. I know precious little about lens availability and compatibility for my camera. So I'm looking for suggestions. Any help would be appreciated

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    Re: Newbie needs long lens advise

    There are m43 lenses form Panasonic and Oly that cover 100-300mm, Pany having the advantage of in lens image stabilisation.
    The Oly 75-300mm 4/3 lens is also a good option but would need the m43 - 4/3 adaptor.
    I also have the GF1 but mainly use legacy glass from 4/3 cameras(including the 73-300mm) I had before (I also have the Pany L1 ).
    Lots of options, but all down to money in the end.
    Options in order of my preference would be:-
    Pany 100-300
    Oly 75-300 + adaptor
    Oly 100-300

    good hunting

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    Re: Newbie needs long lens advise

    The Panasonic 100-300 is the obvious choice for a Panasonic user as it has in-lens stabilisation. The Olympus Zuiko Digital 70-300 f/4-5.6 is an option and cheaper than the 100-300, but you need to factor the cost of the adapter, the fact that it has no IS, it's much slower to focus and it is bigger and heavier than the Panasonic. On the other hand, it does work well as a macro lens and optically it is quite good - although it can suffer from ghosting in very bright high contrast conditions.

    The Olympus m.Zuiko 75-300 probably isn't a good choice as mated to a Panasonic body there is no IS at all. Optically it is excellent and slightly smaller and lighter than the Panny 100-300, but it's an expensive lens (and it doesn't come with a lens hood as standard).

    There is also the Panasonic 45-200. I haven't used this lens so much and it has mixed reviews but basically it's a decent performer for a budget lens and like many lenses of this type its best performance tends to be in the middle of the zoom range.

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    Re: Newbie needs long lens advise

    Quote Originally Posted by Ian View Post
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    There is also the Panasonic 45-200. I haven't used this lens so much and it has mixed reviews but basically it's a decent performer for a budget lens and like many lenses of this type its best performance tends to be in the middle of the zoom range.

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    Ian's right, the Pany 45-200 is a mixed bag. Here's a shot using this lens on a G1 (ISO 400 ; f/8; 1/800 175mm, hand held). To get an idea of the IQ, check out the leg tag number and the water drop on the beak:

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    Re: Newbie needs long lens advise

    Here are the crane crops I mentioned in the post above.


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    Re: Newbie needs long lens advise

    Thank you all for the the replies. One last question, what makes the 100-300 lens better than the 45-200? ( other than the obvious difference in focal lengths)

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    Re: Newbie needs long lens advise

    The 100-300 is not a budget lens so the optical design and build is better quality than the 45-200. This is also borne out in results taken with both lenses. The 45-200 is not a bad lens but the 100-300 is a very good one.

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    Re: Newbie needs long lens advise

    Are there comparative reviews I can look at? Many thanks for the reply.

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    Re: Newbie needs long lens advise

    For a Panasonic m43 camera the 100-300 really is a no-brainer. There is no real competition for it in this combination.
    Some of my pictures can be viewed here.

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    Re: Newbie needs long lens advise

    Quote Originally Posted by Lukethedrifter1 View Post
    Are there comparative reviews I can look at? Many thanks for the reply.
    The excellent site Photozone have tested both lenses. You can find the reviews here: http://www.photozone.de/m43

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