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  • HELP! Long Lens

    I am just about to purchase a G5 with a 15-140 power lens for general useage but what is the best lens to buy for wild life and bird shots please?

    Ron

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    For a G5 the lumix g-vario 100-300 would be the only choice I guess. the only competitor is the Olympus mZuiko 75-300, but that lens has no image stabilisation (Olympus has IS built-in in the camera, Panasonic in the lenses).
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    • #3
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      Thanks for your reply. What about the 200 - 600, is that any:\ good do you know and is it a power lens please??

      Ron

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      • #4
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        Originally posted by Ron Binmore View Post
        Thanks for your reply. What about the 200 - 600, is that any:\ good do you know and is it a power lens please??

        Ron
        There is no 200-600, I think it refers to the same lens (cropping factor 2 for micro 4/3: 100-300 on m4/3 = 200-600 full frame equivalent).

        The 100-300 is a good lens. A tiny bit soft on the long end, but that is to be expected I think.
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        • #5
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          I've never seen the point of telephoto zooms that are soft at the long end.
          It's the image that's important, not the tools used to make it.

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          • #6
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            What lens would you use then David M? I don't have a huge amount of money to spend but I need a long lens so the 100-300mm looks as if it is the one I shall have to go with. I would have thought that if you use single spot auto focusing for birding and keep the ISO as low as possible it might be alright??

            Ron

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            • #7
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              Originally posted by David M View Post
              I've never seen the point of telephoto zooms that are soft at the long end.
              I personally don't think the 100-300 is soft at 300. What is an issue is that this is equivalent to a 600mm lens - that's a very long lens to be hand held, which it is easy to do with this lens. Hand-holding a lightweight lens at 600mm is asking for motion blur. I have seen excellent sharpness with this lens at the long end when the photographer has managed to keep the camera steady.

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              • #8
                Re: Long Lens

                Originally posted by Ron Binmore View Post
                Thanks for your reply. What about the 200 - 600, is that any:\ good do you know and is it a power lens please??

                Ron
                Hi Ron - I thin you are getting a little confused by the use if 'power' by Panasonic. Some lenses have a power zoom function (like the 14-42 power zoom, and the 45-175 power zoom) while other lenses have Power OIS, which is an enhanced image stabilisation used in some of Panasonic's newest lenses.

                There are no 'Power' features with the 100-300, which is the obvious choice for your camera.

                You could think about the 45-175 power zoom, but this lens - although reasonably powerful at the tele end - might not be long enough for some bird and other wildlife scenarios.

                Ian
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                • #9
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                  You could be right about the camera shake issue at the long end. It's something I never considered as 98% of my long lens shots are tripod mounted.

                  At the same time I've tested a lot of telephoto zooms over the decades and kept a grand total of one, the 50-200 SWD.
                  It's the image that's important, not the tools used to make it.

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                  • #10
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                    Camera shake is a distinct possibility at 300mm and I'm definitely not beyond that. Another possibility might be IBIS-IS not working nicely together, since it was used on an E-PL3 (with a monopod). It is my wife's lens and I don't use it any more since I bought myself an mZuiko 75-300, so I don't have recent experience. My wife likes this lens a lot though and it's performance isn't shabby at all.
                    I fully agree with Davidm about the 50-200 SWD. That lens and the 12-60 SWD are the main reason for me to keep the E5.
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