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    Great lens. As big and heavy as the ZD 70-300 FT but with a smaller barrel and it just feels better on the GH-1. For whatever reason the combo feels better than the GH-1/14-140. Really nice color and IQ. Can't wait for the backordered GH-2 to arrive. Now the only thing truly keeping me in 4/3 is the ZD 50. The Panasonic/Leica 45 Macro is a fine lens, but the ZD 50 truly spoils me. But if someone gave me an E-5...

    My "pet" wood stork (would you believe their only predators here are cars and if they fail to pay attention, alligators) -- another shot of the same bird will be found in the current Salon - yes the feet really are bright pink.

    Steve
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    Held together well Steve. Great reflections.

    Regards. Barr1e

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    • #3
      Re: First impression 100-300

      Anyone else got one of these lenses? Any pics or comments?

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      • #4
        Re: First impression 100-300

        OK! A 100-300 is arriving tomorrow so I can - at last - compare it with the Oly m.Zuiko 75-300

        Ian
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        • #5
          Re: First impression 100-300

          The Panny 100-300 arrived late this afternoon but there was still some of that rare commodity (sunshine) out there, so I have produced some simple side by side comparisons of the Panasonic 100-300 and Olympus 75-300 for you to download.

          All these shots were taken using a Panasonic DMC-GH2 @ISO 160 (minimum) ISO using aperture priority mode. All were focused using AF-S except for the last shot of the branch, where manual focus was used. A tripod was used and image stabilisation (where present) was switched off. The widest aperture available was used in all shots.

          A more varied gallery of samples and technical tests will follow. But for now:

          Click on the RAW or JPEG link to view or download the relevant image file. Please be aware the RAW files are nearly 20MB each.

          Olympus m.Zuiko 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7

          75mm f/4.8 JPEG - RAW
          150mm f/5.6 JPEG - RAW
          300mm f/6.7 JPEG - RAW
          300mm f/6.7 JPEG - RAW

          Panasonic G Vario 100-300mm f/4-5.6

          100mm f/4.0 JPEG - RAW
          150mm f/4.5 JPEG - RAW
          300mm f/5.6 JPEG - RAW
          300mm f/5.6 JPEG - RAW

          Please bear in mind that Panasonic does tend to correct its JPEG in-camera images more than Olympus, so the RAW files may be more revealing.

          And do let us know what your initial impressions are!

          Ian
          Founder/editor
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          Digital Photography Now (http://dpnow.com)
          Olympus UK E-System User Group (http://e-group.uk.net)
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            Re: First impression 100-300

            I see I'm only 7 minutes from when you posted but I'm getting 404 errors on all. Maybe in a few minutes...
            Steve
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            • #7
              Re: First impression 100-300

              Originally posted by fluffy View Post
              I see I'm only 7 minutes from when you posted but I'm getting 404 errors on all. Maybe in a few minutes...
              Yeah - apologies, some clumsiness on my part - now fixed!

              Ian
              Founder/editor
              Four Thirds User (http://fourthirds-user.com)
              Digital Photography Now (http://dpnow.com)
              Olympus UK E-System User Group (http://e-group.uk.net)
              Olympus camera, lens, and accessory hire (http://e-group.uk.net/hire)
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              • #8
                Re: First impression 100-300

                Thanks Ian.

                Not a lot of difference showing here. The Raw files show nothing perceptable and the Pany has the edge in JPG's straight out of the camera. But after PP I suspect there would not be a lot in it. The OLY has the edge on range and the Pany has the edge on speed so for now it's take your choice.

                Look forward to more extensive tests, some reviews have questioned the Oly lens in the mid range wide open...

                Bill
                E510, 14-42,14-54, 50-200, EC1.4, FL36R

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                • #9
                  Re: First impression 100-300

                  Thanks, Ian, for your comparison of the two m43 x-300 zooms on a GH2 body. This is the first such direct comparison. I wonder if anyone has done similar on an E-P3 body? Below is what I asked on another forum:

                  Has anybody compared the Olympus m.Zuiko 75-300 with the Panasonic 100-300 on a current m43 body like the E-P3? Neither of these lenses are available to try in my small town. I am interested on one of these for bird photography on trips where photography is not the primary objective. I travel a lot for business, and can't always take my big guns along, but one of these should be easy to carry. I have read specs and reviews on both, but none that compare the two on the same body for this purpose. From the specs:

                  Oly: f/4.8-6.7, 58mm filter size, 430g, 4.57" long, 2.76" diameter, no hood, $900 street price.

                  Panny: f/4.0-5.6, 67mm filter, 520g, 4.96" long, 2.89" diameter, with hood, $500 street price.

                  Seems to me that for a bit over half the Oly cost, the Panny is faster, heavier, slightly larger in diameter and length, comes with hood, and has switchable OIS, so I could test and compare OIS vs IBIS, as well as neither for tripod use.

                  Thanks for any more comparisons....
                  Ken610, Oregon

                  E-5 x2, HLD-4 x2, E-520, E-1, 9-18, 12-60 SWD, 14-42, 14-54 I, 18-180, PL 25/1.4, 25/2.8, 35-100/2, 40-150 II, 50/2, 50-200 SWD, Bigma 50-500, 70-300, 90-250/2.8, 150/2, 300/2.8, EC-14, EC-20, EX-25, FL-50r x2, FL-36r, Jobu Jr, Jobu HD2.
                  m43: E-P3, 17/2.8, 14-150, Panny 100-300, VF-2, FL-14, FL-20. XZ-1, PT-050, UFL-1, UFL-2, Tough-8000, and a whole bunch of OM stuff.
                  *** All stored in a big, heavy, fireproof, waterproof, inside-bolted, secure gun safe!

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                  • #10
                    Re: First impression 100-300

                    Photozone have just posted a review of the Panasonic MFT 100-300: http://www.photozone.de/olympus--fou...684-pana100300

                    No review yet of the Olympus 75-300, but we're halfway there.

                    - Hal -
                    A Still Mind - Photography, Music, Meditation, Ministry - www.astillmind.net
                    Olympus E-M5; Panasonic-Leica DG Summilux 25mm; Zuiko 12-60 SWD, 50-200 SWD; Sigma 105 Macro; Rokinon (Samyang) 7.5mm fisheye; Olympus 8/1.8 PRO fisheye; FL-50R; Giottos MT-8361 tripod with Gitzo GH2780QR ballhead.

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                    • #11
                      Re: First impression 100-300

                      Thanks for that link, Hal. This article called the Panny "Okayish", and suggested that corrections to jpgs and raws that take place withing the Panny bodies, and lacking in the Oly bodies might prove to be a problem for Oly users. In spite of that, I am 95% decided to go with the Panny, even without a comparison with the Oly on an Oly body.
                      Ken610, Oregon

                      E-5 x2, HLD-4 x2, E-520, E-1, 9-18, 12-60 SWD, 14-42, 14-54 I, 18-180, PL 25/1.4, 25/2.8, 35-100/2, 40-150 II, 50/2, 50-200 SWD, Bigma 50-500, 70-300, 90-250/2.8, 150/2, 300/2.8, EC-14, EC-20, EX-25, FL-50r x2, FL-36r, Jobu Jr, Jobu HD2.
                      m43: E-P3, 17/2.8, 14-150, Panny 100-300, VF-2, FL-14, FL-20. XZ-1, PT-050, UFL-1, UFL-2, Tough-8000, and a whole bunch of OM stuff.
                      *** All stored in a big, heavy, fireproof, waterproof, inside-bolted, secure gun safe!

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                      • #12
                        Re: First impression 100-300

                        I tend to agree with you, Ken. The review shows that the Panasonic is not a great performer, but I would also choose it over the Olympus since the Oly is much more expensive and has a smaller maximum aperture. And so far, Olympus' micro four thirds lenses have not proven themselves have especially high image quality, so it's a good bet that the 75-300 won't perform any better than the Panasonic 100-300.

                        - Hal -
                        A Still Mind - Photography, Music, Meditation, Ministry - www.astillmind.net
                        Olympus E-M5; Panasonic-Leica DG Summilux 25mm; Zuiko 12-60 SWD, 50-200 SWD; Sigma 105 Macro; Rokinon (Samyang) 7.5mm fisheye; Olympus 8/1.8 PRO fisheye; FL-50R; Giottos MT-8361 tripod with Gitzo GH2780QR ballhead.

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                        • #13
                          Re: First impression 100-300

                          Hi.

                          from Ian's images and from this test:

                          http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...ct/1373/cat/15

                          I do think that the Zuiko might be a little bit better than the Panasonic, but if I was in the market to buy one of these, I will go for the panny, for all the reasons stated here, and because is looks more like a real 300mm, than the Zuiko (just see side by side the images Ian took at 300mm, and you have to admit that they are not at the same length).

                          best regards

                          Rogerioi

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                          • #14
                            Re: First impression 100-300

                            I have ordered the Panny, I will be traveling, and have made arrangements to have it shipped to my hotel. I will add my impressions here when I have a chance to test it. Thanks to all who contributed to this thread.
                            Ken610, Oregon

                            E-5 x2, HLD-4 x2, E-520, E-1, 9-18, 12-60 SWD, 14-42, 14-54 I, 18-180, PL 25/1.4, 25/2.8, 35-100/2, 40-150 II, 50/2, 50-200 SWD, Bigma 50-500, 70-300, 90-250/2.8, 150/2, 300/2.8, EC-14, EC-20, EX-25, FL-50r x2, FL-36r, Jobu Jr, Jobu HD2.
                            m43: E-P3, 17/2.8, 14-150, Panny 100-300, VF-2, FL-14, FL-20. XZ-1, PT-050, UFL-1, UFL-2, Tough-8000, and a whole bunch of OM stuff.
                            *** All stored in a big, heavy, fireproof, waterproof, inside-bolted, secure gun safe!

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                            • #15
                              Re: First impression 100-300

                              nice, interesting info

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