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  • HELP! Will the Panny 100-300mm AF on the L1?

    Anybody know if the Panasonic 100-300mm lens has been used successfully on the L1?

    Thanks for any info!

    Cole

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    Re: Will the Panny 100-300mm AF on the L1?

    Originally posted by LTZ470 View Post
    Anybody know if the Panasonic 100-300mm lens has been used successfully on the L1?

    Thanks for any info!

    Cole
    You can use Four Thirds lenses on Micro Four Thirds cameras via a 'spacer' adapter, but not Micro Four Thirds lenses, like the 100-300, on a Four Thirds body (L1) because the lens needs to be mounted closer to the sensor than is possible.

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      Re: Will the Panny 100-300mm AF on the L1?

      Ian many thanks for the info...I am grateful...what is the longest fl lens available for the
      L1? What options do I have with stabilisation?
      leica 14-150?

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        Re: Will the Panny 100-300mm AF on the L1?

        Longest tele lens is Sigma 300-800/5.6, huge and expensive, not really a piece for everyday shooting.
        More common is Bigma (Sigma 50-500/4-5.6), large and heavy lens, no longer manufactured but still available in many shops.
        Best comparable to Panny 100-300 is Olympus 70-300/4-5.6, very nice lightweight lens at very good price.
        Then there is Oly 90-250/2.8 (big and expensive) and 50-200/2.8-3.5 , both excellent even with teleconverter.

        None of these is stabilised, only Leica offers IS in their lenses, as Olympus uses in-body image stabilisation.
        Chart of all available lenses for 4/3 (some of them discontinued) is HERE.
        Regards, Pavel.

        E-1(x2) | ZD 14-45 | ZD 14-54 | ZD 40-150 Mk.1 | ZD 70-300 | FL-50 | Velbon Sherpa 750R
        M42(Pancolar 50/1.8, Pentacon 200/4)+ M42->4/3 reduction

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        • #5
          Re: Will the Panny 100-300mm AF on the L1?

          Originally posted by LTZ470 View Post
          What options do I have with stabilisation?
          leica 14-150?
          To add to Pavel's excellent response, yes the only long IS lens is the Vario-Elmarit 14-150mm f/3.5-5.6. It's a rather rare lens but an excellent one - surprisingly compact in its storage (zoomed-in) mode, and lightweight, for that zoom range. Those of us who have one, tend to chuckle whenever someone starts the annual "If you could only bring one lens" thread - for us that's a no-brainer. I believe that is also the reason you rarely see a used one for sale - it would be among the last lenses we would sell. The only downside is that it's rather slow at the long end, especially if you want it for wildlife. But as Pavel noted, the fast ones get really expensive.

          Ted

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          • #6
            Re: Will the Panny 100-300mm AF on the L1?

            IMO, the Pany 100-300 is good enough that buying say an E-PL1 mFT body is worth it. The L1 is wonder ful, but in its own way so is the E-PL1. And the 100-300 is really, really nice.
            Steve
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            • #7
              Re: Will the Panny 100-300mm AF on the L1?

              Thanks for the informative replies...I ended up with on e of the GH1 Bundle and the 100-300...
              Ted I got the 14-150 used at a good price...also the 25mm 1.4 so the L1 should be a lot of fun...

              Thanks a bunch!

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