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    Re: Fun with Panasonic 100-300

    +1
    I have only had it a short time, however it is not soft at 300.
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    Re: Fun with Panasonic 100-300

    Chiming in to agree that even with very modest support and OIS turned on, the Panasonic is sharp all the way out to 300mm.

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    Re: Fun with Panasonic 100-300

    It is sharp at 300mm but the IS is having a hard time at that FL. I suspect reports of softness at 300 are caused by camera movement rather than any lens deterioration.
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    Re: Fun with Panasonic 100-300

    Quote Originally Posted by dhsimmonds View Post
    It is sharp at 300mm but the IS is having a hard time at that FL. I suspect reports of softness at 300 are caused by camera movement rather than any lens deterioration.
    Maybe you should try the IBIS of the OMD in combination with the 300 FL?

    Also there were reports that both (OIS and IBIS) turned on are working together .... at least worth a try.

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    These are shot mostly with 100-300 - CrossFit Regionals North East 2012. I did not know what will be happening during competition so got myself 100-300, just in case. Turned out to be a good call. On one hand anyone could stand really close to athletes, on the other hand it was very crowded. So I shot most of those from across the field with gh2. Nobody else did it this way, so no elbow fights and view was unique
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oleg Shpak View Post
    These are shot mostly with 100-300 - CrossFit Regionals North East 2012. I did not know what will be happening during competition so got myself 100-300, just in case. Turned out to be a good call. On one hand anyone could stand really close to athletes, on the other hand it was very crowded. So I shot most of those from across the field with gh2. Nobody else did it this way, so no elbow fights and view was unique
    Very good examples of how useful this lens can be and also what a great performer - the compression effect at that distance can also create quite dramatic images. Well done.

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    A quick front yard shot of an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. Stabilization was on for both the OIS and IBIS, not purposefully but simply because I grabbed the camera and mounted the lens quickly to get the photo. The color rendition from what I saw and what the camera captured was spot on, which is something I have appreciated about the lens both on my Panasonic G3 and the Olympus OM-D EM-5.



    Panasonic 100-300 on Olympus OM-D EM-5
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    Just got this lens in the post Friday and used for the first time over the weekend trying to get some stills/video footage of my daughter competing in a sailing championship. First thought is whether I should swap it? The zoom ring was distinctly "sticky" in places but seems to have smoothed off a bit after a couple of hours use. Not as good as 14-140 though, (at least when it was new!) but focussing ring is better weighted than 14-140. Nicely built but not up to Canon L standards, even less Zeiss ZE. Do others find build a bit variable? (no issues with 20/1.7)

    I wish I'd seen the tip about turning off OIS at high shutter speeds. need to do some proper testing to get any sort of sense of how lens performs. The race course was over 1 km from my position in cloudy, blustery, conditions (Rutland water in UK) and having forgotten my binos I was using 300mm to try to identify sail numbers by zooming in on playback - I could but pictures were not what I would call sharp (1/1000 +, mainly over 320ASA, spot focussing). OTOH some shots of much nearer objects looked a lot better.

    Put my Canon 300/F4 IS on ebay to pay for this. I would think the 300/1.4/5D2 combination is, in ideal conditions, better but I would have needed to get a crop body to get the same reach and no way could I carry that around while going in the water to help her with launching/retrieving dinghy.

    Using GH2 BTW

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    For what it's worth, here's a shot of a dragonfly I took with my GH2, at 1/1300, f/6/3, ISO 160 and 197mm. OIS was on....

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    Re: Fun with Panasonic 100-300

    A couple heavy crops of a far away bird:


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    Amin, that looks like a Bittern or Rohrdommel/DE (Roerdomp/NL).

    Kind regards.
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    Thanks, Bart. It was very well camouflaged. I wouldn't have noticed it if not for the other photographer standing there pointing a very large lens in that direction.

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    New to these forums and this is my first post. Nice place you have here.

    I've had the 100-300mm for a few months now and it's probably the lens that I have the most fun with. Despite what a few people say, I think this lens is incredibly good -- especially when you consider the price. Here's a few shots I've taken. All were taken with a monopod with the exception of the moon shot, it was taken with a tripod.


    A few bees (the first one is carrying a supply of pollen):










    Kingfisher:




    Cedar Waxwing:




    Seagull in flight:




    Raven taking flight:




    Song sparrow:




    Crab spider:




    Harvard landing:




    And of course, the obligatory moon shot:



    All photos taken with a GH1 and 100-300mm lens.

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    Re: Fun with Panasonic 100-300

    While walking on the beach. Not as sharp as I would like at 100% (and this one is cropped) but still I think it looks good.


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    Re: Fun with Panasonic 100-300

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan_M View Post
    New to these forums and this is my first post. Nice place you have here.

    I've had the 100-300mm for a few months now and it's probably the lens that I have the most fun with. Despite what a few people say, I think this lens is incredibly good -- especially when you consider the price. Here's a few shots I've taken. All were taken with a monopod with the exception of the moon shot, it was taken with a tripod.
    Welcome to the forum and a great start, Dan !
    And you're right: whatever the naysayers say: this lens is good fun

    All the best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMaher View Post
    While walking on the beach. Not as sharp as I would like at 100% (and this one is cropped) but still I think it looks good.
    I think so too, Jim
    What was the shutter speed ?

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    Re: Fun with Panasonic 100-300

    Thanks,
    1/1,250 at 5.6. I think there may be a little motion blur but there shouldn't be at that speed.

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    Re: Fun with Panasonic 100-300

    Not a BIF but the same day at 240MM. Very sharp but then the bird wasn't flying or me trying to track him and take a shot.



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    Wow, Dan. Those are very nice. And yours, Mr. Mayer. :-)
    It's probably the lens that is on my camera most when I go out for walks. Here's one I took with my 100-300 of a local sandhill crane.

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    Dr. Brad, wow!!!

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    Thanks. Forgot to mention it was shot with my GH2 at 275mm, f9, ISO 320 at 1/1000.

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    Re: Fun with Panasonic 100-300 - African Gray

    Shot this yesterday at a local indoor plant conservatory that has some resident parrots and other birds.

    GH2, ISO 800, f5.6, 1/320, with Panasonic 100-300 at 300mm.

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    About 200mm at 5.6, 1/400 second. Bright, hazy overcast.

    Mean looking cow.

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    That's a great picture - and yeah, that is one mean looking cow!

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    JUst came back from a trip to South Africa. I bought the 100-300 for this trip. I really liked the range. Although it can be sharper in some photos, I am happy with the result. I own an OM-D.
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    Here's another with my GH2 and the 100-300 taken on Nov 10 - this time at 150 mm, since I was quite close to the bird! This time it was a sub-adult sandhill. I know this lens isn't the fastest, but in the right light, I'm quite happy with it.

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    Re: Fun with Panasonic 100-300

    Have a question about the lens:

    In another forum I read that the lens is very sharp at all focal lengths if you are shooting subjects that are fairly close but when you are at distances approaching 200 ft. or more, the details start to get a smeared look especially at the longer focal lengths. Have any of you who own the lens seen this or is it another pixel peeper obsessing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimGoshorn View Post
    Have a question about the lens:

    In another forum I read that the lens is very sharp at all focal lengths if you are shooting subjects that are fairly close but when you are at distances approaching 200 ft. or more, the details start to get a smeared look especially at the longer focal lengths. Have any of you who own the lens seen this or is it another pixel peeper obsessing?

    Thanks!

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    Although I haven't yet got around to testing this systematically (and it needs a day when atmospherics aren't a factor) I would tend to agree with the judgement that at 300mm this lens performs quite a bit better at shorter range: it would be preferable if it was the other way round. And the IBIS certainly can't cope at 300mm even off a monopod. Its size and weight (on an OMD) make it extremely useful but comparing it with stuff shot on my (now sold, unfortunately) Sigma 150-500 on a D700 makes the M4/3 combo look a bit sick.
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    Here's a shot of a heron in the weeds at 300mm on my GH2.

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    Just for fun, here's one I took with my old G2. Handheld, ISO 200, 228mm, f/9, 1/160, with built in flash.

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    Coming at me through the turn. Shot a series of images like this and the focus was good on most using EM-5, single point focus. At 300mm, 7.1, iso 400, 1/640.

    Just got GH3 today and first impressions are that the focus is faster and the focus ergonomics are much better. The buttons are much more responsive and definite in their click. The control wheel and set buttons work much better, they are separated enough so that I don't press set when I mean to press a cursor. Positioning focus point with control wheel works well, the EM-5 is skitterish -too fast or too slow, hard to position exactly. Pin point focus seems very nice and handy, a far cry from the overly large focus box of the Em_5. Screens look great to me. Menu is much better but I started with Pana and am probably more used to their style.

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    An energetic succulent (Sempervivum) in the Berkeley morning sunshine. This guy lives in the monastery parking lot garden.
    OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic 100-300 at 100mm.
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    Here's a shot of a House Finch, taken at a nature centre near Vancouver BC. ISO 320, 214 mm, f/5.1, 1/400, with my GH2.

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    Such colourful birds Dr. Brad.

    This one taken yesterday, the Heron apparently doesn't read the notice!

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    Great lens Lois {for the money} just picked one up


    Quote Originally Posted by biglouis View Post
    I love extreme lenses which is why I couldn't resist obtaining the new Lumix 100-300 f4-5.6.

    Here is my take on the lens. Nicely built in typical Pansonic quality plastic style. Less impressed with the focus throw on my copy which is stiff. Maybe it will loosen up with use (I hope). It is a big lens but not as big as, say, the equivalent focal length or even half the zoom focal length on any other system I know of. In fact, you could say the promise of m4/3rds is finally realised with this sort of lens in terms of size. Comes with a nice reversible lens hood and a soft case and caps.

    Obviously, it is a hard lens to get a sharp shot from at maximum. The problem is the inevitable shake and the need for high speed. I really doubt the OIS is much use and in fact the manual even hints that you might want to turn it off at high magnification.

    As a result, this means operating at high iso and unfortunately my GF-1 loses a lot of definition above iso800. I can recover some of this because I shoot raw and the raw settings tend to be soft and noisy. However, when shooting birds, for example, this leads to a loss of detail.

    In typical Panasonic style the lens is capable of sharp, colourful pictures, though I feel it will take some time and practise to get the best out of this lens. And possibly a GH-2 if the improvements to high iso definition that I've seen in samples really are there.

    The full size jpegs are at my Flickr stream if you feel the need to pixel peep. All pictures have minimal to no post processing.

    iso640 f7.1 300mm 1/500


    iso1250 f5.6 234mm 1/250 - pleasing bokeh?


    iso160 f7.1 120mm 1/200


    iso200 f5.0 125mm 1/200


    iso640 f5.6 300mm 1/800
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    Plumeria/Frangipani pre-dawn in Queensland. EM-5 with Panasonic 100-300. Blessings all around!
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    Let's have another chorus: ("Merry merry king of the bush is he!") EM5 with Lumix 100-300 (still lost some of those highlights)
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    My OMD with 100-300mm

    At 300mm




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    Re: Fun with Panasonic 100-300

    Contrast detection AF is not considered suitable for fast action!

    Otters are renowned for being both elusive and very fast movers!

    OM-D with Pana 100-300 using IBIS and handheld at 300mm (600mm equiv.)



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    Re: Fun with Panasonic 100-300

    This may be of interest to some using this lens...I long ago replaced the factory tripod collars on my Nikon 80-200/2.8 and 300/4 with much more stable, low-profile collars from Burzynski, so when I bought a Panasonic 100-300mm zoom for a trip to the UK last summer I looked around and a couple of references to the collar made by Rösch Feinmechanik. Time was short, however, so I put the search off until a future time.

    I recently decided that now was the time, so I emailed the maker to inquire about availability and final cost delivered to the US. The result was that, 74 Euros (about US$100) and nine days later I had the tripod collar on my desk. I haven't had time to use it yet, but I wanted to let people here know that this collar is available and looks very promising.

    The specs from the website (translation courtesy of Bing):

    -black anodized high-strength aluminium alloy
    -simple Assembly without tools
    -ergonomic captive screw
    -high stability with lens-friendly clamping
    -Weight only 70 g
    -two tripod holes for balance
    -small size, can remain this way permanently on the lens
    -Using the lens hood in both directions possible
    -vertical and horizontal application without limiting the switch

    My observations so far: This is very well made - comparable to the Burzynski collars in all respects other than not using a Delrin ring inside the collar. As the instructions that come with the collar note, if you rotate the lens in the collar to shift from landscape to portrait with any frequency you may notice rub marks on the lens barrel finish.

    The collar is available in two versions, one of which has an Acra-compatible foot as well as the two 1/4" standard tripod holes on the other version. (Both collar versions apparently cost the same.)

    In informal indoor use, I've found the collar very easy to use, both hand-held and on a tripod. Its low profile not only helps rigidity but makes it easy to cradle in the left hand. Access to the zoom ring is affected slightly, but I found the Panasonic accessory zoom lever (which I had on the lens previously) still works well for zoom control after attaching the collar. Furthermore, the lens fits into the Panasonic lens bag, and into my shoulder bag, easily with the collar attached, and adds very little bulk.

    So far, this seems like a highly useful addition to a lens which really benefits from a stable mount, and the cost and shipping time seemed very reasonable to me. There are some quick pictures below...pardon the dust! (For the record, I should state that I have absolutely no connection with the maker of this collar other than being the buyer (at full price + shipping) of this collar, and have not received any compensation or consideration of any kind.




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    Quote Originally Posted by dhsimmonds View Post
    Contrast detection AF is not considered suitable for fast action!

    Otters are renowned for being both elusive and very fast movers!

    OM-D with Pana 100-300 using IBIS and handheld at 300mm (600mm equiv.)



    Dave those are excellent!

    I have been trying to find some otters locally these past couple of days. The little blighters have eluded me totally, though I just missed a pair yesterday according another photographer I met while I was out. Apparently they were playing by the river and would have still been there when I arrived, had not a dog walker spooked them.

    I also have been trying to see and photograph a Kingfisher that is in the same area. I did see one today travelling at high speed down the river, just a flash of blue, I was so startled and amazed that I never even put the camera to my eye.

    This good weather has brought out a lot of wildlife photographers, quite a lot of Nikon guys with 300mm/2.8 plus TC, who probably sniggered at my OM-D plus 100-300 panasonic. It was hard to hear the woodpecker drumming on the tree above the noise from their shutter bursts.

    Dave, how did your OM-D gear work out on your recent fabulous trip?


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    Re: Fun with Panasonic 100-300

    Hi Dave

    I struck lucky with the otters! I so often come back after a wildlife searching trip with nothing at all, so it was my day for a change!

    Interestingly, although a bright dry day there was just a very thin veil of high level cloud nicely diffusing the sunlight, so perfect for wildlife photography.

    The OM-D is a great little camera and the 100-300 perfect for it. I did use C-AF+TR to get these skittish animals though. I used a low FPS as the OM-D tends to blur images when using these settings if shooting jpeg+raw at higher FPS. I must get into the habit of just shooting RAW now that I know the camera better!

    I still have my A77 and 70-400 but it almost never get's used since getting my OM-D's (yes, I have two!). On another trip shooting macro subjects, the OM-D beat the A77 + 100/F2.8 macro into a cocked hat!

    The day I get some successful BIF (birds in flight) shots with the OM-Ds will be the day I sell the Sony gear!

    Holiday was great with a nice lightweight compact camera bag, even if it did still hold two OM-D bodies, 5 lenses FL600 flash and the usual filters, cards and spare batteries! That is real freedom after the DSLR gear!
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    Thanks for that Dave, glad you had a great holiday. BTW I have ordered that OM-D book you recommended, it should be here today.

    I sold all of my Sony DSLR gear including most of the big expensive lenses when I got the Fuji X-Pro 1 and the OM-D. I am enjoying them both immensely. Actually that has reminded me, I still have some Sony lenses (135mm/1.8 and 16mm fish eye) on sale at Ffordes , must check how they are doing.

    I don't do any +serious+ wildlife photography, so lack of fast tracking AF hasn't been a huge loss for me so far, and as you say the compactness of the kit is wonderful.

    I still shoot RAW+JPG and was not aware of any problems with it at high frame rates.

    Cheers
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    Re: Fun with Panasonic 100-300

    Here's a shot of a Northern Pintail taken recently at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in British Columbia. Taken at 300mm, 1/1300, f9, ISO 320 with a GH2.

    Not the most beautiful bird in the world, but I kind of like them....


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    Here's a picture I took yesterday of a Great Blue Heron preening. It was shot at 300mm, f/5.6, 1/2500, ISO 400, using a GH2.

    It was late in the afternoon and the heron was very cooperative. It allowed three of us to get within ten feet of it while it preened and snacked. I'm not quite sure what to make of the lighting. The sun was getting pretty low and the bird was well lit, but not the background. Despite how the picture looks, I didn't use a fill flash....


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    And, the last heron for a while - GH2, 1/1300, ƒ/7.1, ISO 1250, 300 mm. The light was a bit flat, but again, the bird let me get closer to him than usual. Could have been because he was trying to have nap!

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    A spotted Towhee - 800 ISO, ƒ5.6, 1/2000, 300mm.


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    Hope I don't get punted off the forum for constantly posting pictures of the same kinds of subjects, but here's a picture I took today of a blue and gold Macaw! They are lovely birds!

    150mm, ƒ4.5, ISO 1250, 1/400. Using my usual GH2.


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    Two from Venice, Fl with the OM-D





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