Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 MEGA O.I.S. Zoom Lens for Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount Systems

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About Panasonic 100-300mm Mirrorless

The new telephoto zoom lens LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm / F4.0-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S. realizes 300mm (35 mm camera equivalent: 600 mm) handheld ultra-telephoto zoom shots with astonishingly compact and light weight profile. The LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm / F4.0-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S. allows photographers challenge shooting subject they cannot draw near including sports, wild animals, aircrafts and so on without carrying a huge conventional ultra-telephoto zoom lens and a heavy tripod to set it on with high compression effect. Panasonic's MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) powerfully compensates for the hand shake which severely affect the zoom shots to suppress blur.

The new LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm / F4.0-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S. is comprised of the lens unit with 17 elements in 12 groups including an ED lens. Adopting the ED lens in the first lens group, the chromatic aberration is effectively suppressed to render sharp, high contrast images with stable optical performance over the entire zoom range. The integration of stepping motor with exclusive zoom tracking control system and inner focus drive system realizes the use of accurate and high speed contrast AF, yet keeping its sound of action as silent as possible.

Seven blades give the aperture a rounded shape that produces an attractively smooth effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings. Highly reliable metal mount assures durability for active use and uses multi-coated lens elements that minimize ghosts and flare to further enhance its shooting performance.

The Panasonic 100-300mm Mirrorless is commonly used for Everyday, Sports/action, Wildlife photos and more.The Panasonic 100-300mm Mirrorless is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Panasonic 100-300mm Mirrorless is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Panasonic 100-300mm Mirrorless: Durable, Easily interchangeable, Easy to use, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight and Reliable

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Durable (9),Easy to use (9),Easily interchangeable (6),Fast / accurate auto-focus (6),Lightweight (6),Reliable (4),Consistent output (3),Exceeded expectations (3)
Best Uses:
Wildlife photos (6),Sports/action (5),Everyday (4),Landscape/scenery (3),Video (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (4)

Panasonic 100-300mm Mirrorless Features

  • Long zoom range of 100-300mm (35mm camera equivalent: 200-600mm)
  • MEGA O.I.S. - Panasonic's advanced hand-shake correction technology
  • Contrast AF system support
  • Based on the Micro Four Thirds system standard
  • Circular aperture diaphragm
  • Multi-coated lens elements minimize ghosts and flare

Panasonic 100-300mm Mirrorless Specifications

Lens Construction
17 elements in 12 groups (1 ED lens)
Mount
Micro Four Thirds mount
Optical Image Stabilizer
Yes
Focal Length
f=100mm to 300mm (35mm camera equivalent 200mm to 600mm)
Aperture Type
7 diaphragm blades / Circular aperture diaphragm
Aperture Range
F4.0(Wide) - F5.6(Tele)
Minimum Aperture
F22
Closest Focusing Distance
1.50m / 4.9ft at all focal lengths
Maximum Magnification
Approx. 0.21x / 0.42x (35mm camera equivalent)
Diagonal Angle of View
12 deg.(W)-4.1 deg.(T)
Filter Size
67mm / 2.64in
Max. Diameter
73.6mm / 2.90in
Overall Length (inches)
Approx. 126mm (from the tip of the lens to the base side of the lens mount) / 4.96in
Dimensions (H x W x D)
8.22'' x 4.5'' x 4.5'' / 208.8 x 114.3 x 114.3 mm
Weight
Approx. 520g / 18.3oz

Panasonic 100-300mm Mirrorless Reviews

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4.3

(based on 15 reviews)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Super zoom!

M4/3 cameras needed a big zoom lens and Panasonic has really delivered. Tack sharp through the whole range with no vignetting or chromatic aberration. AF is fast and quiet, OIS is fantastic, and coupled with the GH2 Extended Tele Conversion, it's a perfect wildlife super-zoom/telescope!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Poor zoom performance

Picture quality, overall performance and price good but zoom performance bad. Zoom ring is so stiff and so much pressure must be exerted to rotate the zoom ring that there is no way to zoom in or out while filming. Problems: Slow zooming is jerky and destabilizes image.

Reviewed by 15 customers

 
5.0

Great Lens!

By

from Virginia

I use this lens on an Olympus body and it works great. I love the image stabilization OIS (I set my camera to use the len's stabilization first). I can handhold fully zoomed in and get sharp images even in less than ideal conditions. Auto-focus is fast considering the length and range of the lens. The most important feature is the outstanding image quality. I received the lens on a Friday and took it to an NFL training camp on Saturday. I started out with some blurry shots, but my technique improved and I was soon getting 4 out of 5 snaps. The color and rendering are excellent! I would choose this lens again without hesitation.

 
3.0

good value

By

from Boston, MA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Got this as a portable tele lens. It met my expectations in that it is compact and light given the focal range. Also the optical quality is decent. Mechanical quality is ok but not great. AF works very good with my Olympus camera. I do not use the lens stabilization since my camera has IBIS. The lens is a little slow but that is the price you pay for portability.

 
5.0

SHARP LENSE!

By

from San Diego, CA  -  Semi-Professional

I have a Lumix Panasonic GH2 and I was using a Canon 80-200mm with an FD adapter because I could not afford the panasonic 100-300mm. I also switch back and forth between my 14-42mm which is made by Panasonic and 55mm Canon lense, and you can definitely tell the difference between the two. This made the decision to buy the 100-300 super easy and the results have been great!

 
5.0

Lumix 100-300 Lens

By

from Pembroke , Ma.  -  Semi-Professional

Wonderful clear lens . Great zoom. Perfect for landscapes and nature. Great range and quick focusing.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great lens for the money

By

from Bellingham, WA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I've had this lens for a over a month now and love it. It gives me the reach I was lacking to get better wildlife shots. I take it along with the rest of my m4/3 system on a lot of hikes, so the compact light weight nature of the m4/3 system is ideal. I've been pleasantly surprised with the bokeh it delivers at it's max apertures. Low light is what I would expect of a lens with a max aperture of 4.0-5.6. So with low light and action you'll need to use higher ISO's. Still what it delivers for the price, nothing else beats it in the m4/3's world.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great zoom for micro-four thirds camera

By

from Blue Ridge of Virginia  -  Professional

I bought this lens for my Panasonioc Lumix G3 micro four thirds camera in the effort to have a reasonble zoom and stabilizer for wildlife photography (songbirds, bear, deer, turkey, etc.) while not sacrificing too much of the quality that I could get with 35mm full frame camera coupled with professional lenses. I love the results! The entire setup is much more portable than the full frame camera, and the quality of the optics are superb. I have not started making prints yet, but I like what I'm seeing in photo software, and I love the ease of using this camera compared to the monster zoom on my full frame camera. One of the problems with using zoom lenses for wildlife photography is that furry and feathered critters do not hang around posing while you position your tripod and swivel the lens in place, but this lighter, smaller camera and lens combo with optical stabilization can be used with a beanbag on a stump or pressed up against the side of a tree to obtain reasonably sharp results.

 
4.0

Large Lense

By

from Eureka, Ca.  -  Casual Photographer

A good value. $300.00 less than competing models. Works quite well. Small creep but not bad. This is huge on my 4/3s camera.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic Zoom

By

from Colorado Springs, CO

I received this zoom lens as a gift and could not be happier! I purchased the Lumix G3 last year and up until I received this lens I have been using the kit lens. I must say that this lens is sharper throughout the entire zoom range and auto focus is fast. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a fantastic zoom lens!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent on Olympus OM-D E-M5

By

from Calgary, AB  -  Photo Enthusiast

I have been using this lens for 5 months on the Olympus OM-D E-M5. I have not used the lens's built in stabiliser, but the E-M5's 5-axis stabiliser works amazingly well with this lens, giving consistently sharp images as slow as 1/30s. I shoot wildlife/nature, and this is the perfect lens imo. The reach of 300/600mm is easily handholdable in low light, such as early morning and evenings. I see no chromatic abberation, and the resolution is great, even using ISO 1600. The zoom ring is fine after a bit of use, but there is a tiny bit of creep when walking around. I use the lens for butterfly, bird, large and small animal photography, and it gives sharp, highly detailled images. However, my favorite feature of this lens is the creamy bokeh I get, providing beautifully rendered blurred out plants, trees, whatever. It's the best bokeh of any lens I've ever owned, making me even more aware of my backgrounds; it's like having studio backings in your wildlife shots. I have already recommended this lens to many friends and aquaintances.

 
4.0

Panasonic 100-300mm is Great!

By

from Tel Aviv  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This lens meet my expectation i use it with my olympus EP2 Its not nikkor 300mm F4 or 70-300mm VR but the lens is pretty good for its size and what it can deliver. the focal range is good. with olympus/panasonic mirorles the focal is 600mm maximum. the lens is pretty sharp. Some of mu first photos suffer from CA but this can be fix by any photo edit tool like lightroom etc. the lens is light, build well but not so compact. the stabilizer work nice and make all the different. perfect for wildlife nature but also can be suitable for birds shooting, sport

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Shopper  Will this lens work on my OLY OM-D without needing and adapters? How does this compare to the new OLY Zuiko ED 75-300?
BILL D  Sorry--don't know
Shopper  A simple question: I have a 45-200m G Vario lens with my GF2. The optics are fine. But, it bothers me no end that when I walk with the camera, the telephoto extends just from hanging at my side. Gravity. Does this 100-300 do the same? thanks.
HARRY B  My 100-300 doesn't creep when walking with the camera, but it is probably the only longer zoom I own that doesn't. What you are experiencing is common with zooms, no matter who makes them. I wouldn't be surprised if mine started doing it with more use - it is still fairly stiff when turning the zoom ring. Anyway, it is a great lens, and I certainly wouldn't shy away from one because it might creep when carrying it.
Shopper  Does this fit the Panansonic g10 or do I need an adapter?
NORMA D  I have a G2 and it fits that. I would go to the Panasonic website to double check.
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