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Old May 14, 2017, 11:29 AM   #1
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Panasonic released an upgraded II version of their 100-300mm F/4-5.6 lens this past January.

Does anyone have any personal experience with this lens?
There is scant user information on the net. Other than a few pictures using this lens on Flicker.


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Old May 16, 2017, 1:07 AM   #2
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Panasonic released an upgraded II version of their 100-300mm F/4-5.6 lens this past January.

Does anyone have any personal experience with this lens?
There is scant user information on the net. Other than a few pictures using this lens on Flicker.


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Based on users at DPR, it seems everyone with a Panasonic liked the earlier version.

From what I gather, the new version is a little quicker to focus and has the more advanced IS that can also be used with the Dual IS of the newer Panasonic bodies. I don't know if it's worth "upgrading" from the old to new, if that's what you meant.
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G'day Zig

We're got one from a few years back ... presume it's the old-model, and it gets an occasional workout. Does the job very nicely too

Don't know about the 'new' model
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Hi,

Thank you both for taking the time to respond. I was exploring the idea of getting a lens in the 100 to 300mm focal range. for bird in flight photography.
I already have the 35-100mm HD Panasonic lens and find it be extremely sharp. But, being greedy, I was hoping for a 100-300mm lens with similar sharpness quality with similar pricing.
The alternative Panny 100mmm-400mm is nice but the price far exceeds the spoucal acceptance factor
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Zig,

Which camera were you planning on using with the 100-300? The dual stabilization system for the G85 should make it quite effective. I had the original 100-300 and found it pretty good with the older Panasonic bodies that had no IBIS.

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Which camera were you planning on using with the 100-300? The dual stabilization system for the G85 should make it quite effective. I had the original 100-300 and found it pretty good with the older Panasonic bodies that had no IBIS.

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I am using an Olympus OMD-EM1 which has built-in IBIS. The 35-100mm that I currently own works well with the camera.
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Just wondering

Is the Mk2 version worth the huge price hike over the Mk1.

Is it significantly better optically

Is the build quality better

In the Uk the Mk1 sold for around 360 and the Mk2 is selling for around 560, quite a price hike, is it justified

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