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Panasonic Lumix G VARIO 100-300mm F4.0-5.6 MEGA OIS

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Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix G VARIO 100-300mm F4.0-5.6 MEGA OIS

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Overall 6
6.0

good value

Adorama
28 May 2014
  • Excerpt: 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.<br />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.<br />The lens is a little slow but that is the price you pay for portability.
  • Pros: Easy To Use, Lightweight
  • Cons: Slow
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Overall 6
6.0

rough zoom, rotten customer service

JCD, B&H Photo
27 December 2012
  • Excerpt: We bought this lens as a companion to a Lumix GH2 that we purchased from B&H for use as a travel camera. We experienced the same roughness in zooming described by other reviewers. Thinking that we had a defective unit, we returned it under warranty to Panasonic's McAllen Texas repair facility. They returned it promptly with a note that they had "cleaned and lubricated" it but it worked exactly the same.
  • Pros: Lightweight
  • Cons: Difficult To Use, Poor Design
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Overall 6
6.0

don't expect miracles

Uk reviewer "almacinla", Amazon
22 September 2012
  • Summary: I shoot professionally , & bought a comprehensive Lumix kit for travelling , including the 100-300 lens. The lens is front heavy on a GX1/GF1. Would it have killed Panasonic to have built in a tripod collar ? I had to order one from germany. It makes a big difference in overall balance . The zoom operation is the worst I have ever experienced on any lens.
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Overall 6
6.0

BEAUTIFUL OPTICS - ROUGH ZOOM

Jim the Runner, B&H Photo
4 July 2012
  • Excerpt: I copied some of another review that I agree with. It is below with a few changes: This lens is to complement the 14-140mm I've already bought from B&H. Everything looks superb: the build, the finish, the glass, the weight, the size, etc. So imagine my disappointment when I found that the zoom ring could not be turned smoothly and quietly. It feels like it has sandy Vaseline for lubrication so it could only be moved in a jerky fashion. I have shot some with the lens.
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Overall 6
6.0

Useful tool

Fountain of Joy, B&H Photo
30 August 2011
  • Excerpt: When I got this lens, I was somewhat taken back by its size. It is smaller than the Olympus four-third format 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5, but still very big when fitted to an E-P3 and it is 1-stop slower. I did crude IQ tests to compare the two lenses, at 200mm. I used an adaptor for the Olympus lens. In both cases, a tripod was used. To my surprise, the center sharpness of this lens is as good as the 50-200mm lens. The edges look not as good, but are acceptable.
  • Pros: Easy To Use
  • Cons: Bulky, Mediocre image quality
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Overall 6
6.0

A good lens for still shots

Uncle Walter, B&H Photo
22 August 2011
  • Excerpt: I bought it for long range shots and for that, it does fine. It has a good zoom range and is clear and crisp. However, it does have one serious drawback which would have made me think twice, if I had known before I bought it. It has the roughest zoom of any lens I've ever owned which means that, if you want to use the HD video features of the new Lumix cameras, you're not going to be able to zoom while videoing.
  • Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, Lightweight
  • Cons: Very rough zoom
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Overall 6
6.0

Beautiful optics spoiled by mechanics

hansolo54, B&H Photo
22 August 2011
  • Excerpt: This lens is to complement the 14-140mm I've already bought from B&H. Everything looks superb: the build, the finish, the glass, the weight, the size, etc. So imagine my disappointment when I found that the zoom ring could not be turned smoothly and quietly. It feels like it has crunchy peanut butter for lubrication so it could only be moved in a jerky fashion. But I persevered and took it out for a thorough test shoot.
  • Pros: Beautiful design finish, Great image quality
  • Cons: Zoom ring rough noisy
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Overall 6
6.0

good for the price

CL, B&H Photo
13 June 2011
  • Excerpt: i use it on a panasonic gh2. Auto-focus is snappy and accurate within reason. Lightweight and compact. works great with my body and kit.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight
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Overall 6
6.0

Good in Parts

P. King, Amazon
8 February 2013
  • Summary: I tested this lens on a number of far-distant subjects in rural Wales, examples being the Black Mountain at a range of some 20 miles, autumn foliage on oak trees 1/2 to 3 miles distant, and a group of farm buildings 1/2 mile distant on a hill top. I was delighted with the resolution and contrast at f5.6. I tend to go over the top when examining images taken on my Panasonic GH2 when a new lens arrives, enlarging to 200% on my 30 inch screen.
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Overall 6
6.0

Panasonic 100-300 M4/3 lens

Trekkerjohn, WEX
26 December 2012
  • Summary: I bought this lens to complement the other lenses I have bought for my Panasonic GX1 camera. I was tempted by the thought of owning a 600mm (equivalent)lens small enough to able to carry around with me comfortably.When the first lens arrived the box that it was in was damaged. I took the lens out and tested it by shooting some local wildlife. I was disappointed with the results and returned the lens to WEX who replaced it with another.
  • Pros: Lightweight
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