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Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F/4.0-5.6 OIS Lens

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Product Highlights
  • Zoom Range: 200-600mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • MEGA O.I.S. Image Stabilization
  • Contrast Inner Focus AF System Support
  • Micro Four Thirds System Standard
  • Circular Aperture Diaphragm
  • Multi-Coating Minimizes Ghosts, Flare

For getting up-close and personal with your Micro Four Thirds Panasonic camera, you can't do better than this Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F/4.0-5.6 OIS Lens. A 35mm equivalent 200-600mm range makes sports action, wildlife, and any other kind of photography where you can't get too close to your subject, a breeze. Its compact design, contrast AF system support, and MEGA O.I.S. image stabilization to prevent blurry photos from shaky hands (very common with long telephoto lenses) all make this a must-have if you want to take pictures from afar. The multi-coating and ED glass used in the lens minimize ghosting or flare from any stray light.

Long zoom range of 100-300mm (35mm camera equivalent: 200-600mm)
MEGA O.I.S. - Panasonic's advanced hand-shake correction technology
High-speed, silent Contrast AF for both photos and movies with inner focus drive system
Based on the Micro Four Thirds system standard
Circular aperture diaphragm
Multi-coated lens elements minimize ghosts and flare
Performance
Focal Length 100 - 300mm
Comparable Four Thirds and Micro 4/3 Focal Length: 200 - 600 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Micro Four Thirds
Format Compatibility Micro Four Thirds
Angle of View 12° - 4.1°
Minimum Focus Distance 4.92' (1.50 m)
Magnification 0.21x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
Elements/Groups 17/12
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 67 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.89 x 4.96" (7.34 x 12.60 cm)
Weight 1.14 lb (520 g)
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F/4.0-5.6 OIS Lens
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    PanasonicLumix G Vario 100-300mm F/4.0-5.6 OIS Lens
     
    4.4

    (based on 124 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (67)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (47)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (74)
    • Easy to use (56)
    • Durable (34)
    • Reliable (29)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (25)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (9)
    • Poor in low light (8)
    • Slow focus (5)

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife photos (36)
    • Travel (35)
    • Wildlife (23)
    • Everyday (19)
    • Landscape/scenery (19)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (42), Photo enthusiast (23), Semi-professional (21), Professional (11), Semi-pro photographer (9)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (118), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    My go-to Lens

    I ordered this lens before I received the camera. It has the perfect focal length range for walkabout and drive-about photography. Since May of last year I have taken over 20,000 butterfly shots with...Read complete review

    I ordered this lens before I received the camera. It has the perfect focal length range for walkabout and drive-about photography. Since May of last year I have taken over 20,000 butterfly shots with it in the ENMAX Conservatory in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Bokeh (background rendering) is excellent. Just figure out through practice where to position for the shot, and you'll get beautiful, smooth, out-of-focus backgrounds. I use it on the Olympus OM-D, and I use the in-camera stabiliser, which, imo, is the best available today. I have at least a 90% keeper rate. Last summer I got shots of just about all of the bird species within a 20 mile radius of where I live, and they are crisp and highly detailed. The lens is not fast enough for birds-in-flight really, but then no more are any of the other M4/3 lenses available right now. I had Canon, Nikon, Pentax, and Olympus 4/3 systems, and as I get older, I need something smaller and much lighter, and this is it. I would by this 10 times over; after 1 year I have more than gotten my money's worth out of this lens.

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    Beautiful optics spoiled by mechanics

    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...Read complete review

    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. I hoped that whatever the cause of the jerky noisy zoom, it would settle down after a while, but no luck! For still photography, it doesn't matter, but there's little hope for video work. Even with the Lumix zoom lever fitted,I could not perform a smooth zoom as the resistance is not even across the whole zoom travel. I'm not being finicky here as I'm perfectly happy with the zoom action on the 14-140mm. I hope this lens is just a poor copy and I'm just an unlucky guy[...] after having seen beautiful pictures taken with the lens - both extreme close-up, distant and in-between - (as I haven't seen such image quality from a long zoom before), I could not bear to part with it and the long wait for its replacement.[...]For now, I love using this lens for still photography. I shot all images with wide open aperture and I was overjoyed with what this lens delivers in terms of sharpness and bokeh. I just hope that the zoom ring will smooth out over time to allow some video work.Yes, I would recommend this lens for its optical performance but, if you have a chance, test the zoom ring before buying[...].I so wished I could give it a 5-star rating.

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    4.0

    good performing long range zoom

    By JRG SHOOTER

    from EUROPE

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          Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F/4.0-5.6 OIS Lens:

          A good performing long range zoom with built in stabilization.

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          4.0

          Long reach in a lightweight package

          By Charlie the Crab

          from Virginia Beach

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Traveling
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F/4.0-5.6 OIS Lens:

            Another great addition to my Panasonic Lumix GH-4 system. While I would love a PRO version (better weather sealing, etc) of this lens, the current one is a good walk-around lens for birds and wildlife. It's not great for really fast moving subjects but I have managed birds in flight.

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            4.0

            Infinity focus not kept with video

            By Flight Video

            from Italy

            About Me Semi-Professional

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • price

            Cons

            • Infinity Focus Not Kept

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use

            Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F/4.0-5.6 OIS Lens:

            I bought a GH4 with this lens to made 4k aviation videos for my Youtube channel. ---------. I set the GH4 focus on Manual and creative videos. I set the focus of the lens on infinite, but when I zoom during the shooting the lens losts the focus. Sometime the focus is lost forever and the resulting video is very poor. I spent last weekend on shooting videos but a great part of the raw material is affected by this issue. Before I used a Canon 7D with an 13 years old lens manual set on infinity focus and I zoomed without any issues.The videos on focus are amazing, but I cannot re-focus every time I zoom and I expect that a manual setting is kept.

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            3.0

            Not Very Good

            By Mike in Wisconsin

            from Wisconsin

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                  Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F/4.0-5.6 OIS Lens:

                  Bought this to use with an Olympus OM-D EM-5 and was quickly disappointed. Tried it with IBIS off and only the lens stabilization on and then vice versa. Also tested it with a tripod. The lens simply is not sharp at all, and gets worse on the longer end. The bokeh is very funky, bad. Too much chromatic abberation. I'm being generous with the three star rating.

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                  4.0

                  Decent Entry Level Telephoto

                  By JulianH

                  from SF Bay Area

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                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Cannot Manual Focus

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F/4.0-5.6 OIS Lens:

                      Bad points:- The manual focus ring is far too stiff to be usable.- Sharpness wide open is poor, especially at the edges.- Aperture is a bit small.Good:- Sharp stopped down to f/8.- Very compact for so much reach.Some of the limitations of this lens are compromises in the lens design, other limitations are simply because of the format. At 1/500th sec, f/8, 300mm it is difficult to get enough light in any sort of shadowy situation. MFT does not scale up ISO that cleanly. ISO 3200 is about the limit and after that things really begin to lose colour and detail. So often you will need to shoot it with a slower shutter speed than you want, a wider aperture than you want, and higher ISO. It is an entry level telephoto on a smaller sensor platform so your expectations must be calibrated appropriately.However, if you set your dials right and know the limitations of the lens fantastic photos can be accomplished. The compact nature of the system and of this lens means that you can walk-around with 600mm equivalent in your hand, and hand-hold shots without any issues.I sometimes find myself wanting a wider aperture and better wide-open sharpness. Just as often the lens is absolutely just fine for the conditions. I wish the MFT system had a better telephoto zoom at these long focal lengths. For now, I certainly endorse and enjoy this lens as a hobbyist.Note that I use this lens with an Olympus OM-D E-M5 and I use the IBIS rather than the OIS.

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                      4.0

                      Very good lens

                      By rlstolz

                      from Keene, NY

                      About Me Semi-Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                      • Bulky

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F/4.0-5.6 OIS Lens:

                        Based upon a variety of reviews, I was concerned this lens might not meet my quality expectations so I held off buying it until recently. I was using Zuiko lenses from my film days, with an adaptor, to cover this focal length range. My 300mm f/4.5, 200mm f/4, and 135mm f/3.5 macro did a fairly good job and image quality was acceptable (although chromatic aberration was a problem) so there was no real urgency to change. When I did acquire this lens a few weeks ago, the improvement in image quality over my old Zuiko lenses was surprisingly greater than expected. Pretty much every aspect of image quality improved noticeably. Plus, the autofocus on this lens improved my ratio of keeper shots a bit.

                        Compared to my older fixed focal length OM Zuiko lenses for 35mm film this zoom is simply better - much better in some areas. Compared to my Panasonic 7-14mm f/4, 12-35mm f/2.8 and 35-100mm f/2.8 (much more costly lenses) it is not quite in their league, but it is still a very good lens. The Pana 100-300 is noticeably sharper and has better contrast than my Olympus 40-150, f/4-5.6 R II lens, a much less costly M4/3 lens. These very subjective caparisons might provide useful points of reference.

                        This lens is, for its focal length range and size, quite an amazing achievement. It weighs FAR less than my old Zuiko film lenses and it is much smaller (although it is not small for an M4/3 lens). I can carry this lens to more places and when I get there the image quality and autofocus are nice. My copy does not seem to have the sticking problem with the zoom ring others have reported. I shoot almost all stills so that was not a key factor for me, but it's nice not to have to worry about it.

                        I use this lens mostly on a solid tripod so image stabilization is usually turned off. When handholding, I use it most often on my OM-D E-M1 which has excellent in-body stabilization so the only time I use the lens's internal IS is when I am handholding my GH3, and that is not very often.

                        I read about concerns with autofocus and image stabilization with this lens. I have had no such problems. If you expect to casually handhold this lens zoomed all the way to its 300mm (600mm equivalent) focal length you may be disappointed. If you try to do that in anything other than bright light you will definitely not be happy. There is nothing wrong with the lens. It's just not possible to get sharp results with any lens this long without good technique. That said, I have managed to get a few sharp shots handheld at 300mm - maybe one in ten.

                        I am sorry I waited so long to add this lens to my collection. I don't need, nor can I afford to pay for and carry, a tack sharp fast lens in this focal length range. The Pana 100-300 f/4-5.6 is a quality lens and it will do a very serviceable job for all but the most picky photographers.

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                        4.0

                        I would buy this product again

                        By Lou616

                        from Holland, MI

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                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fairly Compact
                        • Long Range Zoom

                        Cons

                        • Low light

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape Photography
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Traveling

                        Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F/4.0-5.6 OIS Lens:

                        I bought the lens for my Olympus E-M5 and am satisfied with the sharpness of the lens. Like all lenses with IBIS, I have to remember to turn it off when I shoot from a tripod of other stationary device. For close-ups I use a Canon 500D lens.

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                        5.0

                        Great Lens - Lots of sharpness and reach

                        By Darren The CameraGuy

                        from Kingston, ON

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                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Nature Wildlife

                          Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F/4.0-5.6 OIS Lens:

                          I am a nature and wildlife photographer who just purchased a GH4, and I am on an assignment to shoot 4K video. This lens is amazing. I can capture anything and every creature using this lens. It's sharp and clear and has great contrast.--------------------------

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                          5.0

                          Excellent micro 4/3 telephoto zoom lens

                          By Makoto

                          from Orlando, FL

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Bulky

                          Best Uses

                          • Events
                          • Sports

                          Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F/4.0-5.6 OIS Lens:

                          I picked up this lens so that I can shoot pictures of my son while he plays soccer. I also got this because I lacked a native micro 4/3 telephoto zoom lens. I had a Nikon 70-300mm lens that I adapted to m4/3 but I found it difficult to focus accurately and it also had a lot of chromatic aberration which motivated me to get a native m4/3 lens.

                          I had a chance to take a look at the Olympus lens at my local camera shop and I did like the 70-300mm range but didn't like how slow (small aperture) it is.

                          This would be my first non-Olympus m4/3 lens that I've purchased and was curious to see if the MEGA OIS in the lens would be better than the IBIS in my Olympus PEN E-P5. After taking a few test shots in low light with slower shutter speeds at maximum zoom (300mm), I was surprised to see that the 5-axis IBIS in the Olympus body did better than the MEGA OIS.

                          Also, I was surprised to see that this lens is about the same size as my Nikon 70-300mm lens designed for APS-C sensors. However, I find it a manageable size and am able to carry it around in a small camera bag.

                          The lens overall feels like plastic and rubber. I have some plastic Olympus lenses that have a metallic feel but Panasonic didn't do anything to give the illusion of being metallic. Even though it's plastic, it still feels sturdy and solid.

                          The rubber grip around the zoom ring can be a little bit annoying as I find that dust and debris sticks to it and gets caught in the grooves.

                          Speaking of zoom ring, the zoom ring provides a nice level of resistance where it is easy to turn but also doesn't have any issues with zoom creep.

                          I've read some reviews on here from people saying that the lens has difficulty focusing in the dark. I don't think they realize that it's actually the camera body that is performing the focusing. Given that it has a maximum aperture range of 4.0~5.6, I'm not expecting it to work that great in low light.

                          In the couple of weeks that I've had this lens, I've used it to shoot some pictures from my son's soccer game during the day as well as some pictures during his gymnastics class. I also shot some pictures of a few bands that played at a local 4th of July event. This lens does a fantastic job of shooting outdoors during the day and I haven't seen any issues with chromatic aberrations. However, shooting indoors such as during my son's gymnastics class proved to be a bit more challenging which forced me to shoot at a higher ISO setting.

                          It's also nice that Panasonic included a lens hood and a pouch for the lens.

                          Overall, great lens with great quality images. Even though it feels plastic, it still feels solid, just wish it used a ribbed plastic or metal zoom ring instead of rubber. For Olympus bodies, stick with IBIS.

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                          5.0

                          Nice lens!

                          By Tim Birder

                          from Washington DC

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                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Traveling

                            Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F/4.0-5.6 OIS Lens:

                            Have this lens only for a week, and highly recommend it - can't beat it for the price. On the long end is sharp (contrary to what others say), but focus can be a little slow in low light. Well designed and OIS works very well.

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                            5.0

                            Does what I want at a great price

                            By Carolyn

                            from Surprise, AZ

                            About Me Casual user

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • GOOD PRICE

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Traveling
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F/4.0-5.6 OIS Lens:

                              I am a casual photographer who just switched to a Panasonic micro Four Thirds system and wanted a long distance lens for vacation shots. This lens is just right. Other reviews mentioned a grating feeling when focusing, but I have not found that to be true. I'm looking forward to having it for our trip to Hawaii this year.

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                              5.0

                              Great stabilazation

                              By elvis901

                              from Memphis, TN

                              About Me Semi-Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Stabilization

                              Cons

                              • Bulky

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F/4.0-5.6 OIS Lens:

                                I'm using it on the new GH4. It is big comparing with the other Lumix Lenses. But with 300 mm that's normal. I like the image stabilization. Even at 300 it does a great job. Colors come out good. Sharpness is good. It is not your everyday lens. You cant take family photos with it. It is bulky and not practical for everyday use. But if you have the standard lenses in your bag and have a need for a 300mm (600mm)lens, this is a great choice.

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                                5.0

                                Go-to lens for nature shots

                                By LMN

                                from Ct

                                About Me Semi-Professional

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                                Pros

                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F/4.0-5.6 OIS Lens:

                                    With a focal length from 200 to 600 mm (35mm terms) this lens has a long reach. I use it for nature shots of animals, birds, flowers, etc. It is not a small lens, but not very large either and when supported with the left hand, it is very manageable on a M4/3 body.

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                                    2.0

                                    Hit or Miss

                                    By joer

                                    from northern illinois

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                                    Pros

                                    • Great range
                                    • Inexpensive
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                    • Difficult To Use
                                    • Not Functional
                                    • Unreliable

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Paper Weight

                                    Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F/4.0-5.6 OIS Lens:

                                    Follow up review: I've used this lens on a GF5, G5,GX7 and OM-D-EM-1 and it performs the same on all of them.
                                    I've has this lens for about 8 months so it been thoroughly tested. It misses focus frequently particularly in low contrast scenes. It doesn't even hunt, it just won't focus. This is my second copy. When it achieves focus the image quality is good. I miss a lot of shots. Its frustrating. Don't wast your money or time. Pass it by.

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                                    4.0

                                    nice lens

                                    By Tim

                                    from Missouri

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                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F/4.0-5.6 OIS Lens:

                                        great for wildlife and birds

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                                        4.0

                                        Long Distance Photography

                                        By Kathbill29

                                        from Aberdeen, Scotland

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                                        Pros

                                        • Durable
                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Reliable

                                        Cons

                                        • Bulky

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Everyday use
                                        • Landscape Photography
                                        • Macro Photography
                                        • Portraits

                                        Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F/4.0-5.6 OIS Lens:

                                        I love this lens - use it for night photography and found it great for taking pictures from the top of the rock.

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                                        4.0

                                        Good image quality but has some faults

                                        By Scott Carlin

                                        from Denver, CO

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                                        Pros

                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Reliable

                                        Cons

                                        • Poor Design

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F/4.0-5.6 OIS Lens:

                                          For reference, I am a pro photographer/videographer, accustomed to using L-series Canon lenses on Canon DSLRs, and recently jumped into the Micro-four-thirds world and bought two GH-3 bodies and four lenses (Lumix and Voigtlander). I am using my experiences with Canon L-lenses as a basis of comparison, but it's only fair to note that this lens is MUCH cheaper than the Canon equivalent.

                                          I am impressed with the image quality of the 100-300 lens, and also impressed with the IOS stabilization, allowing me to shoot hand-held video with very acceptable results.

                                          On the down-side, there are a couple design flaws… the first and most negative being that the zoom ring is sticky. Very sticky. You can forget doing any zooms while shooting video - it's out of the question. For shooting still photos, it is still a nuisance if you are trying to do any quick shooting (birds in flight, etc.).

                                          The other annoyance is that the size and shape of the lens do not work well for quick lens changing with my setup. I am shooting on a Manfrotto 701 fluid head, and when trying to mount the lens on the GH-3, the mounting plate for the Manfrotto head has very little (or no) clearance of the lens barrel, making mounting the lens a bit of a pain.

                                          Other than these two negative aspects, it seems to be well built, and delivers good image quality. For the price, I'd buy it again.

                                          I am anxiously waiting for Panasonic to come out with some Prime Telephoto lenses in order to get true professional image quality, and compete with Canon and Nikon DSLR lenses.

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                                          5.0

                                          Super Telephoto in a compact package

                                          By Moeman

                                          from Northern NJ

                                          About Me Semi-Professional

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                                          Pros

                                          • Durable
                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Reliable

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Traveling
                                            • Wildlife

                                            Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F/4.0-5.6 OIS Lens:

                                            Great addition to my 4:3 system.

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                                            4.0

                                            Great distance lens

                                            By KAR

                                            from Aberdeen, Scotland.

                                            Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F/4.0-5.6 OIS Lens:

                                            I have not had too much practice with this lens yet but my pictures from the Top of the Rock are amazing. I am looking forward to trying it out on wildlife now that I am back in Scotland

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                                            4.0

                                            Excellent lens, with limitations

                                            By Julie SF

                                            from San Francisco, CA

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                                            Pros

                                            • Durable
                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Lightweight
                                            • Reliable
                                            • Very sharp

                                            Cons

                                            • Not For Fast Moving Stuff
                                            • Not Great In Poor Light

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Everyday use
                                            • Landscape Photography
                                            • Macro Photography
                                            • Still Or Slow Animals
                                            • Traveling

                                            Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F/4.0-5.6 OIS Lens:

                                            I use this lens on an Olympus OMD EM-5. This lens is excellent for still objects and critters or slow moving things. It is great at still but distant critters and at getting detail on close things, such as cactus spines.For these things, it is tack sharp. It is not great at quick focus for such creatures as birds in flight, jumping seals, or for low light work, although you can get lucky on the focus if you have a lot of contrast on which to focus quickly. However, I would take this lens and use it anywhere I needed the long reach with good sharpness, especially where I needed a light weight setup. All in all, a great lens.

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