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

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

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

B&H # PA100300 MFR # H-FS100300
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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
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Panasonic 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Overview

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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
In the Box
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F/4.0-5.6 OIS Lens
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Lens Hood
  • Lens Storage Bag
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Panasonic 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Specs

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    Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
    Angle of View 12 to 4.1
    Minimum Focus Distance 4.92' / 1.5 m
    Maximum Magnification 0.21x
    Optical Design 17 Elements in 12 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 7
    Features
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Physical
    Dimensions ( x L) 2.89 x 4.96" / 7.34 x 12.60 cm
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.2 x 4.6 x 4.5"

    Panasonic 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Reviews

    Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F/4.0-5.6 OIS Lens is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 157.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I need I Upgraded from a Panasonic FZ100 to a GH2, but really missed the super-zoom factor. This lens gives that back, and with the combination of the larger sensor size and this nice glass, the pictures blow the FZ100 away! A must have for nature photography, and with my new Raynox DCR-250 attached, Macro is fantastic! I was hesitant buying this lens for about the same money as an entire super-zoom camera, but I am much happier with the quality of the M43 form factor, an it is worth the price. Just like other reviewers, I found the zoom to be a little sticky when moved slowly, but that is not really an issue unless you want to zoom while doing video.
    Date published: 2012-03-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Update to my earlier review As per my earlier review, lens quit working after two months of use, contacted Panasonic and sent the lens back, return shipping was under twelve bucks..two days later received confirmation from Panasonic the lens was received and that I would not be required to pay any additional fees. Was less than a week when I had the fixed lens, though I really think they replaced it. Have had the lens for a few months now, and it is working as it should. Love this lens for wildlife shots, and does great for birds in flight. Using it on my Panasonic G3. Awesome, fast, and friendly customer service on getting me a replacement.
    Date published: 2012-05-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Telephoto Zoom It reaches 600mm in 35mm equivalent. This is the reason I chose micro 4/3 over APS-C mirrorless cameras. Built quality is good. It's a little heavy for micro 4/3 lenses standard. OIS works very well but when you shoot at 300mm (600mm equiv.), you need to shoot at least over 1/100s to get decent result. Image quality is also very good. It's somewhat soft at 300mm but absolutely no complaining in sharpness between 100-200mm. You get heavy vignetting when wide open. Focus speed is fine, too. You get 200-600mm zoom in a five-inch long and one-pound body for a very reasonable price. It's not bad at all.
    Date published: 2013-04-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Light Lens with Decent Performance I received the 100-300mm lens today and immediately tested it against 3 other lenses. Here is my opinion; The 100-300mm is clearly superior to the Panasonic 45-200mm when tested at 90 and at 180 mm. The 100-300mm at 100mm was almost as good, if not the same compared to a Leica 90mm lens. The 100-300mm at 177 was about the same as a Leica 180mm f2.8 lens. The 100-300 looked excellent at 300mm, although I had nothing to compare it to. Its construction is the light weight plastic of Panasonic lenses, but it functioned well. I plan to carry it and use it except when I need a lower f stop.
    Date published: 2011-02-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lens for wildlife I was looking for a long lens for wildlife pictures on an Alaska adventure on a catamaran boat. I did have many opportunities for wildlife pictures (eagles, bears, whales) and taking from a moving catamaran makes taking still pictures challenging. I did get some decent pictures keeping the camera as still as possible, but as many other reviewers comment, you really need a tripod on stable land to get the best pictures, especially the longer the focal length. But even so, I'm happy that I had the lens to capture the shot I witnessed. It still gives good memories and better than shorter lenses.
    Date published: 2015-06-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great m4:3 telephoto This was my first lens purchase when I switched to the m4:3 system, to replace the Canon 300L f/4 that I'd been using for wildlife. This lens is a different creature from the Canon, but I like it even more. Although it's large for a m4:3 lens, it is still smaller than any other telephoto I've used and balances well on the camera. The range is impressive (especially with the 2x crop factor) and while the f/5.6 aperture on the long end isn't ideal, it really isn't an issue, either. I've used this lens multiple times for birding and have found it to be quick and sharp. It's earned a lasting place in my bag.
    Date published: 2012-05-07
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good lens for still shots 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. It is impossible to rotate the zoom ring without serious camera shake, even if the camera is mounted on a tripod. Since most of my shooting will be stills, it's an inconvenience. But, I'm sure when I do use the video features (I bought it for use with a new DMC-G3)it will become a real nuisance.
    Date published: 2011-08-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great safari lens Used this with my Panasonic GH2 on safari in Tanzania. Got consistently clear shots handheld at full telephoto. Even tried the 2X Extra Tele Conversion (1200mm equivalent) when we just couldn't get close and got reasonably good results. The in lens stabilization works extremely well. Fantastic having a 600mm equivalent lens that fits in the palm of you hand. The zoom is a bit jerky on video, but the convenience of such a long telephoto in such a small package outweighed any drawbacks for me. I sure wouldn't want to schlep a full size Canon or Nikon 600mm half way across the world.
    Date published: 2013-01-04
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    question

    will this lens be compatible with my Lumix dmc lx100?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The lens is not compatible because the lx100 is not an interchangeable lens camera, so the lens cannot be removed to accept another lens.
    Answered by: JOHN S.
    Date published: 2018-08-28

    question

    I got a used 100-300 and feel that the shutter release on my GH4 is a lot slower then with my 12-35 or 35-100 --- any input on if this lens is just slower would be helpful. shooting at daylight in both iA and mode -- not a difference?
    Asked by: David B.
    I have also these three lenses and yes, the 100-300 is a little bit slower in autofocus Speed. It is a question of focal length and design. The autofocus Motor has to move the biggest mass over the longest distance. The 35-100 uses inner Focus by moving only some small Groups of lenses and not the complete front tubus and it costs almost three times the 100-300. So you will get more light and a better design...
    Answered by: SVEN A.
    Date published: 2018-08-28

    question

    Will this lens mount on a Olympus OMD-EM5?
    Asked by: Bruno R.
    Yes, but you should turn the image stabilization off, as the EM5 has it's own internal stabilization.
    Answered by: L. Bryan W.
    Date published: 2018-08-28

    question

    Will it work with af100? Lanc remote for zooming? Auto focus?
    Asked by: Aaron P.
    Yes it will work with an AF100 of course. As it is a micro four thirds camera after all.But lanc control will not function with this lens.
    Answered by: David P.
    Date published: 2018-08-28

    question

    Will this lens work as an astro-photography lens?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    It will, but most people use wide angle lenses for atsrophotography and this is a telephoto zoom lens.
    Answered by: Matthew C.
    Date published: 2018-08-28

    question

    Does this lens experience lens creep? Either new or with repeated use?
    Asked by: Robyn
    I used it on small boat cruise in Alaska in June 2016. I did not notice any lens creep. I was switching lens regularly. I did notice chromatic aberration at 300mm.
    Answered by: Douglas L.
    Date published: 2018-08-28

    question

    Is there an off switch for the auto focus? I need to manually focus sometimes when using my BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Not on the lens. Usually you control the autofocus on or off from the camera. GH4 for example. Check yours.
    Answered by: Ines C.
    Date published: 2018-08-28

    question

    How compatible is this lens with my Olympus e 520 ??
    Asked by: Anonymous
    This lens would not work unless a person had an adapter to allow a Micro 4/3 lens to work on a 4/3 camera.This lens has been made for the newer Micro 4/3 format of cameras.
    Answered by: William F.
    Date published: 2018-08-28
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