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14 Aug 2012 3:28PM
Hi all,

I am in the process of buying the omd em5 and wanted a little advice about which telephoto lens to buy. I have been looking at two lenses mainly, the Olympus 75-300 and Panasonic 100-300, because of the extra reach they give. I have done some trawling across websites and it seems that the olympus may have the slightly better IQ and is slightly smaller but you pay a significant price for that over the panasonic.

I wondered if anyone has an opinion about which, or suggestions about other lenses that should be in the mix.


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Paul Morgan 15 18.4k 6 England
14 Aug 2012 3:55PM
There both good but the Pany is cheaper.

Quote:I wondered if anyone has an opinion about which, or suggestions about other lenses that should be in the mix

Primes, telephoto, zooms ?

If this is your first foray in M4/3, get the 12-50 kit lens with the OM-D, its weather sealed to match the body, and performs really very well, a no brainer.

Telephoto zooms

Wide zoom 9-18mm

Medium zoom 40-150

Long zoom 75-300 or 100-300.


wide, 14mm Pany or 12mm Olympus

Short to standard 20mm or 19mm Sigma, the Sigma`s half the price of the Pany but its every bit as good.

Medium Olympus 45mm, or the Pany 45mm macro

longer reach Olympus 75mm

And there even more.
brian1208 Plus
13 11.2k 12 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2012 6:42AM
I managed to pick up a used but mint condition oly 75-300 for less than a new panny 100-300 so got that but as Paul said, they both are able to produce good results (look at some of Denny's - Straycats - results)

I got the 75-300 for the wider fl range + lower weight and am delighted with the results I'm getting but would buy it at full retail price
Paul Morgan 15 18.4k 6 England
15 Aug 2012 8:25PM
Paul Morgan 15 18.4k 6 England
18 Aug 2012 6:27PM
19 Aug 2012 6:18PM
Further question.

I managed to get a body off ebay for a good price but no kit lens.

My fiance has offered to get me a lens as a wedding present. Now do I ask for the panasonic 12-35 f2.8 OR buy the olympus 12-50 myself and ask for the 75mm f1.8?

Thanks for all opinions.....
Paul Morgan 15 18.4k 6 England
19 Aug 2012 6:21PM
If you do a lot of landscapes you might prefer the 9-18mm.

What body did you go for.
19 Aug 2012 6:26PM
Got the omd em5 (not yet here but very excited about its arrival!). Already splashed out on the 9-18.
Paul Morgan 15 18.4k 6 England
19 Aug 2012 6:33PM
If you already have a 9-18 I can see little point in adding the 12-35, the 12-50 would make better sense with the EM5.

Or get a 40-150 and a prime to fill the gap.

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