Panasonic Lumix 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 G Vario ASPH MEGA OIS

The Panasonic Lumix 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 G Vario ASPH MEGA OIS features 100-300mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/4.0-5.6. The lens construction has 17 elements in 12 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 12 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 1.50m / 4.9ft and has a filter size of 67mm / 2.64in. The Panasonic Lumix 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 G Vario ASPH MEGA OIS lens weighs 520g / 18.3oz and it measures 73.6mm / 2.90in. in diameter and 126mm/ 4.96in. long.

Overall Rating: ★★★★★ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Panasonic Lumix 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 G Vario ASPH MEGA OIS Reviews

PhotographyBlog reviews the Panasonic Lumix 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 G Vario ASPH MEGA OIS and writes;
“Optically, the lens isn’t a top performer, but it’s perfectly acceptable and actually better than we expected. At most focal lengths, you can safely use it wide open or stopped down by one f-stop. Distortions are automatically corrected on both Olympus and Panasonic bodies and chromatic aberrations are remarkably well controlled for such a big zoom. Despite the limiting maximum apertures of F4.0-5.6, it’s still possible to easily throw the background out-of-focus and get some nice bokeh effects.”
Rating: ★★★★★

User Opinions

Panasonic Lumix 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 G Vario ASPH MEGA OIS User Reviews

Fantastic four thirds lens
“I purchased this lens to mount on a Panasonic DMC-G2 micro four thirds camera. With great anticipation, I took the camera/lens combo with me on an early morning wildlife shoot.. A number of deer came to within 20′ of me, and I was extremely pleased with the quality and detail of the shots I took of them – fine details were abundant with little noise, and with minimal editing, I got some very pleasing results!” – By SouthTexasGal
Rating: ★★★★★

Super telephoto that is not for your pocket, but who cares?
“This lens works fabulously for what it is, and at it’s price point it is an incredible value. I am very sold on the 3/4th’s system. It is exactly what I was looking for -lightweight system with exceptional images that can be enlarged quite easily to 13 x 19 or larger ( I am assuming larger as my printer is an Epson 2400 with that limitation on the standard print ).” – By Keith
Rating: ★★★★★

Wonderful telephoto lens
“Its smooth bokek makes it suitable for portraits, surprising for a lens with an aperture of f/4-5.6. It is sharp, even in low light and in low contrast settings, thanks to the image stabilization. And it focuses quickly and accurately most of the time.” – By Carol Stee
Rating: ★★★★★

Absolutely reccomendes
“I bought that lens for my trip to Washington DC. for my LUMIX GF2
I got stunning pictures the best I ever had – sharp from edge to edge and absolutely flawless. I tried adequate lenses for my Nikon D300; too. They were expensive and not so good.” – By Horst Becker
Rating: ★★★★★

Very impressed with this lens
“I am using it with a DMC-G10 primarily for bird photography. Using the 2x digital zoom function on the camera gives an equivalent focal length of 1200mm! This has given me some very sharp images so far, and has exceeded my expectations. So far I am very pleased with this purchase and highly recommend the lense.” – By Charles
Rating: ★★★★★

Not as heavy as I thought
“The quality of the 100-300mm lens is good. It is not spectacular but it still is very good. It comes in at 600mm whereas my Canon L lens was right at 640mm. In comparing the same shots at full telephoto, there isn’t much difference and surprisingly, the quality of the shots are very similar.” – By P. Dirlam
Rating: ★★★★☆

Close to the Killer App for Micro 4/3
“This lens takes very nice photos and the autofocus is very fast. Especially on the GH2. The Image Stabilization works as advertised. Overall, if you are looking to take pictures of birds, your kids soccer games, or anything else that you would use a 600mm lens then this is the one to use on the M4/3 system…” – by B. Fuller
Rating: ★★★★★

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Features & Specifications

Panasonic Lumix 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 G Vario ASPH MEGA OIS Specifications

The new telephoto zoom lens LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm / F4.0-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S. realizes 300mm (35 mm camera equivalent: 600 mm) handheld ultra-telephoto zoom shots with astonishingly compact and light weight profile. The LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm / F4.0-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S. allows photographers challenge shooting subject they cannot draw near including sports, wild animals, aircrafts and so on without carrying a huge conventional ultra-telephoto zoom lens and a heavy tripod to set it on with high compression effect. Panasonic’s MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) powerfully compensates for the hand shake which severely affect the zoom shots to suppress blur.

The new LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm / F4.0-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S. is comprised of the lens unit with 17 elements in 12 groups including an ED lens. Adopting the ED lens in the first lens group, the chromatic aberration is effectively suppressed to render sharp, high contrast images with stable optical performance over the entire zoom range. The integration of stepping motor with exclusive zoom tracking control system and inner focus drive system realizes the use of accurate and high speed contrast AF, yet keeping its sound of action as silent as possible.

Seven blades give the aperture a rounded shape that produces an attractively smooth effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings. Highly reliable metal mount assures durability for active use, and uses multi-coated lens elements that minimize ghosts and flare to further enhance its shooting performance.

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