By March 29, 2013 6 Comments

Re-Testing the Lumix 100-300mm Zoom

A few months ago, a tribe of posters on one of the big photo forums made it clear that my opinion on the Lumix 100-300mm zoom was wrong. Ha!  Dunno how an opinion can be wrong, but I’m always open to ideas and when I met up for coffee with my friend Scott Bourne I asked him his take. He also saw what I saw in my testing, but asked me to try using it a different way. I’m more of a portrait shooter, so I have different needs and expectations from a lens than a world-class nature shooter like Scott does.  So I tried it his way and guess what? Watch this video and see. It’s nice having smart friends.
(Thanks Scott!)

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Will Crockett, commercial hybrid photographer, photo technology developer, and webTV personality is focused on learning how to master hybrid imaging. The skillful blend of photo+video+audio is clearly the future of photography, but how do we shoot and shape and share and sell these hybrid "eProducts"? Dunno, but with Will Crockett as the technical genius and unstoppable force behind this transition from shooting still photos into creating pictures with depth and dimension we will surely figure it out! : ) Will is an open, honest, bright guy that shares what he learns here on this website about hybrid, eProducts, mirrorless cameras, and all the wonderful software tools that allow us to make better, smarter images for share or the sell. For years, non-pro photographers and pros alike have seen Will's videos, gone to his fun live events, and learned how to be a smarter photographer. Take a look at Will's current (and classic) images at, his consulting work for clients big and small at, and the great info on hybrid eProducts and mirrorless cameras on, and of course his premium videos at Will is credited with the construction of the Lumix Luminary talent team, and the Fujifilm Elite Talent team, and is our "coach" of the Hybrid Heroes.

6 Comments on "Re-Testing the Lumix 100-300mm Zoom"

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  1. Rob Knight says:

    I’m going to have to give that lens another shot. I really need that reach for shooting wildlife in Costa Rica. The last time I tried it was on a PEN, maybe I’ll have better luck with it on a GH3.
    Thanks for the tip!

  2. john_david says:

    Would have loved to see some pictures to illustrate to point.
    Otherwise great post as usual!

  3. Hi John, You’re absolutely right sir. I did the test shots in the convention center in Vegas and would need a model release to publish the photos. I wasn’t sure there was enough interest for me to spend a few hours to shoot a publish-able test with all the other things we get requests for. Sorry John, we do appreciate the comment tho!

  4. justinrphillips says:

    Rob if you are going to shoot it on the GH3 just make sure you have the newest firmware. I have read that some of the earlier problems with this lens were due to IS issues and the newest firmware has fixed that, although IS would have not been an issue on the PEN. I just picked up this lens and have yet to put it through its paces, but I have high hopes for this lens, and I will take Will’s advice into consideration and back it off a bit. There was a guy on, that took the 100-300 on Safari with him and the pictures were quite nice.

  5. Norse says:

    Hi Will, firstly thanks for your advice and encouragement (through your websites) to migrate to mirrorless. I am glad I followed it.
    With reference to the 100-300mm lens, I use this lens a lot with my GH3 at 300mm and before that with the G3. I shoot a lot of nature photography as a hobby. If anyone wants to know how this lens performs, please check out my Blog at
    Thanks again.

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