By July 9, 2013 3 Comments

Great shots with the LUMIX 100-300mm f4-5.6 MFT lens

After watching Crockett’s video about the Panasonic Lumix 100-300mm f4-5.6 G lens I decided to get another copy and try it again. Like Will, I had used this lens before and was not impressed with the image quality.

I took the 100-300mm with me to Costa Rica last week and gave it a workout. Instead of using it like the small, lightweight lens it is I decided to use it like I would a “full-frame” 600mm lens. I used it exclusively on a tripod with the really cool tripod collar from www.r-roesch.de. I also kept the shutter speed as fast as possible. This meant shooting at ISO 400-1600. Fortunately for me my Lumix GH3 handles that sort of thing with no problem.

For shooting video I found that my small travel tripod just wouldn’t cut it. The narrow field of view at the 300mm setting makes any vibration REALLY noticeable. Once I switched to my larger sticks with a dedicated video head I had no trouble.

I found that with good technique the Lumix 100-300mm micro four thirds lens is a solid performer. For shooting wildlife and long-lens scenics it does a great job. For me the ability to fit it with a tripod collar makes it that much better. 

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LUMIX GH3 with LUMIX 100-300mm f4-5.6 G. ISO 800, 1/1250, f5.6

About the Author:

Rob Knight has been a professional artist in Atlanta, Georgia for over twenty years. He’s been a photographer for more than half of that time, an Adobe Certified Expert since 2009, and an educator since 2010. Whether in the mountains of his home state of Georgia or the rain forests of Costa Rica, Rob loves to chase beautiful light and help other photographers make beautiful images. He is best known for his nature and travel photo workshops, and he feels that hybrid nature photography is the next step for the genre. Rob’s work these days includes shooting video along with stills to create hybrid eScapes. “I think my students are going to be as excited as I am about hybrid nature photography,” Rob explains, “Especially when they learn that they can use tools that they already have to add another layer of creativity and storytelling to their photography.”

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  1. Jeffmc306 says:

    Hi Rob, thanks for sharing this video. I also have the 100-300 and love the reach and results. How long did it take for your mount to arrive from Germany?

  2. Keith says:

    Hi Jeff, I live in New South Wales, Australia and ordered both the 100-300mm zoom lens from a Sydney supplier and the lens mount from Germany on the same day. The website in Germany is in German, which made it a bit hard to figure out what was going on, but I sent an email in English and they understood me just fine. The Paypal way of paying worked really well and they received the payment instantly. The lens mount was in the post next day and arrived here in under a fortnight, one week before our local supplier got me the lens.They are both great working together off a medium-weight tripod. Remember that this is equivalent to a 600mm lens and you should choose a higher ISO, shutter speed and aperture than you would think for a lens that is so small and lightweight. It’s a great combination for wildlife work.
    Best wishes,
    Keith from Oz.

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