Lumix G Vario 100-300mm f/4-5.6 Mega OIS

  • m4/3 coverage
  • autofocus 
  • internal focusing
  • Mega OIS optical image stablization
  • 17 elements in 12 groups, (1 ED element)
  • 7-blade aperture diaphragm
  • smallest aperture is f/22
  • 67mm filter ring
  • 4.9' (1.5m) minimum focus, 1:2.2 magnification ratio
  • 4.96" (126mm) long, 2.9" (73.6mm) diameter
  • 18.3 ounces (520g) weight
  • includes lens hood, storage case
  • price US$500
  • Model Number H-FS100300

Thom's Mini Review: Relatively inexpensive. Optically it delivers excellent performance for a low-cost telephoto. Yes, there's some vignetting and corner softness at the extreme, but we're talking about 600mm equivalent here. I don't know of any other bargain 600mm that performs as well. The lens' mediocre aperture specs do hurt low light use of the m4/3 bodies, though. You'd be much better off with a fast prime in low light, but unfortunately there are none (you could use a converter with a third-party lens). Focus ring is very smooth, zoom ring slightly less smooth, but still quite acceptable. Optical stabilization on lens selectable by switch. Good build quality. Note that this lens fully extended sticks out 9" (with hood) from the front of the camera. Your little camera won't look so little. Recommended (2012 to present)

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