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.