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Old Friday 26th May 2017, 07:23   #26
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Looks good to me, Niels. Thanks for sharing. Hope you're enjoying the new lens - how do you feel it's performing, compared to you're old 100-300?
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Thank you Ian,
my feeling is that the 100-400 is sharper, and that it is sharper at 400 than the old one was at 300.

My impressions may be confounded a little by the fact that I also got a new camera at the same time, the G85 instead of the GH2. The new camera has no AA filter (as I remember it), meaning that the combo of the new lens and camera is very much sharper than the old combo. When i zoom in on an OOC jpg, I now get about as much sharpness at 100 % as I used to get at 70% with the old combo.

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I have a interesting situation which i will report back on when its concluded.

i was walking around with it on my BR strap with my hand cupped under the main lens body,i started to hear a knocking noise and it took me a few moments of walking and listening to confirm it was coming from my camera.

I slid my index finger under the extended part of the lens and could feel it bouncing up and down as i walked independently of the main lens body, then on checking with no force applied i could wobble the extended part of the lens inside the main body.

I was sorting it out last night to return to the dealer and checked it again this time it had no movement at all, having seen the movement it had earlier it confirmed to me i had experienced more movement than i should have.

After owning a few long zooms in my DX days 50-500s and 150-600s i would say it now has the amount of movement i would expect, very close to zero, as for has it affected the image quality i have no idea,i do know some shots lately i should have nailed where not sharp and i have struggled with the AF in situations i should not have.
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Old Friday 26th May 2017, 16:25   #29
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So far I have not experienced anything remotely like that. It has also so far been very few days using the new setup.

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Old Monday 29th May 2017, 02:18   #30
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Another one. I have not had much time to finish any photos.
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Update on 100-400 problem

Panasonic says there is a problem with my lens and it will be replaced, i possibly will never know the nature of the problem as with it being exchanged i have no right to know.
They will have no stock for a couple of weeks but while a little frustrating i am just happy to have it resolved and am pleased with Panasonic's reaction to the situation.
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Except for the wait, good for you!

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At the moment ime using a loan D7100 and 70-300afs,all i can say is it feels outdated and slow,cant wait for my mirrorless gear to be up and running again.
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Update on 100-400 problem

Panasonic says there is a problem with my lens and it will be replaced, i possibly will never know the nature of the problem as with it being exchanged i have no right to know.
They will have no stock for a couple of weeks but while a little frustrating i am just happy to have it resolved and am pleased with Panasonic's reaction to the situation.
Where is the 100-400 PanaLeica lens made? Japan? EU? China?
Hope you get a good sample ASAP.

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Where is the 100-400 PanaLeica lens made? Japan? EU? China?
Hope you get a good sample ASAP.

Thanks,not sure where its made but i have been given a date of the 21st of June to Panasonic UK,my LCS said Panasonic are very quick at despatching so possibly within a few days of that.
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Where is the 100-400 PanaLeica lens made? Japan? EU? China?
Hope you get a good sample ASAP.
Mine says made in Japan on the bottom.
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My last few uploads with this lens and the G85:
http://www.birdforum.net/gallery/sho...3/limit/recent
http://www.birdforum.net/gallery/sho...5/limit/recent
http://www.birdforum.net/gallery/sho...3/limit/recent
http://www.birdforum.net/gallery/sho...9/limit/recent

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Mine says made in Japan on the bottom.
As does mine
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Filter

Hi

I'm sure there has been some discussion on the use of filters but can't seem to find it.

I would be interested in views on whether the use of a protective filter adversely affects the lens performance. Also what filter would you recommend.

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Hi

I'm sure there has been some discussion on the use of filters but can't seem to find it.

I would be interested in views on whether the use of a protective filter adversely affects the lens performance. Also what filter would you recommend.

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This clear filter is what was recommended to me. Have noticed no affect on image quality:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Personally, I do not use a filter. One thread that has a longer discussion: http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=332975

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I always use a filter. The one referenced below for $50USD works quite well and no discernable impact to lens performance.

BWCXSP72 1 72mm XS-Pro Clear MRC-Nano 007 Filter

I purchased from www.bhphotovideo.com .


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I'm sure there has been some discussion on the use of filters but can't seem to find it.

I would be interested in views on whether the use of a protective filter adversely affects the lens performance. Also what filter would you recommend.

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Thanks for the responses. I've ordered the B+W filter
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Birding stills with the PL 100-400

[quote=Ian Shepherd;3552924] The PL 100-400 is brilliant on the EM1ii. IQ of this pairing seems consistently better than with my GH3 or G7. The EM1ii is blazing fast in all respects and CAF performance is in a different league and meets all my birding photo requirements (not CAFtracking, which still isn't great for birds, but not needed anyway).

I'm new to M4/3 technology so may be missing the blindingly obvious, invested in a used (open box) lens 7 days ago and immediately impressed with the IQ even at full range. So far, used the lens with both G80 and EM1ii bodies and gained not too dis-similar results though perhaps things may be different in a wider range of conditions during testing.

The most noticeable difference between the two bodies I found was that the EM1ii consistently 'hunted' 3 times before AF was confirmed in SAF mode (not tried CAF). The G80 in AFC mode, came up with AF confirmation almost without fail, at the first time of asking.

I would be most grateful for any advice/comments Ian Shepherd or any other user of the EM1ii - PL100-400 is prepared to give me.
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Not used the Olympus but ime not surprised at how good you find the G80 with the 100-400, ime sure folks would not believe me when i said it.
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Not used the Olympus but ime not surprised at how good you find the G80 with the 100-400, ime sure folks would not believe me when i said it.
Many thanks nikonmike for your comments.

I showed my results to a colleague, a semi-professional wildlife photographer and in his opinion, many of the images matched the IQ of those obtained with his EM1i - 300 f4 PRO combination. To be fair, he like me would need to undertake a far more extensive testing programme before claiming the performance of the two lenses was exactly comparable. To get back to your comment, yes I agree the G80 certainly punches above its weight with the PL 100-400. Until or unless I can solve the EM1ii AF issue, the G80 will be my body of choice.
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The most noticeable difference between the two bodies I found was that the EM1ii consistently 'hunted' 3 times before AF was confirmed in SAF mode (not tried CAF). The G80 in AFC mode, came up with AF confirmation almost without fail, at the first time of asking.

I would be most grateful for any advice/comments Ian Shepherd or any other user of the EM1ii - PL100-400 is prepared to give me.
I just tried my E-M1 mk 2 with the PL 100-400 and autofocus acquisition was virtually instantaneous in SAF mode. There are a lot of settings on this camera, however. I would expect one of those is the issue. I assume you have the latest firmware for both camera and lens?
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I showed my results to a colleague, a semi-professional wildlife photographer and in his opinion, many of the images matched the IQ of those obtained with his EM1i - 300 f4 PRO combination. To be fair, he like me would need to undertake a far more extensive testing programme before claiming the performance of the two lenses was exactly comparable.
I have both lenses, and also have difficulty seeing a difference between the output of the two. So I have started using the 100-400 more often.
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I just tried my E-M1 mk 2 with the PL 100-400 and autofocus acquisition was virtually instantaneous in SAF mode. There are a lot of settings on this camera, however. I would expect one of those is the issue. I assume you have the latest firmware for both camera and lens?
Thanks Jim M for your prompt response, I believe I have the latest firmware i.e. EM1ii = 1.3, G80 = 1.2 and lens = 1.2. There are indeed a lot of settings on the EM1ii and this may well be the cause of my problem. Guess it's a case of checking each and every one.

Had some issues in the recent past with losing settings when a 32Gb Lexar card was in slot 1, seemed to resolve these by changing to a 16Gb Lexar but may be just a coincidence.
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I have the 100-400 on the G85 and also feel happy with performance most of the time. A couple of days ago I was on a larger ship with brown booby around me. Most shots had water behind the birds, and CAF with the pattern of several boxes for focus. The camera struggled in that situation - and I expect most other cameras would too. I did not feel confident I would get focus point right if I had switched to single point for focusing.

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