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telephoto zoom lens to 300mm

Introduction

  • mid-sized telephoto zoom lenses are awesome tools when you just want to walk around and you don't have a specific subject or image in mind
  • they are also great for travel (although can be a bit big and heavy) as it allows capture of scenes that can't be readily achieved by smartphones or standard zooms, and can save you time as you don't need to get to the front of crowds or walk that extra distance, plus by being further away from buildings, you can achieve less distortion
  • the problem for travel in particular, is getting a lens that:
    • covers the focal length range you want (eg. 80-300mm in full frame terms)
    • has adequate image quality at a reasonably wide aperture (many are quite soft at the telephoto end which is exactly where you may be needing it most)
    • preferably is weathersealed with a nice optional hood to prevent rain droplets hitting the front element
    • is light enough and compact enough to carry around for a couple of hours by hand
    • the best option is the Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8
    • there are no equivalent options for the full frame cameras:

80-300mm pro quality options

Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 Canon EF 70-300mm L
mount crop factor 2x 1x
focal length in FF terms 80-300mm 70-300mm
actual aperture f/2.8 f/4.5-5.6
DOF equivalence f/5.6 f/4.5-5.6
image stabilisation at 300mm 5.5EV IBIS 2EV OIS 1)
low light performance moving subjects at 300mm similar as 2 stops less aperture and ISO base level
low light performance static subjects at 300mm 3.5EV better IS base level
weight w/o tripod mount 760g 1050g
length 160mm fixed 143mm but doubles on zooming
tripod mount included and removable optional extra
stepping motor for mirrorless cameras yes, dual motors no, USM only
filter thread 72mm 67mm
close focus 0.7m 1.2m
teleconverters 1.4x, 2x not compatible
price in late 2019 $US1149 $US1100 excl. tripod mount
price in late 2019 $AU1469 but can get 15% off $AU1989 excl. tripod mount

100-400mm options

Pan. 50-200mm f/2.8-4 OIS Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6
mount crop factor 2x 1x
focal length in FF terms 100-400mm 100-400mm
actual aperture f/2.8-4 (f/3.9 at 150mm) f/4.5-5.6
DOF equivalence f/5.6-8 f/4.5-5.6
image stabilisation at 400mm 5.5-6.5EV IBIS 5EV
low light performance moving subjects at 400mm 1EV worse base level
low light performance static subjects at 400mm perhaps net 0.5EV better base level
weight w/o tripod mount 665g 1395g
length 132mm but extends 205mm
tripod mount nil included
stepping motor for mirrorless cameras yes, DFD yes
filter thread 67mm 77mm
close focus 0.75m 0.98m
teleconverters 1.4x, 2x 1.4x, 2x
price in late 2019 $US1699 $US
price in late 2019 $AU1848 $AU2964
comments consider the Olympus 40-150mm option as offers f/2.8 at 150mm not f/3.9 better image quality, better low light, shallower DOF but too heavy and expensive for travel
photo/lenstelezoom.txt · Last modified: 2019/11/14 04:30 by gary1