Telephoto Battle: Panasonic 100-400mm vs. Fuji 100-400mm vs. Olympus 300mm

Lumix Luminary Daniel J. Cox recently published a simple comparison between the latest telephoto zoom lenses from three of the four main mirrorless manufacturers, Panasonic, Olympus and Fujifilm. The lenses are as follows:

  • Panasonic Leica 100-400mm f/4-5.6
  • Olympus M.Zuiko 300mm f/4
  • Fujinon XF 100-400mm f/4-5.6

Also thrown into the mix was Daniel’s Nikon 80-400mm VRII attached to the Lumix GX8 and GH4 via a Novoflex adapter.

To perform his tests, Daniel took images of the same test target using flash and the fastest apertures of each lens since wildlife photographers generally use their lenses wide open.

For those interested in the differences in sharpness, Daniel has provided full-size TIFFs from each camera to download. If downloading and pixel peeping full-size images isn’t your cup of tea, he has also included a number of comparative screenshots of crops taken with each camera/lens combo which you can view within the article.

Keep in mind that this isn’t a complete comparison but a simple studio test. To understand how these lenses and their respective systems perform out in the field, it is important to spend time with them and use them on live subjects.

To read the full comparison and check out Daniel’s results for yourself, you can visit the article here.

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