Hey all, I’m going to be renting a telephoto lens to take on a family trip to Yellowstone in September. I’m debating between the Oly 100-400 or the PL 100-400 to pair with my E-M1 Mark III. Any concerns with pairing the PL with my 1.3? Will I have to deal with the purple blob?
I have both on two OM-1 bodies. Unless you care deeply about in-body focus stacking, there is no practical advantage of the Olympus lens over the Panaleica on an Olympus body. It does however support teleconverters and the Oly 1.4x TC isn’t very expensive.
So my suggestion:
If you care about weight/size: PL
If you care about using TCs: Oly
If you care about price: depends on who currently has an offer
If you care about focus stacking in body: Oly
Regardless, with my copies there are no discernible IQ differences I could easily pin point, let alone identify in a blind test.
Here’s some of my recent experience when I bought the Oly lens for the second body:
Make sure you plan some time to practice with the lens. If you’ve never shot at 400mm, it takes a fair amount of trial and error to get competent. At least, it took me some time. Pigeons or seagulls are good.