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Panasonic 70-200 on the CL (and SL) - experiences anyone?

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All,

Looking at the 70-200 for use primarily on the CL, but also on the SL. 

Can someone in the collective share their experiences?

I'd like to have something longer than my 135/3.4 APO for shooting events like air shows.

thanks!

Carl

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Apart for being quite unbalanced. It works flawlessly with CL. OIS works also. 

It also has a nice pop down  focusing ring. 

Arca Swiss tripod collar is also a nice touch. 

AF is  fast, but not as fast as with a proper LUMIX S1 body. 

 

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Build quality is nowhere near Leica SL zoom lenses one. 

But for half the price of APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90-280mm, you can get both f/4 Lumix S 24-105mm and S Pro 70-200mm. 

Both lens will be lighter than the sole APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90-280mm

S Pro 70-200mm is certified by Leica. Whatever that means for you. Anyway IQ is very nice. 

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The main problem with the 70-200 is the overlap with the TL 55-135.

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On 6/24/2019 at 1:09 PM, jaapv said:

The main problem with the 70-200 is the overlap with the TL 55-135.

@jaapvHad I had a 55-135 I would agree. Unfortunately there is nothing from Leica in the longer range (100-300) so I guess it will be the Pana. Thanks @nicci78 For the insight. I'll live with the imbalance and the power usage.

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If you also have an SL, Lumix S Pro 70-200 is a nice choice. No more imbalance and high power usage.

 

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On 6/25/2019 at 4:18 PM, cbretteville said:

@jaapvHad I had a 55-135 I would agree. Unfortunately there is nothing from Leica in the longer range (100-300) so I guess it will be the Pana. Thanks @nicci78 For the insight. I'll live with the imbalance and the power usage.

I'm going to tanzania next month and am debating getting one of these two lenses for my TL2 (the 55-135 or the 70-200).  I haven't yet decided which, but let me know what you think of the 70-200

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Very simple - both are short for Safari work. The 70-200 might just give you enough reach in quite a few situations, but don't expect to get birds and tightly-framed shots. I would advise getting either a DSLR with a really long zoom+extender ( The Canon 100-400 (2nd version) + 1.4x converter for instance, or a Canon APS with the 100-400, or - and that is my preference- a used Panasonic GX8 (they are out of production and the GX9 lacks size and weight) with the Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400. It has given me brilliant results. Forget about the 55-135. Last year in Botswana I used it for no more than 10% of my Safari shots.

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