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Old April 16th, 2013, 02:05 PM   #1
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I own a GH2 with a Panasonic 100mm-300mm lens, which I understand equals a 200mm-600mm on the GH2. I also occasionally use the 2x function. Which gives me a total reach equivalently to 1,200mm.

Due to increasingly deteriorating poor health and mobility problems (MS) I am finding myself being more and more limited to main roads, or level short walks.

What are my options for obtaining a telephoto reach equivalent to 2,000mm or more?

Which long lens are available for the GH2 should I be looking at?

What Combination of Lens & Adapters?

any other options or suggestions?

Thanks for your input and suggestions.

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Old April 17th, 2013, 11:19 AM   #2
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500mm mirror lens recommendations: Micro Four Thirds Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review

That should have some options for you. To get past the 300mm range you need to get into mirror lenses.
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Old April 17th, 2013, 02:37 PM   #3
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Rokinon 650-2600mm for Canon with an adapter might work. Not sure what mount versions are available.
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Old April 17th, 2013, 02:38 PM   #4
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David if you shoot in 720p60 and use the ETC mode on the GH2 you should get in the area of 2100mm with the 100to300 lens.

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Old April 17th, 2013, 03:23 PM   #5
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Maybe I should keep what I have, shoot 1080p and then just crop in post?

Any thoughts?
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Old April 18th, 2013, 05:09 PM   #6
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If you use ETC and digital zoom I think you get around 1600mm on the 100-300.
I did a few tests with this a while back and I think you can also go to 4x plus ETC from memory. The magnification and quality was pretty amazing.
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Old April 18th, 2013, 05:31 PM   #7
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I'm impressed with the quality of the ETC mode, but the video quality of the GH2 digital zoom is very poor.
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Old April 19th, 2013, 07:45 PM   #8
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While a slowish lens, I've enjoyed my Bigma - the Sigma 50-500/4.5-6.3. Incredibly useful tele range that I've used on everything from wildlife to lit stage performances, very smooth focus. I use a Nikon AF-D version with aperture ring. Used cost was about $700.

I've used this with a Nikon 2x teleconverter, but only in daylight.

Only complaints are size/weight (but its a 50-500 zoom... What did I expect?) a bit soft at the longest end, and lack of ois, even with a tripod, can make the longest shots tricky. A sturdier tripod helps immensely.

Below are two mini video samples with my GH2:


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