Upload & Sell: On
$8 for this generic screw-in hood for the 75 lens:
The color is not a perfect match (the original Oly has a hint of gold) but it's close enough. What I like about the generic hood (which I am sure you can buy on eBay as well), aside from being cheap and functional is that it's very neat/compact i.e. it flushes with the lens barrel and doesn't have a screw head sticking out of the hood as in the original version. I did buy the original version but promptly returned it after comparing it to the generic hood which I like even more ironically ... except for the minor color mismatch.
I have the Panasonic 100-300 lens, but after using it one time just to test it, I have not used it again and I am thinking about selling it. I am hoping Olympus or Panasonic will develop a long zoom that is at least as good as the Panasonic 35-100 or, better yet, a 150/2.8 and 300/4 prime (plus TC) of the quality of the 75! The IQ of the 100-300 is quite good up to around 200mm, and decent or acceptable but not great beyond 200mm.
Some samples of my first and only outing with the Panasonic 100-300 lens:
I know Bobby, it's freaking annoying! I was lucky enough to find the hood for the 45mm, that and the Pan-Leica 25mm are the only two native m43 lenses I have so far, the Pan-Leica of course (like most other Panasonic lenses) come with a really nice hood, as do the lenses from pretty much every other manufacturer. This is something one should take in to the equation when comparing lens prices.
Have you found a good lens hood for the 75mm? I don't have the lens yet, I am strongly considering it though, that or the Panasonic 35-100mm but having a hard time deciding. I do like primes mostly but the 35-100 is a very usable range but the 75mm is already near legendary...
Btw, my brother is looking for a decently priced tele zoom, he's quite picky about the picture quality so any low end lens won't work.
I'm guessing the Olympus 75-300 and Panasonic 100-300 are the two most apparent choices, can anyone share thoughts and pictures? I know it's been posted here before but not sure I wanna look though 90 pages in order to find a few pictures :-)