Originally Posted by biglouis
I haven't used a tripod, yet. And that is by no means a boast. I have tried to make sure that at 100mm I don't shoot below 1/125 and at 300mm not below 1/250 but that means I have had to ramp up the iso. However much I like the GF-1 it does not handle noise well above iso800, which explains my comment about being interested in a GH2 as a possible second body.
When I wrote above about 'the promise of m43rds' I was referring to the ability to create smaller optics as a result of the form factor - the 100-300 is a big lens in relation to other m43rds lenses but in fact is surprisingly small and light compared to its counterparts from, say, Nikon and Canon. So you could argue that in good light conditions, with the OIS a tripod is not an absolute requirement for use.
Sure, in comparison to my Canon 100-400mm, the Panasonic 100-300mm is a lot smaller and lighter. I do shoot on a tripod with my G2 a lot, the advantage of the m4/3 there is that I can get away with a lot smaller tripod than for my Canon 1DsII. Gitzo 1 series vs Gitzo 3 series. I will have to see how the 100-300mm performs on a tripod with my G2 when it arrives this week.