OLYMPUS M.Zuiko Digital ED 75 to 300mm II F4.8-6.7 Zoom Lens, for Micro Four Thirds Cameras

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OLYMPUS M.Zuiko Digital ED 75 to 300mm II F4.8-6.7 Zoom Lens, for Micro Four Thirds Cameras
OLYMPUS M.Zuiko Digital ED 75 to 300mm II F4.8-6.7 Zoom Lens, for Micro Four Thirds Cameras

OLYMPUS M.Zuiko Digital ED 75 to 300mm II F4.8-6.7 Zoom Lens, for Micro Four Thirds Cameras Prices

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Description

  • Notes on shooting: Edges of pictures may be cut off if more than one filter is used or if a thick filter is used. When using a flash, flash light may be blocked by lens body, lens hood, etc.
  • Excellent imaging performance. Super-telephoto shooting in a compact, lightweight, affordable lens.
  • MSC mechanism for fast, quiet auto focusing
  • Closest focusing distance: 0.9 meter (at 75 millimeter of focal length) / 1.5m (except 75 millimeter of focal length)
  • Maximum image magnification 0.18x (35 millimeter equivalent maximum image magnification 0.36x)

Additional information

Specification: OLYMPUS M.Zuiko Digital ED 75 to 300mm II F4.8-6.7 Zoom Lens, for Micro Four Thirds Cameras

Product Dimensions

4.61 x 2.72 x 2.72 inches

Item Weight

14.9 ounces

Item model number

V315040BU000

Batteries

1 Lithium ion batteries required.

Is Discontinued By Manufacturer

No

Date First Available

January 29, 2013

Manufacturer

Olympus

Country of Origin

Japan

Reviews (8)

8 reviews for OLYMPUS M.Zuiko Digital ED 75 to 300mm II F4.8-6.7 Zoom Lens, for Micro Four Thirds Cameras

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  1. Virginia Reader

    I wanted a long lens that would couple with my OM-D EM 5 mk II to shoot the 21 August eclipse. Given the budgetary facts of life, it was either this one or get a T-mount adapter and use a 40+ year old 400mm stovepipe tele I had in the closet. The stovepipe wouldn’t couple and isn’t so sharp. So I bought this. I am delighted that I did. The lens is reasonably sharp at long distances and all focal lengths. The corners soften wide open at 300mm, but stopping down to f/8.0 or f/11 pretty well mitigates the problem, and anyway with a long lens central sharpness is most important.

    At focal lengths up to about 250-275 mm I have no optical complaints whatever. To be sure it is not the famous Leica 400mm Visoflex lens of long ago, nor one of the Olympus PRO-Series lenses. Neither does it carry their price tags. It is slow, so the remedy is to up the camera’s ISO value, an advantage of digital over any film ever made. Even stopped down the depth of field is shallow, so isolating the subject is not a problem. I haven’t yet done any tests for /bokeh/, so I can’t comment on that.

    The exposure, as corrected by the camera’s firmware is even with little or no vignetting. Chromatic aberration is commendably low, given the price point.

    The lens is well built, given focal length range, aperture, and price. The plastic seems to be high quality industrial grade, and the whole thing feels solid on the camera (EM-5 mk II). The package is well balanced in the hand.

    Cons: the lens really should have some kind of bracket or foot to improve the way it balances on a tripod. The ergonomics are less than stellar, and it’s awkward to reach the manual focus ring to tweak focus, necessary on tele shots.

    Real Life: I have attached an enlarged and cropped HAND HELD picture of the moon. As to post processing: very little. A bit of exposure correction and routine sharpening that all digital pictures benefit from. Note that the lunar color is pretty neutral, as it was that evening. No color corrections at all were applied.

    The Tycho crater stands out cleanly; the craters along the terminator came out much better than expected. If solar prominences are present at the eclipse, there should be no problem capturing them.

    Long distance landscape test shots were sharp, with excellent contrast and color.

    I really can recommend this to any micro-4/3 user who wants a very long lens for nature, scenery, and sports but who also has a budget that prevents acquiring a Pro-series lens.

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  2. Amazon Customer

    The lens is quite sharp and has very little fringing/chromatic aberration even with strong backlighting like when shooting birds in flight. The build quality is as expected for the price, very plastic-y feeling and has a very loose zoom ring (adding the aftermarket lens hood can cause the zoom to drift while you walk because of the added weight on the end). Overall the only downside is the fact that you’re getting an f/6.7 (on MFT no less, essentially a 600mm f/13.4 equivalent on Full Frame) as opposed the f/5.6 on the Panasonic 100-300mm II. Good lens, but if you can spare the extra money go for the Panasonic lens.

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  3. Maor Halpern

    This is actually pretty good lens, it let’s me get far enough so I don’t scare animals away. It pretty much suited for daylight time. It’s not as sharp as I want but it works just fine

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  4. Rouze Jean Paul

    Acheté dans le cadre de ma migration du reflex vers le micro 4/3 il complète parfaitement mon GX80. Utilisé avec mon panasonic le fait qu’il ne soit pas stabilisé n’est pas un problème, le boitier s’en charge. Naturellement en lumière relativement faible et en focale maximale il faut être maître de ses mouvements mais nous pas sommes là avec un équivalent 600mm ! Si j’ai un regret c’est qu’il ne soit pas vendu avec le pare-soleil, cela fait un peu radin de la part d’Olympus. J’en ai pris un sur Amazon nettement moins cher que le modèle de la marque et qui est parfait.
    Mes photos sont bien définies, pas déformations ou de vignettage apparent. Bref correspond tout à fait aux tests que j’avais lu. Même optiquement légèrement supérieur au quasi équivalent de chez Panasonic. Je pense que l’argent qui n’est pas mis dans la stabilisation a permis une meilleure qualité des optiques.

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  5. Matthias Lambert

    First I am using it on the OMD E-M5 and the lens is one of only 2 options in the native micro four thirds mount, so if you are shooting a Panasonic body buy the Panasonic with OIS. If using the Olympus body the decision is harder a few stops of light of the Panasonic vs size and extra focal range of the Olympus. I chose based on the range and slightly closer minimum focusing distance.
    I found the 75-150 range perfect, the AF is accurate the images are sharp and color rendition is signature Olympus blue skies and contrasty details.
    Low light AF is poor but I have to admit this is my only lens slower than f/2.8 so I may have a biased opinion. This one seems to hunt anytime I need to push above ISO1250, or shutter speeds creep downwards. That being said in good light eve heavily overcast daytime light it is fast to confirm focus and adjust. I imagine the newer sensors and faster processors would further improve the speed also.

    It is an equiv. 150-600mm lens and it is the size of a 12oz soft drink without hood, a 22oz bomber can with the hood. That is unheard of, when I was testing the lens taking the images I uploaded there was a guy hauling a FF camera and a 300mm canon L lens he had a luggage trolley a backpack and a tripod that could have held my weight, hopefully his images were better than mine. Looking at his set up he had roughly $18,000 in his lens and body alone, I had 10% of that and was able to carry my kids lunch and water bottles as well as my set up in a sling bag. The true advantage of this lens is size and range. There are other options and even super zoom cameras that will compete for IQ at the long end, but none that give you size and adaptability of the micro four thirds system and this lens is a must have as of 2014 there is no native option that offers all of this.

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  6. A. J. Gauld

    I bought this because my Lumix 45-175 just didn’t have quite enough reach for wildlife work. Its a much heavier lens than the Lumix and about equal in sharpness I think, certainly no sharper. The autofocus works but because DoF is so shallow it often latches onto the wrong thing – a branch or another bird in the background. That’s as much to do with the camera (E-M1ii) as the lens of course. Speed of focus is about average. In practice I find myself using manual focus a lot of the time. Once you get focus sorted its really quite sharp. The control rings are smooth-ish but not as silky smooth as my 12-45 or even the Lumix. There is a bit of variation in the resistance over its range too. For the money its hard to argue and the small size and weight (especially compared with larger format options!) is a huge plus. I’ve attached a couple of sample shots, one a landscape(75mm) the other a robin(300mm).

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  7. Andreas

    Wer bei auf 600 mm Kleinbild umgerechnet und dann Anfangsblende 6,7 erwartet, das 100% der Bilder im Pixelpeeping (100% Ansicht) knackscharf sind wird enttäuscht, aber nicht nur von diesem sondern von jedem Objektiv.
    Man muss für sich austarieren, welche Belichtungszeit man seinen Ansprüchen und Fertigkeiten zutraut. Das beigefügte Beispielbild hat mich überzeugt, bei voller Telestellung ist, auch in der 100%-Ansicht, der Dachfirst von links bis rechts, und natürlich auch die Taube, gestochen scharf. Gegebenenfalls bringen doppelt bis dreimal so teure Objektive noch mehr Leistung. Aber mir genügt das vollkommen.

    Definitiv kein Objektiv für schattige Bereiche, aber das ist weniger ein Mangel des Objektivs sonderen der extremen Brennweite an sich. Mit einer geschickten Kombination von ISO und Blende gelingen sehr gute Aufnahmen.
    Nachtrag am 29.5.2020: Bei guten Lichtverhältnissen im Zoo überzeugt das Objektiv auf ganzer Linie. Die Beispiele zeigen aber auch den engen Bereich der Schärfentiefe. Von daher, genaues fokussieren ist elementar. Aber dann erhält man 1a Ergebnisse.

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  8. Derek Dailey

    I enjoy using this lens for shooting wildlife and astrophotography. I have several lenses in my inventory and this is the one I seem to use the most and I enjoy using it. I’ve managed to get some amazing shots using the lens. Bright conditions make this lens really shine, but overcast conditions the lens can be pretty slow on autofocus which would be my one major gripe. It works great for astrophotography, especially for moon and larger DSO’s.
    Pros:
    1. You get a 600mm equivalent reach using this lens compared to the equivalent full frame DSLR camera.
    2. In bright light you can get some amazing picture of moving wildlife.
    3. Inexpensive compared to full frame equivalent lenses.
    4. It is flexible to use since it has a wide zoom range (75 mm – 300 mm)

    Cons:
    1. No lens hood.
    2. Can be slow to auto-focus under overcast conditions. I have missed some potentially good shots due to this, but you would need to go to the 300 mm f4 prime lens which is 5x the cost to help with this issue.
    Overall this is a fine lens when you consider price. If I were a pro I would consider the pro 300 mm prime lens, but it is substantially more expensive. I would recommend this lens for anyone trying to get more reach than they get with the 40-150 mm lens.

    Tip:
    I’ve been able to get good results action shots even in less than ideal lighting conditions by using manual shutter speed @ 1/500 sec with auto ISO set and using high speed shutter sequence.

    Note:
    1. I am using an Olympus E-PL5 camera body.
    2. I used multiple 30 second exposures and Deep Sky Stacker for my picture of the Orion Nebula, but the frames were collected using this lens.

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