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Keywords: Olympus Zuiko Tele Zoom Micro-Four-Thirds ED tested


Ocean

Registered: September 2009
Posts: 21
Olympus 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 ED M.Zuiko Digital review by Ocean
Review Date: 11/22/2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $800.00| Rating: 7 

 
Pros: light, small, sharp
Cons: f:6,7 only, not dust-proof, no hood, extreme high price, crappy plastics

optics are good - small and handy but I am not used to the extreme cheap-construction Level without lens hood and every few month I got dust between the lenses
Optics are good - the first half year, with a bit to much CA. With weekly practice it's getting worse.
The price is extreme high, it's just a cheap-starter Zoom.
The Panasonic 100-300 mm ist by far better.
Olympus can do much better.
aostling

Registered: August 2010
Posts: 3
Olympus 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 ED M.Zuiko Digital review by aostling
Review Date: 12/13/2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $900.00| Rating: 9 

 
Pros: sharp, contrasty, and quick AF
Cons: it's all good

I am an aficionado of slow telephoto lenses. They often have half the weight of the fast telephotos of the same focal length. My previous favorite was the Pentax Tele-Takumar 300mm f6.3 lens, which I use on my Olympus E-P2 in manual focus mode using an adapter. That lens weighs 790 g, including the built-in tripod collar.


Now I have the M. Zuiko 75-300mm f4.8-6.7. It weighs a mere 428 g. It has automatic diaphragm, zoom, and autofocus. My tests show that it is at least as sharp as my classic Tele-Takumar, and so fast in operation that I now use it as my "walking around" lens.


Some may not get the best from the lens -- using it to its full potential requires a special technique. The E-P2 does a great job steadying the image at full zoom, but 600mm (equiv) really does benefit from using the camera with some additional support. The easiest solution is to use a lightweight monopod (mine is the Dolica WT 1003, which weighs 350g). This is weight worth carrying with the 75-300mm. I use the monopod in collapsed position with the end jammed into my belt. That's all the steadiness the E-P2 needs for perfectly sharp photos with this long zoom. I have also made a chestpod out of 3/4" PVC pipe, and this is even lighter.


Of course you can use a tripod, but that's not what this lens is for. It exists to be carried, ready for any subject which crops up, or for finding subjects not visible to your naked eye.


This is by far the lightest and most compact 300mm M43 lens currently on the market. I expect it will hold this distinction for quite awhile. It's the perfect safari lens, and maybe long enough for serious birding too.


My fun with it is just beginning. I'll likely never see anybody else carrying one in the National Parks of the West which I frequent (where Nikons and Canons reign). This is the lens for the cognoscenti.


 






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