Covering field of view to 600mm (35mm equivalent), this high mobility super-telephoto zoom lens weighs only 620 grams. Also, this lens incorporates three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens elements to offer sharper, higher-contrast imaging performance.
Furthermore, 1x magnification (35mm equivalent) tele-macro photography is capable. Thanks to Four-Thirds system, the lens offers a lot of the footwork out of both super-telephoto and macro photography world.
Directly compatible with E-System cameras. Compatible with Micro Four Thirds digital cameras (PEN\OM-D) through use of the MMF-2 or MMF-3 (Four Thirds Lens Adapter to Micro Four Thirds Lens Adapter). The MMF-3 is dust and splash proof for use with that type of lens on a dust and splash proof body. Note, AF performance may diminish as compared to being on an E-System body.
Focal Length 70-300 mm
(equivalent to 140-600 mm on a 35 mm film camera)
Lens construction 14 Elements in 10 Groups, (including 3 ED lens) Angle of View 18 deg.-4.1 deg. Closest Focusing Distance 0.96m (at MF shooting)
note: 1.2m when using at AF shooting
Maximum Image Magnification 0.50x (equivalent to 1.0x on a 35 mm film camera) Minimum Field Size 26 x 35 mm Number of Blades 9 (Circular Aperture Diaphragm) Maximum Aperture f 4.0 (70mm) - f 5.6 (300mm) Minimum Aperture f 22 Filter Size Diameter 58mm Dimension Diameter 80x127mm Weight 620g Tele Converter EC-14 YES (MF available) Tele Converter EC-20 YES (MF available) Extension Tube EX-25 YES (MF available) Lens Hood LH-61E (Included) Lens Cap LC-58C (Included) Lens Case LSC-0918 (Optional) Box Contents 70-300mm F4.0-5.6, Lens Cap(LC-58C), Lens Rear Cap(LR-1)Lens Hood(LH-61E), Instruction Manual, Olympus Worldwide Warranty Card
Depth of Field Table
Camera-to-subject distance (in meters) 0.96 1.0 2.0 3.0 5.0 inf. F stop 4 0.955~
0.96 1.0 2.0 3.0 5.0 inf. 4.5 0.959~
0.96 1.0 2.0 3.0 5.0 inf. 5.6 0.960~
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August 11, 2015
GREAT LENS, GREAT PRICE, GREAT QUALITY
I have had this ED 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 lens for about 3 weeks now, and have had a great time learning to use it. I use it on my E-5 and Evolt-500, as well as on my E-M1, using the MMF-3 adapter.
There are some neat features about the lens that seem to get overlooked frequently. First, there is a switch on the side of the lens barrel, between the focus ring and zoom ring, which switches from AF mode to MF mode. When the lens starts to hunt for focus, I simply switch to MF mode, and I can achieve focus pretty easily. This switch works similarly to the MF mode of the 12-40 and 40-150 f/2.8 m-4/3 Pro lenses’ focus rings. The AF-MF switch also allows you to focus a little closer to your subject just like a macro lens does.
The second feature frequently ignored is the fact that the aperture assembly is a nine blade (circular blade) aperture set. Only the great lenses are configured with a 9 circular blade aperture assembly (ED 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5, ED 14-35mm f/2.0, ED 35-100mm f/2.0, 75mm f/1.8 m-4/3, 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro m-4/3, to mention a few). The nine blade circular set-up gives a truer circular highlight in your bokeh… generally regarded as higher quality. If you have specular highlights in your out of focus backgrounds, they show up as out of focus circles, so you have a bokeh. If you have no highlights in your background, you have a creamy background (of blurred greens and browns, etc) or a creamy bokeh… but it is really just a creamy background.
Anyway, I have worked at creating the specular bokeh, and creating a nice creamy background. This lens does a very good job of creating each. Good seperation from foreground subject to background features and a wider aperture are used to create the bokeh. My images have come out very sharp and crisp, with fine contrast… and colors so accurate, rich and saturated… nice creamy out-of-focus backgrounds and nice bokehs as well.
I tested the 70-300 lens on three cameras: the E-5, E-500, and the E-M1. The E-500 gave the poorest results, mainly because when shooting inside, under incandescent lamps, the lens would hunt and hunt for focus. Only images with High Contrast would focus. Outdoors, maybe an hour or less from sunset, focus started to fall off again. I got good results in broad daylight. With the E-5, I got good results under any condition. Focus hunting was rare. When I added the 1.4X converter, I had focus hunting maybe 1 image in twenty. So I felt comfortable with that result. With the E-M1 (and MMF-3 Adapter), I got just a few more instances where focusing was not so crisp, but results were very good, just not quite so good as with the E-5.
I had no problem with sharp focus and contrast at any focal length. I had good contrast and sharpness at 300 mm, 200 mm, 150 mm, 70 mm, anywhere in between. I really had fun learning how to use this lens. I have started leaving it on my E-5 in place of the 12-60, only because I leave the 12-40 Pro on my E-M1… so I can more quickly reach a camera with the focal lengths I need. (I keep the 11-22 or the 9-18 on the E-500).
I got really good sharpness corner to corner, as well as good contrast corner to corner. Some others don’t claim that result… maybe I did not test as strenuously or thoroughly as they did, but I consistently got these results… with both the E-5 and E-M1. My resolutions were really as good with the E-500, but only having an 8 MP sensor, results show up differently. And when I shoot an image at 300 mm, I usually have a focus distance of 3 to 6 feet, where others may have focus set near infinity.
This may be one of my best lenses for birding; but really, a nine circular blade aperture lens, for about $400… I see that as a bargain. This lens is a tool… you use to create a striking bokeh or creamy background, to enhance your photographs.
I wish I had bought this lens years ago. I don’t think anyone can go wrong getting one; if you use it on the Pen series, or OM-D series, you need the MMF-2 or MMF-3 adapter.
May 03, 2015
I have been an OLY user for over 40 years and feel that the Oly products are the best money can buy. I have owned Contax, Hassy,
Leica,Nikon, and Pentax cameras and lenses in the past. I have never been unhappy with any OLY product I have ever owned. The most fun OLY I have ever had was an XA that I used for travel for so many years-
The pics that I have developed and printed have been large 20x30"
and I have NEVER been disappointed with the quality of the OLY picture product. The OLY generated pics are equal in quality with any of those taken with any of the aforementioned cameras.
When I bought the 70-300mm I was immediately impressed with the beautiful pictures that it produced- The color the sharpness
I love this lens and use it with my E-30 and E-500 exclusively.
BTW my fav camera is the E-500- the sensor is amazing
August 04, 2014
A fantastic lens for the photographer on a budget!!!
I owned, as brief as it was, the Olympus M.Zuiko 75-300mm. I realized quickly this lens was only going to be practical for about 10% (or Less) for my total photography needs. Therefore, I quickly returned it, and opted for a more "practical" lens, but I still needed a long lens for my trips to the Colorado mountains, bike rides along the South Platte River, and capturing fantastic vacation pictures on a southern California beach. I'm an OM-D E-M1 owner (absolutely love it by the way) and with the MMF-3 adapter, I can use this fantastic lens along with all the other 4/3 Zuiko lenses. Here's the secret...they are great lenses and they aren't quite as expensive as micro 4/3. The Micro 4/3 75-300mm is a great lens, but it's in excess of $500.00. If you decide to get that lens you will not be disappointed. However, the Zuiko ED 70-300mm is a great alternative and I am not noticing any quality compromises in the lens performance. It's bigger and more chunky than the micro 4/3 version, but it delivers the typical high standard of quality you expect form Olympus.
April 10, 2013
Excellent lens !
I've got excellent results with this lens until I put a poor quality UV filter on. My pictures were lacking quality and sharpness. You've got to make sure you use prime quality filters on that lens or none at all. I use it in combination with my 1.4X converter on and I'm very happy with the picture quality. I bring it along with me everywhere I'm going, it's a great asset to my camera kit.
November 21, 2011
Something of a Disappointment
I purchased this lens along with the 14-42 mm and 40-150 mm lenses when I bought my E-620 in May 2010. I've been very happy with the camera and the other two lenses, but have been disappointed with the 70-300 mm lens. The other two lenses produce very sharp images, but the images from this lens are noticeably soft in comparison, even at high shutter speeds on a sturdy tripod. Judging from some of the other reviews, it may be that I just got a lemon, but this particular unit is definitely not in the same league with the other two kit lenses. I realize that compromises are required in engineering a lens of this size and weight with such a long zoom range, and it's probably an OK value for the money, but I was hoping for better. I would have attached a couple of representative images, but the originals are in the 7-8 MB range and the uploader rejected them.
I'm a big fan of the 4/3 format, but wish there were a larger multi-vendor ecosystem.
November 13, 2011
After going through lots of mixed review on this lens I bought it for my Evolt 500. After some practice to understand the lens I went to Kaziranga (Asam - India). It delivered nice and clear photos.
October 26, 2011
For the Birds!
I read some negative reviews about this lens for bird photos. I disagree and I caught two of my best shot yet, using this lens.
My field camera is the evolt-500. My late brother (Photographer) always said, it not the camera, but the person behind it that gets the shot.
P.S. This was hand-held, no tripod. The original pictures are Spectacular.
October 25, 2011
I purchased this lens a few weeks ago for an four-year old E-510. After a few dozen test shots indoors and out I've been very happy with the results. I particularly like the manual focus in that it feels substantial, more so than the kit lenses that came with the camera. Once in focus manually it stays there allowing for multiple shots without waiting for auto focus which I only use under lower light conditions.
The weight is excellent both for carrying in a briefcase as well as carrying for extended periods on the street.
August 03, 2011
Great lens, good performance
The lens provides excellent clarity at high zoom. It is slow and can take some time to hunt for auto-focus as described by other reviews. I often find myself shooting at higher than typical ISO settings to compensate, but the lens can still deliver very nicely. I've included some photos all of which are shot at the maximum 300mm range. I've specifically included two bird photos in a partial response to the review that speaks to birders: the pelican is tracked in-flight. Even with the lens's slower auto focus, it's still capable of focusing on birds in mid-flight and delivering a sharp photo.
July 10, 2011
Using on a PEN micro 4/3
I wanted this lens instead of the micro 4/3 mount lens because it is faster. I do a lot of photography in the woods, under a canopy of leaves, and need all the speed I can get. This lens fit the bill.
Combined with the micro four thirds adapter it dwarfs my E-PL2, but it is still light enough to make the whole thing a low weight package. However handling is a little awkward especially when twisting the zoom.
As stated by others, the auto focus is slow. Programming the function button to quickly switch to manual helps.
Hand held bird photography has always been tough. Getting good images is always a challenge without a tripod, but you are not likely to be climbing a mountain with that sort of gear, so just realize this takes work to get framing and focus right. For less fast moving subjects and landscapes the lens is really nice. If you have the time to set up your shot this is a great lens.
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