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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Customer Reviews of the Zuiko Lens ED 70-300mm f4.0/5.6View Page:
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.
June 13, 2011
great price....unequal performance
great light weight all around lense.sharp pictures,uncompromising details.one of the 'gonna have it' toy in your list.
June 08, 2011
untouchable lens compared to competitor
this is sharper than the kit lens 12-42 and 40-150.
much like the 40-150 I consider this as an outdoor lens, this lens would work really great with a lot of light. on low light, its gonna hunt and hunt.
but then for the price and the reach, this lens is untouchable. sweet spot at f8 this is where this lens shines, f8 70-300 reach wow! weights around 1lb perfect balance on my e620. Long live 4/3!
bottome line, I love the weight,size,reach, price, and the bokeh it gives.
May 20, 2011
Great for NOVICE
I have used several telephoto lens with several cameras in my collection of photo equipment. I use this lens on my Olympus E-520 DSLR. Great camera makes amazing photos. This lens came without much in the area of instructions which would have been nice. Much of your learning comes from trail and error. Mostly it is an exceptional lens for the price. Lots of bang for the buck. However I have found that in some cases it lack's total crispness and clarity. Once you have learned how to use this lens with your camera it is very easy to use. Easy adjustments. Novice will find it great to learn with. However Amatures and above will NOT enjoy this lens and will find it does not meet their expectations. GOOD lens for the money... Some of the exterior are made of plastic which coming from Olympus suprises me but on this lens I suppose that is one way of keeping the cost down.
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