August 04, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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 light weight all around lense.sharp pictures,uncompromising details.one of the 'gonna have it' toy in your list.
June 08, 2011
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
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.
May 06, 2011
It is a lens designed for the purpose of providing a good focal length combined with a very light weight and small size, also offers very good possibilities in macro photography.
If one accepts the limitations of luminosity that these purposes require then you have an excellent tool to achieve magnificent photographs.
If you want a brighter lens then remember to be heavier and longer and therefore less versatile.
Optical design there is no possibility of achieving all the benefits on the same target, it is always a matter of priorities, mobility, low weight and small or very light but heavy and big.
March 25, 2011
I use this lens with my E-520 and get excellent results. It is very sharp at 200mm and gets softer towards 300. However even at 300 the results are very impressive. Yes... the focusing is slower than the higher-end optics. YOU'RE NOT PAYING $2000 so keep it in perspective.
You simply can't get a 600mm f5.6 stabilized lens (depending on body) on any other platform for this kind of money.
I have had excellent results in macro, wildlife, and even sports. Like any lens you have to learn it's strong points and exploit them.
A point and shoot photographer probably will have trouble. Anybody else will appreciate the amazing value in this lens given a short time to work with it. Read the pro reviews on the web. This lens is well liked.
Check out my sample shot. The little grasshoppers are less than a half inch long. How's that for sharp focus and thin DOF!
January 08, 2011
I think this lens is pretty good in the 70-200 mm range, and not so great at 300 mm. It does take practice and technique to get the most out of an extreme telephoto such as this. Focusing is loud and slow, and overall the lens performs much better in good light. But overall, a lot of photographic fun for the money.
December 30, 2010
When I first used this lens it was love at first sight. The clarity was great and of course each lens does have a sweet spot. This can be learned if you shoot a lot of pictures.
I am a grandmother of 9 and let me tell you, I captured lots of candid shots without them knowing.
December 11, 2010
Found it almost impossible to focus, either in auto or manual mode. It could just be me, I've lost a number of good shots trying and waiting for this lens to focus. My other lenses seem to work just fine.
October 23, 2010
If you are a birder then I don't think that you will be happy.
This lens is slow to focus. Often (though not always) it has to go through a long procedure of focusing. It hunts and pecks its way until finally it finds a focus. That usually means that you have lost your shot.
The clarity of shots at 300mm is poor, 1 out of 40 shots will be in crisp and clear focus.
October 19, 2010
I was on the job for a three-year shoot which demanded that I be able to capture distant objects up close. With the ED 70-300 lens (used in conjunction with an E-510 camera), getting shots that would have been otherwise impossible was a breeze. I didn't have to wrestle with heavy foot-long zoom lenses on monopods. All I had to do was hold the camera and take the picture. This lens made possible and easy what would have otherwise simply been impossible. I recommend it to one and all.