January 26, 2016 by Jeffrey
Fantastic Lens
I purchased the ED 70-300mm f4.0-5.6 a few years ago for use with my E-600. The lens is the equivalent of 140MM-600MM in 35MM format, and is my go to lens for shooting animals in nature as well as doubling as a great portrait lens. The downside of this lens is it is slow to focus, particularly in low light, but its upsides far outweigh this drawback. The lens is very sharp and produces excellent images at all focal lengths and aperture settings. I plan on purchasing a lens adapter to also be able to use this wonderful lens on my new OM-D E-M10 Mark II.
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January 21, 2016 by harvey
Great Reach
Great reach adapted to EM-5. Handles well on this body when using the optional grip. Fast autofocus, good image quality, good color, very compact and light for this focal length. Very happy with this lens. Still useful because of the Four Thirds to M43 OLY adaptor with works great with this lens on the EM-5. Good when you need more reach than the 18-180 I a compact package.
August 12, 2015 by Jerry
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.
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May 3, 2015 by Laurence
70-300 MM
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 is great 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
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August 4, 2014 by Kent
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.
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