June 11, 2015
An excellent lens with amazing sharpness at 300(600mm equiv.) setting. Past experience with tele's in this range has been less than impressive due to loss of contrast and sharpness. Not so with this lens. Brace your camera against a solid surface or on a tripod and you'll be pleased with the results. I submitted to Olympus Gallery a photo of some wildflowers taken with this lens and didn't realize until after submitting it that a tiny insect was rendered perfectly in focus! Considering the price, well-made, good solid construction, it's a go.
April 04, 2015
Is this as sharp as a 75 f/1.8 at 75? Is it as sharp as the 40-150 f/2.8 at 150? Is it as sharp as the 300 f/4 will no doubt be at 300? No, no and no, but, what do you expect? This is a versatile lens that gets you a 150-600 FOV for $500, versus over $4,000 for the other three and weighs little. If you are on vacation and size/weight are critical, then it's as good as it gets.
For the price it can't be beat; it's pretty darn sharp up to 225-250 and decent after that. You can hand hold it over 150 but I don't recommend it; try at least a monopod or, better still, a tripod.
January 19, 2015
Have used this lens for multiple purposes including soccer matches , shooting at 300. Caught all the action, no problem on fast multiple shots.
A great addition to any system.
January 19, 2015
I purchased this lens in anticipation of an African trip which involved many opportunities for long shots. My 50 prior years in photography had been in film, mostly Olympus OM and Leica M until my purchase of an OM-D E-M5.
This lens and the 12-50 made a quick believer of me as to having chosen well. With sharp optics over its focal and aperture range, this lens was quick and quiet to focus, and the image stabilization made every shot steady. I never touched my tripod on that trip. This camera and the E-M5 (and later an E-M1) and a couple of other new olympus lenses have been good companions in my life and journeys. Good glass for a good camera. Well done, Olympus.
August 05, 2014
Has almost everything I need in a lens like this. C-AF works well in good light. At lower light levels it is best to use S-AF. The lens is plenty sharp for my purposes. I only wish it would focus closer at the 300mm setting.
July 12, 2014
- I purchased the OM-D E-M10 Silver kit with M.14-42mm lens and M.75-300mm II lens. This setup results in excellent reach!
- This lens (75-300mm II) produces excellent images wide open at all apertures.
- The question is whether to get the M.40-150mm R or M.75-300mm II lens. The M.40-150mm is lighter. If you want to do some birding, then the M.75-300mm II makes sense. Either way you have a setup covering most situations. And it won't break your back as the setup is still pretty light.
- It can serve a reasonably good telephoto macro lens. I love the results as I find true macros literally a pain to shoot now :)
Some tips I would recommend:
- Although this camera has 3 axis, when using with the M.75-300mm II lens, at the 300mm end, I found I get more keepers using either a tripod or a handholding technique of using a shoulder for support.
- When using with the M.75-300mm II, at the 300mm end, in not so ideal condition which we will likely see when doing birding, it is better to use Single AF as otherwise sometimes the camera will stay out of focus and won't AF. Moving to Single Shot AF took care of this issue.
What can I say, for the money, this lens is a steal. It produces beautiful photos and is reasonably well built.
October 31, 2013
Until they come out with a 300mm prime this will have to do.
It is a long way from the 75mm f/1.8 and I am spoiled by that lens.
I stay away from the full 300mm limit and don't stop it down too much.
If you don't look too closely the images are fine and for the price it is a good value. I tried some old 35mm Minolta primes in this range and this lens is a lot better than the ones I tried so I am satisfied.
April 05, 2013
Waited on Olympus for over two months and finally gave up on them and ordered it from a local brick and mortar. I found this lens to be mechanically superb. No lens creep for one thing, and balanced beautifully on the E-M5 with or without a tripod. It's lighter than competing 100-300mm lenses. Very sharp at focal lengths near wide open and good enough for the price out to near 300mm, a little soft at fully 300mm. Focuses quickly without searching. Looks absolutely great on the E-M5. It's fun to use and I've been using it a lot since I got it three days ago.