April 7, 2018 by Linden
A sharp, fast telephoto... love it.
When building my MFT kit, I tried to find lenses to match what I’m most used to on FF. I knew I needed a 70-200 2.8 equivalent, and this lens rivals my Canon V2 in terms of sharpness. The ability to reach out further to a 300mm equivalent and stay at f/2.8 in such a small lens is great. Some complain that this lens is large and heavy, and compared to my wife’s Oly 40-150R 3.5-5.6 it certainly is. Compared to the EF 70-200 2.8L IS and EF 300 2.8L IS lenses I’ve been shooting it’s super tiny and lightweight, not to mention staggeringly cheaper as a two-in-one FOV equivalent for me. Without the lens hood it’s honestly the size of one those 16oz insulated tumblers that are popular right now. It focuses lightning quick and is extremely sharp. If I had to nitpick something, it would be the bokeh. Even though it’s an equivalent 300mm field of view, the bokeh certainly isn’t as smooth or blurred as a native 300 2.8 on a FF or APS-C, but it’s not bad. There’s plenty of subject separation to be had, just don’t expect those dreamy 300 2.8 backgrounds that just melt away to nothing. The retracting lens hood and pinch lens cap is a nice touch, and helps go from bag to shooting in seconds with no fuss.
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March 13, 2018 by ppp_us
Nice sharp telephoto lens
This lens is sharp at even f2.8 and has good reach. The build quality is pretty good but its pretty heavy to carry around compared to other micro four third lenses. I use it for wildlife, sports, light macro and some portraits overall its good value for m
February 22, 2018 by Wilson
High performance telephoto zoom
I was initially hesitant to buy this lens because of the price, but the results I have gotten make it absolutely worth it. I've shot many great wildlife, sports, event, and even some portrait photos. It may be big and heavy in absolute terms, but not in relative terms (i.e. when you consider the zoom range, optical performance, and build quality). The fast f/2.8 aperture is arguably more important for this telephoto lens compared to super wide or normal lenses, for keeping shutter speeds up. The only thing to be aware of is the bokeh is not great under certain shooting conditions.
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January 18, 2018 by David
An excellent replacement for the 50-200mm f2.8-3.5.
I bought this to replace a Zuiko 50-200mm f2.8-3.5. It's more compact overall because it zooms internally, and therefore also doesn't suffer from "lens creep." The hood is easily managed on the lens, unlike the large hood of the 50-200. Focus is fast and reliable in auto-focus and I use the "small" single focus point of the E-M1 Mk 1. You lose a bit of reach compared to the 50-200, but the lens is so much easier to manage, I find myself reaching for it more often than I did with the 50-200. Very pleased with this lens.
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November 23, 2017 by Andrew
Amazing
Corner to corner sharpness at all focal lengths wide open!
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