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Olympus 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System)

You Pay: $399.00

The Olympus 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens is a super-telephoto lens for high focal distances, all in one extremely compact body. This lens offers a 4.3x zoom range, with an equivalent range of 140-600mm on a 35mm film camera. It is compatible with all cameras that share the Four Thirds System format and can be used on a Micro Four Thirds System camera via the appropriate lens adapter, such as the Olympus MMF-2.

The lens features 3 ED lens elements for optimum correction of chromatic aberrations. It offers a close focusing distance of just 3'.

Provides extreme telephoto capabilities.
9-blade circular aperture diaphragm produces pleasing defocused effects.
Performance
Focal Length 70 - 300mm
Comparable Four Thirds and Micro 4/3 Focal Length: 140 - 600 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Four Thirds
Format Compatibility Four Thirds
Micro Four Thirds 1
Please Note:

Compatible with Micro Four Thirds via Olympus MMF-2 Lens Adapter.

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Angle of View 18° - 4.1°
Minimum Focus Distance 3.15' (96.01 cm)
Magnification 0.50x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:2
Elements/Groups 14/10
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 58 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.15 x 5" (8.0 x 12.70 cm)
Weight 1.36 lb (620 g)
Olympus 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System)
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    70-300mm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System)
     
    4.4

    (based on 238 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (123)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (101)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easily interchangeable (165)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (147)
    • Strong construction (132)
    • Consistent output (124)
    • Durable (105)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (73)
    • Heavy (58)
    • Poor in low light (33)
    • Lens creep (4)

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife photos (137)
    • Landscape/scenery (98)
    • Sports/action (97)
    • Wildlife (67)
    • General purpose (39)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (102), Enthusiast (58), Casual photographer (33), Semi-pro photographer (15), Semi-professional (9)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (69), Yes (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A forgotten jewel of a lens

    This isn't a lightweight lens but it's on my Olympus e-600 90% of the time. I use it for both tele-macro shots (I shoot butterflies) and zoom images and it's pretty much...Read complete review

    This isn't a lightweight lens but it's on my Olympus e-600 90% of the time. I use it for both tele-macro shots (I shoot butterflies) and zoom images and it's pretty much my go-to lens. Its focusing is reasonably fast, zoom action is very smooth, and it can give you a 2:1 view at about 3 feet (somewhat closer if you switch it to manual focus). It will hunt for focus in shady areas - and it requires a LOT of light, it's not a fast lens overall - but it is razor sharp and delivers a very nice bokeh when used for macro purposes.
    I called it the "forgotten" lens because most Oly shooters will want the 12-60 and the 50-200 lenses, both of them being faster than this lens - at twice to three times the price. For the money, this lens delivers very, VERY good images if one can work within its light requirements. I handhold this lens exclusively - I do not recommend ISO 100 except on the brightest of sunny days. Generally, to handhold this you'll need anywhere between ISO 200 to 800. Noise on my Oly E-600 is very good up to ISO 1600 so I have no issue with using the higher ISO's with this lens.
    It connects quickly and easily to the camera, its build is very sturdy, and I would buy this lens again in a heartbeat if I ever broke mine.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good lens!

    I bought this lens for taking photos of birds and other animals. I also own a 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 SWD lens, which is a wonderful lens but just too heavy and bulky...Read complete review

    I bought this lens for taking photos of birds and other animals. I also own a 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 SWD lens, which is a wonderful lens but just too heavy and bulky to be carried around. The 70-300mm lens is a good substitute. The image quality is good. The downside is the autofocus. It just does not function well under slightly low light conditions when I used the 300mm end. Sometimes it does not even work under ambient light. It hunts back and forth, then stops at the wrong focal plane. Way far away from the correct focus. It seems autofocus only works well under very good lighting or one has to use an external flash like Olympus FL-36 as focus aid. Another thing I don't like this lens is the lens hood. It is very hard to take it off unless you mount the lens on a camera first.

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    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Olympus 70/300 mm zoom lense

    By Railroadman

    from Reisterstown, MD

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System):

    This lense is great for wild life and sports photography. It is a great value. even considering the micro converter needed for my Pen PL-1. However I would recomend tripod or monopod mounting to support the camera since the lense is relatively large and heavy compared to other lenses normally used. Would have prefered a similiar lense using the micro 4/3 system and at 75-250mm.

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    4.0

    GOOD LENS

    By STRATEGICDM

    from Kelowna, BC

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Weak Casing

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System):

    Great Travel Lens - bought this because I broke my last one while traveling.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Work fine with E-M5

    By Raytracer

    from Palo Alto, CA

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System):

    Work with E-M5 with MMF-3 adapter provide all most same result against Panasonic Lumix 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 G Vario Aspherical MEGA OIS Lens except:1. no viewfinder image stabilization - it's a issue but did not reflect result if you can handle your target in correct position in viewfinder.2. focus is slow to bad if select all focus point. But improved after changed to one focus point. in this case, focus speed still slower than Panasonic but within one sec.3. With lens holder - OMG. it's really good for Olympus lens (anyway, all know this lens came from another maker)4. Compared with price, this is a good lens except to catch fast moving object.

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    5.0

    Great value lens

    By racewalker

    from Michigan

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good value
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System):

      Works well with my E620, best in good light, focus sometimes hunts when I handhold and use a single focus point. Like the AF/Mf switch, Manual focus works well. Very happy with my pictures, have taken some very good pictures of birds with this lens

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Nice when combined with OMD

      By DrG

      from Kalamazoo, MI

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System):

      This lens when mounted on OMD is a 600 mm and producces very sharp images even hand held. Much better than similar lens on the Canon.

      auto Focusing is a little slow.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Love the Zoom

      By gmhands

      from Fresno,Ca

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy
      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System):

      Used to take pictures of Tule Elk. great zoom close-ups were not a problem. Could see them breath.

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      • No

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      5.0

      A must-have lens for landscape/wildlife

      By ibfrog

      from Weed, Ca.

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System):

      Since I received this lens, my landscape/wildlife photos have really popped! The clarity and accurate auto focus make my time doing outdoor photography a complete joy. The auto focus is fast and thus, my photos are looking vivid and sharp.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      5.0

      I would buy this product again!

      By Lynda the designer

      from Walnut Creek, Ohio

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System):

        I love my new lens so far, but am really excited to use it on a safari in Kenyan this summer. I find the lens easy to use and the camera not so heavy with it on. I'd reccommend this lens.

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        • No

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        70-300mm Zoom Lens for Olympus

        By Hans

        from Germany

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System):

              I used it last week in Mexico (Cozumel) under bright light conditions for wildlife photos. It works just fine with good quality shots.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              70-300mm + price = a good deal

              By Boxpusher

              from North Branford, CT

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System):

              I had originally considered the 50-200mm high grade lens, but I really wanted something a little more powerful in the telephoto aspect for outdoor work,( i.e. sports, nature and scenics ).Decided to gamble on a used 70-300mm for a lot less $ than the 50-200. Kudos to B&H. Although described cosmetically as a 9, I was hard pressed to find any signs of wear or tear. Yes, the lens is heavy and on the large size, but that's what I prefer to have on the front of my E-3. I've held too many other cameras that feel like cheap plastic toys and with my E-3,12-60mm and now the 70-300mm lenses,I don't have to worry about carrying my gear around like breakable eggs when out in the field or inclement weather. Focus is not as fast as the 12-60mm, but I can live with that easily. ( I used to shoot weddings with manually focused cameras years ago before automatics came along ) Sharpness is satisfactory although I have'nt had the time to really put it to the test... so far, I like what I've seen. To sum it all up... glad I bought this lens, would do it again and will continue to do business with B&H.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Nice lens at nice price

              By hseldon

              from Newtown, CT

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Lightweight
              • Price

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action

                Comments about 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System):

                I bought this lens to help me to get better shots my daughter's soccer games. It does a nice job of getting me in close to the action without having to be on the field.

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                • No

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                (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A forgotten jewel of a lens

                By AnniM

                from Pittsburgh, PA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy
                • Poor in Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System):

                This isn't a lightweight lens but it's on my Olympus e-600 90% of the time. I use it for both tele-macro shots (I shoot butterflies) and zoom images and it's pretty much my go-to lens. Its focusing is reasonably fast, zoom action is very smooth, and it can give you a 2:1 view at about 3 feet (somewhat closer if you switch it to manual focus). It will hunt for focus in shady areas - and it requires a LOT of light, it's not a fast lens overall - but it is razor sharp and delivers a very nice bokeh when used for macro purposes.
                I called it the "forgotten" lens because most Oly shooters will want the 12-60 and the 50-200 lenses, both of them being faster than this lens - at twice to three times the price. For the money, this lens delivers very, VERY good images if one can work within its light requirements. I handhold this lens exclusively - I do not recommend ISO 100 except on the brightest of sunny days. Generally, to handhold this you'll need anywhere between ISO 200 to 800. Noise on my Oly E-600 is very good up to ISO 1600 so I have no issue with using the higher ISO's with this lens.
                It connects quickly and easily to the camera, its build is very sturdy, and I would buy this lens again in a heartbeat if I ever broke mine.

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                5.0

                Excellent Lens

                By Jimbo

                from Calgary

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System):

                This is an excellent addition to the 150mm lens Zuiko produced for the Olympus cameras. Likes its predecessors it works perfectly to specs. even in the most demanding condition and the price is nothing short of excellent given the cost of most higher end Olympus Lenses

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                4.0

                Nice Product for the Price

                By Dean in Oz

                from Wodonga, Australia

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Cost effective
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action

                Comments about 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System):

                Althought slower to focus than the 140mm zoom that came with the camera(as was reported on other sites) this lens is truely excellent value for money.

                At less than half the price offered by Australian companies B&H was excellent value. Xmas courier interruptions was a little disappointing but I will be back here for more gear

                Dean in Oz

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great product very easy to use

                By smokemedic

                from kc mo

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System):

                  This lens is very affordable and has exceptional quality for the price. I take pictures of my daughter at sporting events and of wildlife and it performs flawlessly!

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                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  excellent lens for my needs

                  By Willie

                  from NH

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System):

                    this lenss picks up where the standard 50 mm left off with obviously longer range.Works well at close range but gives the ability to reach out to longer distances.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Excellent addition to an Olympus system

                    By Point & Shoot

                    from Upstate NY

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System):

                    I bought a refurbished lens that looks new to me at a significant price reduction. I can find no problems with it and it functions well. I have an Olympus E-410 and it fits in well with my other lenses.

                    Because the camera body is smaller, this lens requires a steady hand, but this trade-off is well worth the benefits.

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                    • No

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                    3.0

                    Good product

                    By Isabel la gata

                    from Virginia Beach, VA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action

                    Comments about 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System):

                    Great for landscapes

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Good value for money zoom lens

                    By Ghoenkop

                    from Oudtshoorn South Africa

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable

                    Cons

                    • Poor in Low Light

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System):

                    I use the lens mostly for nature shots and people/portrait studies with a E620 and E3 Olympus camera.

                    The quality and sharpness of the lens is great in bright daylight and exceeded my expectations especially if the price is considered.

                    The focusing is a bit slow in low light conditions

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Great for macro and wildlife

                    By Airlid

                    from Rocky Point, NC

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Poor in Low Light

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System):

                    A bit slow in low light but awsome with full sun. I have done some very nice macro work and I'm getting great close-ups of Humming birds.

                    Olympus e-620

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