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Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II Lens

Price: $549.99
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Product Highlights
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 35mm Equivalent: 150-600mm
  • ZERO Lens Coating
  • One Super ED and Two ED Lens Elements
  • Three HR Lens Elements
  • Seven-Blade Circular Diaphragm

The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II Lens is a telephoto zoom lens that is compatible with the Micro Four Thirds standard. The 75-300mm focal length gives a 35mm-equivalent zoom range of 150-600mm for a standard to super-telephoto reach.

The lens construction integrates one Super ED (extra-low dispersion) and two ED lens elements to help minimize chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range while also contributing to overall image sharpness, clarity, and color fidelity. Three HR (high-refractive index) elements are also incorporated into the design to reduce the overall weight and size of the lens and also promote an overall higher image quality. Lens elements also feature Olympus' ZERO (Zuiko Extra-Low Reflection Optical) coating to reduce internal and surface reflections and ghosting that are more prevalent when shooting in difficult lighting conditions, such as backlit situations. The ZERO coating also provides greater durability to the lens surfaces.

The MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) autofocus system provides quick, accurate auto focusing that is especially suited to working with fast-moving subject matter. By employing an internal focusing mechanism, the lens is also able to function in a quiet and smooth manner that greatly benefits its use when recording movies.

Compatible with Micro Four Thirds system standard.
One Super ED and two ED lens elements help to reduce chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range while also providing increased image sharpness and clarity.
Three HR lens elements work to reduce the overall size and weight
ZERO coating minimizes reflections and ghosting while also contributing to increased durability for the lens surfaces.
MSC autofocus system provides a quick, quiet, and accurate focusing performance that suits photographing fast-moving subject matter as well as recording movies.
Seven-blade circular diaphragm offers a smooth, aesthetic out-of-focus quality to shallow depth of field imagery.
Performance
Focal Length 75 - 300mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 150 - 600 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4.8 - 6.7
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Micro Four Thirds
Format Compatibility Micro Four Thirds
Angle of View 16° - 4.1°
Minimum Focus Distance 2.95' (90 cm)
Magnification 0.18x
Elements/Groups 18/13
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Autofocus Yes
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:58 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.72 x 4.59" (69 x 116.5 mm)
Weight 14.92 oz (423 g)
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II Lens
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    OlympusM.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II Lens
     
    4.3

    (based on 29 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (25)
    • Easy to use (20)
    • Reliable (15)
    • Durable (12)
    • Easily interchangeable (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel (14)
      • Landscape photography (8)
      • Everyday (7)
      • Portraits (4)
      • Wildlife (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Enthusiast (17), Semi-professional (5), Photo enthusiast (3)
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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Compact, Light, and Wonderful

      Got this lens on Pre-order as soon as they announced it. It is a wonderful addition to the m4/3 system. Very light. Like all the the m4/3 lenses in contrast to...Read complete review

      Got this lens on Pre-order as soon as they announced it. It is a wonderful addition to the m4/3 system. Very light. Like all the the m4/3 lenses in contrast to their comparable brothers. It delivers fine detail through the entire zoom range, and paired with the hood shoots very well in adverse light conditions. The zoom is smooth and quiet. Manually focuses comparable to the rest of the olympus line up, if you like that kind of thing. Picks out individuals and details in a crowd nicely. Has a beautiful bokeh which makes for striking wildlife portraits at distance. I would absolutely recommend this lens to round out a m4/3 collection.

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      75-300 II Olympus

      Have just taken it out for a spin. First time out, got a few soft, blurry images. But the great egret was moving so this wasn't a fair trial. Next time I...Read complete review

      Have just taken it out for a spin. First time out, got a few soft, blurry images. But the great egret was moving so this wasn't a fair trial. Next time I captured some Roosevelt Elk in the wild up near Eureka. Sharp photos. I think that once I figure out what this is capable of I will find that this suits my purpose of capturing wildlife outdoors.

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      5.0

      Correction

      By Uncle Earl

      from Saratoga, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Sharp wide open

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II Lens:

        Update. I mentioned image stabilization - neither the lens nor the GM1 claim any stabilization. But on my GM1 at 300mm (600mm effective) I'm getting no visible image shake at 1/400th second, about half the traditional cutoff of one over the effective focal length - handheld. If there is no stablization, it speaks well for the lack of mirror slap in the mirrorless cameras. The more I get used to this small package, the better the image quality I get.

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        4.0

        Better than OK

        By Uncle Earl

        from Saratoga, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Stabilization Works

        Cons

        • Bit Of Flare
        • Not tack sharp
        • Plasticy

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II Lens:

        When I compare this lens to my Sony 55-300 at almost twice the price, it doesn't quite make it. However, the sharpness while a bit soft is quite uniform across the field and contrast is only a small shortcoming on very bright subjects (see below) and can be handled to a fare-thee-well by underexposing (which can help with keeping iso low and shutter speed high). It's reasonably compact and construction is adequate - no wobble in the extended mode.

        Stabilization works nicely and much appreciated at 600mm equivalent for my handheld shots.

        The shot below is taken a half stop from wide open (f/7.1) to try to minimize flare and is obviously a tough dynamic range for this lens. If you look at the crop you can see the corner is about the same sharpness as the center and that flare is well controlled. The rose petals are a bit blown out even though the shot was underexposed by a stop. That may be in part due to the GM1 sensor that is challenged by bright reds. Low contrast scenes look very good tho.

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        4.0

        Lots of reach in a small package

        By phlash46

        from Montrose, NY

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Outdoor Daytime Sports
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II Lens:

          I use this largely on an EM-1 for landscapes and wildlife and occasionally for sneaky portraits. It is an amazing lens going from 150 - 600mm (35mm equivalent) in a very small and light package. Excellent up to about 200mm, it drops to very good/good over that.It's not a replacement for a prime long lens but it is surprisingly good for the price.

          I have used it at 600mm equivalent handheld, though I don't recommend it! It's certainly light enough to hand hold all day with vibration reduction on, but, it's a real challenge at 600mm (use at least a monopod)! It shoots as well as the new Tammy of the same mm on a full frame body and costs and weighs even less.

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          3.0

          Too large but not many other choices

          By Brad

          from Houston, TX

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable

          Cons

          • Blurry Focus
          • Heavy
          • Poor in Low Light
          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

            Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II Lens:

            Overall this is a lens I don't particularly like but will use for now because there is not much else on the market for 300mm Micro 4/3 lenses. My main issue is that the lens is enormous and looks ridiculous when zoomed to 300mm and placed on my E-P5. This lens causes the camera to become very front heavy and must be used on a tripod if you want to take shake free pictures. I have tried changing shutter speeds and various settings on the camera such as the shutter lag time but 300mm (600mm with crop sensor) hand-held shots with this lens are blurry 99% of the time. The problem is this lens is just too large for a smaller Micro 4/3 camera, something larger like the OM-D it might be perform better. I have used many compact point and shoot cameras with 24X optical zoom (600mm) or greater hand-held and they all performed better than this lens at delivering a blur free image.

            When using a tripod photos taken using this lens come out in focus with nice color but somewhat slow focusing time. I am waiting to see what the price and size of the Olympus 300mm prime will be when it is released and hopefully it will be a viable option to switch to.

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            5.0

            Very Good

            By Deanie

            from South Africa

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Portraits
              • Traveling

              Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II Lens:

              Good zoom in a small size - nice combination.

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              5.0

              Very good lens for nature photographer

              By Andy

              from Shelbyville, IN

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape Photography
                • Traveling

                Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II Lens:

                I was not sure how often I can use this 75-300mm super zoom for my daily photographing because of the long focal length. But now, I am really happy about this long lens. It is very good for every nature photographing. I sometimes go out with only this lens. This gives me fresh and simplified image of nature. I like the solid construction. Zooming is smooth by just 90 degree action. Image quality is very good with nice "Boke".

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                5.0

                Good product

                By MistahVega

                from Gainesville, GA

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use
                  • Home
                  • Landscape Photography
                  • Portraits
                  • Studio
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II Lens:

                  Good product with a fair price. Not very many super telephoto options for MFT and is now less than the Panasonic option. Decent quality for a 600mm FF equivalent.

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                  4.0

                  sharp lens, f stops could be bigger

                  By brody

                  from brooklyn

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                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Home
                    • Portraits
                    • Studio
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II Lens:

                    if you have the olympus 40-150, you have duplicated the focal length up to 150 and have the smaller openings to make it less useful. but it is sharp and the useful range is from 150 to 300 (300-600 in full frame 35mm) if you have the 40-150. its light to cary but needs to be stabilized at longer focal lengths.shorter focal lengths replace the 40-150

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                    3.0

                    A Good LensBut Not Without Shortcomings

                    By joer

                    from Northern Illinois

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                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Lightweight
                    • Priced Reasonably

                    Cons

                    • Focus Not Reliable At 300

                    Best Uses

                    • Birding
                    • Everyday use

                    Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II Lens:

                    Used on a OM D EM 1. Mostly shooting birds.

                    The focal length is nearly ideal for this type of shooting. The lens is sharp wide open and gets sharper at f/8.

                    Its slow and hunts at 300mm. Misses or refuses to focus at times.

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                    5.0

                    Quite Satisfactory

                    By Amillionphotos

                    from Northern Colorado

                    About Me Semi-Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Bird Photography
                      • Everyday use

                      Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II Lens:

                      I'm using this lens with the Olympus OM-D E-M5. It's not a particularly fast lens, but it's affordable and in good light it does fine. It's small enough and light enough to easily carry in one hand on daily long walks, and the results are good.

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                      3.0

                      A Good Lens but not without Shortcomings

                      By joer

                      from Northern Illinois

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Good image quality
                      • Great range
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Difficult To Use
                      • Focusing Issues
                      • Not for low light

                      Best Uses

                      • Wild life

                      Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II Lens:

                      I use this on a OM D EM 1 mostly birding.

                      Great focal range regardless of cost. Sharp at all focal lengths. Amazingly small and light for its range. Build quality is very good. Very cost effective.

                      Focuses quickly at the lower focal lengths. Focuses slowly near the top end of the focal range. Misses focus often in low contrast scenes at the high end. It would be a joy to use if not for the focusing issues.

                      I recommend it with qualifications.

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                      5.0

                      Great zoom lens at a BARGIN

                      By Jacque Klar

                      from Dallas, Tx.

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                      • Smal F-stop Range

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro Photography
                      • Traveling

                      Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II Lens:

                      Have taken this lens on a walk around a lake area and tried photos from the 70's to the 300's and amazed at the quality of the photos.

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                      4.0

                      Better than expected...

                      By CalW

                      from Vermont

                      About Me Semi-Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Handles Well
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Yet Sometimes Too Slow

                      Best Uses

                      • General Purpose Tele

                      Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II Lens:

                      I shouldn't have put this purchase off for so long. Yes, of course the aperture range is slow (and inevitably, sometimes too slow) yet with faith in the camera's ISO capability and good technique, many hand-held shots can be pretty darn good due to the high quality Olympus glass. On-tripod results are way better than I expected. Great to have auto-focus with the long "reach" that I had tried to obtain from old "classic" manual focus lenses that couldn't match the optics in this lens. Color me satisfied!

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                      4.0

                      Good Telephoto.

                      By mrbahr

                      from Oakland, CA

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                      • A bit slow

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape Photography
                      • Traveling

                      Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II Lens:

                      This has a great zoom capability. With IS, this works really well for 300mm. It's pretty sharp. The lens is a little slow. I'd like it to be a bit faster and also with a constant aperture.

                      For this range, you can't beat the size. Can't compare this to the 100-300 from Panasonic, but for the price, you can't go wrong.

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                      4.0

                      Great lens

                      By Bob

                      from Massachusetts

                      Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II Lens:

                      Lots of reach for a small size. Rounds out my new E-M1 lens range. Price is reasonable and sharpness acceptable except perhaps at longest range.

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                      4.0

                      Works well with the M-1

                      By RC

                      from Saint George, Ut

                      About Me Semi-Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Nature

                        Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II Lens:

                        I was using a full size Canon with a 400mm but on hikes it was a lot to carry. I am very happy with the Olympus 75-300 on my M-1 body as it is so much lighter and smaller. I was prepared for a drop off in picture quality but that was much less a problem than I first imagined. This lens has good sharpness though it's a little slow to capture the light, so I need to shoot at a higher ISO usually between 800 and 1,600. The image does not show too much noise so my noise reduction filter (Topaz) does the trick.

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                        5.0

                        Exceeded expectations

                        By Gary

                        from NH

                        Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II Lens:

                        Only used a couple of times but photos are excellent using the OEM M1.

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                        5.0

                        Great lightweight lens for 4/3 camera

                        By FotoGraffer

                        from Baton Rouge, LA

                        About Me Semi-Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Traveling

                          Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II Lens:

                          This lens is a great addition to my Olympus OM-D E-M5. As I do a lot of international travel, I was very happy to add a lightweight lens with a 600mm equivalent zoom - just right for game drives and landscapes. The Olympus LH-61E LENS HOOD f/70-300mm f/4-5.6 seems to be the one that works best with this lens; I haven't found any 3rd party hoods that work as effectively.

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                          5.0

                          Amazing!!!

                          By dw

                          from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                          • Poorly Fitted Oem Len Cap

                          Best Uses

                          • Candid photography
                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II Lens:

                          This is a wonderful lens. I have tested and used it on my OM5 for wildlife, landscape, macro and candid portrait photography. The learning curve is not steep. Smooth, fast focusing and is very light compared to my legacy 300mm making hand held use stable even with my old shaky hands.
                          The OEM lens cap proved to be a poor fit. It popped off and rescued many timed before it was gone forever. Could have put in my pocket but I do like to provide max protection. Did order a center pinch replacement.
                          Put this jewel in your gear bag and use it.

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                          5.0

                          Great quality in a compact lens

                          By Raincheck

                          from Out West

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                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable
                          • Travels Great
                          • Wildlife Close Ups

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Sports
                            • Traveling
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II Lens:

                            Use this for shooting wildlife. My Olympus OMD and this lens make it much easier to get around in the wild and get great shots. I travel a lot and the compact 600mm equivalent lens is easy to bring along. Fits in a jacket pocket. I am very happy with quality of lens and of shots.

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