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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)

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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

 

Excellent AND horrible for telemacro!

With ample light, subjects greater than 4ft away, and a tripod, this lens simply cannot be beat for its price and performance. However, it has a real problem autofocusing on subjects closer...Read complete review

With ample light, subjects greater than 4ft away, and a tripod, this lens simply cannot be beat for its price and performance. However, it has a real problem autofocusing on subjects closer than 3-4 feet at 300mm. It will fully search in and out trying to find the subject. But you'll have to manually turn the focus ring to get the sharp focus. That's the only aspect that is very annoying. Still, I'm happy with the purchase.

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(1 of 3 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

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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.

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  • 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

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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

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    • No

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    4.0

    Nice when combined with OMD

    By DrG

    from Kalamazoo, MI

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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    • Yes

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    5.0

    I would buy this product again!

    By Lynda the designer

    from Walnut Creek, Ohio

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    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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      5.0

      70-300mm Zoom Lens for Olympus

      By Hans

      from Germany

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      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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      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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      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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        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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        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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            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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            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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