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OlympusM.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II Lens
 
4.4

(based on 74 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (37)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (53)
  • Easily interchangeable (26)
  • Durable (25)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (23)
  • Consistent output (22)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (16)
  • Blurry focus (4)

Best Uses

  • Wildlife photos (37)
  • Landscape/scenery (28)
  • Sports/action (19)
  • Travel (14)
  • Landscape photography (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (28), Enthusiast (17), Semi-pro photographer (8), Semi-professional (5), Casual photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (58), Yes (6)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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

Excellent Lens for the Money

By MSG Hoff

from Northampton, Pennsylvania

About Me Casual Photographer

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Video
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    Used on Olympus OM-D E-M10 II.
    I use this lens for birds, animals, and moon shots. It is lightweight and easy to use.

    Only complaint is it does not come with a hood!

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    4.0

    Good reach, kinda slow

    By Rick

    from Holland, MI

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    Build quality seems good as does image quality. Small given the focal length but given a 600mm effective focal length need a steady hand, tripod or a good bit of light for a fast shutter for maximum sharpness. Sensor based image stabilization helps if you got it but 600 can be just hard to keep steady. I generally use to take pictures of "things" rather than people, like the effect of compressing space.

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    5.0

    One lens many uses

    By Seadog

    from Seabrook tx

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      I use this lens as my primary lense on my olympus camera.. I like it ease of use & quality, the parameters allow for a variety of shooting,thus extending cameras range

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      4.0

      Great for wildlife

      By Andy

      from Longmont, CO

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      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • No Weather Sealing
      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      I purchased this for my wife to use with her OM-D E-M5 mark I (she wanted to do more wildlife photography). Even with the older version of image stabilization within the body, she can handhold this lens at 300mm just fine. She absolutely loves it and it's now the lens that tends to stay on the camera by default.

      I took the lens for a spin as well, and I have to say it's pretty solid for the price point. It's not a pro lens, and it's not weather-sealed, but that said the quality is still great. Sure, it would be nice if it were a bit faster, but this covers an enormous focal range and is still exceptionally compact.

      One glaring con is that Olympus doesn't include the lens hood. So yah, you will need to buy that separately.

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      3.0

      Disappointed

      By Rick

      from PNW

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      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Blurry Focus

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife Photos

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

      I had hoped that this lens would be a longer reach alternative to the Olympus 40-150 lens that I've been trying to use for wildlife. On the plus side this lens is lightweight for the reach, is a nice size match to the E-M1 that I'm using, and usually focuses quickly and reliably on that camera even at 300mm. On the negative side, it's just not that sharp over most of its range. My copy was only acceptably sharp at around 250mm. It's soft at 300mm and has considerably poorer image quality than my 40-150mm zoom where they overlap. I've seen the opposite claim from others, so perhaps I just got a bad copy. At any rate, it's not a good value to me as a slow 250mm prime so I'm looking elsewhere.

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      5.0

      Up close and personal

      By Kevin

      from Claverack, NY

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      A long lens in a small light package. Great lens if you use it for what it was made for. No one lens does it all.

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      5.0

      Fabulous range in Light Weight Lens

      By MorryB

      from Cleveland, OH

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      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        I have a Canon 7D with a Canon 300mm f4 L lens and 1.4 extender. I have used this combination for bird photography. I recently bought the Olympus OMD EM5 and the 75-300 mm II lens. This combination is so much easier to hand hold and the image quality is excellent.

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        5.0

        A little jewel

        By Bill in Fla

        from Palmetto Fl,

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          I use this on may Olympus OM-D E-M5II camera and to tell the truth I was completely surprised at the clarity this lens produces. It is slightly heavier than I expected but good glass weighs a little more. I am a bird photographer and I need the reach this produces on this 4/3rd camera. I wish I had known this sooner. It is a superb lens and deserves the 5 stars I gave it.

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          4.0

          does a great job of details at 75-85 feet, outside.

          By GRISCUT

          from Saint Charles, IL

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          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Blurry Focus
          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          used for evaluating electrical hardware in the field. Pictures require clear details at 60-100 feet distance. Does a good job without tripod support, but can be effected by shutter speed and cloudiness.

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          4.0

          Good Lens for the Price!!

          By Paul

          from Johnstown NY

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            This is a pretty good lens for the price. I was surprised at the image quality. Not as sharp as the pro lenses for for the price it is great. Plus it is relatively small and light so it is a real good travel lens, i would use it when I don't want to carry around the bigger lenses.

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            5.0

            Fantastic Zoom lens for m4/3

            By Bill

            from Washington

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

            This lens is fantastic. I can get great clear wildlife shots from a good distance. I highly recommend it for photographers who need a telephoto lens shooting micro 4/3

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            4.0

            Good Lens - Disappointed with Attachments

            By Joe the Photographer

            from PA

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • No lens hood

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            The lens itself is great and I have no complaints about the lens, but I wasn't aware that the lens doesn't come with a lens hood and you have to pay extra for that. One would think spending $ on a lens it would come with a lens hood.

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            5.0

            A great super telephoto lens at a great price

            By Bdubb

            from Atlanta, GA

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            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Sharp
            • Super Telephoto

            Cons

            • No lens hood
            • Not Weather Sealed
            • Slow Focus In Lo Contrast

            Best Uses

            • Night Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            I purchased this lens to use for sports photography, bird photography, and Astro photography. The lens is extremely sharp at 75mm, and still sharp st 300mm. I have not been one to critique the edges of photographs for sharpness, but the center of the picture has always produced very nice results.
            One of the negatives is that the lens tends to hunt for focus at 300mm. This is especially noticeable in low contrast areas, such as brown birds on a brown background, At 75mm or in high contrast settings, the autofocus is very fast and accurate.

            The lens doesn't come with a hood, which is a negative, but I bought one and would highly recommend it.

            The lens is very fun to use. I most enjoy the size (or lack thereof) of this lens as compared to Nikon or Canon equivalents.

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            4.0

            Happy Hubby - Just the Right Lens

            By reader

            from Huntsville, AL

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Night Photography
              • Sports/Action

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

              My husband's birthday gave me the perfect opportunity to purchase this for him. He's an incredibly talented photographer and told me that this lens will really help him to get up close in shots of entertainers (with permission of course), events, celebrities, social activism, etc.
              The lens has a soft touch, easy to use, and is lightweight (which is important when you are carrying multiple cameras).
              The only thing we can mention is that we wish a lens filter had been included in the package.

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              5.0

              Perfect. It was exactly what I wanted and it works perfect.

              By Rick

              from San Jacinto, CA.

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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

              I wasn't sure it would fit my camera, that the autofocus would work right, etc., but everything works and it is exactly the addition I wanted for my camera. The B&H service was also excellent and hassle free as per usual.

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              5.0

              Great Range!

              By Dguitarnut

              from St Petersburg,Fl

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Wildlife Photos

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

              I love the range. I purchased to take on a trip to India to Rathambore tiger preserve next month. Leaving my big Canon guns home.
              In my testing around home I got plenty of sharp bird photos. I have a Canon 800mm L IS and a Canon 500mm f4L Is . Good technique and experience shooting long lenses takes time. Because of its size you may be tempted to forego tripods and the required shutter speed and ISO in order to have good results. This can have disastrous consequences. For repeatable and good percentage shots you MUST observe the rules

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              4.0

              Good image quality

              By Jim B

              from Jacksonville, Florida

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight

              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:

                I purchased this lens for use on my Olympus E-M5 II and had the opportunity this past weekend to photograph a surfing contest with it. Although a little slow, the image quality is very good and it was nice to be using a lens with a 35mm equivalent 600 mm reach. I'm looking forward to using it to photograph wildlife. My only gripe is that Olympus doesn't supply a lens hood, so it had to be purchased separately. Overall, though, I'm very pleased with this lens.

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                5.0

                A big surprise!

                By BdM

                from New York City

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                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Poor in Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife Photos

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

                Coming from the Canon 5D Mark III and several L lenses (including the excellent 70-200L f2.8 Mark II and 70-300L), I had very modest expectations of this lens. I was after the size and weight of the MFT system, and pinned my hopes on the three PRO lenses that I purchased along with the Oly E-M5 Mark II. But the Oly 75-300 took me by surprise: in good light, it is nothing short of outstanding: color, contrast, sharpness--even bokeh. Its reach (equivalent to 600mm on full frame) allows me to take street photographs, especially candids, without drawing attention: Compared to Canon's big whites, this one--black, small, and light--doesn't seems to threaten anyone... It is a slow lens, however, so in low-light, especially to stop action, it is not effective. For night cityscapes, however, it still does a very good job, thanks to Olympus's IBIS system. Now I cannot do without the 75-300, and my PRO lenses notwithstanding, it is always in my bag.

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                4.0

                Great zoom range

                By ppp_us

                from Sunnyvale, CA

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                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                • Poor in Low Light
                • Slow Aperture At Long End

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Wildlife Photos

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

                Bought this lens as I heard this will be best fit for olympus camera compared to lumix 100-300mm. Lighter and cheap and has similar image quality. The lens has good reach and works well with good light (600mm) and with olympus em5 mark ii, 5 axis stabilization I got good sharp handheld results upto 1/120 when shooting at 600mm focal length which is impressive. This actually compensates somewhat for the slow aperture of 6.7 at the long end. Would have preferred the one with around 5.6 aperture. Also after 200mm the lens is not that sharp as it is before 200mm (400mm equivalent), but still gives very good images overall. I shoot mostly between 150-300mm range and anything below that I usually shoot with 40-150mm or other prime lenses. I was able to get sharp images and some macro using long zoom technique in good light. With moving subjects its hit and miss in low light. With tripod/monopod the lens is great and lightweight compared to zoom range it gives. Again you have to buy additional lens hood as olympus dont give it with lens purchase. With olympus cameras I definitely recommend this lens.

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                5.0

                very sharp

                By elwitz

                from phila, pa

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                Pros

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

                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:

                  Have had experience with 3 other OM lenses with mixed results but this one is by far the sharpest. Except for the long zoom range it would be my go-to lens. Surprised it did not come with a lens hood.

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