Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO Lens

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO Lens

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO Lens

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Product Highlights

  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 600mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/22
  • Three Super ED Elements
  • Three HR Elements, One E-HR Element
  • Z Coating Nano
  • MSC AF System, Manual Focus Clutch
  • Optical Image Stabilization, Sync IS
  • Programmable L-Fn Function Button
  • Weather-Resistant Construction
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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO Overview

  • 1Description

A long-reaching super telephoto for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO from Olympus is a 600mm equivalent lens that balances refined optics with a hand-holdable design. Super ED, E-HR, and HR glass elements are combined to control both chromatic and spherical aberrations to provide a high degree of clarity and sharpness, and a Z Coating Nano has been applied to individual elements to suppress lens flare and ghosting for high contrast, color-accurate imaging.

Complementing the optical attributes, this lens is also characterized by its optical image stabilization system, which can be used in conjunction with camera-based sensor-shift IS to realize a six-stop effective reduction in the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting. A Movie & Still Compatible (MSC) autofocus system is also employed to realize quick and quiet focusing performance, and a manual focus clutch enables seamless switching between focusing methods for more intuitive use. The lens is also fitted with a removable rotating tripod collar for improved balance and support, and the lens is weather-sealed to guard against dust, moisture, and freezing temperatures to benefit working in harsh climates.

Super telephoto prime is designed for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras and provides a 600mm equivalent focal length.
Three Super ED (extra-low dispersion) elements are used to control color fringing and chromatic aberrations for improved clarity and color accuracy.
Three high refractive index elements and one E-HR (extra-high refractive index) element help to minimize spherical aberrations and distortion for greater sharpness and accurate rendering.
A Z Coating Nano has been applied to individual elements to significantly reduce lens flare and ghosting to improve contrast and color fidelity when working in strong lighting conditions.
Lens-based image stabilization helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake to benefit shooting handheld with this lens in difficult lighting conditions. Additionally, this lens supports Synchronized IS, which pairs the optical IS system with select Olympus cameras' 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization to control up to six stops of camera shake.
Movie & Still Compatible (MSC) autofocus system benefits both photo and video applications due to its smooth, quiet, and fast performance.
Manual focus clutch lets you quickly pull the focusing ring into place for direct, intuitive focus control.
Programmable L-Fn (lens function) button for easily accessible settings adjustment.
Dust, splash, and freezeproof construction incorporates 17 separate seals to ensure this lens's performance in inclement conditions and harsh environments.
Removable rotating tripod collar offers a stable platform for working with this lens atop a tripod or monopod. The included DR-79 Decoration Ring can also be used on the lens when shooting handheld to take the place of the removed tripod collar.
Built-in retractable lens hood shields the front lens element to reduce surface reflections and flare.
Compatible with the optional M.Zuiko Digital MC-14 1.4x Teleconverter to further extend the reach to a 840mm equivalent focal length.
UPC: 050332190108
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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO Lens
  • LC-77B Front Lens Cap rffcvfwwcbcvffebvscsywzccstsrfxqef
  • LR-2 Rear Lens Cap
  • DR-79 Decoration Ring
  • Tripod Mount
  • LSC-1127 Lens Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO Specs

    Focal Length 300mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 600mm)
    Maximum Aperture f/4
    Minimum Aperture f/22
    Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
    Format Compatibility Micro Four Thirds
    Angle of View 4.1
    Maximum Magnification 0.24x
    Minimum Focus Distance 4.59' / 1.4 m
    Optical Design 17 Elements in 10 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
    Focus Type Autofocus
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Tripod Collar Removable and Rotating
    Filter Size 77 mm (Front)
    Dimensions ( x L) 3.64 x 8.94" / 92.5 x 227 mm
    Weight 3.2 lb / 1475 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.63 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.05 x 6.4 x 6.35"

    Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO Reviews

    M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO Lens is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 34.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from On the fence... Ever since Olympus came out with this lens, I have been on the fence regarding if I actually needed it since I already had the 75-300mm. I had a Nikon 300 f.4 from my film days and never really loved the lens. So, I stayed on the fence and continued using the zoom, and continued to not be really happy with my wildlife or bird photography which was acceptable but not completely up to my standards. Once I had the opportunity to use the Oly 300 f.4, I realized what I had been missing, came to my senses and bought the beast. It is simply the best m.4/3 lens I have ever used in terms of the stabilization and the reach. My only regret is that I stayed on the fence as long as I did.
    Date published: 2017-06-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Lens, deserving the Pro name. Hand held stellar images produced by this lens alone, and with the EC-14 attached. Very impressive in low light situations. Even when I tested the lens in the dark, with dimly lit subjects, the auto focus was very fast. Using anti shock & silent shutter adds a bit more sharpness to the image in almost any light. Even with it's larger size and extra weight I did not find it unbalanced, or too much to carry. All my testing was done on an OM-D E-M1. This is not an everyday, carry around in you bag lens. This lens is a specialized tool that you would use for wildlife, sports, and special events. When using this lens you can leave your tripod at home. It's a reach out and touch someone lens that shines brighter as the ambient light dims.
    Date published: 2016-03-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Amazing Lens This is an incredible lens! It's the equivalent of a 600mm in 35mm format at half the price and weight of a Nikon or Canon 600mm. Over the years I've gotten used to mounting my longer Nikon lenses on a monopod or tripod so I still use those occasionally with this lens, but because of the 5 axis image stabilization and decreased weight, I find it easy to handhold in most situations. An added plus is that this lens can be used with the Olympus 1.4X extender to that can push it up to a 35mm equivalency of 840mm. It's a very sharp lens wide open - I haven't used it yet with the aperture closed down.
    Date published: 2017-02-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sharp Lens I have been using Olympus E-M1's for about two years. I am primarily a wildlife photographer and have waited for the release of the 300 Pro lens for quite awhile. I received mine from B&H on March 1st and I have had a chance to try it out. It is amazingly sharp at all focus distances and hand holdable at up to 1/100 sec at ISO 400. The autofocus slows down with the 1.4x and probably wouldn't be fast enough for flying birds, but the lens focuses fairly quickly without the converter in CAF mode and will handle large flying birds easily. Because of where I need to grip this large lens I found myself inadvertently switching the focus clutch to manual. I would recommend this lens to a friend that needed more reach for wildlife photography. It is well made and should last for many years.
    Date published: 2016-03-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ver nice I use this lens on an OMD-1 for wildlife photography. I like it in low light situations as it can keep low ISO levels because of the image stabilization. It is a sharp lens. Used with the teleconverter it becomes an 810mm lens. Very nice. My other combination is a Nikon 800mm and compared to that, it is a toy. It is a great combination for hiking and excursions away from the car. The foot works on a tripod or monopod without needing a plate. Also, very nice. I find that the easiest way to carry it is attached to a monopod slung over the shoulder.
    Date published: 2016-03-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding, worth the wait. I do a lot of nature photography and my 70 - 300 4/3 lens actually had decent resolution but was always hunting for its focus and was too slow in lower light. The 300 PRO solves that issue and takes it to the next level by providing a user selectable focus range that I find to be very intuitive. The IS has allowed me to get very acceptable hand-held images at 1/25 second shutter speeds even when using the 1.4 PRO teleconverter. Sharp fast and worth the dollars. The weatherproof construction knocks it out of the park.
    Date published: 2016-10-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lens I’ve been shooting full frame Canon equipment and L series lenses for years and I think they’re great. Having said that, I’m not getting any younger and I made the hard decision to downsize to an Olympus E-M1 Mark II. One of the lenses I purchased is the ED 300 f4 and I’m absolutely delighted. Its not super small but it’s WAY smaller than my Canon 500 f4 L series. It focuses very fast and it is tack sharp. Keep in mind that on your micro 4/3 body this is the focal length equivalent of a 600 f4. Do yourself a favor and just bite the bullet and buy it (and the matching1.4x Olympus converter).
    Date published: 2017-12-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Lens Continues To Exceed My Expectations After using this lens for several thousand exposures over the last month, mainly of birds-in-flight and attached to my Olympus E-M1 Mark II, I continue to be delighted by how fast and accurate the lens acquires focus.? Additionally, and most importantly, the lens is one of the sharpest lenses I've ever owned in my 49 years of photography.? Its size and weight also lend it to be used hand-held, if your technique is good.? I find the lens very sharp wide open and down to f/11.? It is still very usable at f/16 but diffraction softening creeps in too heavily at f/22.? I have also used it with the Olympus MC-14 1.4x tele-converter and I see no discernible loss of sharpness at the apertures I use most.? I can highly recommend this lens/camera combination.
    Date published: 2018-05-04
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    Does the focus clutch work with Panasonic bodies?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The manual focus clutch works on any MTF lens mount body.
    Answered by: Dennis A L.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    Is It compatible with GH4 or GH5?
    Asked by: Freddy
    Yes, it is a micro 4/3s lens. It fits any m4/3 system body. The GH4 and GH5 are m4/3 system bodies.
    Answered by: Steven H.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    But what about newer cameras like the PEN-F? Will the lens IS work with the PEN-F?
    Asked by: Lou
    Technically it should work on the Pen F. It is a very new lens and there is not that much information on compatibility.But you will need to go to the Olympus site and get the latest firmware update for the Pen F.
    Answered by: Robert K.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    If used without the teleconverter, would I be able to get an eyes and forehead only shot without cropping? Would I be able to get an eyes only shot without cropping?
    Asked by: Jacob
    Cannot answer that. I have not tried that.
    Answered by: Joe R.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    Is this *really* equivalent to a 600mm lens? Ive been shooting with a Canon 7d, 100-400 mark ii +1.4x tc, but I wanted something with more reach (and cant afford a Canon 500 or 600mm lens). So I bought Olympus 300mm f4 with the EM-1 camera + 1.4x tc thinking that it would give me just that bc many sources say the lens is a 600mm equivalent. But after taking the same shot (same subject, same distance) with both cameras and comparing the results, the reach looks about the same. What am I missing?
    Asked by: Kathleen H.
    Yes it is a 600mm equivalent in 35mm format. I too used to shoot the Canon L 100-400mm and with a 1.4x extender which is a 560mm equivalent but only on a full frame 35mm body like the Canon 5d. Thus, the 300mm Oly uFT lens (600 equivalent) is tad longer reach than the 100-400mm w/1.4x extender (140-560mm equivalent) but only in full frame body. You mentioned using a 7d in your question. The Canon 7d has an effective 1.6x crop factor which makes the Canon 100-400 seem like a 160-640mm lens -- add that 1.4x canon extender and you are now looking at an effective 224-896mm lens...again only on a crop body. Thus, with your 7d @ 1.6x and 100-400mm lens with a 1.4x extender your reach is about 50% more than a 300mm oly lens behaving like a 600mm @ 35mm equivalent. Adding the oly 1.4x to the oly 300mm makes it behave like an 840mm 35mm equivalent a tad less than the aforementioned 896mm setup.
    Answered by: robert p.
    Date published: 2018-12-01

    Is the image quality for birds and wildlife as ...

    Is the image quality for birds and wildlife as good as a latest edition top line 500mm f/4 prime by Canon or Nikon?
    Asked by: Dave
    I find the claim that this lens might not be so sharp confusing. I do not own this lens or the Canon 500 f4 (which cost about 4x) but Imaging Resource lab tests show this lens to be extremely sharp. They said, "Given our experience with Olympus' previous Zuiko Pro lenses, we expected great results from this 300mm lens…but we weren't expecting them to be this good. Wide open, the lens is tack sharp across the entire frame. Looking at our blur charts, the blur characteristics are practically completely flat across the frame and extremely sharp corner-to-corner."
    Answered by: Stephan
    Date published: 2019-04-11


    Or with the older EM-5?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Yes the lens is compatible with the Olympus OM-D E-M5.
    Answered by: Robert K.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    Does this lens OIS work on Panasonic cameras?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    I can't answer your question (apart from having asked B&H staff and been assured that this lens's OIS will work with a Panasonic GH5's internal image stabilization, just as it does with Olympus's). I'll be interested to see comments from someone with the lens (it's a marvel that I've enjoyed using) and a Panasonic body.
    Answered by: David M.
    Date published: 2018-08-26
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