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

B&H # OL3004PRO MFR # V311070BU000
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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 300mm f/4.0 overview

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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 300mm f/4.0 specs

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Focal Length 300mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 600 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Micro Four Thirds
Format Compatibility Micro Four Thirds
Angle of View 4.1°
Minimum Focus Distance 4.59' / 1.4 m
Magnification 0.24x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:4.17
Optical Design 17 Elements in 10 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar Yes Removable - rotating
Physical
Filter Thread Front: 77 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.64 x 8.94" / 92.5 x 227 mm
Weight 3.25 lb / 1475 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 4.85 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.9 x 6.3 x 6.1"

Olympus 300mm f/4.0 reviews

M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO Lens is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 28.
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 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 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 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 Great Lens I carry this lens on the OMD EM1 with a Black Rapid Kick strap and safety clip attached walking about birding. I leave the lens collar attached to slip my hand through to make holding easier. I have put painter's tape over the IS switch to prevent turning it off. I can shoot hand held 1/60 second if the subject stays still. Birds and wildlife fill the frame. I've enjoyed this lens since January 2016 (had it on preorder with B&H).
Date published: 2016-09-28
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