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

BH #OL3004PRO • MFR #V311070BU000
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO Lens
Key Features
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 600mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/22
  • Three Super ED Elements
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.
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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO 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

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

Focal Length300mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 600mm)
Maximum Aperturef/4
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountMicro Four Thirds
Lens Format CoverageMicro Four Thirds
Angle of View4.1°
Minimum Focus Distance4.59' / 1.4 m
Maximum Magnification0.24x
Optical Design17 Elements in 10 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Tripod CollarRemovable and Rotating
Filter Size77 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.64 x 8.94" / 92.5 x 227 mm
Weight3.25 lb / 1475 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.63 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)13.05 x 6.4 x 6.35"

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

Superb bird & wildlife lens

By Steve
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-14

I purchased this to go with my E-M1X. The Zuiko 300 is an outstanding bird lens -- equivalent to 600mm in FF, and fast enough to allow you to work with the shutter speeds needed for birds in flight. Edge-to-edge sharpness is excellent even at f/4 (let's face it, you'll be using that aperture a lot), and there's little chromatic aberration. The clutch for manual focus is a bit clunky; I occasionally pull on that and then wonder why AF isn't working. AF speed with this lens is fine -- it's rare that the lens is making me wait to grab focus on a BiF (almost always on me instead!). As many note, one important feature is the weight and balance of the lens. One can easily handhold the combo of the 300 and M1X for sustained periods, even with smaller hands. I also use the combo with a monopod. The days of birding with a tripod are just about done! Combining this lens with an M1///, which I've also done, leaves that combination a bit front-heavy; you'll definitely want a hand under the lens hood when hand-holding. The lens works very well with the 1.4x and 2x tele-converters; balance and weight distribution hardly changes, and the image remains bright enough in the viewfinder. I attach one photo done at f/5.6.

Sharp!

By Ed
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-11

Fast and sharp!

No more doubts about micro four thirds

By Ian
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-04

I've been using the 300mm F4 IS PRO on an E-M1 Mark ii for several months now. I chose it for the F4 aperture and the IS, because I live in the Pacific Northwest and lighting is rarely ideal. I find a significant increase in image quality over my other good glass, and even at extreme range I get high resolution and can crop in on the subject if necessary. It's significantly better in low light than the 40-150mm F2.8 PRO plus an MC-20 extender, and I don't think this is just f/4 vs f/5.6; if you're forced to a slower shutter speed in low light the sync-IS really helps!. Buying this admittedly quite expensive lens was a decision to lock in to M43, and I do not regret it.

I MISS MY ZOOM ABILITY

By Richard
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-24

JUST RECEIVED IT. SEEMS LIKE A GOOD LENS, BUT I MISS MY ZOOM LENS. SEEMS GOOD IN LOW LIGHT.

Super-terrific but expensive

By Conrad H
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-18

It's an awesome hi-tech lens, as it should be for nearly three grand. But it's only needed if you really, really want it or you really need it for your work. Else, it's an expensive hobby.

Sweet telephoto lens

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-20

I use this lens with the MC-14 teleconverter for shooting birds and insects. This lens has a very solid, high quality feel. I get very sharp photos. Biggest challenge is finding my subjects with such a narrow view. Very happy with this lens.!

5 Star Lens, 3 star Amateur Photographer

By Peter
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-22

After a lot of soul searching I bought the 300mm prime to support my amateur surf photography habit. It's a beauty but will take time and practice to master - I'm so used to the 40-150 pro zoom (+ MC adapters) that a fixed 300 is a very different experience. I've been using focus tracking on my EM1m2, which can wander a bit (apparently the new OM-1 has improved performance?) but when I occasionally lock on target at the right time I really like the results. Note to OM systems - it's great that you're got bird photographers and other sports covered, but it would be a big help for us West Coast dwellers if you could point the AI developers at the beach for a few weeks when the surf is up :-)

Olympus 300mm lens

By Jerry
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-16

Sweet lens. Happy I purchased it. Sharp, fast focus. Good addition to the bag.

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