Olympus 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System)

Olympus 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System)

Olympus 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System)

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Olympus 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 overview

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The Olympus 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens is a super-telephoto lens for high focal distances, all in one extremely compact body. This lens offers a 4.3x zoom range, with an equivalent range of 140-600mm on a 35mm film camera. It is compatible with all cameras that share the Four Thirds System format and can be used on a Micro Four Thirds System camera via the appropriate lens adapter, such as the Olympus MMF-2.

The lens features 3 ED lens elements for optimum correction of chromatic aberrations. It offers a close focusing distance of just 3'.

Provides extreme telephoto capabilities.
9-blade circular aperture diaphragm produces pleasing defocused effects.
In the Box
Olympus 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System)
  • LC-58C 58mm Lens Cap
  • LR-1 Rear Lens Cap
  • LH-61E Lens Hood
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Olympus 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 specs

    Performance
    Focal Length 70 - 300mm
    Comparable Four Thirds and Micro 4/3 Focal Length: 140 - 600 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/4 - 5.6
    Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type Four Thirds
    Format Compatibility Four Thirds
    Micro Four Thirds

    Compatible with Micro Four Thirds via Olympus MMF-2 Lens Adapter.

    Angle of View 18° - 4.1°
    Minimum Focus Distance 3.15' / 96.01 cm
    Magnification 0.50x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:2
    Optical Design 14 Elements in 10 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9
    Features
    Image Stabilization No
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar No
    Physical
    Filter Thread 58 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 3.15 x 5" / 8.0 x 12.70 cm
    Weight 1.36 lb / 620 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.05 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.0 x 5.0 x 4.9"

    Olympus 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 reviews

    70-300mm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System) is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 239.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic lens for not much money. Just received the lens Jan 10th.It's a good size for holding steady.I use a monopod for mine. My camera bodies are not Image stabilized so a monopod or tripod is a must.The lens is very sharp for it's price range.I have no regrets buying it.Your do need good light to use it unless it's mounted on a tripod.This lens also has a macro and focus's pretty closei shoot butterflies in the summer and it should be a winner at this i'm a happy camper. Expertise: Advanced amateur Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Three Olympus DSLR's plus lens's,a Nikon D80 plus lens's,some point and shoots many other brands. Items I Recommend: A B&W UV filter
    Date published: 2008-01-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Lens in the right light Got this lens recently as an addition to the two kits lenses, 14-52 and 40-150. No question its a great zoom for such a small package and a very reasonable price. Overall the picture quality has been fantastic IF the lighting is right. Using it on the beach in California, outstanding, but on a dull Jersey evening, not so much. The autofocus struggles in medium to low light and almost goes into a self-destruct mode!!!! Switching to manual can achieve decent results, even in poor lighting, but its a bit more work. all-in-all this is very good value for such a big range and compact size and wil be in my kit for some time to come.
    Date published: 2008-05-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2012-07-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good Lense I bought this for my wife for Mother's Day and thus far she really likes it. It interchanges just like the other Zuiko lenses that came stock with our Olympus e500. The zoom length is nice for our sons Baseball games and presumably for his football games this fall. The only thing we see an issue with is it does not perform well in low light. But we have two other lenses inside for that. Outside it seems great with a slightly slower auto focus/capture than what I would think for movement but it's not terrible, but for a $ lens I thought it'd be better. But we are hobbyists not a pros. Also it's heavy :) but does not affect my rating.
    Date published: 2011-05-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Work fine with E-M5 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.
    Date published: 2013-06-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent performance for the price Sure this lens is a bit of a focus hunter and not the speediest focus-er but as an easy to carry versatile affordable superzoom (on fourthirds anyway) this would be hard to beat for value for money - how else can you get a 600mm equivalent lens for that money. Very good in reasonable light and that close focusing performance is very nice. Impressive sharpness and small size coupled with Olympus e-cameras IS means handheld in reasonable (not even great) light gives excellent results. Not so sure about high speed action though might be better to practice the manual focusing for that.
    Date published: 2011-07-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good lens at a great price I use this mainly for wildlife photography. In bright light it is really a strong performer. Stays pretty sharp out to 300. The biggest surprise is how well it does macro telephoto shots. Close-up work is simply terrific. Marginal light conditions finds the autofocus hunting forever. It wasn't made for this so don't try. The lens is light but really needs a solid tripod when the zoom goes past 200. Any shake is really magnified. My zoom collar likes to hang up a wee bit just before it reaches 300. It's not bad, just noticable. I bought it for the reach and use it a lot for the macro. Go figure.
    Date published: 2008-04-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Value and Performance! I purchased this product to do wildlife photography; especially songbirds and waterfowl and have been very pleased with my initial results. It's been many years since I've used a zoom lens consistently and have been very pleased with the Olympus 70-300 zoom which becomes a 600mm actually. I'm not exactly sure how Olympus did it, but I'm sure enjoying it! In just a few outings I've captured some great pics of warblers, nuthatches and songbirds, even frame worthy ones and the price to me was fantastic for a budget minded guy such as I!!
    Date published: 2010-05-10
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    Olympus 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 accessories

    Designed for use with:

    • Olympus E-System E-3
    • Olympus E-System E-30
    • Olympus E-System E-5
    • Olympus Evolt E-420
    • Olympus Evolt E-520
    • Olympus Evolt EE-620
    • Olympus E-420
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