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Olympus Zuiko Digital 300 mm f/2.8 ED

Manufacturer Olympus
Model Zuiko Digital 300 mm f/2.8 ED
Lens style Telephoto
Focal length 300 mm
Maximum aperture f/2.8
Angle of view 4.2 o
Closest focusing distance 2 m
Maximum magnification 1:6.6
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 0
Auto focus type AF
Lens Construction 13 elements / 11 groups
Filter diameter 43 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Four Thirds
Dimensions 129 x 281 mm
Weight 3290 g
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Average rating (3 owners reviews)
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4.78 Good
Owners reviews (3)
  1. Woodcrawler
    Woodcrawler 7 July 2014, 07:34
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    IP 59.98.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: I agree with 'moth' here. It's difficult to find fault with this exquisite piece of glass unless the weight can be called a defect! The only grouse I have is the quality of the the lens hood. Not exactly the hood itself but the small screws that hold the section that is mounted on the hood. The two screws have come loose and I'm unable to find a replacement. Now I shoot without a hood :(

    Pros: Tack sharp even wide open. I use the EC-20 2x Tc on my wildlife trips and this lens becomes a 600mm f5.6. Much easier to handle that the 500 mm that some of my friends carry. It might be heavy mounted on the E3 but together they are unparalleled. While my friends pack their gear in even light rain I keep shooting without a care! Haven't tried it with my EM-5 yet.

    Summary: This is one lens that won't disappoint you. Sharp wide open. Excellent colour rendition like all Olympus lenses. Makes a very portable 600m with the TC if you like shooting birds or wildlife.

  2. Karaya1
    Karaya1 6 March 2012, 21:03
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    IP 69.129.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: $5600
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Heavy, if you can believe the manufacture's specifications then this lens is heavier then a Nikon or canon 300 2.8. About as much as I care to carry for long hikes.

    Pros: Well, this is it for 4/3 users who want to do birds and wildlife. Stellar image quality, as sharp as a lens can be, esp. when used with E-5. Outstanding build quality that shrugs off typical knocks and field abuse. Sharp wide open. Works great with 1.4 teleconverter.

    Summary: If you can afford it you will not be disappointed. I spent years pining for this lens and now that I have it I will never part with it!

  3. moth
    moth 29 October 2011, 15:29
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    IP 95.178.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: I am not sure could anything be called "cons" when this kind of lens are in question. Oly 300 is simply better than anything out there.

    Pros: Sick-sharp. It is so sharp, that you won't believe it. Better than 90-250, better contrast and sharpness wide open. Only thing that can get between you and a good photo, give good conditions, is when atmospheric conditions are such that it acts like a lens.

    Summary: Great lens. Very expensive, but with unparalleled portability and optical quality. The quality is so good, that you will think something gotten inside NASA to steal their plans to make this lens.

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