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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 300 mm f/4.0 ED IS PRO

30 June 2016
Szymon Starczewski

11. Summary

Pros:
  • solid casing, extra well-sealed against dust and splashwater, combined with very high build quality,
  • excellent image quality in the frame centre,
  • very good image quality on the edge of the frame,
  • imperceptible longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • practically zero lateral chromatic aberration,
  • good correction of spherical aberration,
  • lack of distortion,
  • very low coma,
  • slight astigmatism,
  • nice blurry areas,
  • practically zero vignetting level,
  • very efficient image stabilization,
  • fast, quiet and accurate autofocus,
  • good cooperation with the tele-converter.

Cons:

  • price?

If you ask 11k PLN for a 4/300 lens, it should be a truly unique instrument without any flaws, possibly even a trailblazer in some categories. I have to admit Olympus managed to produce such a device. The results are splendid in practically all categories apart from flares and in some of them (e.g. vignetting and chromatic aberration) they are simply sensational. Add to that one of the most efficient optical stabilization units we’ve ever had the pleasure of testing, a very good autofocus and a perfect cooperation with a tele-converter and it would be difficult to ask for more. I don’t doubt that the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 300 mm f/4.0 ED IS PRO fully deserves the “Editor’s Choice” badge of LensTip.com.

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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 300 mm f/4.0 ED IS PRO - Summary