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Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 70-300 mm f/4.0-5.6

Manufacturer Olympus
Model Zuiko Digital ED 70-300 mm f/4.0-5.6
Lens style Telephoto zoom
Focal length 70 - 300 mm
Maximum aperture f/4 - 5.6
Angle of view 18 - 4.1 o
Closest focusing distance 1.2 m
Maximum magnification 1:2
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Auto focus type AF
Lens Construction 14 elements / 10 groups
Filter diameter 58 mm
Macro Yes
Available mounts Four Thirds
Dimensions 80 x 127 mm
Weight 620 g
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Average rating (4 owners reviews)
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4.33 Good
Owners reviews (4)
  1. Kekerem
    Kekerem 19 September 2016, 23:18
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    IP 95.12.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    User profile: Semipro




  2. Sam
    Sam 8 February 2011, 04:14
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    IP 24.185.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 260
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Not a fast lens, slow focus, focus hunts in low light.

    Pros: Cheap, light, sharp from, 70-200mm, brighter then the kit lens at 70-150mm, close focusing, MF/AF switch, 600mm equivalent

    Summary: My favorite lens. Much better than the kit 40-150mm, especially if you don't use it past 200mm. Great for bugs and flowers because of the telephoto range and close focusing ability. It is an excellent outdoor daytime lens. Just don't try to use it under low light. 300mm is great for shots of the moon.

  3. henry west
    henry west 1 January 2011, 12:24
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    IP 175.140.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: borrowed
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Not as sharp as most Zuikos I have used. I am probably spoilt but that's what happened when you use Olympus. Autofocus can be a bit erratic with strong backlighting. Nothing much can be done at f5.6 unless light is abundant.

    Pros: For the price, it's a steal! Excellent optics compared to other 70-300s. Lightweight, allows birding handheld. Macro performance is very good, close to that of a prime!

    Summary: A very versatlie lens for long tele and macro (1:2). Not that heavy so it can find a space in my bag. Worthy addition to any 4/3 users. If you have the money and looking for a tele, you don't ned to think much (unless you're going for the big tuna).

  4. Chuck-a-Duck
    Chuck-a-Duck 2 May 2010, 08:07
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    IP 70.36.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: $400
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Less than stellar resolution at the long end of the tele-range. Struggles to find focus often. Manual focusing is a little touchy and difficult to dial in. Slow lens. Performs best in sunlight.

    Pros: Excellent macro lens at 100-200mm - Very sharp macro shots. 300mm maximum.

    Summary: Excellent lens for the money, but to get the most from it requires that you learn its strengths and weaknesses. For best results - F11 to F16, 100-200mm, 1/200s or faster, and sunlight.

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