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

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Nimble Enough For Hand-held Shooting

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

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO Lens lets you reach out more distant than ever before and embrace handheld far off photography. Relatively compact for its 600mm (35mm equivalent) focal length, the Micro Four Thirds optic is capable of going more places easier, and thanks to the included optical stabilization, which is good for 4 shutter speed stops, handheld imaging is capable of creating tack sharp images. This in-lens system also cooperates in tandem with the in-body stabilization of selected MFT cameras to provide an 5-axis sync IS method, which additionally improves handheld photography by compensating for as much as 6 stops of camera shake.

Boasting Olympus best-ever image quality, the 300mm is loaded with specialized elements that helps create sharp, aberration liberated images. This, sustained by three Super ED lenses that remove peripheral chromatic aberration, three High Refractive index lenses plus a single Extra-High Refractive index lens, provides maximum sharpness. Included with this construction is the application of Z Coating Nano, which dramatically diminishes instances of ghosting and flares.

Focusing is set up for capturing fast subject matter with like minded movie-stills. A High-Speed Imager autofocus system that is nearly silent for capturing stills and video recording. Another advantage is a close minimum focus distance of only 4.6', outstanding for a 600mm (35mm equivalent focal length). This can be further enhanced by using the available MC-14 teleconverter, that multiplies the focal length by 1.4x and doesn't add to the focusing distance. The teleconverter also produces extra reach by creating a 840mm (35mm equivalent focal length).

Durability is essential for such a critical piece of glass and that begins with 17 seals to stop the intrusion of dust and water. The lens is created to handle cold weather as well and will function at temperatures down to 14°F. Manual focus is accessible by simply pulling the focus ring towards the camera and facilitates fast switching from MF and AF. Also, an L-Fn button is programmable with one of up to 27 unique functions and the side of the lens barrel includes Focus Limit and IS switches. In addition, the lens has retractable hood plus as a tripod collar that is Arca-style compatible and there is a removable base plate for instanteous release. The lens also includes a screw-on hood, a decoration ring, and its own soft case.

Compact, lightweight 600mm (35mm equivalent) f/4 lens fits Micro Four Thirds system

In-lens image stabilization atones for 4 stops of camera jounce

Three Super ED lenses diminish peripheral chromatic aberrations

Three HR and a single E-HR element ensures a compact form factor while adjusting for curvature and other spherical aberrations

ZERO and Z Coating Nano diminish flare, ghosting, and miscellaneous reflections

Lens IS and in-body stabilization of selected MFT cameras, like the E-M1 and E-M5 Mark II, provide sync IS technology to deliver an astounding 6 stops of shake remuneration

Close focusing distance of just 4.6'

Compatible with MC-14 1.4x Teleconverter to deliver 420mm focal length, equivalent to 840mm in full frame 35mm format

Manual focus clutch for instantaneous switching between AF and MF

Programmable L-Fn button to any of 27 modes

Compatible with OM-D Silent Shutter mode for discreet telephoto shooting

Splash, dust, and freezeproof layout

Included decoration ring which may be used in place of tripod collar to preserve clean, svelte form factor for dedicated handheld photography

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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO Lens Reviewed by Gene Wright on . Rating: 5