Olympus 300mm f/2.8 ED Four Thirds Lens

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Achievable, Unsurpassed Image Quality

Olympus 300mm f/2.8 ED LensDigital photography demands more than the traditional optical designs of film lenses. Photographers want to be able to shoot not only stopped down but with the aperture wide open and know they will get sharp, detailed edge-to-edge sharpness. The Olympus E-System and Zuiko Digital LensesTM are designed to meet the everyday needs of professional photographers.

With digital specific lens designs and unrivaled optical elements, unsurpassed image quality is achievable in an interchangeable lens SLR system, no matter what aperture you choose. And an incredibly compact, lightweight design - based on the innovative Four Thirds System - provides you with the most versatile, high-performance interchangeable lens system you've ever experienced.

An incredible super telephoto lens combines the world's most precise optics with an impressive compact size and weight for the ultimate in performance and portability.

This Zuiko Digital Lens use a precision aluminum alloy lens barrel and is half the size of its 600mm 35mm equivalent so it's easy to carry and use. With 3 ED glass elements for unsurpassed image color and clarity, the 300mm f2.8 is ideal for shooting sports, wildlife and fashion. The fast f2.8 aperture allows the photographer the ability to shoot even in poor lighting conditions. Focus response is quick and precise and can be limited to close or far ranges as well as the full lens range. Bundled with a lens case, removable tripod mount, lens hood, front lens cover, rear lens cap and four internal filters (Clear, ND2, ND4, and Circular Polarizer).

The 300mm Zuiko Digital Macro lens features 13 elements in 11 groups, including three Extraordinary Dispersion glass elements to miminize color smear, chromatic aberration and fringing, ensuring sharp and accurate edge-to-edge detail.

This 300mm Telephoto lens is 600mm 35mm Full Frame equivalent 

Features

This incredible super telephoto lens combines the world's most precise optics with an impressive compact size and weight for the ultimate in performance and portability. This Zuiko Digital Lens use a precision aluminum alloy lens barrel and is half the size of its 600mm 35mm equivalent so it's easy to carry and use. With 3 ED glass elements for unsurpassed image color and clarity, the 300mm f2.8 is ideal for shooting sports, wildlife and fashion. The fast f2.8 aperture allows the photographer the ability to shoot even in poor lighting conditions. Focus response is quick and precise and can be limited to close or far ranges as well as the full lens range.

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Specifications
Overview
Lens stylePrime lens  
Max Format Size FourThirds  
Lens focal length300 mm  
Stabilization type No  
Camera mount Four Thirds  
Angle of view 4.2  
Aperture
Largest aperture opening F2.8  
Smallest aperture opening F22.0  
Includes aperture ring No  
Total diaphragm blades 9  
Optics
Total Elements 13  
Number of Groups 11  
Coatings / special elements including 3 ED lens elements and 1 filter holder  
Focusing
Minimum focus distance 2.40 m (94.49")  
Maximum magnification ratio 0.15 x  
Autofocus type Yes  
Lens motor Micromotor  
Full time manual focus Yes  
Focusing method Internal  
Focus notes with floating mechanism  
Lens distance scale Yes  
Depth of field scale Yes  
Physical
Overall weight3290 g (7.25 lb)  
Lens diameter 129 mm (5.08")  
Overall length 281 mm (11.06")  
Sealing Yes  
Lens color Black  
Filter thread size 43 mm  
Filter annotations 43mm drop in filter  
Lens hood included Yes  
Lens hood code LH-120  
Tripod collar included Yes

Lens Includes
Olympus 300mm f/2.8 ED Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System)
Lens Hood (LH-120)
Front Lens Cap
Rear Lens Cap (LR-1)
Tripod Adapter
Filter Holder (DFH-1)
Drop-in Filter Set (Clear, ND2, ND4, and Circular Polarizer).
Instruction Manual
1-Year Limited Warranty
Accessories

Reviews
Excellent Four Thirds Super Telephoto, December 8, 2005

By James D. DeWitt "Alaska Fan" (Fairbanks, AK United States)

I spend a lot of time photographing birds. They don't cooperate. You need a lot of lens and a lot of light to get a decent shot. This lens is simply terrific at both. The colors are excellent, the pictures are crisp across the entire image and there is no chromatic aberration anywhere.

The four thirds system provides very quick auto focus, crisp and responsive manual focus and relatively light weight. I say "relatively" because this is a big lens. You'll need a tripod or monopod to use it in all but the brightest conditions.

The lens is amazingly sturdy in the field. It was undamaged by a fall that cracked two of my ribs. It works consistently and reliably in very hot (90 degrees plus) and extremely cold (-45 F) conditions. I've carried it outdoors all day at temperatures below zero and never had a problem.

Highly recommended.

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