Olympus 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED Four Thirds Lens
Directly Compatible With E-System Cameras
The Olympus 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens is a super-telephoto lens for high focal distances, all in one extremely compact body. This lens offers a 4.3x zoom range, with an equivalent range of 140-600mm on a 35mm film camera. It is compatible with all cameras that share the Four Thirds System format.
The lens covers field of view to 600mm (35mm equivalent), this high mobility super-telephoto zoom lens weighs only 620 grams. Also, this lens incorporates three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens elements to offer sharper, higher-contrast imaging performance.
Additionally, 1x magnification (35mm equivalent) tele-macro photography is capable. Thanks to Four-Thirds system, the lens offers a lot of the footwork out of both super-telephoto and macro photography world.
Directly compatible with E-System cameras. Compatible with Micro Four Thirds digital cameras (PEN\OM-D) through use of the MMF-2 or MMF-3 (Four Thirds Lens Adapter to Micro Four Thirds Lens Adapter). The MMF-3 is dust and splash proof for use with that type of lens on a dust and splash proof body. Note, AF performance may diminish as compared to being on an E-System body.
The lens features 3 ED lens elements for optimum correction of chromatic
aberrations. It offers a close focusing distance of just 3'.
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Max Format Size
Lens focal length
70 – 300
Angle of view
Largest aperture opening
F4.0 - F5.6
Smallest aperture opening
Includes aperture ring
Total diaphragm blades
Number of Groups
Coatings / special elements
3 ED lens
Minimum focus distance
Maximum magnification ratio
Full time manual focus
Lens distance scale
Depth of field scale
Filter thread size
Lens hood included
Lens hood code
Tripod collar included
• Olympus 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System)
• LC-58C 58mm Lens Cap
• LR-1 Rear Lens Cap
• LH-61E Lens Hood
• 1-Year Warranty
Great superzoom on a budget, February 4, 2010
By Flying Smokey (Claremont, CA, USA)
This was a bargain purchase (compared to other Olympus lenses) but this lens's quality surprises me. Don't expect much in low light - it is a slow lens, after all - but if you can hold it steady and give it a good focus target, this lens will deliver. I find it considerably sharper than the 40-150mm kit lens under all conditions.
Caveats: The time required to autofocus can be quite long, even with a good focusing target (owing to the long distance the elements move through the focus range - about two inches). The lens hood rotates the focusing element when you try to remove or attach it. While the lens is considerably easier to manually focus than the kit lenses, the focus ring has no stops or markings, which considerably complicates the job. Bottom line: If you want really long reach and top-quality images, but can't afford the pro-quality Olympus glass, get this lens, learn its quirks, and enjoy!
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