Olympus 70-300mm f/4-5.6
|Focusing distance:||96cm / 37.8in|
|Lens size:||ø80mm x 127.5mm / ø31.5in x 50.2in|
|Weight:||615g / 21.7oz|
|Construction:||14 elements in 10 groups|
Eddie's take on it
If you wanted a really long telephoto to zoom in, this was one of the best bang-for-your-bucks of the whole '00s decade. Smaller and sharper than competitors, the 2x crop factor of the Four Thirds sensor gave this lens a 600mm-equivalent reach.
I would think long and hard if you need this lens. If you are using a Four Thirds camera, its high ISO and autofocus capabilities are limited. Combine that with extreme long telephoto focal length and a dark f/5.6 aperture, and you usually get a boatload of blurry photos.
If, however, you are looking to zoom in on something during bright daylight hours, then you can make it work, and the results can be excellent. Best not to zoom all the way to 300mm as that's where the results are poorest. I usually zoom in to around 270-280mm.
Being a standard grade lens that was quite cheap, lots of people bought this. It is unlikely to become a collectable.