Olympus 70-300mm f/4-5.6

Focusing distance: 96cm / 37.8in
Magnification: 0.5x
Filter size: 58mm
Lens size: ø80mm x 127.5mm / ø31.5in x 50.2in
Weight: 615g / 21.7oz
Construction: 14 elements in 10 groups
Accessories: Hood

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Registered: Jan 2010
Location: Latvia
Posts: 1192
Is this lens awesome? Kind of
Price: $400 for a new one
Sharpness: 6
Bokeh: 7
Autofocus: 5
Aberrations: 8
Handling: 8
Value: 9
I have a love-hate affair with this lens.

It weighs 615g and has 300mm of reach (600mm equiv). If you need a zoom, it just doesn't get better than this. This lens I could take with me everywhere - it has been at Everest base camp, on a week long safari in Tanzania, at -40F beyond the Arctic circle in northern Lapland, a 4 month long trip around the world.

If I had to carry around a larger/heavier zoom, chances are I simply wouldn't and would have had to go without one. And you can't beat that.

And now the bad - its slow. 4/3 DSLRs are not every good at high ISO, so the f/5.6 aperture, paired with the fact that you need a very high shutter speed for a sharp picture at 300mm means you need to suffer an onslaught of blurry pictures. Its difficult even when its simply a cloudy day out. It isn't very sharp at 300mm - IMO, you're better off maxing it out at 270mm.

It can do 1:2 macro. IMO, this is a verrry useful feature of a lens this long. However, this also means it has a very long focus range, and no focus limiter switch. This means if it misses focus it MISSES it, with capital letters, and will hunt there and back through the full range... slowly.

So while I have used this lens extensively, if you can carry and afford the heavier Olympus 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5, I recommend going with that. If you can't carry or afford it, well then, you don't really have much of a choice! Welcome to the club
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