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|
These sample pictures are posted by our forum members! Want to add your pictures here? Please go to our forums thread and post them!
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
*Disclaimer: please note that this activity is highly contagious, and may make you feel really good about yourself, as well as the gear you own. You have been warned!