Olympus Zuiko 70-300mm F/4-5.6 E-ED Digital Zoom Lens for E Series DSLRs - (Four Thirds System)

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OLYMPUS M. Zuiko 70-300MM F/4.0-5.6 E-ED ZOOM LENS

Capable of stunning zoomed shots and even precise close-up shots, the OLYMPUS M. Zuiko 70-300MM 4.0/5.6 E-ED ZOOM LENS is an astounding mix of super telephoto capabilities and high-contrast image performance. Here’s why:

Product Highlights

  • The Olympus 70-300mm zoom lens features an ability to take tele-macro photography thanks to an excellent zoom range, giving you almost unlimited options for every shot.
  • Weighing some 620 grams, this Olympus 70-300mm zoom lens is essentially as lightweight as anything else you’ll find in your trusty old “photography toolkit.”
  • Fast and accurate auto-focus ensures that you won’t miss a shot, no matter how far—or short—your zoom might be for the very next shot.

There’s more to mention, of course, but you’ll have to read the manual for that. Bottom line here is, procure your own Olympus 70-300mm if you want to give your zoomed shots an instant boost.

 

 



Learn about the OLYMPUS M. Zuiko 70-300MM F/4.0-5.6 E-ED ZOOM LENS

If you picture a telephoto lens capable of an astounding range of zoom power, what do you envision? In all likelihood, it’s a telephoto lens that’s bulky, heavy to carry, and utterly incapable of zooming out and taking a 1x magnification shot. Well, put those dreary thoughts of incapable telephoto zoom lenses to rest, because the OLYMPUS M. Zuiko 70-300MM f/4.0-5.6 E-ED ZOOM LENS is willing to show you that a good lens is capable of breaking those limitations. At Adorama, you’ll find a lot of telephoto lenses capable of good zoom range, but few are as versatile and as lightweight as this Olympus 70-300mm zoom lens. Here’s why:


  • Mobility. You don’t hear this word a lot when sites like Adorama are describing telephoto lenses. Usually, they talk all about zoom power, magnification and the like. But the Olympus 70-300mm zoom lens is a truly mobile lens thanks to its lightweight (only 620 grams) structure. If you’ve gotten used to the idea of lugging around a bulky telephoto zoom lens, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised at just how easy and even fun this Olympus lens can be to carry.  And thanks to this lens being Four-Thirds System compatible, you won’t have to worry about its ability to work well with your camera body.
  • Magnification range. Covering a field of view to 600mm (35mm equivalent), this is actually a “super-telephoto zoom lens” by traditional standards. What makes it so appealing isn’t just the magnification, but the magnification range. Consider that the magnification can be brought back to 1x, offering you a selection of tele-macro photography that will produce an entirely different range of images than the usual zoom shots.
  • Serious aperture. With maximum aperture at f 4.0 – f 5.6, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to grab all the light you need, even if conditions aren’t always so ideal. With a super telephoto lens like the Olympus 70-300mm zoom lens, you’re going to need to have the aperture to support it, giving all of your images the clarity and the sharpness that comes with having enough light.
  • Detailed lens construction. The more you zoom in, the more your lens’s faults will be apparent. One small aberration can lead to an entire shot being ruined. Luckily, this Olympus lens is constructed with an intricate design, including 14 lens elements in 10 groups, which also includes 3 ED lenses. With 9 blades to provide a circular aperture diaphragm, you won’t have to worry about how each shot turns out: it will turn out looking its best, time and time again.
  • Versatility. Did we mention versatility yet? Because it’s one of our favorite things about this lens. Zoom out or in for landscapes, macro photography, night photography, live events, weddings, wildlife, sports action and even more.

Just how good is this telephoto lens, and how convenient? Let’s put it this way: if we were to build our ideal telephoto zoom lens from scratch, chances are the final product would look something like this OLYMPUS M. Zuiko 70-300MM 4.0/5.6 E-ED ZOOM LENS.

 

 



From the Manufacturer
Zuiko Digital ED 70-300mm F4.0-5.6... Covering 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.

Furthermore, 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.



The Olympus 70-300mm is commonly used for General purpose, Landscape/scenery, Landscape photography, Macro photography, Night photography, Sports/action, Weddings, Wildlife, Wildlife photos and more.The Olympus 70-300mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Olympus 70-300mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Olympus 70-300mm: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (52),Easily interchangeable (43),Consistent output (38),Strong construction (32),Lightweight (30),Durable (28),Rugged (22),Nice bokeh (7)
Cons:
Slow focus (14),Poor in low light (13),Heavy (10)
Best Uses:
Wildlife photos (35),Sports/action (29),Landscape/scenery (24),Wildlife (24),General purpose (15),Macro photography (11),Landscape photography (7),Weddings (6),Night photography (5),Travel (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (27),Enthusiast (21),Semi-pro photographer (9),Casual photographer (3),Semi-professional (3)

Olympus 70-300mm Specifications

Construction
14 Elements in 10 Groups, (including 3 ED lens)
Number of Blades 9 (Circular Aperture Diaphragm)
Angle of view
18 deg. to 4.1 deg.
Focal Length 70-300 mm
(equivalent to 140-600 mm on a 35 mm film camera)
F stop range
Maximum Aperture f 4.0 (70mm) - f 5.6 (300mm)
Minimum Aperture f 22
Closest Focusing Distance
0.96m (at MF shooting)
note: 1.2m when using at AF shooting
Maximum Magnification
0.50x (equivalent to 1.0x on a 35 mm film camera)
Filter Size
Diameter 58mm
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
3.14" x 5" / 80 x 127mm
Weight
1.36 lbs. (620g)
Notes
Compatibility:
Teleconverter EC-14: Yes (MF available)
Extension Tube EX-25 Yes (MF available)
Tele Converter EC-20 Yes (MF available)
Mfr #
261057
SKU
IOM70300

Olympus 70-300mm Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.3

(based on 65 reviews)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Strong Performer

The lens is a joy to use. It is lightweight and versatile. Mostly I use it for wildlife, but it works well for sports also. With the 300 mm maximum focal length you can really reach out to bring in the subject while the 70 mm focal length is still short enough to do a more general shot to set the scene. The lens can be used hand held with good results. Just remember to keep the shutter speed up to avoid vibration. The lens extends to nearly double its minimum length at 300 mm, so you also nee...

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The lens is a joy to use. It is lightweight and versatile. Mostly I use it for wildlife, but it works well for sports also. With the 300 mm maximum focal length you can really reach out to bring in the subject while the 70 mm focal length is still short enough to do a more general shot to set the scene. The lens can be used hand held with good results. Just remember to keep the shutter speed up to avoid vibration. The lens extends to nearly double its minimum length at 300 mm, so you also need to shift your grip forward to get a good balance. Monopods and tripods are a definite plus, but the real strength of this lens is that they are not required. I love to shoot zoo animals with this lens. Working in aperture priority mode I can shoot wide open and blur out wires, screens and meshes. Some of my finest animal photos have been done this way. Control of the depth of field also allows me to isolate my subjects. My negatives are fairly small. The zoom ring is harder to turn than I would like, but that does help with eliminating zoom creep. The view through the viewfinder at 300 mm and f/5.6 can be really dark in low light. Sometimes I have had to shoot on faith rather than with a clear look at the subject. Especially given the very low price, this is a great performer that is a star in my camera bag.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It's OK for average shots

I wrote a review back in February after first getting the lens and shooting for a weekend. I've not had the lens for a few months and I still like the lens and what it offers and the quality of the images. The only drawback I have is when zooming in all the way, it is not easy keeping the image in focus and requires an extremely sturdy tripod. I've taken a number of shots with it on full zoom and the images appear to be blurred and not as crisp as I would like. I will continue to work with it

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I wrote a review back in February after first getting the lens and shooting for a weekend. I've not had the lens for a few months and I still like the lens and what it offers and the quality of the images. The only drawback I have is when zooming in all the way, it is not easy keeping the image in focus and requires an extremely sturdy tripod. I've taken a number of shots with it on full zoom and the images appear to be blurred and not as crisp as I would like. I will continue to work with it as I have acquired an even more sturdy tripod to test with. As I stated in the earlier posting, the image quality is great and it is fantastic with macro shots.

Reviewed by 65 customers

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Use on OMD EM5

By

from Pensacola  -  Photo Enthusiast

Use with Olympus Adapter on EM5. Worst AF of all my lenses. Searches all over the place. Would use my money on a micro four thirds lens.

 
5.0

Great zoom lens!

By

from Michigan  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is a great lens for the money! I bought it to photograph my grandkids during their sports events from a distance. This lens is just what I needed. I also like that it has a switch from auto to manual focus. Very pleased.

 
1.0

The worst Zuiko lens

By

from Mission, TX  -  Photo Enthusiast

I purchased this lens for nature photography and took it out for a test shoot today photographing birds and butterflies. I attached the lens to my Olympus E-3 and noticed right away that it felt much lighter and easier to handle than my Zuiko 50-200mm f/2.8. However, the lightness of the lens and its relatively low sticker price are the only good things I can say about it. The lens searches a lot on autofocus and is slow to focus even with well lit scenes. Darker scenes are impossible even with the lens wide open and at ISO 400. These focusing problems make the lens useless for photographing moving animals. I also had problems with still subjects because shutter vibration was too much for the lens when extended over 100mm. I tried bracing the lens at the end to eliminate the vibration, but to no avail. Use of a tripod won't help with this because the lens doesn't have a tripod ring. I can't recommend this lens for any purpose.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Multi-purpose lens

By

from Jackson, GA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Shooting from wheel chair, this is an excellent all around lens. From macro to shy animals the 140 (with close focus) to 600mm effective range covers all my nature photo needs. Manual focus switch on barell real asset. Use on E-620 with excellent results. Heavy, but shoot hand-held in field. Recommend to anyone shooting outside. Range from Macro to infinity.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good in 70-200mm region but not fast

By

from Chicago, IL  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I used this lens both on Olympus 4/3 (E520, E620) and m4/3 (E-PL1) bodies with the MMF2 adapter. The focus is definatelly better on 4/3 bodies but works ok on m4/3 for static subjects. Moving subjects are a challenge and prefocus method would be the best with this lens. In terms of absolute sharpness the 70-200 is the range to be, also closing down 1-3 stops helps a lot. Bokeh is not that great so pick your backgrounds carefully. Good lens for macro olso especially on the micro4/3 bodies with weak AA filter.

 
4.0

Buy it for its reach.

By

from USA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I use this lens mainly for its reach. With 300mm (600mm eq.) and magnification of 0.50x (1.0x eq.), I use it for birds and insects. It can be painfully slow to focus especially in low light. My use of it is limited to wildlife, where I would be "stalking" animals/birds/insects anyway. In such circumstances I prefer having long reach than speed.

 
5.0

I would buy again

By

from Indiana  -  Photo Enthusiast

Works as stated!

 
4.0

Lightweight compared to others like it

By

from Seacoast, NH  -  Casual Photographer

I bought this lens to get closer shots of animals that could be spooked by moving closer, and also for subjects that i could not get closer to due to terrain. However because of it's pack weight i question myself when bringing it on mountain hikes.

 
4.0

better than expected...

By

from Buffalo, NY  -  Semi-pro Photographer

the only time I feel this excellant lens is "slow" is when it is extended to full zoom...This is an awesome lens! If I don't divulge I purchased this "used" my colligues would never know....much better than I expected.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

better than Adorama rated this product.

By

from Buffalo,NY  -  Semi-pro Photographer

package was supurbly packaged...was a little concerned with shipping a lens...all fears diminished when I opened the parcel and witnessed how well it was wrapped. Thank you to whom ever took the time to make my purchase safe! Lens arrived in great condition...BETTER THAN EXPECTED!!!!

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myx L  THIS IS USE LENS RIGHT?
ANDREW S  Got this lens for E-PL1 with 4/3 to m4/3 adapter. The lens provide good details and color. It sometimes had difficulty to focus even in bright light. It might be the issue of E-PL1 itself. The focus speed is slow, so it won't be a good choice for sports.
Shopper  Does this work on an E-5 without an adapter?
MICHAEL C  Yes it does. I have the 70-300 and started with the E-500 and now up to the E-3 and it works perfectly. In fact I am awaiting an adapter so I can try it on my micro 4/3 E-pl1 I just won on E-Bay
Shopper  do you know if i can use this lense for a Olympus E-PL1?
JOHN Q  This lens has a four-thirds mount for the full-size DSLRs. Yours has a micro-four-thirds mount. You can use an adapter to fit it, but it does not natively fit.
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