Reviews and Problems with Olympus 300mm f2.8 Super Telephoto
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tops for four thirds shooters
fred serrano, Amazon
6 March 2013
Summary: i'll pass one good advice i received from one top nature photographer - go for the best lens for your needs, save up to acquire it, never spend more than necessary bridge or intermediate money on inferior glass. this glass is the ultimate for four thirds, even micro four thirds (though slower af), shooters.
Summary: This is my 2nd SHQ Zukio lens (also have 35-100mm f2); lens is attached to my E-5 most of the time, occassionally on my E-30. Great lens for birding, plan to use lens for cross country track at local high school. Picture quality is most impressive on both my cameras with this lens and with the EC-14 teleconverter; nice bokeh to. Quite heavy, close to 10 lbs on E-5 but I have managed to take great photos with handheld shooting.
Excerpt: I use it primarily as a zoo lens in order to take advantage of the shallow depth of field when shooting through wire fencing etc. <br />I have used most of the Nikon/Canon lenses in this class, and although it may be a little slower to focus than the latest Canon, I believe it is still sharper than the opposition. It is particularly noticeable on the later E5 body.<br />My only gripe is that it's heavier than any other 300/2.8 currently available.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction, Super sharp
Summary: I photographed the NCAA Lacrosse semifinals this weekend and had rented this lens to use with a borrowed 1.4x converter. I own the 35-100mm lens and think that is the standard that all oly glass should be measured to. I have used the 90-250mm f2.8 lens and was not impressed. However, this lens is simply amazing. If I had the cash today I would buy this lens tomorrow. It is that good. Autofocus was spot on. Much faster than the 90-250mm.
Summary: I take a lot of high school soccer photos. Light is bad and the action fast. I think this lens is perfect. It is heavy and powerful. It gets the job done. There is almost no distortion and the it puts me on the field with action. It is not easy to use, a tripod is necessary, although if you have good upper body strength a monopod works. Nothing is like it.
Summary: I spend a lot of time photographing birds. They don't cooperate. You need a lot of lens and a lot of light to get a decent shot. This lens is simply terrific at both. The colors are excellent, the pictures are crisp across the entire image and there is no chromatic aberration anywhere. The four thirds system provides very quick auto focus, crisp and responsive manual focus and relatively light weight. I say "relatively" because this is a big lens.