Reviews and Problems with Olympus ED 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6
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A fantastic lens for the photographer on a budget!!!
21 November 2011
Summary: I owned, as brief as it was, the Olympus M.Zuiko 75-300mm. I realized quickly this lens was only going to be practical for about 10% (or Less) for my total photography needs. Therefore, I quickly returned it, and opted for a more "practical" lens, but I still needed a long lens for my trips to the Colorado mountains, bike rides along the South Platte River, and capturing fantastic vacation pictures on a southern California beach.
Summary: I've got excellent results with this lens until I put a poor quality UV filter on. My pictures were lacking quality and sharpness. You've got to make sure you use prime quality filters on that lens or none at all. I use it in combination with my 1.4X converter on and I'm very happy with the picture quality. I bring it along with me everywhere I'm going, it's a great asset to my camera kit.
Summary: After going through lots of mixed review on this lens I bought it for my Evolt 500. After some practice to understand the lens I went to Kaziranga (Asam - India). It delivered nice and clear photos.
Summary: I read some negative reviews about this lens for bird photos. I disagree and I caught two of my best shot yet, using this lens. My field camera is the evolt-500. My late brother (Photographer) always said, it not the camera, but the person behind it that gets the shot. P.S. This was hand-held, no tripod. The original pictures are Spectacular.
Summary: I purchased this lens a few weeks ago for an four-year old E-510. After a few dozen test shots indoors and out I've been very happy with the results. I particularly like the manual focus in that it feels substantial, more so than the kit lenses that came with the camera. Once in focus manually it stays there allowing for multiple shots without waiting for auto focus which I only use under lower light conditions.
Summary: I wanted this lens instead of the micro 4/3 mount lens because it is faster. I do a lot of photography in the woods, under a canopy of leaves, and need all the speed I can get. This lens fit the bill. Combined with the micro four thirds adapter it dwarfs my E-PL2, but it is still light enough to make the whole thing a low weight package. However handling is a little awkward especially when twisting the zoom. As stated by others, the auto focus is slow.
Summary: It is a lens designed for the purpose of providing a good focal length combined with a very light weight and small size, also offers very good possibilities in macro photography. If one accepts the limitations of luminosity that these purposes require then you have an excellent tool to achieve magnificent photographs. If you want a brighter lens then remember to be heavier and longer and therefore less versatile.
Summary: I use this lens with my E-520 and get excellent results. It is very sharp at 200mm and gets softer towards 300. However even at 300 the results are very impressive. Yes... the focusing is slower than the higher-end optics. YOU'RE NOT PAYING $2000 so keep it in perspective. You simply can't get a 600mm f5.6 stabilized lens (depending on body) on any other platform for this kind of money. I have had excellent results in macro, wildlife, and even sports.
Summary: I was on the job for a three-year shoot which demanded that I be able to capture distant objects up close. With the ED 70-300 lens (used in conjunction with an E-510 camera), getting shots that would have been otherwise impossible was a breeze. I didn't have to wrestle with heavy foot-long zoom lenses on monopods. All I had to do was hold the camera and take the picture. This lens made possible and easy what would have otherwise simply been impossible.