Olympus 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED Four Thirds Lens

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Directly Compatible With E-System Cameras

The Olympus 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens is a super-telephoto lens for high focal distances, all in one extremely compact body. This lens offers a 4.3x zoom range, with an equivalent range of 140-600mm on a 35mm film camera. It is compatible with all cameras that share the Four Thirds System format.

The lens covers 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.

Additionally, 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.

Directly compatible with E-System cameras. Compatible with Micro Four Thirds digital cameras (PEN\OM-D) through use of the MMF-2 or MMF-3 (Four Thirds Lens Adapter to Micro Four Thirds Lens Adapter). The MMF-3 is dust and splash proof for use with that type of lens on a dust and splash proof body. Note, AF performance may diminish as compared to being on an E-System body.

The lens features 3 ED lens elements for optimum correction of chromatic aberrations. It offers a close focusing distance of just 3'.


Provides extreme telephoto capabilities.
9-blade circular aperture diaphragm produces pleasing defocused effects.

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Lens styleZoom lens  
Max Format Size FourThirds  
Lens focal length70 300 mm  
Stabilization type No  
Camera mount Four Thirds  
Angle of view 18-4  
Largest aperture opening F4.0 - F5.6  
Smallest aperture opening F22.0  
Includes aperture ring No  
Total diaphragm blades 9  
Total Elements 14  
Number of Groups 10  
Coatings / special elements 3 ED lens  
Minimum focus distance 0.96 m (37.80")  
Maximum magnification ratio 0.5 x  
Autofocus type Yes  
Lens motor Micromotor  
Full time manual focus Yes  
Focusing method Extending front  
Lens distance scale No  
Depth of field scale No  
Overall weight620 g (1.37 lb)  
Lens diameter 80 mm (3.15")  
Overall length 127 mm (5.00")  
Lens color Black  
Zooming method Rotary (extending)  
Filter thread size 58 mm  
Lens hood included Yes  
Lens hood code LH-61E  
Tripod collar included No

Lens Includes
Olympus 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System)
LC-58C 58mm Lens Cap
LR-1 Rear Lens Cap
LH-61E Lens Hood
1-Year Warranty

Great superzoom on a budget, February 4, 2010

By Flying Smokey (Claremont, CA, USA)

This was a bargain purchase (compared to other Olympus lenses) but this lens's quality surprises me. Don't expect much in low light - it is a slow lens, after all - but if you can hold it steady and give it a good focus target, this lens will deliver. I find it considerably sharper than the 40-150mm kit lens under all conditions.

Caveats: The time required to autofocus can be quite long, even with a good focusing target (owing to the long distance the elements move through the focus range - about two inches). The lens hood rotates the focusing element when you try to remove or attach it. While the lens is considerably easier to manually focus than the kit lenses, the focus ring has no stops or markings, which considerably complicates the job. Bottom line: If you want really long reach and top-quality images, but can't afford the pro-quality Olympus glass, get this lens, learn its quirks, and enjoy!


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