Showcase Olympus 300mm f/2.8 ZD 4/3

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Rare as it is, I think, some of you are perhaps interested in image samples of this lens:

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(Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 300mm 1:2.8 on Olympus OM-D E-M1 with 1/320 s, f/3.5, ISO320)


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(Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 300mm 1:2.8 on Olympus OM-D E-M1 with 1/320 s, f/3.5, ISO200)

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(Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 300mm 1:2.8 on Olympus OM-D E-M1 with 1/200 s, f/5.6, ISO250)

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(Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 300mm 1:2.8 on Olympus OM-D E-M1 with 1/500 s, f/3.2, ISO200)

More images can be found here:
Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 300mm 1:2.8
Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 300mm 1:2.8 & Olympus Digital EC-14
Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 300mm 1:2.8 & Olympus Digital EC-20

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Thank you for posting these. I doubt I'll ever be able to justify the expense of such a lens, but it still interests me to see good quality examples of what a lens is capable of. You put it to good use, those are very nice photos.
 

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They must have been stuffed animals, as surely a 4/3 lens couldn't focus fast enough and accurately enough on a m4/3 body to get such excellent results. :eek:
 

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Simply amazing. I just have to figure out a way to try one of those lenses. Wonder if I'll be able to resist buying one if I do though. I get the feeling that the chanses of getting a really fast native supertelephoto are slim. :/
 

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The 300mm is a fantastic lens, with the 150mm of equal standing. I was considering a 300mm when I bought my 90-250mm for sports, but the latter won out because it gave me more flexibility across an entire football field when the action moved in and out. In a way, I wish Olympus had made a 100-300mm f2.8 instead and that would have perfectly complemented the other SHG lenses, but that may have become a very expensive lens indeed.
 

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Thank you for your comments.

The 300mm is a fantastic lens, with the 150mm of equal standing. I was considering a 300mm when I bought my 90-250mm for sports, but the latter won out because it gave me more flexibility across an entire football field when the action moved in and out. In a way, I wish Olympus had made a 100-300mm f2.8 instead and that would have perfectly complemented the other SHG lenses, but that may have become a very expensive lens indeed.
:wink: It is quite ok for my type of photography. But there are quite different expectations out there how autofocus has to work or not. For me it's ok.

Simply amazing. I just have to figure out a way to try one of those lenses. Wonder if I'll be able to resist buying one if I do though. I get the feeling that the chanses of getting a really fast native supertelephoto are slim. :/
The 300mm 4.0 will come and I think, it will be a great lens.

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(Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 300mm 1:2.8 on Olympus OM-D E-M1 with 1/125 s, f/2.8, ISO640)

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(Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 300mm 1:2.8 on Olympus OM-D E-M1 with 1/200 s, f/3.5, ISO200)

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(Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 300mm 1:2.8 & Olympus Digital EC-14 on Olympus OM-D E-M1 with 1/250 s, f/4.0, ISO320)

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Alex

PS: a small size comparison :wink:
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Some examples utilising the EC-20:

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(Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 300mm 1:2.8 & Olympus Digital EC-20 on Olympus OM-D E-M1 with 1/200 s, f/8.0, ISO250)

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( Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 300mm 1:2.8 & Olympus Digital EC-20 on Olympus OM-D E-M1 with 1/400 s, f/7.1, ISO200)

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(Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 300mm 1:2.8 & Olympus Digital EC-20 on Olympus OM-D E-M1 with 1/250 s, f/7.1, ISO200)

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Those are very good results with the EC-20. I never got sharp results with the 90-250mm using mine and so settled on the EC-14 as the defacto extender. The only lenses that seem to work with my EC-20 are the 14-35mm and 35-100mm lenses.
 

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Yup, there's a 300 f/4 coming, but f/4 is not f/2.8 and I already get 350/2.8 with good results when I put the Metabones Speed Booster on my Nikon 500 f/4 P. Without AF, of course, but even at f/2.8 I frequently struggle to keep shutter speeds up. BTW, those EC-20 images look just as stunning as the ones without EC-20.
 

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Those are very good results with the EC-20. I never got sharp results with the 90-250mm using mine and so settled on the EC-14 as the defacto extender. The only lenses that seem to work with my EC-20 are the 14-35mm and 35-100mm lenses.
My personal impression is that EC-20 was optimized to produce best quality on the Zuiko 150mm and the EC-14 was especially designed for the Zuiko 300mm (examples of Zuiko 150mm 2.0 & EC-20). Most of the quality of 300mm & EC-20 is dedicated (or not) to the tripot head combination you are using. Vibrations are really limiting what you can get out of the combo.

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(Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 300mm 1:2.8 & Olympus Digital EC-14 on Olympus OM-D E-M1 with 1/400 s, f/5.0, ISO200)

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(Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 300mm 1:2.8 & Olympus Digital EC-14 on Olympus OM-D E-M1, 1/80 s, f/4.5, ISO400)


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(Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 300mm 1:2.8 & Olympus Digital EC-14 on Olympus OM-D E-M1 with 1/60 s, f/4.5, ISO400)

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Alex
 

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The rules say: "* Images from lenses adapted to regular 4/3 are also welcome here since a lens adapted to regular 4/3 will have the same imaging characteristics as the same lens adapted to Micro 4/3."

Thus, I want to add some of my favorites using E-5:

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(Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 300mm 1:2.8 on Olympus E-5 with 1/400 s, f/4.0, ISO400)

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(Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 300mm 1:2.8 on Olympus E-5 with 1/320 s, f/3.2, ISO200)

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(Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 300mm 1:2.8 on Olympus E-5 with 1/320 s, f/3.2, ISO640)


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(Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 300mm 1:2.8 on Olympus E-5 with 1/640 s, f/2.8, ISO400)

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By the way ak300, how well do you think the 300/2.8 and the 150/2 work on the E-M1 compared to the E-5? I can see that you can get insane sharpness, but is your keeper rate better on any of the cameras?

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By the way ak300, how well do you think the 300/2.8 and the 150/2 work on the E-M1 compared to the E-5? I can see that you can get insane sharpness, but is your keeper rate better on any of the cameras?
Most of the time I feel they are on a par. At larger distances E-M1 focuses slightly more exact than E-5. Of course, both lenses are not m.Zuikos with the great accuracy of the contrast autofocus - but they fit my needs.

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(Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 300mm 1:2.8 on Olympus OM-D E-M1 with 1/400 s, f/4.0, ISO250)

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(Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 300mm 1:2.8 on Olympus OM-D E-M1 with 1/125 s, f/3.2, ISO640)

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(Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 300mm 1:2.8 on Olympus OM-D E-M1 with 1/400 s, f/3.2, ISO320)

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Yes, I found that vibration was the greatest enemy of the 90-250mm and EC-20, even on a tripod, but I think that you're correct in saying that the EC-20 was optimised for certain lenses. I'm glad to hear of other's good experiences from 4/3 lenses on the E-M1, Your experiences reflect mine, in that the 4/3 lenses seem to work as well, if not better, on the E-M1 than on the E-5.
 

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Your experiences reflect mine, in that the 4/3 lenses seem to work as well, if not better, on the E-M1 than on the E-5.
Thank you for summing up my sentences in the way you did. I think that's the best way to describe my experience. (Usually I tend to describe things too complicated in English. Sorry for that.)

Some examples how blur is rendered:

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(Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 300mm 1:2.8 on Olympus OM-D E-M1 with 1/250 s, f/3.5, ISO200)

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(Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 300mm 1:2.8 on Olympus OM-D E-M1 with 1/400 s, f/3.5, ISO320)

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(Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 300mm 1:2.8 on Olympus E-5 with 1/320 s, f/2.8, ISO400)

Best regards,
Alex
 

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Thank you Alex for sharing your stunning photos with us.
Congratulations for such a good work.
You are doing a great job, no matter the fact you're using top gear.

I'm a common G5 + Panasonic 100-300 user and I'm very surprised how you managed to achieve such sharp results with low shutter speeds (1/320, 1/125 or 1/60!!) on a long focal length.
As a rule of thumb, I always try to use 1/1200 or at least 1/800 as the minimum shutter speed when using my Panasonic 100-300, and even so, sometimes I get blurred pictures...
All of your pictures posted where were done using tripod or monopod?
Does the success of that sharpness you're achieving have much to do with the E-M1 IBIS?
 
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