Olympus 70-300mm 4/3 lens on Panasonic g5

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by donuts, Jun 24, 2016.

  1. donuts

    donuts Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 7, 2014
    I hope this is the right place to post my question.
    Can anyone tell me if you have full function of the Olympus 70-300 f/4-5.6
    four third lens on the Panasonic g5? Does it require a smart adapter to get
    auto focus etc.? Or will it mount directly to the g5?. Is it a decent lens for
    casual bird and wildlife photos? ( not BIF ).

    Thanks for your input.
  2. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler Subscribing Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Hi, you'll need an adapter with electronic contacts (Oly mmf-3 or Panasonic or generic) for any 4/3 A/F lens (Olympus ZD or Panasonic or Sigma).
    Only MF lenses can use dumb adapters.

    The good news is the 70-300mm ZD is CDAF-optimized, so it should work fine on any mu-43 body.

    It's fine for wildlife if you have enough light.
    I've posted a couple images from mine on this site...
    Showcase - Olympus 70-300ED f/4-5.6 ZD 4/3

    It is somewhat slow to focus, but I have not compared with newer long tele zoom lenses.

    You can also use it with the EC-14 tele converter if you have plenty of light.

    If you're finding it for a good price, great... I've seen them for under $300USD... otherwise also consider the native mu43 options, which might not be much more, used.

    Last edited: Jun 24, 2016
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  3. donuts

    donuts Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 7, 2014
    Hi Barry,
    First let me say those are really nice photos! When you say 70-300 ZD are you referring to the lens
    that came with the E-volt cameras? Or some other lens?
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  4. eteless

    eteless Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 20, 2014
    ZD is generally the 4/3 lenses, m4/3 would be MZD (however generally just m4/3).

    It's a good lens, just make sure to update the firmware as the imager AF was a firmware update.
  5. fortwodriver

    fortwodriver Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 15, 2013
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    That's impressive for that lens with a teleconverter piled on. Nicely done!
    I bet that lens does well with an extension tube or two and some small objects.