Showcase Olympus 70-300mm ED f/4-5.6 ZD 4/3

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I was slightly amazed to find that there wasn't an image thread for this lens.
So here, by way of rectifying that, is a tree and a caterpillar ...

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E-P2, MMF-1, 1/640s, f/8, 70mm, ISO200
 

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Well, over a year later and no updates to this thread.

I'm still using my 4/3rds 70-300mm. I find it works well on the E-PL2 with MMF-2 adapter.


I only pull it out at certain times, like when I want the extra reach for say, shooting the moon:

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Or in this case where this tough looking Spider Wasp dragged this huge Wolf Spider backwards right across my back lawn and then up a four feet high brick wall. I didn't want to get too close:

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100mm FL + on board flash
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158mm f/4.6
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I was happy to have this lens with me a couple of weeks ago.
Went out to do some work near a small airport. Just happened to be an airshow going on at the time. Finished my work and shot a few planes...

full stretch 300mm 1/1000 f5.6

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300mm 1/1000 f6.7
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SOOC jpeg shot through a cyclone wire fence at 300mm FL
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Next the Roulettes appeared:

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One of those days when I'm glad I packed the camera!
 

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Thanks for posting these. I've been looking for something decent for birding, and these helped me decide to give this lens a try. (I have an old $10 Vivitar that's just way too soft at 300mm)
 

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ZD 70-300 on E-M5

A guess a smaller lens would be nice for this sort of thing, but the M.Zuiko 75-300 costs too much (and I've heard the quality is not better than the ZD) and the Panasonic 100-300 would leave me only part way to "smaller". So I'll continue using this lens, which is quite good for its price, and get the grip for the OM-D.

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PDH - thanks for starting the thread. Every so often I think I should sell my 4/3 70-300, and then a post extolling its virtues comes along (though never as direct as this). The photos on the other posts definitely show off the versatility of this lens. Here are a few more:

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People always talk about how poor this lens is, but I'm yet to be disappointed. It gives me nice 16x20s. That's enough for me.

From a recent hike to the summit of Golden Ears:

1/320 263mm f/8
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1/1600 70mm f/5.6
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Granted, its a bit of a heavy lens to carry up a mountain...the Oly 75-300 would have been more tolerable in that respect, but I'm willing to carry an extra 200g if it means that I don't need to spend $800-900.
 

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Here are a couple that show this lens at about it's best.
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E-PL2 with Olympus Digital 70-300mm ED at 300mm, f5.6, 1/200 sec, ISO 1000

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E-PL2 with Olympus Digital 70-300mm ED at 300mm, f5.6, 1/200 sec, ISO 800
 

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People always talk about how poor this lens is, but I'm yet to be disappointed. It gives me nice 16x20s. That's enough for me.

From a recent hike to the summit of Golden Ears:

1/320 263mm f/8
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1/1600 70mm f/5.6
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Granted, its a bit of a heavy lens to carry up a mountain...the Oly 75-300 would have been more tolerable in that respect, but I'm willing to carry an extra 200g if it means that I don't need to spend $800-900.
Mike - the second photo is brilliant - reminds me of those old Japanese prints. Very well-composed. Was it brutal hauling the lens along on the hike?
 

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Mike - the second photo is brilliant - reminds me of those old Japanese prints. Very well-composed. Was it brutal hauling the lens along on the hike?
Thanks, I got a number of good pictures on the hike, but that one is definitely one of my favorites...I might create a thread for some of the others ones that turned out well. I had the 9-18mm and PL25 with me as well.

The hike was strenuous enough by itself that I'm not sure I could quantify the extra weight of the lens--about 15 miles and 12 hours. Minimally, I think it was worth it to have with me at least this one time. The next time I make the climb--hopefully on a non-overcast day so there's more to see than cloud cover--I'll probably just bring the 9-18mm and 25mm. Or maybe I need to pick up one of those small, light telephotos like the 40-150mm...
 

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Since there are so few images for this lens compared to other lenses, I decided I should add a few more here, if only so anyone debating a purchase has something to compare. Most of these are from the Panasonic G2, but a few are from the Olympus OM-D.

One from the same hike as above...
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Showing off the 1:2 magnification...
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Colours...
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I'm still aiming to expand the variety of images for this lens. This post should send the thread to two pages. All five these were taken with a Panasonic G2, hand held without any cropping. No IS? No problem.

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Panasonic G2 ISO400 125mm 1/200 f/8

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Panasonic G2 ISO200 300mm 1/500 f/7.1

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Panasonic G2 ISO160 300mm 1/500 f/7.1

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Panasonic G2 ISO125 300mm 1/500 f/7.1

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Panasonic G2 ISO200 300mm 1/500 f/7.1
 

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E-PL2 with Olympus Digital 70-300mm ED at 300mm, f5.6, 1/160 sec, ISO 1000
 

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I'm still aiming to expand the variety of images for this lens. This post should send the thread to two pages. All five these were taken with a Panasonic G2, hand held without any cropping. No IS? No problem.

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Great shots! Just curious, what's the shutter speed on these shots? It woudl be great if you could share the shots set-up info. These are amazingly sharp!
 

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Sure, no problem. I've added focal lengths, shutter speeds, and f-numbers to them in the original post. They're shot RAW and processed in Lightroom with auto-tone, a clarity boost and a bit of sharpening.

Beyond that, well, there's a pond about a block from my home. I spend a couple hours there with my camera every once in a while hoping something will show up. There's usually a group of mallards hanging around. I try to get as close as I can without scaring them to the other side of the pond. They hatched five ducklings this spring. Obviously, a four thirds lens isn't going to do much for birds in flight, but I'm pretty happy with what I have. I more regularly hang out at the wide and normal ends of the spectrum, so this was very much a convenient value choice.

I *had* intended on picking up a monopod with the G2, but since I got the OM-D, I don't know if I really feel the need for one any more...
 

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Continuing in my ongoing crusade to fill out this thread with more images...

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Olympus E-M5 ISO200 300mm f/5.6 1/250

A few images I took indoors with just the heads of dandelions against a white background:
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Panasonic G2 ISO320 300mm f/9 1/500

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Panasonic G2 ISO400 300mm f/9 1/250

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Panasonic G2 ISO640 300mm f/9 1/500
 

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A few last images of dandelions, all using a Panasonic G2, handheld and manual focused except for that last two which were on a tripod.

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I used this lens quite extensively with Olympus DSLR and when I bought GX1, I thought I would sell it. You know, a large lens in front of a small camera, held with a stretched arm.
But then this lens still renders good pictures, combined with GX1. Perhaps I should keep it for the moment.


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This lens is an odd one. I bought this lens more or less because it was dirt cheap ($160 lens + $50 adapter v.s. about $800 for the m43 version). I thought I would end up reselling this because it's such a beast and the focal length is so... ridiculous (my other favourite lens is the 17mm...)

It's grown on me very very quickly. There's something about the images that look very pleasing. I know people say it's not as "sharp" as other lenses (like the 45mm f1.8 which I also have) but the images come out much more pleasing. I hate the size of the lens, it's ridiculous, it makes me look like an NEX user :).

Here's a surf pic I took today, and a crab pic I took a couple of weeks ago. Both taken with this lens. Surf pic was about 350metres away (best guess) and the crab pic was about 1 metre away.

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