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Olympus 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom VS 75-300MM F/4.8-6.7 ii M Zuiko

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by azjsb, Mar 10, 2016.

  1. azjsb

    azjsb Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 19, 2015
    Not wanting to spend $2500 for the 300mm f/4 (I know how sharp it is and I suspect worth every $) and wondering if anyone has any experience shooting the 4/3 70-300mm with Olympus m4/3 adapter as compared to shooting the Olympus 75-300mm ii. Love the idea of a brighter lens and don't mind it a bit heavier. Interesting in difference of IQ and autofocus and any other insight you can add. Thanks,
  2. Sam Cooper

    Sam Cooper New to Mu-43

    Feb 11, 2016
    I too am interested. I just ordered one off eBay. When it arrives, I'll follow up.
  3. Klorenzo

    Klorenzo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 10, 2014
    On which camera? Four thirds lenses AF works decently only on the E-M1. If you have the E-M1 consider the 50-200 SWD + teleconverter.
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  4. Youngjun

    Youngjun Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 24, 2015
    I had owned the Olympus four thirds 70-300mm with MMF-2, and Panasonic micro four thirds 100-300mm.

    On Panasonic G5, the native micro four thirds lens was significantly faster to AF than the four thirds one was.

    Also, the four thirds 70-300mm lens barrel moves & rotates while focusing.
  5. azjsb

    azjsb Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 19, 2015
    I ask the question while shooting E-M1.
  6. bikerhiker

    bikerhiker Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 24, 2013
    I have the 70-300mm 4/3 mint which I got next to nothing. I have both an E-5 and on a E-P5 and the AF is slow on both. Remember that the E-5 has faster S-AF than E-M1, but still slow if you compare to native built-in focus motor of the m43. IQ wise is quite good from 70-200mm if you stop it down to f/5.6 to f/8 on both my 4/3 E-5 and m43 E-P5, but over 250mm is soft but still acceptably sharp. The advantage of this 4/3 version is that you can do long Macro photography which I actually do for abstract purposes and gives off pretty good natural bokeh which was why I kept the 4/3 version and let the m43 go.

    I managed to do BIF (Bird In Flight) quite well with the 70-300 4/3 but you need to have good skills to be able to get keepers more so than native versions with their faster AF.

    If I'm more serious into wildlife photography however, I would really WANT the 300mm f/4 Pro after seeing Robin Wong's South Africa wildlife shots.
  7. SVQuant

    SVQuant Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 20, 2015
    SF Bay Area, California, USA
    There is also the Pana 100-300 which is a little faster at the wide end and to my eye produces about the results as the O75-300. Being a native lens I did not notice any focus speed issues vs the Oly when I tested them.

    Those are just fantastic. Here is the link for convenience: Robin Wong
  8. HarryS

    HarryS Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 23, 2012
    Midwest, USA
    I bought mine for $230 for my E510 in 2008, and still use it for a 300mm lens. It takes about a second to focus on an EPL1 thru EPL5. You'll get the same quality as the kit 40-150, only out to 2X.

    Compared it to a couple of legacy 200mm lens, Oly OM f4 and Tokina f3.5. Better contrast, far less CA, and a bit more resolution, as befits a modern lens. You're not going to hand hold it for flying birds. Good for people and flowers. Macro might catch a bee.

    For the few times I bring out this lens, I don't need the 75-300. If it got lost, I guess I would wait for a 20% off sale on a reconditioned 75-300 at getolympus.com. Currently it's $359 and down to $289 with 20% off.
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  9. Sam Cooper

    Sam Cooper New to Mu-43

    Feb 11, 2016
    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1457669503.889409.jpg shot at 150.

    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1457669526.208686.jpg shot at 300.

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  10. azjsb

    azjsb Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 19, 2015
    Sam, please explain each of the two images beyond the focal length - which lens was used and do you have any comparison images between each of the two lenses at the two focal lengths.
  11. PakkyT

    PakkyT Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 20, 2015
    New England
    i know nothing about the 75-300mm ii so won't attempt to comment. But the ZD 70-300mm has one advantage of being one of the old ZD lenses that supports contrast detect AF and so should perform (AF-wise) decently on most mirrorless bodies. IQ it was always considered good, but generally the 50-200mm was still considered better. Many thought that at 200mm the 50-200mm was still better if you cropped in to the equivalent of 300mm field of view than the 70-300mm was at 300mm. Of course the 50-200mm cost about 3-4 times as much, so not a big surprise. The Oly ZD 70-300mm was also rumored to be a Sigma lens made for Olympus (it has the same MF/AF switch on it that Sigma lenses had at the time) although probably to Oly's specs rather than simply a rebadged Sigma lens.
  12. PacNWMike

    PacNWMike Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Dec 5, 2014
    Salish Sea
    I had the 70-300 and it along with the 18-180 was my least favorite 4:3's lens. Sold 'em both soon after purchase. The 50-200 + 1.4x are waaaay better.
  13. Sam Cooper

    Sam Cooper New to Mu-43

    Feb 11, 2016
    Asjsb - they were both shot with the 4/3 70-300 Ed. I shot them (the first nights had the lens) to show myself the extra reach that came beyond my 40-150R.

    The lens is both loud and slow to focus, but for things that are reasonably slow and at range, so far it's been quite fun. (Also worth the 190 I paid for it). I hope that helps.


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  14. Sam Cooper

    Sam Cooper New to Mu-43

    Feb 11, 2016

    Another example - 252mm.
    My son after playing in the mud.

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  15. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Except the ZD70-300 lens is Live View compatible (& also had FW updates as late as Feb 2012) & works on any M4/3's camera using CD-AF, not just E-M1 (with PD-AF). I used mine on the E-M5 before getting the M.ZD75-300 lens.
  16. Sam Cooper

    Sam Cooper New to Mu-43

    Feb 11, 2016
    There are Fw updates??

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  17. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    There were (in 2012). ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 70-300mm F4.0-5.6 Firmware Update

    Found here. Joint update service for OLYMPUS E-SYSTEM - OLYMPUS Digital Camera
  18. azjsb

    azjsb Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 19, 2015
    Ross the fiddler, so why did you get the M.ZD75-300 lens if you had the ZD70-300? Was it size of lens? or was the IQ better with the 75-300? or focus faster? Given you have/had both, I am very interested in your comparison.
  19. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    The ZD70-300 lens is slow, noisy & external focussing as well as being heavier & larger. The only advantage over the 75-300 is that it can focus closer (MF) & slightly brighter.
  20. azjsb

    azjsb Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 19, 2015
    Thanks Ross the fiddler - that helps me make a decision on lens purchase.