Showcase Olympus 75-300 f/4.8-6.7 II

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Still love this lightweight ... even if it's not a prime
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That's what it can do at the long end (x-post from Share Birds)
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I just picked up this lens from B&H for a good price. Can’t wait to see how it goes. I shoot wildlife and my current range is 150mm. Time to double my fun!
 
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I just picked up this lens from B&H for a good price. Can’t wait to see how it goes. I shoot wildlife and my current range is 150mm. Time to double my fun!
keep the aperture closed down a stop for best sharpness and take some time to get in the mood of its focusing habits - it may take a bit more time to get best sharpness out of this nice lens vs its double price++ competition

it is a good lens but if you miss focus by a tiny bit things look disappointingly soft as it seems to me the focusing group has small travel and its driving mechanism has a bit coarser steps than what would be optimal
 

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First real lash at it since it arrived. Seems like sharpness is pretty good, as these are shot through a double pane window.
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First real lash at it since it arrived. Seems like sharpness is pretty good, as these are shot through a double pane window.
this is the quirky point of this lens - you must nail focus to have proper results - the slightest deviation is just too much off given its focus mechanism coarseness and you wonder why results came out so soft - I guess many used copies were sold by the original owners because they expected sharp results on the long end right out of the box

it also seems newer & better bodies focus this lens much more effectively than older ones

get a cheap hood on it for improved contrast
 

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it also seems newer & better bodies focus this lens much more effectively than older ones
That's true - my E-M1 mk2 does a noticeably better job at autofocussing the 75-300mm than the E-M1 mk1 did.
That said, I still manually focus the 75-300mm whenever I can (with viewfinder magnification).

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@Darmok N Jalad: If you know what the lens can do you can get acceptable results even at the long end (as the letters at the bottom show). The pixel counters will disagree, but I can live with that. ;)
I don't know if I'd have a bulky prime with me as often as this lightweight.
 
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far from technically perfect, little cropped and then auto touched by the ipad photos app, then added some luminesce, calls for proper editing maybe one day...

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far from technically perfect, little cropped and then auto touched by the ipad photos app, then added some luminesce, calls for proper editing maybe one day...
I would try cropping it so that the bird lies at intersection of thirds.


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