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Olympus 75-300 II rumored

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by demiro, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 7, 2010
    for what it's worth, from 4/3rumors.com. Supposed to be cheaper than current 75-300, and available in black only. Figure that one out.
  2. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I like it! I like that it will be cheaper, the current one is overpriced. I never understood why they made the first one in silver too.
  3. LeoS

    LeoS Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 6, 2012
    A link to the pic:


    Looks great to me!
  4. Talanis

    Talanis Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 15, 2012
    Sherbrooke, Canada
    Eric Cote
    Eager to see some IQ tests.
  5. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    I'm guessing this might be a sign of a new black camera which deals with C-AF in a sensible way. Such a lens combined with fast C-AF would be a super tool.
  6. Talanis

    Talanis Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 15, 2012
    Sherbrooke, Canada
    Eric Cote
  7. moschika

    moschika Mu-43 Rookie

    Sep 19, 2012
    Looks like the rumors are true

    It's on the Oly site now.
    M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm F4.8-6.7 II - Lenses | Olympus

    this is great news for me because I was seriously considering this lens, but would be able to actually get it till later this spring anyway. now i get a savings to boot!!

    though I wonder what's driving the price down. is it improved or what did they cut? or is the same but at a better price point to sell more units?
  8. yekimrd

    yekimrd Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 14, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
    It was formally announced a few weeks back. Exact same specs except is supposed to be better in removing ghost flares. I guess they lowered the price to be more competitive with the Panny 100-300 and make room for their rumored fast zooms. Their first iteration was way overpriced anyways. You have to admit, the Mk II version does look sleeker and looks good on the OM-D.
  9. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2012
    David Dornblaser
  10. gr6825

    gr6825 Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 10, 2012
    I am curious about how users of this lens regard it? On paper, it seems to be very expensive for its specs. It doesn't seem to compare well to the Nikkor 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 VR for the FX format. The Nikkor is only slightly larger (1" longer and less than .5" bigger diameter) and yet the Nikkor is (a) faster in aperture (b) has VR and (c) covers the much larger FX format.

    Sorry to be a hater on the Oly lens, but even with the price drop on Version II, it is pretty expensive for a lens that is f/6.7 on the long end. Is the quality there?
  11. yekimrd

    yekimrd Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 14, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
    The quality is there, at least with the first one. You can tell from the images that there was good expensive (maybe not 900 bucks worth of it) glass in there. My only real gripe was with the aperture specs. At 550, I think it's definitely worth it. I at one point was tempted to buy it again but will hold out to see if the Oly rumored fast zooms are indeed coming.
  12. CompactCam

    CompactCam New to Mu-43

    Mar 16, 2013
    Pic from actual Mk II lens

    I just received my lens on friday. Here are some shots of blue jays. Not the best lighting but will have to do.
    E-PL5    ---    300mm    f/6.7    1/500s    ISO 400
    E-PL5    ---    300mm    f/6.7    1/500s    ISO 400
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  13. RenaudVL

    RenaudVL Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    looking good,
    what ISO did you use for these shots, handheld or tripod?
  14. mrjr

    mrjr Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 25, 2012
    Wow. Check the snowflake on the left in the second shot.
  15. CompactCam

    CompactCam New to Mu-43

    Mar 16, 2013
    ISO 400, @300 mm, f6.7, 1/500, handheld. Here's another at ISO 320,@171 mm, f6.3, 1/250, handheld.
    E-PL5    ---    171mm    f/6.3    1/250s    ISO 320
  16. CompactCam

    CompactCam New to Mu-43

    Mar 16, 2013
    Good eyes.
  17. Biro

    Biro Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    May 8, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Well, the price drop makes sense - I just don't think this lens was competitive at the old price. The question would be, why buy this lens over the $499 Panasonic 100-300 f/4.5.6, which also offers OIS (meaning you have a choice of in-lens or in-body stabilization). This is not a judgement of the new Oly lens - just a question almost any micro four-thirds shooter might ask.
  18. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
    There are two reason the Olympus is smaller, lighter and wider at the lower end.
    The Panasonic is faster, cheaper and can be used on more bodies because of OIS.
  19. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Great stuff there & the price is right with this new 75-300 :smile:

  20. CompactCam

    CompactCam New to Mu-43

    Mar 16, 2013
    I would have liked the extra light from the f4 of the Pany but the Pany 100-300 mm costs $699 in Canada compared to $549 for the new Olympus 75-300 mm II. There is also a $150 lens rebate in Canada which makes it $400. For that reason, the Olympus is a whole lot more appealing.

    From trying out both lenses at the camera store, the Olympus is a tad quicker with AF.
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