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Olympus 75-300 my thoughts

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by panamike, Oct 5, 2018.

  1. panamike

    panamike Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 5, 2016
    Lincolnshire UK
    Decided to start this thread now while my opinion is forming.

    My first reaction was its very slow to focus, now being fair i am compering it with the 40-150 f2.8.
    After my first short session it looks like its the initial lock on focus thats making me think its slow, once locked on it seems to stay with the target very well.

    Only had a short spell of decent light to test it on cars coming towards me at about 30mph, i took 19 shots of the car below as it came towards me, all where sharp or at least useable for none critical family use.

    Taken at iso 6400
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    Acording to photo shop this is a %200 crop, remember its iso 6400

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    Last shot of series

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  2. panamike

    panamike Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 5, 2016
    Lincolnshire UK
    One reason i bought it over the Panasonic 100-300 is i wanted to be able to use pro-capture low, with its C-AF.

    First and last frame from a 14 shot pro capture

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  3. retiredfromlife

    retiredfromlife Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    Not too bad for ISO 6400
     
  4. panamike

    panamike Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 5, 2016
    Lincolnshire UK
    Another 14 frame pro capture, first and last frame.

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  5. panamike

    panamike Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 5, 2016
    Lincolnshire UK
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  6. Do you mean in C-AF? I only use S-AF and I find mine comparable to any lens I've used before for birding
     
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  7. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    Would you be less impressed if it was ISO 250? That's what it says in the caption. :) 
    But, you're right. It's not bad.
     
  8. panamike

    panamike Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 5, 2016
    Lincolnshire UK
    Yes i only use C-AF with the EM1MK11, from my early observations its only the initial lock on i find slow, but as i say ime comparing it with a pro lens which is unfair.
     
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  9. Nope! Not for a lens in that price range. As I've said before, it costs 1/6th of what my Canon 100-400mkll cost and although I can see the difference in IQ at large size, for what I do with my images, I'm now wondering if I should ever have got into full frame.
     
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  10. Gerard

    Gerard Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 12, 2015
    Vleuten, Utrecht
    Just out of interest, what do you mean by “for what I do with my images”?
     
  11. D7k1

    D7k1 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Nov 18, 2013
    I've found it a great lens, I just keep the shutter speed above 1/800 for moving stuff and shoot about 1/4 stop below maximum F stop.

    Take a look in the native lens form many folks get very good images at the long end of this lens.
     
  12. x_holger

    x_holger Mu-43 Regular

    71
    Aug 14, 2012
    Berlin, Germany
    I found the Olympus 75-300 to be much softer at 300mm than the Panasonic 100-400, even at 1/2000 sec
     
  13. M43 Show on computer...............My Apsc and Full Frame images are sold as both stock and print . I've been too busy familiarising myself with my m43 gear to get round to showing them anywhere other than here and on another forum or attempting to sell, so really what I meant was that this lens suits my current purpose adequately.
     
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  14. D7k1

    D7k1 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Nov 18, 2013
    Funny I see some difference between my 100-400 and 75-300, but it is much closer than I expected.
     
  15. The major difference obviously is over $1000. The question being, does the individual consider the speed, reach, and IQ being worth that much over the 75-300? Personally, the speed ain't that much different if you're mainly shooting fully extended which I am, and I'm yet to be convinced that IQ is more than marginally better, so the extra reach would be all that attracts me, but not at that cost
     
  16. panamike

    panamike Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 5, 2016
    Lincolnshire UK
    When you consider the difference in price that should come as no surprise.
     
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  17. x_holger

    x_holger Mu-43 Regular

    71
    Aug 14, 2012
    Berlin, Germany
    The 75-300 is F 6.7 at 300mm, the 100-400 is F 5.7 at 300mm.

    The difference in magnification between 300mm and 400mm is obvious and the optical efforts for 400mm instead of 300mm are quite huge. Unfortunately also the difference in size, weight and costs is quite huge.
    And then there's the (doomed?) Leica branding that adds to the costs.

    If I had been satisfied with the 75-300 zoom (or 100-300) I certainly wouldn't have bought the 100-400 Pana Leica.
     
  18. panamike

    panamike Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 5, 2016
    Lincolnshire UK
    Sorry but your comments in this thread confuse me, we are not talking about the £1199 including cash back 100-400 we are talking about the £284 including cash back 75-300, ok you bought an expensive lens, i have had two of them and know exactly how good they are.
    This thread is to air my opinion of a cheap lenses performance relative to its price please keep comments in line with that, if you want to tell every one how much better the 100-400 is start your own thread.
     
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  19. x_holger

    x_holger Mu-43 Regular

    71
    Aug 14, 2012
    Berlin, Germany
    Ah sorry, yes my thoughts wandered off-topic.....
    I think the M.Zuiko 75-300 is a decent, very compact and lightweight lens. It's optical performance is fine up to 200mm in my opinion.
    I just wanted to share that the 75-300 didn't meet my needs above 200mm, especially from 250-300mm.

    For 300-400 Euros after cashback there are not many alternatives for Olympus users, the Panasonic 100-300 is bigger but not really better optically, just a little faster F5.6 vs. F6.7 at 300mm.
     
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