Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II Lens

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by Australia, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. Australia

    Australia New to Mu-43

    Mar 14, 2013
    Sydney, Australia
    Dave Holmes
    I have been waiting for this little beauty which was delivered to our office today. Here in Australia this is from the first shipment, all have been allocated I believe and more to arrive soon. I would assume those in the UK and US are probably seeing these being stocked already, we tend to get things a little later than the rest down under.


    Anyone else got one? Thoughts?
  2. Savas K

    Savas K Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 10, 2013
    Getting one today, so long as Fed Ex delivers my pre-order like they're supposed to. I'm in the US and read of others purchasing in stores and who didn't pre-order, so I was on the phone with Olympus at least twice. I'll post thoughts after I've had a chance with it in good light and low humidity.
  3. taz98spin

    taz98spin Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 13, 2011
    Hope you get yours! Fed Ex is pretty shady where I live..
  4. RKTodd

    RKTodd Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 6, 2012
    Randall Todd
    Olympus USA told me that the lenses would start shipping today. I have one on pre-order also.
  5. Savas K

    Savas K Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 10, 2013
    Lens arrived. Did the happy lens dance. Mounted to OM-D. This is what the OM-D's grip is made for. Heaviest lens yet that I've tried on this camera. Overcast outside and some snow is falling. Nevertheless, targets came into view.

    Our beach was devastated by Sandy. These are men and equipment who are taking tons of sand to a common work area where it is sifted free of debris. The sand they are taking was formerly underneath the boardwalk and it literally contained decades worth of accumulation within it.







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  6. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    Great shots!
  7. CompactCam

    CompactCam New to Mu-43

    Mar 16, 2013
    Got mine on the 15th March and here are some of blue jays. With a PEN E-PL5.
    P31600171. P3170093. P3170089.
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  8. Savas K

    Savas K Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 10, 2013
    Whoa! Nice, CompactCam.
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  9. rfortson

    rfortson Mu-43 Veteran

    Okay, for comparison, here's a shot from the older 75-300. I bought this used just after the new one was announced. Nice lens, and I like how it handles on the OM-D. The grip makes it easier to handle, but it still works fine without the grip. I'm amazed at how sharp some of the shots are.

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  10. quatchi

    quatchi Mu-43 Veteran

    May 17, 2012
    Munich, Germany
    +1 for the combination of 75-300 (though I only have the older one), O-MD and the grip. With the grip attached, it is a really well balanced combination.

    Just out of curiosity, it would be interesting how the older and newer version compare against each other. As marketing states that the internal design didn't change there shouldn't be any, but who knows...

    Here is a shot at 215mm with DIY window tripod support (= piece of foam on the half opened car window).

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  11. Savas K

    Savas K Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 10, 2013
    Practicing with this lens a little bit. Still holed up in the apartment. Here's a couple from the beach captured handheld at 300mm. Subjects are still kind of far for this lens, because of the dunes that were erected. Instead of boardwalk, people are walking on the flats at low tide. Nothing between that and me but piles of sand.

    Walking person using IBIS set for panning.


    Cropped around 100%


    Seagulls languishing around using regular IBIS.


    Cropped around 100%

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  12. Mikefellh

    Mikefellh Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 7, 2012
    Toronto, Canada
    I HATE the knurled pattern of the "II" lenses...why does alll the new lenses have to have this pattern on the zoom/focus rings.

    The knurled pattern makes my skin crawl wneh I touch it...I covered the knurled section of my Mag light in packing tape, and when I get a ens with it I use rubber bands; what are most m4/3 lenses so cheap that they don't have the rubber ribgs like lenses used to have!

    I'm considering $649 used version one lens instead of the new cheaper "II" lens.
  13. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    G'day Dave.

    It took Olympus Australia a long time to tell us the retail price here & only in their forum have they revealed it (so far) to my query & that was still only after I contacted them by phone. :confused:

    I have one on order with CamBuy (at 10% discount) & hopefully will get mine next week (if they get their first orders filled from this lot).

    BTW, Shane has left Olympus (so I believe) & I'm wondering what staffing is like at the moment?

    Back to the lens. I like the look of this design (& price) & it should be nice after using the 70-300 lens with adapter & am looking forward to using it.
  14. janneman

    janneman Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 6, 2012
    Jan (John) Kusters
    Give it some time Mike, I can't imagine the old lenses NOT going down to similar level in price, once the II version is readily available...
  15. Savas K

    Savas K Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 10, 2013
    The Olympus lens hood LH-61E arrived.

    Whoa, Mammy! This will cause some to rethink their bag strategy. 3 5/8 inch diameter at the end of it; 2 5/8 inch long.
  16. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Yes, it is a little large considering it is supposed to be used on a lens that has been reduced in size from the 4/3's 70-300.

    BTW, the JJC lens hood fits fine in normal use but is too tight to fit in reverse (at least it is on the 70-300 lens) & needs to have the inner surface diameter enlarged slightly. I used a small chisel to scrape this to size (the locking cams are fine, just the area to the inside of them) & followed up with some pencil lead (graphite) for dry lubrication. I'll have my 75-300 lens tomorrow (Wednesday) & will see how it fits that lens.

  17. rfortson

    rfortson Mu-43 Veteran

    Interesting. Glad I got the older version then since the lens hood reverses just fine on that one. I don't understand why Oly doesn't give us the hoods, and I don't know why anyone would make a hood that isn't reversible.
  18. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    It was meant to be reversable, just not engineered accurately enough. That's what you get when a cheap copy is made.

    I've got my 75-300 II lens now & the hood fits both ways fine now (with the slight mod).
  19. Savas K

    Savas K Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 10, 2013
    A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do. Good that your hood fits now.
  20. Azon

    Azon Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 6, 2013
    More pictures, gentlemen! Very interested for biding and forest shots... And like the knurled pattern!
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