Showcase Olympus OM Zuiko 300mm f/4.5

MichaelJC

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I'm really enjoying this lens simply for it's beautiful build quality. Image-wise it seems good and sharp. I'll post some wide open test shots when I can, but for now here's a hummingbird at f/8.0 and ISO 1600, taken with the E-M5...

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MichaelJC

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A couple of wide open shots. Not so much as tests of sharpness, but they do show the rather nice bokeh. One negative issue I noticed in these shots is significant red and green fringing. I was able to clean it up significantly in Lightroom, but not completely. Full frame it's not so noticeable, but it will probably be an issue if and when I try using it for birds and I'm cropping significantly.

f/4.5, ISO 200, E-M5...

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Glenn S

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Just got one too! Super lens, heavy but great quality

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Glenn S

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This is taken from across the River Forth in Scotland and is a two-shot panorama. The full size version is on my Flickr: All sizes | Crystal Symphony | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

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Glenn S

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OM-D EM-5 and Olympus 2X teleconverter, hand-held

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Glenn S

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Air France Airbus A380 at 38,000 feet

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dfreezy

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I loved this lens when I used it on my Canon bodies. Sadly I sold it in favor of the Tokina 400/5.6 (which is equally excellent), but I am considering picking one up again for my OM-D.
 

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That tower is amazing! What airport is that? I'm jealous to those colleagues. They might even have a lift in their office...we don't have even that at EFPO TWR. :tongue:
 

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It looks like the new tower at Edinburgh Airport to me, although at this time of year it's normally dark when I fly in and out.

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malmeida14

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Testin the F-Zuiko 300mm f4.5 SN 128 891
The photos are from a Serinus serinus, taken with the F-Zuiko 300mm lens f4.5 , with an aperture of f8 and an estimated distance of ± 14 meters (46 feet). They were taken hand held and I found that even with IS I could not get sharp images bellow !/800 - 1/1000s (1kg of glass supported by a weak guy?). The body is an Olympus OM-D EM-5.
I present the original photo without post processing and without being cropped and then the cropped version with some sharpening with Gimp.
I also have a Pansonic 100-300mm and at 300mm I think they are both equally "sharp".
I'm not a bird photographer expert, just a beginner in this area.
Without sharpening:
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Moon photo, f11 + tripod:
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1/500s, f11, tripod. Air France 772 plane at 25km distance (based on altitude 33000ft high and horizontal distance between me and vertical point of passage)
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malmeida14

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Another commercial airplane with the 300mm + Olympus 2X-A teleconverter. It is an Air France Boeing 777 at a distance of more or less 20km (calculated with the help of planefinder - Plane Finder – Flight Radar and Live Flight Tracking). The meteorological conditions were exceptional good and I manage to focus correct. The picture is not cropped.
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Cropped and full size without any post process:
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Glenn S

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Here's a shot with a x2 converter, hand-held

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malmeida14

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Just for fun. I try a photograph of Saturn with this lens. the photos were taken inside a town with street lights. To get this ones, i took more then an one hundred photos. Regarding the best photo being without the tele-converter, it could be linked to the fact that this teleconverter is not recommended for this lens or just pure luck. But has I written in the beginning, it was just for the fun and I'm not an astrophotographer.

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