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Zuiko 70-300 to m4/3

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by elandel, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy

    I have a chance to get a Zuiko 4/3 70-300 lens for a good price and would like to know how it performs adapted to m4/3 E-pl2 or E-p2.

    Has anyone tried this? How is AF performance and are there any limitations like no C-AF?

    Should I give it a chance assuming that I cannot affrod a new 100-300 or 75-300 m4/3 lens?

    Is the AF fast enough, lets say, to capture birds at the 300 end, even if not jet airplanes?:smile:

  2. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2010
    I used the 70-300 on an EP2 in the past. If the 70-300 has the latest firmware, it will auto focus on the EP2. BUT, it's slow. Very slow. It was already slow when used in the E410/510/620. It's even slower on the EP2.

    I did have a couple of nice shots using the 70-300 + EP2 combo though. But my subject was fairly static - the Moon!
  3. BarefootPilgrim

    BarefootPilgrim Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Dec 23, 2009
    Westchester, IL
    I use the Oly 70-300 on my E-PL2 and am quite happy with the results. Doesn't focus as quickly as it does on my E-5, but it is CDAF compatible, so you won't have any issues in that regard. I would rate AF speed about 7.5 on a scale of 1-10 when used on my E-PL2 (on the E-5 it gets a 10). Have never had a problem with missed focus or severe hunting.

    Capturing birds at rest at the long end is very do-able as long as your technique is good. But that's a whole 'nother discussion. BIF is tough with any lens, imo, but I've managed to get a decent percentage of keepers with the 70-300. Took a lot of practice to develop that skill and I find that if I don't practice it continually my keeper rate declines quickly.

    If you've got a line on a good deal for one, then go for it. Even if you decide not to keep it I doubt that you'll lose any money on it. Re-sale prices are pretty stable over the past year or so.

    Oh... I should also add that I always use a monopod or tripod with this lens for birds and wildlife. And though that looks really silly with the E-PL2, it works very nicely!
  4. flash

    flash Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 29, 2010
    1 hour from Sydney Australia.
    I hAve one as well. The good. It's sharp. Focus is almost usable. Very close focusing. The bad: if it misses focus it hunts forever as it has the longest focus throw I've ever seen. Manual focus is a PITA.

    Personally, I'd keep saving for the m4/3 version.

  5. drizek

    drizek Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 5, 2011
    I have one, never used it on m43. Decided to get the 40-150 instead. It is much, much smaller, focuses much faster (than the 70-300 on the E-510) and is almost silent. It only has half the reach though, and I definitely miss the 300mm and the 1:2 macro capabilities.

    Another thing to keep in mind is that the 40-150 can be shot at a constant f5.6 to get very good results. The same sort of "peak sharpness" on the 70-300 needs f8.0, so it is essentially a stop faster.
  6. harrysue

    harrysue Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 12, 2011
    I bought mine new two years ago for my E510 DSLR for $228 shipped. It's a nice lens on the E510. Reasonably good focus on an Oly DLSR, but not for birds in flight.

    There is a firmware update for it to do CDAF better ,and it will auto focus on my EPL1, but focus time is still on the order of one second, maybe more. No catching birds in flight on M43 either unless you have prefocused. There is an AF off switch on the side of the lens which allows you to do that. I don't shoot birds much. This is a fun lens for the zoo, maybe some concerts and some sports.

    It has a quasi macro mode. You rotate the barrel and you can shoot bugs from 3 feet away.

    Don't forget that you need the adapter and the Panasonic DMW-MA1 is still around $110 in the USA. You really need to get the 70-300 dirt cheap to make it worth the tradeoffs over a 100-300 at $499. I don't ever plan to spend that kind of money on a long zoom.
  7. drizek

    drizek Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 5, 2011
    I use it in the macro mode a lot. It is basically my only macro lens, and it is very nice for shooting bees and other things that can hurt you. Having to shoot in F8 is a pain, but then again you do need the depth of field. It's just really hard to shoot at F8 and 1/600th shutter with the high iso performance of 4/3. I guess the EPL1 would do a better job of it than my E-510, but I don't think it is worht spending a hundred dollars on the adapter. I'd rather just sell my 70-300.
  8. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    Thanks for your feedbacks.
    Two things I have to say: I already have the adapter, its the Olympus MMF-1, and my first choice was the 100-300 but Its very difficult to find used and at a good price here in Italy. New the 100-300 is around 570-600 euros which is a lot of money for something you wont use always. The 4/3 70-300 can be found in mint condition around 270 euro so its about 300 euro less. The m4/3 75-300 is simply priced like a Ferrari: 800 euro.
    I already use a 14-150 that is my everyday lens and also the 45-200 but selling my GF1 body so I think I'll also sell this lens.
    The 70-300, if useable, would be my long range zoom lens and if it has near macro capability 1;2 like the Tamron 70-300 for Pentax (which I use on my K5) it would be perfect.
    I am very pleades with my Tamron 70-300 so if the Zuiko has the same IQ it will be fine for me.
  9. drizek

    drizek Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 5, 2011
    Here are some pics with the macro mode, full size/100% crop, taken wit hthe E-510. Results should be even better on m43.

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  10. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    Thanks. They look fine for me. Good pics, very dramatic.

    Now its only to see if 270 euro is a good deal.:smile:
  11. drizek

    drizek Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 5, 2011
    I paid $230 for it 3 years ago.
  12. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    The best I've seen here is 250 euro used.
  13. barry13

    barry13 Mu-43.com Editor Subscribing Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California

    I'm going to try to see the monarch butterflies in California in a few weeks; I will be taking the 70-300mm ZD with MMF-3 as well as my 12-40mm, etc.

    Question: does the EC-14 teleconverter increase or decrease the macro working distance on the 70-300mm?
    i.e. if I can't get very close to the butterflies, would the EC-14 help, or would it reduce the magnification due to reduced working distance?

    I probably won't have a chance to see them in the morning, so the temp will be warm and I assume they will be active and alert.

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