Olympus MSC ED-M 75 to 300mm II f4.8-6.7 Zoom Lens - International Version (No Warranty)


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Product information Product Dimensions 3.7 x 3.7 x 5.87 inches Item Weight 14.9 ounces ASIN B00B7WMVSO Item model number V315040BW000

It is critical with this lens that the shutter speed range from a minimum of 160th to 640th when handheld to avoid image blur.
This is a rather slow lens so be prepared to use the lens wide open and push the ISO to your camera's clean limit.
The lens excels when shooting in bright days or when using a tripod.
Optically capable lens when conditions are optimal or special care is considered. Focusing is quick and accurate in moderate light.
Mechanically sound, cosmetically well finished, fits well with all my bodies, EM-1, EM-5, EP-5, and PL-5.
Portability is excellent, truly pocket-able. Good value for an equivalent 600mm lens.
Would of earned 5 stars if it were a half stop faster.

Good reach, needs a lot of practice to setup the camera depending on the light . needs often to shot over ISO 800 to 4000 at 300 mm ( to have shutter speed over 600 and so have clear pictures)
good lens overall, light can be an issue depending on situation.

Good quality, shipped fast,

So far so good.

Tested out the proposition that the 6.7 maximum aperture at 300mm might not be enough.

Here is a picture taken at 300mm on a dull February afternoon with the lens mounted on an Olympus PEN F

Thanks to the in body IS the result is not half bad, it's a Dunnock by the way.

I’ve been using this for about a month now, so feel I can give an honest review as it has been tested. I tend to shoot in RAW and so files are not quite as sharp as JPEG’s straight out of my camera. With this in mind I am pleasantly surprised at the sharpness at the full end of the zoom. I do still add a little sharpening in processing but this isn’t unusual and no hardship.

The lens feels fairly light and balances out pretty well on my EM-1. It doesn’t feel like I’m lugging around a huge lens as it’s pretty compact considering it’s reach. I have taken hand held shots at the full 300mm but unless you are incredibly steady, I would use a tripod or at least a monopod.

My wife has the Panasonic 100-300mm and so I am able to make some kind of comparison. In short I think the Panasonic is a tad sharper at the full end but it is marginal. They are both quite similar in their capabilities and results. My only gripe really is that unlike Panasonic, Olympus omit a hood and carry bag. So you do need to factor that in. If you are deciding between this and the Panasonic and the two varying stabilisation methods are not an issue. Hand on heart, I would go for the Panasonic but if the Oly is on offer and significantly cheaper then this is a good one to go for too.

I've owned Olympus OMD cameras for 5 years now and have several 4/3rds lenses. I recently upgraded to the EM-1 Mark I which of course is micro 4/3rds. I bought an adaptor so that I could continue to use my old lenses, but have to admit the 75-300mm telephoto was pretty dire. Focus was soft to say the least and trying to track moving objects (I do a lot of wildlife photography) was abysmal.

I was dubious what difference changing to the micro 4/3rds version of the same lens would make but, in desperation decided to give it a go. I'm so pleased I did. I still find the Mark 1 EM-1 isn't the best tracking camera in the world, and I'm sure the Mark II is better, but finally I was at least able to get some birds in flight shots with this lens. Sharpness is much improved, even hand held, and of course using a dedicated micro 4/3rds lens with my EM-1 gives me many more focus points than using my old 4/3rds lens.

Most commentators say there is nothing new on this lens compared to the old 4/3rds lens and they may be right, but to me it's miles better and I've really noticed the difference in my shots. A friend owns the Panasonic 100-300mm lens which I'd also read good things about, so I borrowed it to compare the two. The Oly was lighter and tracked moving objects much better. The Panasonic continually missed focus on birds in flight but was, IMHO, sharper on stationary subjects, so it was swings and roundabouts.

I am still waiting for Olympus to bring out a smilar sized telephoto lens with a wider aperture in this price range though, as mirrorless cameras already suffer from poor bokeh and struggle in low light, and F/6.7 at 300mm really is rubbish which is why I've taken a star off this review.

I'm just learning, but I can achieve photographs to be proud of with this lens, and I'll hopefully get better down the line.

A total amateur + Olympus Pen F + this lens = wonderful photos.

A tad sharper than the mark 1 version, with better contrast, a much lower price, and a better appearance.
Would have been good to see weather sealing and a bundled lens hood.
Whilst not the easiest lens to use; remember it extends to a full-frame equivalent of 600 mm, with care, and a good camera body equipped with excellent in-body stabilisation (or at least a solid support) it can produce very sharp images throughout its range. I use this with an Olympus OMD EM-1 Mk II hand-held for wildlife and aerial photograph—in the air I am shooting moving subjects from an unstable platform at no faster than 1/320 so as to blur the propeller.
There are reviews that say the image becomes too soft beyond 200 mm but, in my experience, the fault is not in the quality of the optics.
The lens does not have the same feel as the Olympus 'Pro' lenses, nor is the zoom as smooth, but the compactness, lightweight and price are decent compensations.
If you buy a protection filter (a good idea), make sure that it is of very good quality. A poor filter can wreck the performance of a lens, particularly a long one

Well built, light and compact for the focal length. Excellent image quality up to 200mm, very good at 300mm, even wide open. Better at 300mm than a crop at 150mm from my excellent 40-150mm 4.0-5.6, which was my key metric. Very pleased with images of birds and other wildlife, and the moon, with contrasty rendering and pleasing colours. Focusing fast and quiet in low light.

Zoom smooth but a bit stiff, leading to jerky small adjustments. Slow aperture limits usage. Not as portable as the 40-150mm f4.0, which I will keep as a more flexible travel lens.

Very pleased, an essential addition to a set of premium Olympus lenses, especially at the £330 I paid after cashback promotion.

I have only had the chance to try this on a fairly cloudy late October day so far on an EPL-7 camera. It is, unsurprisingly the biggest lens I have used on a micro 4/3rds camera, however, a hand on the zoom ring is enough to balance the outfit. There are two surprises; firstly how good the image quality is for such a long telephoto zoom at this price point and secondly that I can get sharp images at 300mm (600mm equivalent) hand held. The latter is largely down to the brilliant IS on the camera, Olympus' cheapest PEN, but the technical spec of the EPL-7 is the same as the original OMD EM-10 except that the PEN allows you to geotag your images through the smartphone app. I had not expected to be able to use this lens without a tripod. A great value lens made even better by Olympus' current offer which should allow £75 cash back.

I'm writing this review as a long-time user of micro four thirds products and as a part-time pro photog who mainly uses a Sony DSLR/SLT setup. I have shot telephoto lenses for around 30 years now on film and digital. The 70/5-300 on DSLRs has tended to be a maligned lens because it is traditionally a fairly cheap and cheerful 'kit' kind of lens that folks often buy who don't care too much about ultimate image quality. I can certainly vouch for OEM and Sigma/Tamron 70-300s to be very mediocre - once you get to about 180mm+ they lose massive amounts of contrast and resolution and the build quality is often pretty low, with slow AF to boot. But reviews of this little m 4/3 lens are interesting - some say it is good but not great, some say it is good up to 200mm, some say it is mediocre and out-gunned by the more expensive Panasonic Lumix 100-300 lens for m 4/3.

Here is my own take - it's early days yet, but after a few 100 test shots, my conclusions are: lightweight and compact for a zoom of this size, as you would expect for a m 4/3 lens; might be a little unwieldy on a very small m 4/3 camera body when fully extended at 300mm (e.g. on an EPL5 or GM1) but on my EM5 it balances very well; feels quite solid in the hand and is 'made in Japan' - nice!; zoom action is just right - not too stiff, not too sloppy, no zoom creep experienced so far; AF not as snappy as a prime or smaller range zooms, but not overly sluggish either on my EM5 - about what I expected; AF-C not great at keeping up with moving targets, but that is more a limitation of the EM5 AF system and is not really the forte of micro four thirds - only the GH4 really starts to catch up with DSLRs when it comes to AF-C in my experience.

But what has really astonished me is the IQ - at 300mm my test shots show very good resolution and contrast - I was stunned to see that images from this lens and my EM5 match those from my Sony 70-400G lens (mounted on a Sony a57 or a77 SLT camera body) for contrast and sharpness - that Sony lens is a £1500 lens by the way ! Now I may have just been lucky and obtained a very good copy of the Olympus lens, and I do have a lot of years experience of handholding tele lenses to fall back on, but even so, this really surprised me. The quality of images from this lens far surpasses those from any other 70-300 or 75-300 I have ever come across on any system so far. If you have ever had, like I have, a Tamron 70-300 or one of those Tamron superzooms like a 28-300, the long end of this Olympus produces images far in excess of the quality of those produced by those other lenses.

Now of course you do need good technique when using a lens like this at the long end. On a m 4/3 system the 35mm equivalent focal length is X 2, so it it 150mm-600mm 35mm equivalent. Handholding a 600mm equivalent lens, even one quite small and light like this one, takes practice and patience to perfect. The IBIS on the EM5 is good of course, but you still need to treat a 300mm lens with respect. My test shots handheld at 1/500 shutter speed were very crisp at the 300mm end - I imagine on a tripod with IBIS turned off they would be even more impressive. I should also say I was very impressed by the low levels of purple fringing and chromatic aberration - again, much lower levels than I have seen on some much more expensive tele lenses on DSLR systems.

So, in conclusion, this lens was a real eye-opener for me - much, much sharper at the long end than I expected it to be. I have never owned the rival Panasonic 100-300 but I have owned the Panasonic 45-200 and this lens blows that one out of the water by quite some margin. And as I said above, it gives very expensive DSLR lenses like the Sony 70-400G a run for their money, even though on paper it shouldn't. I should add I also have a Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 lens - a lens that costs about £900, and again, this little Oly is as sharp as that lens - really impressive especially for the price.

This is therefore a great lens for wildlife. Is it a great lens for sports, action, air shows etc? Well once micro four thirds camera bodies have good AF-C and tracking capabilities it will be - for now, only really the GH4 offers that. So action shots will always be a bit challenging, but there certainly are users out there who are using this lens on m 4/3 and getting good action shots, so it can be done.

I can't recommend this lens highly enough in conclusion - it punches well above its weight. Shame on Olympus for not supplying a lens hood for free though - while many report the coatings on this lens make it very resistant to flare and ghosting, I would never use a long tele lens without a hood - I ended up buying a collapsible rubber hood sold on here and made by Hoya - you can, of course, buy other third party hoods or the over-priced official Olympus one. Looks like Oly have started supplying hoods with their more recent lens models..finally !




写真はいずれもOM-D E-M1を使いテレ端で撮ったものをトリミングしています。


Small, light and sharp wide open from 75 to ~220mm. From there to 300mm you have to stop down to f8 to improve a little bit the so-and-so IQ. But don't let me be missunderstood: this is an excellent VFM lens, for both amateur and andvanced users - especially under good light conditions. I'm very pleased!

Sturdy and gives excellent results. There is always a stability problem with long lenses but provided you know what you are doing that can be overcome. The attached image was one of a burst of about a dozen shots. Really pleased with it.

Best zoom lens ever owned. Have been using on EM1 and EM5 and sharp results even when fully extended and perfect for an enthusiastic amateur like myself.

Fab lens, had no issues with it

Amazing reach, medium IQ. Why no hood? Plastic - so light fantastic. My copy is very solidly made. A star knocked off because Olympus don't include a hood).

Compact, solidly built, and excellent image quality. Great match for any micro four thirds camera (though no image stabilisation for Panasonic users).