Olympus M.Zuiko ED 300mm f4.0 IS Pro Review – A Lens That Goes the Distance

If you want to get those shots from a good distance away from your subject, then you might want to check out the Olympus M.Zuiko ED 300mm f4.0 IS Pro. With a focal length of 300-millimeters, it is a great fit for certain types of photography, like wildlife. At a 35-millimeter equivalent of 600-millimeters, it is able to deliver pro-level supertelephoto performance for a Micro Four Thirds (MFT) mount. Since it delivers pro level performance, it comes to no surprise that the lens bears the price tag of a premium unit.

Olympus M.Zuiko ED 300mm f4.0 IS Pro Review - A Lens That Goes the Distance

The Olympus M.Zuiko ED 300mm f4.0 IS Pro Delivers Pro-Level Supertelephoto Capabilities to Mirrorless Cameras

Even though the Olympus M.Zuiko ED 300mm f4.0 IS Pro has an incredibly hefty price tag, it is certainly worth every penny. The value grows even larger when the lens is used with the company’s newer Sync IS-supporting cameras.

For example, using the M.Zuiko ED 300mm f4.0 IS Pro Lens with the OM-D E-M1, it will combine the advantage of using two-axis optical and three-axis sensor-shift stabilization. This arrives to a total of five axes as it uses the new US control unit and gyros found in the lens and in the body of the camera. Olympus does claim that it uses 6 stops of stabilization to produce sharp images with plenty of detail, and pictures really do stand out to that promise.

Within sufficient lighting, you can even shoot crisp images as slow as 1/10 second for the shutter speed (well, that is, of course, if you’re hands aren’t that shaky). This is also with the help of the OM-D E-M1 and its added image stabilization elements.

Even at low apertures, say f/22, there is practically no distortion, color fringing or abberation, or vignetting. This is because it incorporates a new coating called Z Coating Nano. This is a layer of nanoparticles and air found on the front of selected elements on the lens. Its main purpose is to reduuce the light that gets reflected off of the surface of these elements, thus reducing nasty effects that would otherwise ruin the image.

Overall performance for the Olympus M.Zuiko ED 300mm f4.0 IS Pro is astounding. It produces very sharp images because of the excellent image stabilization. Couple that feature with more image stabilization from a mirrorless camera’s body and you are able to get great images even when using low shutter speeds. The bottom line here is that it is an excellent pro supertelephoto lens built for the Micro Four Thirds mount.


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