I’ve had this lens for over a year now and I always get questions about it, questions like:
- Is it any good?
- Just how much zoom will it give me?
- Are the photos sharp?
- It seems a bit slow …
- Is it heavy, bulky etc?
- Was it expensive?
- When will I use such a long lens?
So I’ll address them from the beginning …
Is it any good? In short, yes.
Just how much zoom will it give me? A lot, but if you want to get technical about it, the M.Zuiko 75-300mm II is designed to be used on a micro 4/3 camera which means you effectively get 150-600mm focal range. Think about that next time you go to shoot some wildlife!
Are the photos sharp? Sharp enough, and I only say that because I’m generally very picky with my lenses. For a sub $1000 lens that gives me this kind of reach I’ll definitely be less picky. In saying that, I have absolutely no issues with it’s sharpness and when combined with the Olympus IBIS I can get the photos I need.
It seems a bit slow … First of all I don’t know if you’re asking a question or making a statement. Since there was no question mark I’ll address it as a statement. Yes, f4.8-6.7 is VERY slow, even for a zoom lens of this range. The panasonic equivalent is comparably faster. However, I can compensate for that with a combination of the great IBIS and high ISO performance of my E-M5. So, no, it’s not a problem for me.
Is it heavy, bulky? No, especially not when I’ve been used to carrying a Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM. It all depends on what you’re used to, being a long time DSLR user, I doubt anything in the m43 or Sony CSC range will make me complain about weight/bulk. Plus, if you can’t put up with the weight of the gear you need then maybe it’s not for you.
Was it expensive? If I remember correctly I paid around $550AUD for it, to me that was a very cheap price for what this lens is. It’s significantly cheaper than the original version which was priced around $999 and this price is what I would expect for a m43 lens of this calibre.
When will I use such a long lens? The photos in this post should answer your question, I mostly use it for wildlife, especially birds. If you are of the stalker type (I don’t judge) then I suppose you can use it for that. However I would not recommend it for any situation darker than a cloudy day.
So there you go! If you need a super long lens and own a m43 system, go out and buy this because this is one of the few lenses that are stopping me from selling my Olympus kit since buying the Sony kit. You can get more detailed information about the lens here and here. This was more of an informal Q&A but I can always go into more detail with it later on if you like.