The Olympus 70-300mm ƒ/4-5.6 super-telephoto lens was launched in 2007 featuring equivalent 140-600mm focal length range (in 35mm photography) at an affordable price. It is designed to fit the four-thirds sensor and can also operate on micro four-thirds bodies via adapter.
The lens’s compact and lightweight design makes it a perfect complement to portable D-SLRs like the EVOLT E-410 and E-510. It is particularly useful while photographing distant scenes, wildlife, sports, etc.
The 70-300mm lens features advanced optical design and promises to produce accurate color and sharp photographs edge to edge. It incorporates high-quality optical glass, including 3 ED glass elements for rich color and crisp shots.
All Zuiko lenses – and this one is not an exception - use their own CPU and are lead-free, utilizing titanium within the optical design for lightweight comfort and durability.
The lens comes is supplied with a circular-styled hood, takes 58mm filters, and is available now for $470.
For the money, the Olympus 70-300mm ƒ/4-5.6 offers good results for sharpness, particularly under 150mm and especially at 100mm. CA, corner shading and distortion are also well-controlled.
Olympus 70-300mm ƒ/4-5.6 ED Zuiko Digital – Specifications:
- Image Circle: Four-Thirds
- Type: Telephoto Zoom
- Focal Length: 70 - 300mm
- Focal Length 35mm Equivalent: 140 - 600mm
- Max Aperture: ƒ/4 - 5.6
- Min Aperture: ƒ/22
- 9 Diaphragm Blades
- Lens Construction: 14 elements in 10 groups, including 3 ED elements
- Diagonal Angle of View (Based on image circle): 18 to 4.1 degrees
- Focus Details: AF or MF
- No Front Element Rotation
- Rotary Zoom System
- Closest Focus: 1.2m / 3.9 ft. (0.96m / 3.1 ft. using manual focus)
- Magnification Ratio: 0.5x / 1:2
- Filter Size: 58mm
- Dimensions: (L x D): 127mm x 80mm / 5.0 in. x 3.1 in.
- Weight: 620g / 21.8 oz
- Included Accessories: Lens Hood
- Typical Online Price: US$500
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