Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 70-300mm f/4-5.6

Last updated (29 August’10):
– Review by Ephotozine

The Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 70-300mm f/4-5.6 features 70-300mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/4-5.6. The lens construction has 14 Elements in 10 Groups and has diagonal angle of view at 18 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 0.96m and has a filter size of 58mm. The Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 70-300mm f/4-5.6 lens weighs 620g and it measures 80mm in diameter and 127mm long.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Reviews

Ephotozine reviews the Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 70-300mm f/4-5.6 and writes;
“At the long end of the range the performance at maximum aperture drops off a little again, but is still acceptable. f/11 provides the best quality across the frame. Here the resolution is very good from edge to edge. Light falloff towards te corners is superbly controlled at 70mm, where the corners are only 0.3stops darker than the image centre. This difference will barely be noticeable in normal image taking scenarios. Distortion is also well controlled. At 70mm Imatest recorded 0.588% barrel distortion, which will only be visible in the most critical of applications.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

SLRGear reviews the Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 70-300mm f/4-5.6 and writes;
“The lens is nicely sharp, especially when used at 150mm and below, even wide open. Chromatic aberration results are quite low for this lens, at 200mm and lower. At 200mm and 300mm we note significant CA in the corners, mostly when used wide open, and improving as the lens is stopped down. But at 150mm and wider, CA is practically imperceptible. Corner shading is not really an issue with this lens. When used wide open at any focal length, the lens produces images with corners that are a quarter-stop dark than the center. At any other setting, corner shading is negligible.”
Rating: ★★★★½

User Opinions

Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 70-300mm f/4-5.6 User Reviews

Olympus Zuilo 70-300mm Lens, | Rating: ★★★★★
“I used this lens to get nice close-ups of the skiers during thier jumps. Great clarity and range with this lens and I made out with some pretty cool pics of the skiers mid-flight. Great lens for any novice or intermediary photographer.” – by R. Reich

A good long lens, | Rating: ★★★★★
“I’ve only taken about 100 pictures with the lens and so far I have been very please with the results. As expected, it is very good at distance shots. What I hadn’t expected is that it is also good at close-ups from a distance. I took a picture of a large bee on a flower from about 7′ away and the flower and pattern on the bee’s wings were crystal clear.” – by A Kid’s Review

Worth every penny, | Rating: ★★★★★
“I have had this lens for a month now, and couldn’t be happier. My daughter is a senior and use this lens photographing her soccer games. It is sharp and clear, focuses great, and has great reach. It is a wonderful Four-Thirds lens.” – by B. Hinesley

You can’t expect more from a long lens without paying 3X more! | Rating: ★★★★★
“I have owned this lens for about one month. During this time I have used it daily to test it’s capabilities as a long focal length lens, as a macro lens, and as a portrait lens. After learning it’s limitations I am nothing but pleased with the results that I achieve with this lens…” – by David Perez

very pleased | Rating: ★★★★★
“I am very pleased with the durability of this lens and the excellent photos it delivers. I’ve photographed various events ranging from soccer games in the rain to musical concerts in a dimly lit hall to bright fall landscapes, and all of my photos come out sharp. The lens is a great asset to any Olympus SLR.” – by Sarah A. Dickerson

Impressed, | Rating: ★★★★★
“I was impressed by the build and heft of this lens. Better then the kit lenses by far. Really gives my e-510 reach now. I also have a Canon T1i (I wanted the video function) and the 55-250mm lens for that. The build on the Olympus is much better. (I do like the canon as well though, just a noticeable build quality difference in the two lens) The pics with this lens are very good, although at 300mm in anything less the full light I can tell the IS system is at its limits and some shots will be spot on and others just a bit off do to my inablity to steady handhold at that range.” – by D. MCKICHAN

Zuiko long telephoto lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is an excellent lens if you’re looking for a long telephoto lens for you Olympus camera. You just have to remember that any long lens has to be used with a higher shutter speed or steadied on a tripod to get the sharpest images.” – by Wet Hackles

Lens in top-class, | Rating: ★★★★★
“I decided to buy this lens after some consideration. Though short time of use I already love it!
Easy to use,good quality for the money and pictures to accept when using it as a non-professional
photographer. Lot of fun!..”
– by Lone Larsen

Great superzoom on a budget, | Rating: ★★★★★
“This was a bargain purchase (compared to other Olympus lenses) but this lens’s quality surprises me. Don’t expect much in low light – it is a slow lens, after all – but if you can hold it steady and give it a good focus target, this lens will deliver. I find it considerably sharper than the 40-150mm kit lens under all conditions..” – by Flying Smokey

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Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 70-300mm f/4-5.6 User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Specifications

Offering a field of view to 600mm (35mm equivalent), the high-mobility Olympus Zuiko 70-300mm super-telephoto lens is an ideal choice for sports, nature, and other types of long-distance photography. The lens incorporates three extra-low-dispersion (ED) lens elements, which combine to offer a sharper, higher-contrast imaging performance, The lens’s Four-Thirds system, meanwhile, ensures that you don’t lose your macro or super-telephoto versatility when you switch to a different camera body. The lens even supports tele-macro photography thanks to its 1x magnification (35mm equivalent).


* Focal length: 70-300mm
* Maximum aperture: f/4 to f/5.6
* Lens construction: 14 elements in 10 groups
* Angle of view: 18 to 4.1 degrees
* Closest focusing distance: 3.14 feet
* Maximum image magnification: 0.5x
* Filter size: 58mm
* Dimensions: 3.14 inches in diameter and 5 inches long
* Weight: 21.9 ounces
* Warranty: 1 year

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