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MJ224 24th December 2016 12:35 AM

Zuiko 75-300mm lens
Is there a significant improvement between the original and Mk11 75-300mm lens?

Is it worth upgrading?

Bearing in mind I have recently had my mk1 serviced by Olympus.

(Also aired on TP)



Mark_R2 24th December 2016 07:34 PM

Re: Zuiko 75-300mm lens
As far as I am aware, the optical scheme of the two lenses is the same but the Mk11 is supposed to have better AR coatings. Given the complex nature of a less like this, that could give a worthwhile improvement in contrast, especially in adverse lighting.


Snookerman 31st December 2017 03:56 PM

Re: Zuiko 75-300mm lens
How long has the mk11 been out?
I have the 4/3 version which is nice - but it's heavy and it does not auto-focus as well as a m4/3 lens.
I would like to have better optics than the kit lens for a telephoto and have considered the ones with less reach - pany 35-100 etc, but i think the reach of this may be worth a trade off with a bit less optical quality.
How would you say this performs comoared to the kit lens and the old 4/3 equivalent?

Graham_of_Rainham 31st December 2017 04:09 PM

Re: Zuiko 75-300mm lens
I had the original 4/3rds one which was quite good. I sold that and got a mk1 MFT but was not as happy with it as the original. I then borrowed a mk2 75-300 at an Olympus event and found it was better. The one I have is very good.


Snookerman 2nd January 2018 07:26 AM

Re: Zuiko 75-300mm lens
Yes, that's the lens - the 70-300.

With the kit 40-150mm, I find the lens is great up to about 100mm, after which the results are quite soft.

I use it mainly for landscape work and folks have said get the 35-100mm Panasonic - however, I really do like the extra reach to at least 200mm as often there is a hill or line of trees in the distance that I want to zoom in on. I find the 43 70-300mm has poor focusing (I know you can set the focus on the EM1 mk1 to synch, but it's still slow). It's also quite heavy.
I've heard that the 75-300mm is pin sharp at least to 200mm after which it starts to fall off a little.

I guess in lower light I'd be better off with the Panasonic, but since it only reaches to 100mm, I'd find myself very frustrated with that.

I may get used to taking my 60mm sigma which is very light if I need slightly longer reach than the 12-40mm.

I do wish there were some decent prime telephotos with m43. The 75mm may be excellent, but I want something with decent reach - say a 100mm and a 200mm with a doubler designed for them.

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