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Researching The 75-300

Thinking about buying this lens while the cashback offer is on, can you tell me what you think about its performance, especially at 300mm and any links to bird images at 250-300mm.

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Thinking about buying this lens while the cashback offer is on, can you tell me what you think about its performance, especially at 300mm and any links to bird images at 250-300mm.

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I bought mine this summer from John Lewis when the previous Cash Back was offered. The price charged by John Lewis together with the 75 Cash Back meant I got the lens for the same price or cheaper than used ones were offered on auction sites.

The lens itself is a steal at the price. Ok, like a lot of cheaper zooms it is a little soft at the long end but IMHO that is the only fault I've found with it. For 294 and 2 yrs warranty you can't go wrong

Word of caution: the Cash Back is only available from retailers on the Olympus list so be careful where you purchase from.

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I bought mine this summer from John Lewis when the previous Cash Back was offered. The price charged by John Lewis together with the 75 Cash Back meant I got the lens for the same price or cheaper than used ones were offered on auction sites.

The lens itself is a steal at the price. Ok, like a lot of cheaper zooms it is a little soft at the long end but IMHO that is the only fault I've found with it. For 294 and 2 yrs warranty you can't go wrong

Word of caution: the Cash Back is only available from retailers on the Olympus list so be careful where you purchase from.

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Thanks, i only buy from my local camera shop and they are official Olympus dealers.
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Thanks, i only buy from my local camera shop and they are official Olympus dealers.
My point was that when you use the Olympus site to claim the cash back it has a list of eligible retailers and you have to click the one you purchased the item from. I found this to be relatively restricted given the number of "Official Dealers" in the UK.

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Re: Researching The 75-300

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The lens itself is a steal at the price. Ok, like a lot of cheaper zooms it is a little soft at the long end but IMHO that is the only fault I've found with it. For 294 and 2 yrs warranty you can't go wrong

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You could always use the trick a couple of Canon users I know use. Buy three and return the worst two. Of course, that's L glass, you may not get the same sample variation with cheap Olympus glass.
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I bought mine this summer from John Lewis when the previous Cash Back was offered. The price charged by John Lewis together with the 75 Cash Back meant I got the lens for the same price or cheaper than used ones were offered on auction sites.

The lens itself is a steal at the price. Ok, like a lot of cheaper zooms it is a little soft at the long end but IMHO that is the only fault I've found with it. For 294 and 2 yrs warranty you can't go wrong

Word of caution: the Cash Back is only available from retailers on the Olympus list so be careful where you purchase from.

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Thanks just checked on the Olympus site and my LCS is on the list
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Thanks just checked on the Olympus site and my LCS is on the list
That's great ! Last summer JL were 20+ cheaper than any other retailer but things may have changed now as I've not checked current prices. If you only ever buy locally it's not a problem anyway. Just go for it

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Thinking about buying this lens while the cashback offer is on, can you tell me what you think about its performance, especially at 300mm and any links to bird images at 250-300mm.

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Mik,

Have not got any birding shots but these aircraft shots were taken at Fairford this year with the 75-300 albeit in good conditions. This first on at 132 mmL



This one at 194mmL



This one at 281mm:



And this last one at 300mm:




I love the lens- decent reseults, small and light.

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Re: Researching The 75-300

For the money it's a great lens; I had the Panasonic 100-300 MkI in the past and the Olympus 75-300 definitely outperforms it.

The Panasonic 100-400 is better optically, but is also significantly bigger, heavier and more expensive.
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Re: Researching The 75-300

People mention this lens is soft at 300mm but I always suggest that things need to be put into perspective. 300mm is very long; it's a 600mm full frame field of view. Subject and camera movement is always going tbe a potential impact. In other words, no matter what the quality of the glass, extreme focal lengths like this will be prone to some motion blur.

Anyway, even with the above said, I regularly get results at 300mm that I am very satisfied with. Here's one using the Mark 1 version of the lens, wide open at f/6.7, ISO 200, 1/1000th using a Mark 1 E-M5. This frame only contains an eighth of the uncropped frame area after cropping (1200x1600, or just under 2MP) and is reproduced for Web viewing here at 600x800 pixels.



And this is an in-camera JPEG, not from RAW!

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Re: Researching The 75-300

I have the mk1; other than the nano coating and a slight refresh of the dials on the mk 2 the two versions are the same. Yes, it is a little soft at the 300mm end; even more so when shooting at near infinity focus. Up close (e.g bird table near your house) you won't notice the softness. Plenty of shots of birds in my garden in my gallery.


300mm


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I have the mk1; other than the nano coating and a slight refresh of the dials on the mk 2 the two version are the same. Yes, it is a little soft at the 300mm end; even more so when shooting at near infinity focus. Up close (e.g bird table near your house) you won't notice the softness. Plenty of shots of birds in my garden in my gallery.


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281mm


300mm
Nice results, i thought the new one had a faster focus motor.
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Nice results, i thought the new one had a faster focus motor.
According to all the reviews and tech. references the difference is exactly as OM USer stated above. Where did you see a faster motor mentioned ?

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According to all the reviews and tech. references the difference is exactly as OM USer stated above. Where did you see a faster motor mentioned ?

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People mention this lens is soft at 300mm but I always suggest that things need to be put into perspective. 300mm is very long; it's a 600mm full frame field of view. Subject and camera movement is always going tbe a potential impact. In other words, no matter what the quality of the glass, extreme focal lengths like this will be prone to some motion blur.

Anyway, even with the above said, I regularly get results at 300mm that I am very satisfied with. Here's one using the Mark 1 version of the lens, wide open at f/6.7, ISO 200, 1/1000th using a Mark 1 E-M5. This frame only contains an eighth of the uncropped frame area after cropping (1200x1600, or just under 2MP) and is reproduced for Web viewing here at 600x800 pixels.



And this is an in-camera JPEG, not from RAW!

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You have a very good copy there Ian. I agree that it is excellent VFM for what you get. I got mine a few years ago from HDEW.
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