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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

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Personally, I think it's all probably a classic example of this....
It's been a long while since my equipment got that sort of reaction from a young lady!
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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

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I am not sure if this review has already been posted here (apologies if it has) but they are extremely impressed with the 300mm f4.

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It is very interesting to compare the still life images taken with the E-M1 + 300mm f/4 in this review with other lenses from other systems.

Scroll down to the bottom of the review and then click on the still life image. Select the 300mm at f/4 and then view the image at 100%. The olive oil bottle and the circular slide rule are useful areas.

Then do the same with your favourite Canon/Nikon super-zoom. Some of these are a bit old but, for example, the Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM is a 2014 review on a 21mp camera. Compare as you see fit.

I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say that the new 300mm on the E-M1 "blows the competition away"!

I wasn't expecting that...
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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

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So having just had the email from Olympus about this lens, that starts off "With the new telemacro lens from Olympus...."

I'm being a bit thick, I know, but how can a 600mm equiv lens possibly be a 'macro' anything? Surely this is one whose whole purpose is being far away from your subject and bringing it (a lot) closer? Or what am I not understanding about the terminology? The email certainly doesn't make it clear what they mean.
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I am not sure if this review has already been posted here (apologies if it has) but they are extremely impressed with the 300mm f4.

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In the review there is a section called Macro and it goes on to say:

Though the Olympus 300mm /4 Pro is not designed for true macro photography, it has an impressively close minimum focusing distance. In fact, the Olympus 300mm's 1.4m minimum focus distance (approximately 1.15m from the front of the lens) far exceeds the image magnification and close-focusing capabilities of its 600mm DSLR competitors. With a 0.48x magnification factor, the Olympus 300mm is quite good at macro-style close-up photographer -- "telemacro photography," as Olympus puts it -- which far outweighs the 0.14x-0.15x magnification factor of other 600mm lenses, such as the Canon and Nikon 600mm telephoto lenses.

Adding the 1.4x teleconverter, you can further enhance the macro shooting capabilities, boosting the magnification ratio to 0.67x without affecting the close-focusing distance.


I've seen some excellent macro-type shots from the Panasonic 100-300mm lens so it is certainly another string to this lens' bow, so to speak.
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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

There's another typically thoughtful review on the Mirrorlessons website now - at http://www.mirrorlessons.com/2016/01...f4-pro-review/

Perhaps the price will drop after a few months/years but at present I think it is still a lens too far for my marriage!

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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

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I think it is still a lens too far for my marriage!

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Same here. I'll make do with the Panasonic Vario's 300mm end and f5.6. It is not all that bad actually.
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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

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There's another typically thoughtful review on the Mirrorlessons website now - at http://www.mirrorlessons.com/2016/01...f4-pro-review/
I have looked at the Mirrorlessons review again and noticed something which I hadn't spotted before. It seems to me that several of the still photos in the review (the ones taken with the GX8) appear to be single frames extracted from the video demonstration in the review. I could be wrong and it doesn't matter but I am surprised that he doesn't mention it or perhaps he does and I missed it.

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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

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The answer lies within the review linked to below:



In the review there is a section called Macro and it goes on to say:

Though the Olympus 300mm /4 Pro is not designed for true macro photography, it has an impressively close minimum focusing distance. In fact, the Olympus 300mm's 1.4m minimum focus distance (approximately 1.15m from the front of the lens) far exceeds the image magnification and close-focusing capabilities of its 600mm DSLR competitors. With a 0.48x magnification factor, the Olympus 300mm is quite good at macro-style close-up photographer -- "telemacro photography," as Olympus puts it -- which far outweighs the 0.14x-0.15x magnification factor of other 600mm lenses, such as the Canon and Nikon 600mm telephoto lenses.

Adding the 1.4x teleconverter, you can further enhance the macro shooting capabilities, boosting the magnification ratio to 0.67x without affecting the close-focusing distance.


I've seen some excellent macro-type shots from the Panasonic 100-300mm lens so it is certainly another string to this lens' bow, so to speak.
Hmm. I still think they're stretching the term, but OK, fair enough. Thanks.
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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

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Same here. I'll make do with the Panasonic Vario's 300mm end and f5.6. It is not all that bad actually.
Yeah, I've got that one too, and am wondering if the new 100-400 will not only give an improved performance but be significantly cheaper that the Olympus 300mm f4. They're both a fair bit bigger and heavier though

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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

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They're both a fair bit bigger and heavier though

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But that'll make them more practical for wildlife photography (for instance, if the tiger you're photographing suddenly attacked you, a big, heavy lens would be a better weapon to defend yourself with )
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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

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Yeah, I've got that one too, and am wondering if the new 100-400 will not only give an improved performance but be significantly cheaper that the Olympus 300mm f4. They're both a fair bit bigger and heavier though Chris
I have pre-ordered my PanaLeica DG 100-400, so now for the waiting game!
If it does everything that it says on the tin, then I shall be well pleased!
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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

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There's another typically thoughtful review on the Mirrorlessons website now - at http://www.mirrorlessons.com/2016/01...f4-pro-review/

Perhaps the price will drop after a few months/years but at present I think it is still a lens too far for my marriage!

Chris
That would be my case too.
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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

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I have pre-ordered my PanaLeica DG 100-400, so now for the waiting game!
If it does everything that it says on the tin, then I shall be well pleased!
Dave, I have pre-ordered the Olympus 300mm F4. Although it is somewhat bigger and heavier than I i would like, I found after looking at my use of the 75-300mm nearly all my shots were taken at 300mm so I would probably not miss the versatility of a zoom. What really clinched it was finding that the dual IS facility is manufacturer specific and I have a fair investment in the Olympus system. I already have the 1.4 extender so I persuaded myself that I could stretch to the extra cost. I hope that it is as good a lens as the reviews so far suggest.

When the new lenses eventually turn up it will be interesting to compare notes.

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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

Wow, one of each ordered by members now. Has anybody else bitten the bullet yet? It will be interesting to see and compare the results from the two lenses.

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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

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Dave, I have pre-ordered the Olympus 300mm F4. Although it is somewhat bigger and heavier than I i would like, I found after looking at my use of the 75-300mm nearly all my shots were taken at 300mm so I would probably not miss the versatility of a zoom. What really clinched it was finding that the dual IS facility is manufacturer specific and I have a fair investment in the Olympus system. I already have the 1.4 extender so I persuaded myself that I could stretch to the extra cost. I hope that it is as good a lens as the reviews so far suggest.

When the new lenses eventually turn up it will be interesting to compare notes.

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