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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

When and where are you two meeting up to compare lenses and how much are the tickets?
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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

Not sure if it's a typo or not, but when you check the spec of the 300mm lens on the Wex website, it says the 1.4 teleconverter and a protection filter is included in the price!!
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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

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Not sure if it's a typo or not, but when you check the spec of the 300mm lens on the Wex website, it says the 1.4 teleconverter and a protection filter is included in the price!!
Good spot! Maybe that's why the UK price seems a bit high compared to Europe and US? Or just a typo?
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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

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Not sure if it's a typo or not, but when you check the spec of the 300mm lens on the Wex website, it says the 1.4 teleconverter and a protection filter is included in the price!!
I think that's a typo as the specs on the Olympus page show the TC and filter as optional purchases.

I think it could be expensive for Wex though if people order based on that web page.

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I think that's a typo as the specs on the Olympus page show the TC and filter as optional purchases.

I think it could be expensive for Wex though if people order based on that web page.

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No doubt they'll claim the price is subject to omissions and errors if they aren't able to honour the webpage!
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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

Maybe time to ask SRS to match it?
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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

I see WEX have removed the reference to the accessories altogether now. It was obviously an error. However they quote the focal length as 600mm! They also say the Panny 100-400 is 400 wide and 100 tele with 0 aperture blades.

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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

Now I've read the SLR Gear review, there's some interesting stuff in there, such as:

"... All said and done, the Olympus 300mm ƒ/4 Pro is fantastically sharp.

As with the earlier Olympus 40-150mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens, the new 300mm is compatible with the Olympus MC-1.4x teleconverter. Though you lose a stop, the sharpness of the lens at its new ƒ/5.6 maximum aperture is still impressive. We see about a 1-blur-unit drop in overall sharpness, but images are still very crisp. Sharpness still remains even across the frame as well, and, again, minor diffraction-related softness being observed mostly around ƒ/16-ƒ/22.

Be careful with shutter shock!
For critical sharpness, reducing vibrations is a key element. For DSLRs, one of the main tips is to use mirror lock-up when available to reduce or eliminate the vibration caused by the mirror slap prior to exposure. For a mirrorless camera, which is, well, mirrorless, the shutter is open most of the time. The first curtain must close first before re-opening in order to make the exposure. This can induce subtle, yet noticeable vibrations that result in blurry images.

When testing the Olympus 300mm ƒ/4 Pro, initially using our Panasonic GX1 test camera, we observed noticeable image blurring on some of our VFA test chart images, despite using a massive Cambo studio tripod and long 10-sec self-timer. We then swapped over to an Olympus E-M1 with v4.0 firmware. In this latest software update, in addition to the previously introduced "anti-shock" shooting mode, it also offers a full "silent" mode that uses only an electronic shutter -- thus being completely vibration-free.

We tested all three primary shooting modes with the E-M1 (single-shot, anti-shock and silent modes), and found the Silent mode did indeed provide the sharpest images with the Olympus 300mm. Testing this again handheld with I.S. enabled, we also found similar results, with Silent mode producing better images when using a slower shutter speeds (1/125s for our handheld tests, for example)."

[I don;t think that has been posted here before, but apologies if it has]
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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

This site has a review of the lens with some raw files which can be downloaded if you are brave enough. The deer looks extremely good.

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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

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This site has a review of the lens with some raw files which can be downloaded if you are brave enough. The deer looks extremely good.

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Yes, there are some excellent examples on that site. I have processed some of the images with the MC-14 and they are very, very good. Especially considering that the lighting was quite poor. The image stabiliser is amazing.
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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

Regarding the shutter shock issue, I wondering if that is only a problem when using relatively low shutters speeds (1/125>), the reviews don't really clarify this. If so then it's not such an important issue as most of the time the lens would be used with higher shutter speeds to reduce motion blur.

Having said that, looking at the photos taken in the link Olybirder posted the images look tack sharp and most of these were at low shutter speeds, so it sort of makes me wonder what all the shutter shock fuss is about?

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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

I'm not sure Paul, but I think it only applies at a range of medium shutter speeds. At high speeds the exposure is short enough that the effect doesn't show, at slow speeds there is enough exposure that is not affected so it is masked. From memory most cases that I have heard people talk about have been in the 1/100 to 1/200 range.

It would be interesting to hear from anyone who has definitely seen the effect, and even better if anyone as done some tests to isolate when it happens.

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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

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Regarding the shutter shock issue, I wondering if that is only a problem when using relatively low shutters speeds (1/125>), the reviews don't really clarify this. If so then it's not such an important issue as most of the time the lens would be used with higher shutter speeds to reduce motion blur.

Having said that, looking at the photos taken in the link Olybirder posted the images look tack sharp and most of these were at low shutter speeds, so it sort of makes me wonder what all the shutter shock fuss is about?

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Over at Pen and Tell the guy reckons that the shutter shock only happens on the tripod - I think (translation is a bit dodgy). He has done 4 articles on the 300 f/4 now. Worth a read.
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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

Has anyone seen any good in the field wildlife action shots using the new 300mm F4 Pro. I've seen a lot of static images that show off it's sharpness but I would really like to see how this lens fairs with moving subjects (and something other than birds in flight).
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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

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Has anyone seen any good in the field wildlife action shots using the new 300mm F4 Pro. I've seen a lot of static images that show off it's sharpness but I would really like to see how this lens fairs with moving subjects (and something other than birds in flight).
Mirrorlessons did a video test - it's also on their website.

https://youtu.be/mW_q3AeGo_c
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