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Old 23rd August 2017
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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

A couple of recent examples of work with the E-M1 MkII, MC-14 teleconverter and mZuiko 300mm Pro
An USNavy Seahawk from aircraft carrier CVN-77 USS George W Bush and a Royal Navy Wildcat on Exercise in the north of England

ISO 200: 1/250 sec: f/13


ISO 250: 1/320 sec: f/6.3

I've still got lots of learning but the camera & lens combo has been almost my standard kit of late. The reliability of the AF in aquisition and hold is generally good but I tend to work in fairly challenging conditions, so all in all I'm really pleased with the combo.
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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

Those shots are amazing, Chris ! I love aircraft but regardless of that, what a compliment to both photographer and Olympus gear.


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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

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Those shots are amazing, Chris ! I love aircraft but regardless of that, what a compliment to both photographer and Olympus gear.


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Cheers, that said, the helicopters flew so close overhead that I probably could have used every Pro lens going! But ... the 300mm (& teleconverter) gets the distant to medium range shots and that's the key importance for me, as this type of close shot is a relative rarity! I'm sometimes shooting aircraft up to 4 miles away such as this photo of a recent RAF A400M taken unfortunately in heavy drizzle (so not a good quality image but amazing catch that couldn't have been caught with any other MZuiko lens perhaps)

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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

Another obvious advantage of the mZuiko 300mm Pro is wildlife, which is a whole new field for me, so I'm loving the challenges!

Kestrel photobombed by a Swallow

ISO 800: 1/1000: f/5.6: MC-14

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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

That Kestrel shot is a bit special Chris. A remarkable sight.

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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

One from a few days ago he landed in the garden.
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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.

There are people much more expert than me on here, but here's at least a first go at responding.

The notion of "Macro" is about the ability to have tiny things filling the frame. It is therefore dependent on two factors: the focal length and the ability to focus at something close. A 70 mm lens which can focus no closer than one metre has equivalent macro capability as a 140mm lens which can focus only down to 2 metres.

The Oly 300mm f/4.0 has a minimum focus distance of 1.4metres (from sensor to image) which - when combined with its long focal length, gives it quiet a high macro capability, though not as high as purpose-built macro lenses.

One benefit of long focal lengths for macro work is that the lens can be further fro the subject, which can hep when photographing insects which might be frightened away by a camera just a few centimetres away.
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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

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There are people much more expert than me on here, but here's at least a first go at responding.

The notion of "Macro" is about the ability to have tiny things filling the frame. It is therefore dependent on two factors: the focal length and the ability to focus at something close. A 70 mm lens which can focus no closer than one metre has equivalent macro capability as a 140mm lens which can focus only down to 2 metres.

The Oly 300mm f/4.0 has a minimum focus distance of 1.4metres (from sensor to image) which - when combined with its long focal length, gives it quiet a high macro capability, though not as high as purpose-built macro lenses.

One benefit of long focal lengths for macro work is that the lens can be further fro the subject, which can hep when photographing insects which might be frightened away by a camera just a few centimetres away.
Maybe this shot helps in the explanation? Not quite macro but close focus....

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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

This quote from image resource explains a bit more, seems like a marketing comparison for the big boys!

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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.
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Maybe this shot helps in the explanation? Not quite macro but close focus....



(Photo of insect)
That's breathtakingly gorgeous. Do you mind my asking - was it in natural light? What lens and aperture? Did you use focus stacking of some kind?
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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

300mm + mc-14 about 2 metres away.

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That's breathtakingly gorgeous. Do you mind my asking - was it in natural light? What lens and aperture? Did you use focus stacking of some kind?
Natural daylight. F7.1, 1/1000s ISO 1000

No stacking or anything else.
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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

I knew I shouldnt have read this thread.... just pulled the trigger on a 300mm f4 pro.
May well be selling my PL 100-400 if the 300mm performs as described.
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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

Lens just arrived from London Camera Exchange. Mint condition. However when mounted on my EM1ii there seems to be a low level humming noise from the lens? Does anyone else have this?
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Lens just arrived from London Camera Exchange. Mint condition. However when mounted on my EM1ii there seems to be a low level humming noise from the lens? Does anyone else have this?
Could it be the OIS you can hear (like so many were concerned with the noise from the E-M5 when first introduced)?
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