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Old 21st January 2016
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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).
Try this site review for real wild life shooting experience.
http://www.ianflemingphotography.com...00-mm-f4/c1xcj
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Old 21st January 2016
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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

Thanks John, I've been in touch with him on Facebook already. Not the action shots I'm looking for. I'm really after cheetah taking down a gazelle or wild dogs* in hot pursuit of an impala. I'm not asking for much ;-)

I think I'm going to contact Olympus and offer to field test one myself.

*not that you need 600mm for wild dogs where I'm going next month, 100mm can be too long.
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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

I'm only just getting into m43 but coming from DSLR & bird photography background, both these lenses look really interesting. I think the Panny price is more affordable and may offer a better range of options. I've had 300, 400 & 600 primes in the big world and also 100-400 zoom and although the prime IQ is probably better, the flexibility of a good zoom is relevant. Be good to see some comparisons when they're both being used.
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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

For some reason I had got it into my head that the 300mm f4 is an extremely heavy lens. However, it seems that it is not much (or any) heavier than the 50-200 SWD and EC-14 that I am using at the moment. Here are the figures taken from the Olympus UK site:

E-M1 497g
300mm f4 (without tripod mount) 1270g
Combined weight 1767g

E-M1 497g
50-200mm SWD 995g
EC-14 170g
MMF-3 adapter 42g
Combined weight 1704g

So, it seems that the E-M1 and 300mm f4 weighs just 63g more than what I carry at the moment. The MC-14 teleconverter adds an extra 105g.

Intriguingly, when I placed my camera with the 50-200mm, EC-14 and adapter on my kitchen scales tonight they weighed in at 1810g. I don't know if my scales are faulty or if the Olympus specs don't include the weight of the lens hood. Plus I had a strap attached. Anyway, that is the weight which I carry at the moment.

So it seems that I can't use the weight of the 300mm f4 as a reason not to buy one. The cost, however, is a different matter altogether.

Ron
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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

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The cost, however, is a different matter altogether.

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And possibly the size, it may be a bit of a beast.

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Old 25th January 2016
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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

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And possibly the size, it may be a bit of a beast.

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From what I've seen and read, it appears the new 300mm lens is about the same size as the 40-150 Pro with the hood extended.

Not that much of a beast although certainly big for a micro four thirds lens.

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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

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And possibly the size, it may be a bit of a beast.

Paul
You call that a beast? According to the Olympus site, the 300mm f4 is 227mm long and 280mm with the hood extended. It is 92.5mm in diameter.

My 50-200 SWD, with the EC-14 and MMF-3 is 265mm long or 345mm with the lens hood attached (fully zoomed.) The lens hood is 112mm wide. Now that's what you call a lens!

No wonder I always need a lie down when I get back from using it.

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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

The sample images for the Oly 300mm on the Imaging Review site are pure trash !
Robin Wong has his up now http://robinwong.blogspot.com/2016/0...ns-review.html
the best I've seen so far, but they are taken fairly close, in pretty controlled environments.

and also a very good Olympus Visionary
https://franktsmith.wordpress.com/20...he-power-lens/
taken in real world locations... if you open each pic and then click on them a second time you will get enlarged pics
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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

Looks impressive!!
Amazing images.
I wonder how the panny will compare
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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

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Looks impressive!!
Amazing images.
I wonder how the panny will compare
There are some sample images from the Panny in the thread about it, I can't make up my mind whether I've fallen victim to the DSLR desease of "mines better better than yours", but I "think" I can see a difference in quality, though it may be me justifying the extra cost of the Olympus to myself! 😜
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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

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I "think" I can see a difference in quality, though it may be me justifying the extra cost of the Olympus to myself! ��
Go on buy it, you know you want to

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Go on buy it, you know you want to

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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

I'd have to budget for the 1.4 extender as well making the Olympus roughly twice the price of the Panny.
I like the versatility of a zoom lens
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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

I'd love to have this lens, i've waited a long time for it -- but that price! I feel like i'm in mourning since i heard it. Also, the pre-order price here is almost us$1000 more than in the States ($2200 vs. $3140). That 30% disparity is bugging me more than the cost itself.

A 'free' holiday in America perhaps, or a grey import, either way i'll just have to find a way to get this lens as the IQ looks vgood and i simply can't be arsed to jump ship .

With so much premium priced stuff coming from Olympus over the next 12-18(?) months i wonder who's going to be buying it all -- the PenF, 300/f4, EM1ii, and 3x f1.2 primes for starters. Interesting times ahead.
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Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

I'm in the same position. I've waited for a lens like this ever since I bought my G2 several years ago. I had the 45-200, 100-300, and then the 50-200 when I got my E-M1. That was replaced by the 40-150 and MC-14. But I've always wanted a good super-tele. Finally, it arrives and I don't know if I can afford it .

Then, I know the E-M1 II is going to be announced before too long. If it has a 20+mp sensor and properly working C-AF, I'm going to have to have that too. I can't sell the kids really as they've grown up and left home!
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