Olympus 75-300mm II Lens a revelation!

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Olympus 75-300mm II Lens a revelation!
Mar 29, 2013

Hi: I've been using a 50-200 on my OM D with the usual results - crisp images but slow, drive you crazy, focusing. Then it quit so I needed a quick replacement. Ordered and received a 75-300 II version within a couple of days. I'm astounded at how good it is and spent a while comparing images from the two lenses. There were times when the 75-300 was better 'cos it focused faster on moving birds. Contrast seems to be a bit better so maybe the new coatings do something - although I wouldn't absolutely swear to this yet. Now, the 75-300 is not a better lens but in most images I'm not seeing great differences.

Many people diss this lens because it is slow but for bird work I usually set the aperture at f8 anyway to get some depth of field. With the very good stabilization in the OM D I find I can get away with lower shutter speeds anyway.

Also when you look at reviews and lens resolution the Olympus looks slightly better overall than the Panasonic. Panasonic is better in the center but falls at the edges. But if you look at the cameras used for testing the playing field isn't level. So the Olympus is probably better than the reviews suggest.

http://www.ephotozine.com/article/panasonic-lumix-g-vario-100-300mm-f-4-0-5-6-zoom-lens-review-17763

http://www.ephotozine.com/article/olympus-m-zuiko-ed-75-300mm-f-4-8-6-7-lens-review-18990

The bottom line, the Olympus 75-300 II is now cheap at $550 and cheerful. Well there is the extra $20 for a lens hood. When will they learn?

Donald

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