Olympus Lens Shootout, Consumer Zoom vs Professional Prime: The Olympus 75-300mm ƒ4.8-6.7 II takes o

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Olympus Lens Shootout, Consumer Zoom vs Professional Prime: The Olympus 75-300mm ƒ4.8-6.7 II takes o
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When I started experimenting with Olympus cameras in 2014 the first telephoto lens I purchased was the Olympus MZ 75-300mm ƒ4.8-6.7 II (75-300). I only used it for a few months before deciding to dive a little deeper into Olympus and picked up a better telephoto lens. That was the beginning of the end as I slowly made a full switch to Olympus from Canon. Since putting the 75-300 to the side 7 years ago I have only used it once, when doing this Olympus 300mm Lens Comparison. I do recommend taking a look at that comparison as well, has a lot of useful information.

Since doing the above comparison I have moved to Alaska and found a very cooperative Red Fox (Vulpes Vulpes) living along a local cycling/walking path. Over the course of a few months I had captured a large number of amazing images of her using my professional level lenses. While photographing Gorgeous (my nickname for her) one day I was thinking about photographing her with my 75-300 just to see how well it would perform but hadn’t gotten around to yet. Since today was a clear sunny day I decided it was time to try and put the 75-300 on one of my Olympus OMD EM1’s (EM1) and threw it into the my pack. My normal wildlife photography setup is the Olympus MZ 300mm ƒ4.0 IS Pro (300/4) and Olympus ZD 150mm ƒ2.0 (150/2), which I personally believe is the best two lens combination I have ever used. Since I was bringing the 75-300 the decision was made to leave one of the other two lenses at home. The idea of doing a lens comparison never entered my mind because she never sits still very long. This makes taking photos with two different lenses from the same spot/distance almost impossible, which is a key component of how I do my comparisons. My initial thought was bring the 150/2 since I would have 300mm of reach if needed from the 75-300. At the last minute I swapped the 150/2 for the 300/4, honestly don’t remember what prompted me to make that switch but glad I did.

You can finish the article and find out the results here. You just may be surprised how well the lowly 75-300 compares to the 300/4.

Phocal

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Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 150mm 1:2.0 Olympus M.Zuiko 300mm F4 IS Pro Olympus OM-D E-M5 Olympus E-M1 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm 1:2.8 Pancake +6 more
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