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Olympus 70-300 lens
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Description: $400 Canadian
Camera - Olympus E-510
Have been using this lens for about 1 year now, it has been a good lens and I am quite satisfied with it.
This type of lens is best suited for use on a tripod, but I have taken some very good pictures with a monopod and even hand held.
At first I found the focusing to be extremely slow, but when I updated the camera firmware for the 150 mm lens I found that performance improved greatly.
When hand held and using auto focus and fully zoomed it can be difficult to focus on a small object or if there is clutter around the subject, like small branches or if the subject is moving.
Manual focus I find is a little slow and does not work well for me, what appears to be a sharp picture in the viewfinder is not what is produced. I think this has something to do with my eyes rather than the camera or lens as auto focus produces sharp pictures, particularly when used on a tripod .
I use this lens more than any other.
Like most zoom lenses this lens is more prone to shake or vibration.
I think for the price it is an excellent lens and it certainly is comparable to the Canon lenses in the same class.
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NoSpringChicken

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Registered: March 2007
Location: East Norfolk
Posts: 26129
Review Date: Fri March 19, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Light weight. Compact size. Good reach and results for a reasonable purchase price.
Cons: At its best in good light. 'Fly by wire' manual focusing is not to everyone's taste.

I have been using this lens for a couple of years, originally with an Olympus E-510 and latterly with an E-30.

I bought it as a walk-about lens and use it exclusively handheld. The in-built image stabilization in the E-510 and E-30 means that it works quite well like this. I am sure that I could get better results by using a tripod, especially at long range, but I don't want to carry one about with me.

I have found results from the lens to be very good indeed, especially considering the reasonable price. It is at its best in good light, where it can produce very sharp images with excellent contrast. The focusing is usually acceptably fast and accurate, especially with the E-30, although if I miss the target, a bird in flight for example, it attempts to focus on infinity and goes through its entire focusing cycle, which is rather slow and noisy. Most users recommend using it stopped down to f/8 if possible for sharpest results. This works well in good light, although it does increase the depth of field, which is not always desirable.

One quirk with the lens is that it incorporates a manual/automatic focusing switch. In the past I have inadvertently caught this and moved it to 'manual' without noticing. I was then unable to understand why the auto focusing on the camera wasn't working. I now know the first thing to check if this happens!

Overall I would sum it up as a well made, light, compact and high performance lens with a very reasonable purchase price. It just requires a little care in use to give its best results.

Ron
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arunp

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Registered: February 2010
Location: Manipal -INDIA
Posts: 232
Review Date: Sat April 17, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: LIght weight, very good results in good ambient light, great value for money
Cons: Indifferent performance in low light; slow focus at times

An excellent carry around lens when hiking.

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Lee Hemen
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Registered: May 2010
Location: Vancouver, WA
Posts: 5
Review Date: Thu May 20, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: price, build, ease of use, glass
Cons: None for the price spent. You want better, spend more.

Absolutely a great lens for the 2/3 system. I use it with a mono-pod all the time. You cannot beat the quality and if you want better range, buy a more expensive lens. I have some excellent shots using this lens, which I have not had time to post to this sight yet, but will try to shortly.
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Tord

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Registered: May 2006
Location: Malmö, Sweden
Posts: 2004
Review Date: Mon August 30, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Cost, size
Cons: Slow to auto-focus

I have used this lens for 1.5 years now with an E-520 body (with built-in Image Stabilizer) and must say I am really satisfied with the performance. It is a "standard quality" lens but the results are good and the lens is capable of delivering sharp images. It is also moderately priced and well suited for taking bird shots so if you have a 4/3 camera and looking for a telezoom I would definitevely recommend.


Im my opinion it performs better than the 40-150 mm standard telezoom that often is included in the Olympus kits. (If you are prepared to accept a slow auto-focus, as several have pointed out. I haven't updated the firmware, though).

Other:
I take (virtually) all my shots hand-held.
Thanks to the 4/3 format the size is really compact for a telephoto lens (80 x 127 mm)
Weight is 600g
The lens has a 58 mm thread which is also a potential cost saver on the filter side
Close range is 1.2 m so the leans also works OK for shooting smaller creatures


Hope this feedback is useful
Tord

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Alison Hipkin
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Registered: April 2012
Location: Kings lynn
Posts: 15
Review Date: Fri April 27, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have used this for 2 years an actually find it difficult to capture a very sharp image! I didn't think about updating firmware, I will try that an see how that goes!
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