Sample Gallery: Olympus M.Zuiko ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO

Hands-on with what Olympus claims to be its sharpest lens ever.

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At last month's CES in Las Vegas, Olympus announced what it claims to be "the sharpest lens in the history of Olympus"—the all-new M.Zuiko ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO (MSRP $2,499.99).

A 300mm (600mm equivalent) prime that's only 8.9 inches long and weighs only 2.8 pounds (without its tripod adapter) is a dream come true for sports and wildlife photographers–especially for those coming from heavy full-frame Nikon and Canon versions, which each are over 17 inches long and 11 pounds.

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We received a copy of the CES Editors' Choice award–winning lens a few days after we returned from Vegas, so of course I instantly strapped it to the OM-D E-M1 loaner we had in-house. Here's what I saw on the frigid streets of Boston.

Hands-On

With the M.Zuiko ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO, Olympus has done a great job making sure that smaller doesn't mean cheaper. Upon picking this lens up, you can immediately tell that it's incredibly well-made, with a fully metal body and an incredibly dense feel. The weather sealing provides a crucial added benefit that both wildlife and sports shooters will appreciate.

Olympus M.Zuiko ED 300mm f/4 IS Pro In Use
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The small size of the Olympus M.Zuiko ED 300mm f/4 IS Pro allows for users to shoot angles unlike the bulkier 600mm lenses on the market. View Larger


The focus ring–which features Olympus's signature clutch that slides back and forth to switch between auto- and manual focus–has good tactility and glides effortlessly when focusing manually. The controls for image stabilization and focusing distances are snug, so you won't accidentally move them, but can be switched easily with your thumb while shooting.

Overall it's much more like shooting with a 70-200mm full-frame lens than some 600mm f/4 full-frame monstrosity.

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Sample Photos

The following sample photos were all taken on either the new Olympus PEN-F or the Olympus OM-D E-M1, without using a tripod or monopod for support.

Olympus 300mm Sample 13
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EXIF: E-M1, 600mm, 1/320 sec, f/4, ISO 250 View Larger
Olympus 300mm Sample 4
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EXIF: E-M1, 600mm, 1/500 sec, f/4, ISO 200 View Larger
Olympus 300mm Sample 12
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EXIF: E-M1, 600mm, 1/2000 sec, f/4, ISO 200 View Larger
Olympus 300mm Sample 10
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EXIF: E-M1, 600mm, 1/1000 sec, f/4, ISO 200 View Larger
Olympus 300mm PEN-F Sample 8
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EXIF: PEN-F, 600mm, 1/320 sec, f/4, ISO 640 View Larger
Olympus 300mm Pen-F Sample 2
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EXIF: PEN-F, 600mm, 1/500 sec, f/4, ISO 200 View Larger
Olympus 300mm Sample 6
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EXIF: E-M1, 600mm, 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1600 View Larger
Olympus 300mm Pen-F Sample 1
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EXIF: PEN-F, 600mm, 1/320 sec, f/4, ISO 640 View Larger
Olympus 300mm Sample 11
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EXIF: E-M1, 600mm, 1/320 sec, f/4, ISO 1000 View Larger
Olympus 300mm PEN-F Sample 7
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EXIF: PEN-F, 600mm, 1/320 sec, f/4, ISO 800 View Larger
Olympus 300mm PEN-F Sample 9
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EXIF: PEN-F, 600mm, 1/250 sec, f/4, ISO 1600 View Larger
Olympus 300mm Sample 5
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EXIF: E-M1, 600mm, 1/60 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 View Larger
Olympus 300mm Pen-F Sample 4
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EXIF: PEN-F, 600mm, 1/320 sec, f/4, ISO 800 View Larger
Olympus 300mm Pen-F Sample 5
Credit: Reviewed.com / Kyle Looney
EXIF: PEN-F, 600mm, 1/320 sec, f/4, ISO 500 View Larger

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