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Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO

Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO Overview

New in spring of 2016, the Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO delivers a super-telephoto field of view that is eminently usable handheld due to outstanding image stabilization (in-body IS plus optical image stabilization). As compared to a full-frame camera, the Olympus 300mm f/4 is equivalent to a ~600mm in its field of view and f/8 in terms of its depth of field.

Field shooting the Olympus 300mm f/4 is highly enjoyable on the Olympus E-M1. While most of my test shooting used a tripod due to low light levels near dusk and dawn, in brighter daylight it can be shot handheld with ease. The main difficulty comes in finding the subject—that is, its 4.1° field of view spans a very narrow angle. Even very slight movements of the subject or the camera perturb the framing of the subject, again due to field of view. But that is the case with all super-teles, except that the Olympus 300/4 is relatively small and light and thus far easier to manage in a physical sense—it’s not a ponderous “big gun”. So the ease and enjoyment of using it trounces 600mm lenses for full-frame sensors. And it can fit in carry-on luggage without difficulty, a key consideration for travelers.

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