Olympus M.ZUIKO ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7

Olympus M.ZUIKO ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 Handling and Features

Weighing only 430g, this lens is extremely light weight when you consider the range it offers. The lens barrel is constructed from decent quality plastics and the lens mount is made of metal. Although there is nothing wrong with the build, the wide zoom ring feels loose and suffers from zoom creep and it doesn't really feel like a lens costing over £600. The lens can be quite tricky to use on smaller Micro Four Thirds bodies, like the Panasonic Lumix GF3 used for testing, but should balance well on Micro Four Thirds bodies with a more substantial finger grip.

As focusing is performed internally the 58mm filter thread does not rotate during use, making this lens ideal for use with graduated and polarising filters. Focus speeds are reasonably quick in good light and the manual focus ring offers a decent amount of resistance, which makes applying fine adjustments fairly straightforward. The lens has a silent focusing motor and is labelled as one of Olympus' MSC lenses, suitable for movies and stills.

The minimum focus distance of 90cm allows frame-filling close-up images to be taken with ease. Unfortunately, the modest maximum aperture requires some kind of support to be used with this lens, unless the lighting conditions are very bright, or your camera has a good built in stabilisation system.

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