Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO lens specs leaked

In addition to the leaked Panasonic cameras and lens, here is some additional information on the upcoming Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO lens also courtesy of the German magazine ColorFoto:


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  • FroBro

    just thinking about all the wildlife fotogs who are screaming for a Nikon d400. if they want the extra reach maybe they should be looking at a m43 with lenses like this………


    • Marco –

      If only nx1 had a longer lens. Nx1 is already the d400.

    • Adam

      Nikon already has a 1.3 crop mode that makes it a M43 camera and already has a 300mm lens… Happy Oly finally has one of these, but why would anyone need to change to get what they already have?

  • 2,600 f*ckin’ Euros! At direct exchange, that’s AU$3,880. Add on the ‘Australia tax’ and we’re probably looking at AU$4,300 or so. For a 300mm f4 lens. Which other manufacturers can price at around AU$1500.


    • Martin Kozák

      European price is very probably with tax included, so you need to subtract tax (around 20 %) first.

      • We pay ~ 5% import duties, then an additional 10% GST at the point of retail. Even factoring in your 20% tax I still think this will retail for around AU$3500. Even if this lens is outstanding I don’t think it will be measurably more than twice as good as the Nikon and Canon equivalents.

        • Spy Black

          …but it fits right on to a 4/3rds body with full AF and stabilization. That’s what you’re paying for. It will also be a more compact optic, and it’s pretty safe to say it will be a very sharp one at that.

          • I’ve no doubt it will perform very well. I might even be (pleasantly) surprised by the actual retail price. But it’s got me looking at adapted alternatives (yes, all of which involve some compromises, particularly wrt AF) for considerably less money and performance that meets my needs.

          • Spy Black

            Real-world price may be different, you will have to wait and see.

            It would be a riot to put it on a Panasonic GM5…

    • longzoom

      I just tried Nikon 200-500. Tried only. Beautiful lens on my 810. Big & heavy. But for 50% less, and doesn’t need to jump the … system, does it?

      • I could mount the 200-500 on my D700, but I haven’t used my DSLRs since I went m43. If Kipon or Metabones made a ‘smart’ adaptor that worked with Nikon lenses, then I’d buy the 200-500.

        • longzoom

          Wise move…

  • MonkeySpanner

    Loved the idea of this lens until I saw the price.

    • Adam

      This is for 4/3 format, so this is more akin to a 600mm lens for 135 format or 400mm on APS-C format. In this regard the comparison is favorable.

      • MonkeySpanner

        I think the d7200 has a 1.3 crop mode. So the nikon lens could be a 600mm, a 450ish mm or, stick it on a ff body and it could be a true 300mm.

        • Adam

          Indeed, Nikon’s extra-crop mode pretty much gives it a near m43 result.

          Not sure if Metabones has an adapter for F to m43, but there is one for EF to m43 for $400 that could be paired with the $1300 300 mm f/4 L IS USM (in fact the total lens-adapter kit is even 100 g lighter than the native Oly).

          • Metabones only have ‘dumb’ adaptors for F-to-m43. No contact with the lens not only means no AF, but no AI, no EXIF and no focus-peaking.

            On the other hand, I’m hearing good reports about their AF-capable adaptors for EF-to-m43. Some folk who have used the Canon 100-400 f4.5-5.6 I IS are getting good results IQ-wise, albeit with AF that only works in S-AF mode.

  • FountainHead

    Simply too expensive.

  • Hardcore_Fanboy

    I love that m43 users scream something like this: “but it is like 600mm f4 on m43 and real 600 f4 cost even more – so this is bargain”. , guess what this is a 300mm f4 – it is as normal as other 300mm f4’s it is just limited to m43 mount. if you are m43 user and want wild life in low f4 – take those 2600 euros (or $) buy a brand new Nikon DX, put it in 1.3 crop mode, buy a brand new 300mm f4 IS, that combo will give you 600mm f4 eqivalent and will be more compact, less weight and be even cheaper than this Olympus lens + your existing m43 camera.

    • HD10

      Better yet, if you use a Nikon DX, shoot it uncropped and have more options. You will however be currently hard pressed to find a Nikon DX that can shoot at 10fps or faster.

      • Hardcore_Fanboy

        exactly, but I did not want to give some fanboi chance to say and think something like this: “…but m43 has rougly 2.0 crop factor so my 300mm on that will be 600mm, but on your DX has only 1.5 it will be only 450mm – so I WIN muhahaha”,
        and pixel densities (witch are most important in this kind of options) comparing existing Nikon DX (or cannon crop) and M43 are the same

  • Joseph Ferrari

    Wow, my Canon FD 300mm f4 weighs 1124 g—I guess the AF mechanism takes a toll on overall weight.

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