Olympus Takes Micro Four Thirds Lens to the Next Level

Judging by the incredibly shocking price tag of $2,499, this is not an ordinary lens.  At least, in the world for Micro Four Thirds format lenses where a typical lens rarely exceeds $1,000.

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 300MM F4.0 IS Pro has been officially announced by Olympus and is now available for pre-order.

With the pre-order route, you won't be getting any discount off of the MSRP, but I'm guessing it will take at least a several months before you see any sales on this professional grade lens.

Initial reports and hand-on test results are very positive.

There are some sample images available now for your viewing:

PC Magazine - Hands On: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f4.0 IS PRO Lens
The Next Web - Olympus’ 300mm F4 lens has ridiculously good stabilization

The Olympus 300MM F4.0 is compatible with Olympus MC-14 1.4X Teleconverter for the M40-150mm PRO Lens which which can extend the reach even further by a factor of 140%.

Full Specification:

  • Focal Length 300mm
  • 35mm Equivalent Focal Length 600mm
  • Lens Construction 17 Elements in 10 Groups (3 Super ED lenses, 3 HR lenses,1 E-HR lens)
  • Dust & Splashproof Yes
  • Focusing System High-speed Imager AF (MSC) 
  • Angle of View 4.1 Degree
  • Closest Focusing Distance 1.4m
  • Maximum Image Magnification 0.24x (With the MC-14: 0.34x)
  • 35mm Equivalent Max. Image Magnification     0.48x(With the MC-14: 0.67x)
  • Minimum Field Size  72.1 × 54.2 mm (With the MC-14:  50.9 × 38.2 mm )
  • Number of Blades 9 (Circular Aperture Diaphragm)
  • Maximum Aperture f4
  • Minimum Aperture f22
  • Filter Size Diameter 77mm
  • Dimensions With hood extended: 280mm; 
  • With hood retracted: 227mm
  • Weight 1270g without the tripod collar; 1475g with the tripod collar
  • Box Contents Lens Cap (LC-77B), Lens Rear Cap (LR-2), Decoration Ring (DR-79) Instruction Manual, Olympus Local Warranty Card, LensCase (LSC-1127)
  • Optional Accessories (Option) PRF-ZD77 PRO
Olympus Takes Micro Four Thirds Lens to the Next Level Reviewed by Brandon on 1/10/2016 Rating: 5

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