Monday, February 20, 2017

Digital Moments, Zuiko OM 300mm F4.5

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Olympus Pen E-P5, Olympus OM Zuiko 300mm F4.5

Digital Moments, Zuiko OM 300mm F4.5

'Five frames with the manual focus Olympus Zuiko OM 300mm F4.5 telephoto mounted on the Olympus E-P5'

Took the Olympus  Olympus Zuiko OM 300mm f/4.5 lens out of the dry-box and mounted it on the Olympus Pen E-P5 with the OM Adapter MF-2, just to see how it feels and handles, and what will it takes to lug it around on a shoot or assignment.

On the Olympus E-P5, the lens will be equivalent to an f/9 600mm super-telephoto lens. Lined the combo up on the front porch, and grabbed a few test shots, wide-open, of my immediate environment.

Olympus E-P5, Olympus OM Zuiko 300mm F4.5
Olympus E-P5, Olympus OM Zuiko 300mm F4.5
The combo looks and feels great, fits the E-P5 rather well, and for a lens that is light on the budget (comparatively), and super sharp even at wide open, the 300mm F4.5 is the one to look at if you are into wildlife or mountain photography. On the E-P5 the lens is still handholdable though it normally comes with its own tripod collar which allows for a free rotation for both horizontal or vertical shots.

With a build quality that is simply outstanding, the lens also features a built-in retractable lens hood and comes with a large filter attachment that accepts threaded 72mm filters. Images as you can see here, are tack sharp all round with little or no diffraction, and good contrast and saturation with the colors. The lens can also be used with the Teleconverter 1.4X-A.


The test images here were shot in *.orf RAW, uploaded to Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) for post-processing, and went through my normal workflow routine of edits with Brightness & Control, Gamma, and Unsharp Mask. Except for the use of Pop Art art filter effect in RAW Development Mode on the square formatted shots, no other development mode features were used.


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