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An amazing value for the money
on 15 July 2008
I bought this lens after seeing some example photos. When I received it I wanted to return it. Some distant motifs across 1 km lake where not as sharp as I had expected. But then i tried it on a soccer match. The images where razor sharp. It is also a marvel to use in close up photography - razor sharp whith crystal clear details and wonderfully unsharp background. This is also the case in portrait photography.
I have 11-22mm, 14-42, 40-150 and this one really opened a door to a new world in photography wide open for me. But bear in mind two things: Firstly, long distance photography means light penetration though large masses of air with humidity, dust and temperaturedifference-related distorsions in the air.
A long lens is not at all easy to master.
Second, the focus engine has a lot of work to do due to the long movements necessary to go from oo to close up. So the lens is not so quick as the 11-22.
Another aspect is that the bokeh makes the difficult for the focus sensor to decide which way to adjust when the lens is very much out of focus. This is easily avoided by a litte help of manual prefocusing. If it should hunt. a quick release and repeated press on the release button fixes this. Used in this way the lens is quick and dead on.
The lens is also very compact and well built.
Sigma makes an identical lens (the ED-version!) to a much lower price. But try it before buying it.
The Zuiko 70-300mm is a great lens even without considering its price.