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Old Nov 29, 2017, 9:22 PM   #1
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Default The Massive Olympus 300mm f4 M. Zuiko

Took delivery today. Wow....

Incredible optic. Can't wait to get out with it this weekend, but for now...

Here it is, next to the 40-150mm..



With the 40-150's hood extended, they're close to the same height, but that doesn't really tell the story, as the 300mm f4 is quite thick across the entire length of the body, unlike the slender rear-half of the 40-150/2.8..



The entire outfit, next to the Peak Design 20L bag where it fits, nice and neatly..



The outfit in the bag, viewed on one side of the bag..



and the other side of the bag...



And just to give you an idea of the capture difference between 150mm and 300mm, here's the moon tonight, captured at the 150mm end of the 40-150mm f2.8, full sensor image..



Then the 150mm end of the 40-150, with the 1.4x TC added..



Here's the 300mm image from the 300mm f4..



and the 300mm f4, with the 1.4x TC added..


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Old Nov 30, 2017, 12:12 AM   #2
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Well done Greg very nice, look forward to seeing some more photos from this beast.
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Hi Greg,
Congrats and thanks for posting the comparative sizes of the 300mm +
the 40-150mm against the size of the OM-D em1-MKII.

What surprises me is the size of the 40-150mm PRO as I thought it was significantly smaller.

Looking forward to your posting a few daytime results.

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Hi guys.

Zig, the 40-150mm f2.8, weight-wise, is actually quite reasonable and a downright lightweight compared to the 300mm f4. My recollection of the 50-200mm f2-8-3.5 SWD is, it is heavier than the 40-150/f2.8.

4 feet or so at a 600mm equivalent, that's the closest focus with the 300mm f4. I see lots of uses for this lens at the Arboretum with blooms deeper in beds that were previously not reachable by me with available optics. Even more so with the 1.4x TC attached.

Using the 12-40mm f2.8 after having the 12-100mm f4 mounted on the E-M1 Mark II for a while, the 12-40 "feels" tiny.

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Wow, this lens is heavier and almost the same size of the Nikon 300mm f4 ED.

Congratulations and I can't wait to see the pictures.

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The "real" test is this weekend. I am off Friday, Monday and Tuesday and plan to use it ALOT. Last weekend I did some Fall color shooting and ran into these guys in a bit of a standoff with one another where I tried the 300 and was pretty darn impressed when viewing the image detail at 100%..



I re-configured the Peak bag and now have the 300mm on the side, pointing up towards the top of the bag and have the three "main" lenses (12-40, 7-14 and 40-150 f2.8's) all on one side, which makes more sense as they will be used more, most of the time, but I plan to keep totting the 300 around as the bag is a very comfortable carry with it all on-board. You just never know what opportunities may arise, and once you've paid for a lens at this price.....you kind-a want to use it, LOL...

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............it will be cold at White Rock this weekend & maybe a bit wet
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May indeed be testing some of those other advertized qualities of the system, LOL.
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