Dual IS - optical IS synchronising with sensor-based IS to give unprecedented 5-6EV effectiveness
Video shot with the 300mm plus MC14 to show how amazing the IS is at 840mm field of view!
The Olympus 300mm f/4 compared to the Canon and Nikon 300mm f/2.8 - far smaller but it is 1 stop smaller but the field of view is actually 600mm.
That's one reason why Micro Four Thirds is far more fun and less burden!
It will be interesting to see how well the Olympus 300mm f/4 Pro lens competes with a Canon 7D II with Canon EF 400mm f/4L IS lens for birding - the Olympus will probably have faster AF for static subjects, face recognition AF, better image quality edge-to-edge, perhaps better IS, will be far less heavy and less expensive but maybe the Canon will do better C-AF tracking of birds?
Compared with APS-C dSLR and 400mm lens - image courtesy of Sm.art.graphicstudio via 43rumors.com
finally became available in March 2016
equivalent fov to a 600mm f/4 lens on a full frame dSLR
similar size and weight to the pro full frame dSLR 300mm f/4 iS lenses such as Canon EF 300mm f/4 IS L lens but instead of only 2 EV image stabiliser the Olympus gives 6 stops of 5-axis dual IS, closer focus with much better macro capability, and much faster and more silent CDAF, less flare, plus it is likely to be sharper as it needs to operate at a 2x crop factor level giving 600mm field of view, and sharper again when used with a 1.4x teleconverter when compared with the Canon 300mm with 1.4x TC.
if you are shooting action in low light, an f/2.8 lens with a larger sensor for better high ISO performance may be your better option, but that means much more money, weight and size.
300mm f/4 = 600mm in full frame terms giving diagonal field of view of 4.1° (2.3° x 3.4°)
“Wide open, the lens is tack sharp across the entire frame. Looking at our blur charts, the blur characteristics are practically completely flat across the frame and extremely sharp corner-to-corner. ”
exceptionally sharp, at f/5.6 it is practically, a diffraction-limited lens
it would be difficult to find another lens among those we’ve tested so far which, after stopping down by 1 EV stop, reduces most of optical aberrations so efficiently - an exception is the much more expensive, but optically superb Panasonic Leica DG Elmarit 200mm F2.8 Power OIS lens which is even sharper, even with its TC on
sharper than the Panasonic Leica 100-400mm lens
performance on the edge of the frame should also be described in superlatives only. The results are lower than those in the centre but only slightly so
as expected sharpness does drop when using the 1.4x TC but it is still good
doesn’t have any problems related to the longitudinal chromatic aberration even with the 1.4x TC!
almost no lateral CA f/4-f/8, but you do get a little when using the 1.4x TC
no “focus shift” effect even with the 1.4x TC, good correction of spherical aberration
excellent −0.16% distortion and slightly worse with 1.4x TC at -0.66%, but these are further corrected in jpeg processing
almost no coma, and just a touch with the 1.4x TC
very low astigmatism at only 4.1% which increases to a low 5.5% with the 1.4x TC
extremely low vignetting at only -0.3EV wide open and only 0.03EV at f/5.6 which is amazingly good, and even less with the 1.4x TC
some ghosting and flares when shooting almost directly into sun which would be an unusual way to use this lens
AF is accurate, noiseless and appropriately fast, takes o.5-0.6sec to go from closest to infinity, 0.1-0.2sec longer with the 1.4x TC attached, with no front or back focus issues even with the 1.4x TC
solid casing, extra well-sealed against dust and splashwater, combined with very high build quality
a truly unique instrument without any flaws and the most efficient optical stabilization units we’ve ever had the pleasure of testing, and perfect cooperation with a tele-converter