Olympus M.Zuiko 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II review

A soda can-sized 150-600mm lens? The Olympus M.Zuiko 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II is a brilliant budget super telephoto

Olympus M.Zuiko 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II review
(Image: © James Artaius)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Olympus M.Zuiko 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II isn't going to beat pro glass in terms of sharpness, but where else can you get a 150-600mm equivalent that fits in your pocket? Giving super sharp results from the wide to the midway point, and still producing good results at the long end when used with consideration, this is an affordable and capable lens that's ideal for finding your way in wildlife and sports shooting.


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    Sharp through most of range

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    Fast autofocus

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    Minimal distortion


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    Sharpness dulls at 300mm

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    No lens hood

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    No image stabilization

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The Olympus M.Zuiko 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II occasionally gets a bad rap – mainly because lots of people slap it on their camera, slide it out to 300mm, take a couple of snaps from the hip and decide that it's too soft. 

Well, this lens doesn't just deserve better than that – it is better than that. Like any other super telephoto, the Olympus M.Zuiko 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II can't be powered by pure nonchalance; it's a 150-600mm equivalent lens (in full frame terms) and, as such, needs to be used with some consideration to get the best results. Which can be pretty darned good. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.