Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm F4.8-6.7 II lens review: Updated design and new lower price

By Kevin Carter - Friday July 26 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm F4.8-6.7 II lens performance | Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm F4.8-6.7 II versus competition | Conclusion

Mounted on an 18-Mpix Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH-2 the updated lens achieves a DxOMark Lens Score of 10 points and ranks as one of the best performing micro 4:3 mount telephoto-zoom lenses in our database.

However, that and the Sharpness score are on the low side, the latter especially given the pixel count of the GH-2. Peak performance is at 100mm at f/5.1(wide-open). Unusually, in a lens like this, distortion is very low and is unlikely to be noticed at any focal length.

Vignetting is also suitably low, though that is expected in a lens with a slow-variable aperture. Control of chromatic aberration is generally good, but it could be noticeable in certain (high-contrast) images at 100mm and 150mm.

Best telephoto zoom  for micro 4:3: DxOMark score

 
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm F4.8-6.7 II55010
Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm/F4.0-5.6/MEGA O.I.S.60010
Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 45-175mm / F4.0-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S.38310
Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 45-150mm F4-5.6 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S.30010
Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm f/4.0-5.6 MEGA O.I.S.2559
Panasonic LUMIX G Vario HD 14-140mm F4.0-5.8 ASPH8508
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f4.8-6.78008

Best telephoto zoom  for micro 4:3: Sharpness score

 
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm F4.8-6.7 II5506
Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 45-175mm / F4.0-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S.3836
Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm/F4.0-5.6/MEGA O.I.S.6005
Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 45-150mm F4-5.6 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S.3005
Panasonic LUMIX G Vario HD 14-140mm F4.0-5.8 ASPH8504
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f4.8-6.78004
Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm f/4.0-5.6 MEGA O.I.S.2554