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The Olym­pus M.Zuiko Dig­i­tal ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO lens will be a game-changer for wildlife pho­tog­ra­phers. One may ar­gue that this lens is for the Mi­cro Four Thirds mod­els only, whereas a lot of wildlife pho­tog­ra­phers use ei­ther full-frame or APS-C mod­els. That is true. On the other hand, many are chang­ing from the larger and heav­ier cam­eras to MFTs and a day will pos­si­bly come when the im­age qual­ity from MFTs will be just as good as from their cousins us­ing larger sen­sors. An­other ad­van­tage is the weight of the lens (as well as the body). A 600mm prime lens for a full-frame sen­sor may be ap­prox­i­mately 4000-5000g whereas the Olym­pus 300mm f/4 IS PRO is a mere 1475g! This fur­ther means that lug­ging heavy tripods may no longer be nec­es­sary (don’t for­get that with com­pat­i­ble Olym­pus cam­era bod­ies, this lens of­fers six stop ad­van­tage in shut­ter speed). Hence, con­sid­er­ing its mar­velous per­for­mance, rea­son­able price, sav­ings in weight and size, I fully en­dorse the Olym­pus M.Zuiko Dig­i­tal ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO lens as ‘Best Buy’!

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