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Olympus 350mm f/2.8

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350mm f/2.8

Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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Bytesmiths

I had this lens before, but I could not get it to perform adapted to an Olympus E-System body. It had vertical motion blur, characteristic of mirror slap, no matter how I stabilized it. So I sold it.

Enter ΅4/3rds and IBIS. I've been having a gas hand-holding an Olympus OM Zuiko 500mm ƒ/8 Reflex lens, so when a sale came up on KEH.com, I decided to give this lens another try. And it is a fantastic fit to ΅4/3rds! With IBIS, you can even hand-hold it… but not for very long, unless you're an Olympic weight lifter.

Pros: Tack-sharp, edge-to-edge, at any aperture (keeping in mind diffraction at smaller apertures). Fantastic bokeh. The OM System matched 1.4X-A tele-extender seems to have negligible impact on image quality, and turns this into a wonderful 500mm ƒ/4 lens. The Metabones Speedbooster Ultra has negligible impact on image quality, and makes this a 250mm ƒ/2 lens. Rotating-cam internal focusing only needs a feather-touch. Rock-solid, precision build quality.

Cons: At 3.9kg, too heavy to pack around much. Soft fluorite front element subject to scratching. Impossible to find and expensive 128mm front filter size (Pentax seems to be the only brand), for glass protection. Considerable chromatic aberration in the edges. Rare, and generally twice as expensive as I paid.

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