Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm F5.0-6.3 IS Lens

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The technical details behind this lens

This compact, lightweight super telephoto zoom lens covers a wide focal length of 200- 800mm equivalent and is compliant with the Micro Four Thirds System standard. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm F5.0-6.3 features the same dustproof and splashproof performance as the M.Zuiko PRO series and is equipped with in-lens image stabilisation, which is beneficial in the telephoto range, and makes stable shooting possible with minimal negative effects of hand shake. It offers powerful telemacro performance with a closest focusing distance of 1.3m and delivers great telemacro and versatile telephoto shooting.

Superb portability and mobility

Telephoto lenses and are great addition to the travellers kit bag but they are notorious for being cumbersome and particularly when considering the optically better telephotos are typically the heaviest. Olympus have engineered the optical range of 35mm equivalent 200-800mm and superb quality of 21 lens elements into a relatively portable package. It takes a 72mm filter but measures a sprightly 86.4x205.7mm and weighs just over a kilogram, a fraction of a similar lens using a different format.

Optical excellence

The optical system features a combination of four ED lenses for suppressing colour bleeding, two Super HR lenses, and two HR lenses for bright, clear depictive performance to the edges of the image across the entire zoom range. ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) Coating is also used to reduce ghosts and flares for clear image quality even in poor conditions such as backlit scenes. Also, extensive hermetic sealing on the entire lens barrel delivers the same high level of dustproof and splashproof performance as the M.Zuiko PRO series for peace of mind when shooting in any environment.

Powerful, versatile and stable

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm F5.0-6.3 IS is capable of 200-800mm equivalent telephoto shooting on its own, which can be further extended when paired with the optional M.Zuiko Digital 1.4x Teleconverter MC-14 or the M.Zuiko Digital 2x Teleconverter MC-20, for up to 1600mm equivalent1 super telephoto shooting, making it possible to zoom in close on subjects that are difficult to approach, such as birds, and delivering flattening effects for shooting that is unique to a super telephoto lens. The closest focusing distance across the entire zoom range is 1.3m, and the maximum image magnification is 0.57x1 for superb telemacro performance when photographing small subjects such as insects and flowers. Focus Stacking is also supported. This feature captures multiple shots at different focal positions and automatically composites a single photo with a large depth of field that is in focus from the foreground to background. A rear focus system is employed to drive the lightweight focusing lens for fast, high-precision AF performance. This lens is also equipped with a Focus Limit switch for AF operation selection, ranging between three levels according to the focusing distance, allowing for quick focusing and comfortable shooting, even in the super telephoto range. Also, in-lens image stabilisation delivers stable handheld super telephoto shooting.

Top three Reasons we think you will love this lens
  • Relatively compact, lightweight and ideal for travel
  • Cracking image quality
  • Durability and usability

Our experts opinion

Olympus interchangeable lens camera systems’ biggest advantage is their amazing mobility thanks to the compact, lightweight camera system. The combination of a high-performance lens line-up and powerful image stabilisation gives sharp, high-quality photos and videos in a variety of scenes. One of the main reasons people visit Camera House is to purchase a camera is for travel. Capturing memories when you are on the fly, you never really understand the advantage of a more portable system until you have to carry gear around for a day. The Micro Four Thirds system utilised by the 100-400 is a tried and true formula designed to be travellers best friend. And without compromising on image quality, it’s a definite Win Win.