One reason that I like a long zoom lens that is small enough to carry while I do my daily walks is that I use it to take flower pictures. I have a bad back and my bending is restricted due to hardware inserted in my back during a previous surgery. One of the reasons for my blog is to show people who live here at Homewood the things that they didn’t or couldn’t see. This often requires that I get up close to the flowers and other things and an effective 28-300mm lens lets me do that without bending. This is the best wide-ranging zoom lens that I have ever used. Another thing that makes it so good is the very good image stabilization in the latest Olympus cameras. I had an older version of this lens mounted on an older camera and I didn’t like the combination and rarely used it. It’s a lot different now.