Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Cameras

Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Cameras – Product Description:

Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8 LensThis single focal length portrait lens has a beautiful shallow depth of field, which enables the background blurring effects not possible with the 14-42mm kit zoom lens. The MSC mechanism is
great for tracking a moving child or pet, and provides a quick and silent focus mechanism for movies and still photography.

Product Features :

  • Single-focal-length portrait lens has a beautiful shallow depth of field
  • Ability to produce background blurring effects that are not possible with the 14-42mm kit zoom lens
  • Great for tracking a moving child or pet
  • Quick and silent focus mechanism for movies and still photography
  • Micro Four Thirds Lens, Pen Lens

Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Cameras – Review:

AN ESSENTIAL LENS FOR MICRO FOUR THIRDS!

This is a lens I have been waiting for since starting to shoot Micro Four Thirds.

I come from a background of Canon and Nikon DSLRs, and I’ve been looking forward to the availability of a traditional “portrait lens” for the Micro 4/3 system. Olympus took their sweet time bringing out this lens, but I’m pleased to report that they got it right.

Optically, the lens is unimpeachable. LensTip doesn’t pull any punches, and their review was glowing: […]. If you want to see sample images from this lens, we’ve got a bunch here:[…]

Some criticize the price of this lens compared to the Canon or Nikon 50mm f/1.8 short telephoto lenses, but those are simple designs created as normal primes for 35mm format and adapted for use on APS-C. The Olympus is built ground-up as a telephoto with a more complex design. It is priced well compared to other lenses designed as short telephoto lenses and also priced well for the performance it delivers.

The build is plastic, which helps keep the price and weight down. It isn’t a pancake design, but it is a tiny lens.

Some complain that no hood is included. I prefer to keep the lens as compact as possible, which means no hood for me. My only complaint is that the front “decorative ring” (which is removed to add an optional hood) comes off too easy.

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