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Olympus 25mm 1:1.8 M.Zuiko Digital Lens - Silver

by Olympus

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  • Useful standard Micro Four Thirds lens with 25mm (50mm in 35mm equivalent) focal length
  • Compact and extremely well built
  • Ultra-bright 1:1.8 aperture to give full control of depth of field
  • Lets you take close-up still life shots with beautiful background bokeh
  • Fast and quiet AF helps you capture the right moment

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Olympus 25mm 1:1.8 M.Zuiko Digital Lens - Silver + DSTE® 2pcs BLS-5 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery for Olympus PS-BLS5, OM-D E-M10, PEN E-PL2, E-PL5, E-PL6, E-PM2, Stylus 1 Digital Cameras + Olympus OM-D EM10 Compact System Camera with M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 EZ Lens - Silver/Silver (16.1MP, Live MOS ) 3.0 inch Tiltable LCD
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The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 25mm 1:1.8 (50mm*) lens offers exceptional optical performance together with beautiful bokeh at open apertures and impressive close-focussing capability. This well-built lens sporting compact dimensions, features similar high-end resolution and shallow depth of field characteristics of the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 45mm 1:1.8 lens. The ultra-bright 1:1.8 aperture of this single focal length lens gives you full control of depth of field while enabling outstanding low-light photography without the need for a tripod. This is further accentuated by Olympus’ proprietary in-body image stabilisation technology which counteracts camera shake, resulting in sharp images shot hand-held at long shutter speeds. This Micro Four Thirds lens also boasts near-silent shooting of both still images and movies. Ideal for a wide range of photography, this lens appeals to anyone seeking ultimate image quality and the increased creative freedom of a fast aperture lens, particularly for available light photography. This standard focal length prime lens reproduces a field of view similar to that of the human eye, for perfectly balanced proportions. Available in black or silver to compliment your camera’s finish.

* 35mm equivalent

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Get exceptional imaging performance in a compact size

The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 25mm 1:1.8 packs the high performance of a bigger lens into a sleek, compact design. This high-grade lens has an impressively high refractive index, ensuring exceptional spherical aberration correction capability. Despite the lens's compact design, outstanding resolving power offers stunning image quality with high contrast and high precision across the whole image area from the open aperture of 1:1.8.

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With fast 1:1.8 aperture for attractive bokeh and low light excellence

The fast aperture of the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 25mm 1:1.8 offers you total control of depth of field and is an outstanding lens to create images with beautiful bokeh. Whatever subjects you shoot, discover what the depth of field control of this lens can do for your photography.
We’ve all experienced how difficult it is to take blur-free pictures when shooting under dimly-lit conditions without a tripod and flash. With the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 25mm 1:1.8, however, you can enjoy extended low-light shooting capabilities thanks to the fast 1:1.8 aperture coupled with Olympus’ in-body IS systems for tack-sharp images with minimal camera shake at low shutter speeds . Capture the atmosphere of available low-light conditions with all the freedom and creativity of hand-held shooting. Travel light without the burden of a tripod and shoot freely.

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Close-up performance and autofocus

This lens has been designed to get you even closer to the action: the minimum focus distance is just 25cm. By using the macro converter MCON-P02 you can shoot a mere 17cm from your subject - ideal for still-life and close-up photography. The MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) mechanism inside the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 25mm 1:1.8 is the result of optical design technology developed to enable fast, quiet AF. Using a high-precision metallic shaft and feed screw instead of a gear, this mechanism ensures virtually silent operation and a rapid, smooth and above all highly accurate autofocus, giving you stress-free shooting without the “whirr” of lens mechanics for improved sound quality when shooting HD movies. Photographing still images is quiet too, enabling you to get closer to the action without disturbing your subject.

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ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating for low-reflectivity

The lens surfaces of the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 25mm 1:1.8 are coated with Olympus's ZERO coating, which cuts the reflectance of wavelengths between 450 and 650 nm by 50%. This ensures clear imaging performance even under challenging conditions, such as shooting against the light. The ZERO coating is a result of optical control technology that Olympus originally developed for microscopes. As well as achieving clear images, this technology also helps prevent scratches and degradation to the lens due to the enhanced strength and durability made possible by vacuum deposition.

Stylish housing with sophisticated textured metallic finish

This lens looks and feels as good as it performs optically. The quality metallic outer finish provides a comfortable, pleasing texture and the feeling of long-lasting solidity and a classic look appropriate for a true precision instrument.

Optional accessories:

Protection Filter

Box Contains

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 25mm 1:1.8 lens silver
LH‑49B Lens Hood
LC-46 Lens Cap
LR-2 Lens Rear Cap
Operating Instructions
Warranty Card

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97 of 99 people found the following review helpful
Sharp, fast, light, solid, and not cheap 13 Feb 2014
By Jake - Published on Amazon.com
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UPDATED 2014-02-24

My impressions of this lens after about two weeks of frequent use are very good. All of the photos I have taken with this lens have been very sharp to my eyes, even at aperture 1.8. When pixel-peeping I can find some chromatic aberration, mostly in the corners, but the aberration is not too bad. Vignetting is light enough I have not noticed it in any of the photos I have taken. The autofocus speed is good, and might be limited more by my G3 than by the lens. The lens is slightly longer than the Olympus 17mm f1.8, but still small and it looks and feels good on the camera. The lens is made in Japan, has a metal lens mount, and the plastic body feels sturdy. The large focus ring operates smoothly and I found manual focusing this lens to be pleasant. And, miracle of miracles, Olympus includes a plastic lens hood, though they do not include a pouch. The Olympus 25mm f1.8 is more expensive than similar lenses for other systems, but the lens performs very well and is my pick for best normal lens for micro 4/3.

My primary use for this lens is indoor photography. Flash isn't an option for me, and I need a wide aperture to keep shutter speed high and sensitivity within an acceptable range. I am happy with the performance of the 25mm f1.8 for this type of shooting.

Budget conscious photographers like me may prefer to buy only one fast prime lens for low-light work, with an equivalent focal length of 35mm to 50mm. For micro 4/3 autofocus lenses, we now have several choices:

Olympus 17mm f2.8- relatively inexpensive and small, but modest maximum aperture and optical performance
Olympus 17mm f1.8- good performance with metal build and snap focus ring, but higher cost
Sigma 19mm f2.8- inexpensive, with max aperture of 2.8
Panasonic 20mm f1.7- small and sharp, but slow focusing and not cheap
Panasonic 25mm f1.4- good to excellent performance, but largish and most expensive
Olympus 25mm f1.8- good, perhaps excellent performance with intermediate size and cost

Of these lenses, I own the Olympus 17mm f1.8 and now the 25mm f1.8. Choosing between the two is a challenge because both lenses perform well. The field of view of the 17mm is about 40% wider than the 25mm. Properly focused, I find both lenses are acceptably sharp, but the 25mm has an edge in sharpness. I prefer the metal build and optional snap-focus ring of the 17mm, but the 25mm has a lower msrp. If I sell one of these lenses to finance some other gear, focal length/field of view will be the deciding factor.

Olympus has added another great lens to the micro 4/3 lineup with the 25mm f1.8, and I can recommend it to photographers looking for a fast normal lens.
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Worth the Wait. Fantastic Little Normal Lens from Olympus. 23 Feb 2014
By Kon Peki - Published on Amazon.com
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This Olympus lens has been long-awaited by the Micro 4/3 community, and I am pleased to say that Olympus delivered the goods.

Qualities:
-Sharp wide open throughout most of the frame with both near and far targets. Overall sharper than the Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4 (which I will compare to on several points below) when you consider edge performance.
-Less color fringing than the Panasonic even when both are shot on a Panasonic body (I tested both on my GX7 as well as E-M1)
-Pleasing/smooth bokeh rendering
-Fast autofocus (AF), comparable to the Panasonic
-Good AF performance even in very low light
-Much closer minimum minimum focus distance than Panasonic
-Smaller and lighter than Panasonic (balances better on the smallest MFT bodies) - much smaller if you include the dedicated hoods (finally Olympus includes a hood)
-Has solid build, despite being plastic and light. The "decorative cap" is more snug, less inclined to fall off as compared to the Olympus 45mm lens

There are lots of samples and analysis to back all of this up at Mu-43.com

For me, the Olympus 25mm f/1.8 is a definite keeper. A no-brainer. However, I will also be keeping the Panasonic lens for it's extra 2/3 stop of speed, more shallow DOF capabilty, and unique rendering character. Both are wonderful choices.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Vs 20mm 15 May 2014
By John Creamer - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this lens hoping it might replace the Panasonic 20mm, which I love but is slow to focus and a bit wide for my walk-around lens. Took the 25 out for a very casual spin tonight and was Extremely happy. The sharpness wide open is dynamite -- made some small crops that looked as good as most full resolution shots I take. Focus is lightning, size is not really much bigger than the 20mm (think of it as a slightly shorter, but wider oly 45). And I always felt the 20 was a bit too wide for an only lens to carry. This one feels right on. Think this will live on my em-5 and it will be enough, where I always used to put on the 20 and stick the Olympus 45 in my pocket just in case.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Great little lens and comes with a lens hood! 22 Jun 2014
By C. Pinchon - Published on Amazon.com
I really adore this lens! I got it with my Olympus OMD EM 10 and I am blown away by the sharpness, creamy bokeh, and gorgeous color rendition in my final result. The lens makes autofocusing super fast (my relatives who have borrowed this camera with this lens attached are always wowed by the speed) and its lightweight and so, its almost always attached to my camera. Since its a 50mm equivalent, I feel like it makes a great walk around lens but in a pinch, I've used it for portrait photography and no noticeable distortion, color aberrations, or anything like what I was seeing with my Canon DSLR + 50mm 1.8 nifty fifty. I was worried that with the equivalent of the 1.8 aperture on a micro 4/3 would mean less bokeh, but I am still impressed by the soft background, sharp images, and superb color contrast. You would not be able to tell, if looking at the final product, that the image was from a micro 4/3 camera instead of a full frame (in my amateur opinion).
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Perfect general purpose prime lens 28 Feb 2014
By Bobleaux - Published on Amazon.com
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This has replaced my 14-42mm kit lens with fantastic results. I took most of my images using the 20mm to 30mm range, so the zoom will not be missed. Instead I get superior contrast, sharper images, and a much faster lens so that I don't have to use high ISO or slow shutter speeds. The bokeh is beautiful and makes me want to use it wide open more often. I considered the Panasonic 25mm f1.4 before this purchase. Unfortunately, I found that it was huge and heavy by comparison. This defeats the m4/3 advantage.
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