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Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm 1:1.8 Lens - Silver

by Olympus
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)



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  • Large aperture for a nice depth of field effect
  • Ideal for portrait photography
  • High-speed AF with MSC technology
  • Superb price-performance ratio
  • Sleek metal-like exterior design

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 4.6 x 4.6 cm ; 118 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
  • Item model number: ET-M4518
  • ASIN: B0058G40O8
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 6 July 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,988 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm 1:1.8: High performance 90mm equivalent portrait lens for stunning low light shooting and background blur

Thanks to a very fast, bright maximum aperture of f/1.8 (f/22 minimum aperture) the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm 1:1.8 portrait lens for Micro Four Thirds system cameras is not only suitable for low light work without flash, it also delivers an attractively blurred background, lending your portraits that professional feel and helping them to really stand out.

Offering a focal range equivalent to 90mm in 35mm film equivalent, this impact-lending optical performance is backed up by premium construction and textured aluminium casing, plus a compact, lightweight design (at 116g), both qualities making this lens a perfect match for your Olympus PEN camera, including the PEN E-P3, PEN Lite and PEN Mini models. Indeed the high-grade metal design and finish of the lens has been tailored to make it the perfect match for the striking premium appearance of the three PEN cameras.

Stunning Portraits
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First class optical engineering…

Places the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm 1:1.8 portrait lens in a league of its own. However that does not mean it has been placed out of the reach of most photographers in terms of affordability. In fact it offers a superb price/performance ratio, especially considering the SLR-like quality of the images it delivers in tandem with an Olympus PEN camera.

Thanks to Olympus' award winning engineering and expertise in the field of optical performance, the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm 1:1.8 can be utilised in the creation of beautifully lit and striking portraiture, with the kind of stunning shallow depth of field effect that would make any professional swell with pride. The 7 circular aperture diaphragm allows for such natural looking and ‘artistic’ background blurring for both video and stills photography, with the closest focusing distance being 0.5 metres. Crystal clear images with high contrast and superb sharpness are achievable thanks to the maximum aperture setting of f/1.8 plus the lens construction of 2 E-HR elements and configuration of 9 lenses in 8 groups.

High speed AF with MSC technology

What's more it isn't overly complicated for anyone to create such attention-drawing effects, and the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm 1:1.8 will undoubtedly hold appeal for doting Mums and Dads wanting to achieve more professional looking photographs of young families.

The lens also delivers high speed auto focusing, which will delight both stills photographers and videographers/movie-makers equally thanks to the movie and still compatible ('MSC') AF mechanism.

The AF benefits from the internal focusing mechanism used for conventional interchangeable lenses being improved by incorporating a screw drive mechanism – a metal shaft finished with sub-micron precision – instead of gears that cause noise. High precision plastics also ensure a quick, smooth, silent and moreover accurate AF drive. The MSC mechanism is therefore ideal when tracking a moving child or pet.

The 'write' match for your PEN

The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm 1:1.8 not only delivers a high power performance; it has the good looks to match its great looking pictures. With its subtle metal-like exterior drawing admiring looks, there is also the decorative option of interchangeable lens rings, so users can perfectly sync with the different available colours in the Olympus PEN camera range. Weighing a mere 116 grams, it has a maximum diameter of 56 mm and an overall length of just 46 mm.

Along with the PEN cameras' naturally compact dimensions, the bright aperture of the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm 1:1.8 allows users to turn off the flash and shoot photos or record HD video inconspicuously and achieve their best ever results in low light; for example when photographing a sunset or interiors where flash is prohibited, such as in museums and churches, or without a tripod – which is a further benefit in busy areas and tourist spots. PEN users further benefit from the lens being automatically supported by the cameras’ built in image stabilisation.

Great results even in 'bad' conditions

The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm 1:1.8 isn’t just the ideal lens to fit for low light shooting as well as being very convenient to carry; it’s truly multipurpose, coming up trumps in a variety of shooting conditions – good and bad.

This is because the lens design thoroughly eliminates chromatic aberration, ghosting and flare so users won’t get unwanted reflections even when shooting in sunnier climes.

Box Contains

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm 1:1.8
LC-37B Lens Cap
Micro Four Thirds lens rear cap (LR-2)
Decoration Ring (DR-40)
Warranty Card
Operating Instructions

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent image quality & great value 18 Feb 2014
By D
Style Name:45mm 1:1.8 Lens| Colour Name:Black|Verified Purchase
The image quality of this lens is excellent: it is very sharp wide open and it renders out-of-focus areas beautifully.
The auto-focus is fast.
The built quality is good (not as high as the 17mm, for instance, but still absolutely fine).
It is a really small lens, so it is easy to carry in your pocket for when you need it (it is a slight telephoto lens, so you are not likely to keep it on your camera as a general purpose lens; Olympus advertises it as a portrait lens - which it is very good for - but it has more uses (see below)).
Assuming you already have a kit-zoom on your camera (which would typically cover the field of vision offered by this lens), this lens would allow you to do the following:
(1) you can take photos handheld without flash when there is less light (evening, indoors) compared to your kit zoom
(2) you can isolate your subject (make it stand out more) by creating backgrounds that are out-of-focus (great for portraits, but not only that), which can look really beautiful.
I would recommend this to a friend. However, if you have a Panasonic camera (except the GX7) you should be aware that this lens has no image stabilisation (while Olympus cameras all have image stabilisation built in).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent purchase! 15 July 2013
Style Name:45mm 1:1.8 Lens| Colour Name:Silver|Verified Purchase
Excellent, but could be made ​​of metal, such as Olympus 12mm. The plastic construction is good, reflex light in weight. Sharpness and a very good for portraits. One of the three lenses essentials for the micro four thirds system. The others are: Oly Zuiko 12mm 2.0 and Panasonic 25mm 1.4.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Style Name:75mm 1:1.8 Lens| Colour Name:Silver|Verified Purchase
...put simply - a really beautiful lens - needle sharp and with beautiful bokeh, regardless of the micro four thirds considerations.
Extremely well constructed of metal. I have a collection of Leica M lenses and I would happily put this lens up against some of those Leica lenses for IQ and bokeh.

A "must have" for anyone with an OM D em5
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Lens!!!! 14 April 2013
Style Name:40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6 R Lens| Colour Name:Silver|Verified Purchase
For the money there is no better lens for the Olympus Pen. A true must have....don't think about just buy the thing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Olympus zoom lens 19 Jan 2013
Style Name:40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6 R Lens| Colour Name:Black|Verified Purchase
When I cant get close enough I change to this lens.

It is just as sharp, light and convenient as the normal lens, and with a UV filter, bought separately is ideal for all situations. The Olympus mini 3/4 mount is quick and easy to use.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm 1:1.8 Lens - Black 6 Mar 2014
Style Name:17mm 1:1.8 Lens| Colour Name:Black|Verified Purchase
Although this is a very good lens, I was none the less astonished to see that so many people had written reviews, 95 at the time of going to press.
On closer inspection it turned out that the majority of correspondents were expressing their views about completely different lens's, 45mm, 75mm, various zooms etc. and only a few were actually about the 17mm 1:1.8. Not the end of the world, but confusing and obviously something of a balls up. This by way of an explanation for the title of my review.
By now this lens doesn't really require another paean of praise from me, suffice to say that it is excellent. Beautifully made, producing very good results (photographer permitting). The black version is preferable to the silver one, simply because the latter has an awful champagne/beige tint, which doesn't look good on OM-D's or the latest Pen.
My only reservation is that they produced this and other new MFT lens's without making them splash and dust proof. There seems to be a certain futility in "proofing" the camera, but not the lens. I know, the kit zooms supplied with the EM-5 and EM-1 are, like the camera splash and dust proofed; the one is unexceptional and the other exceedingly, possibly justifiably expensive.
And yet, despite this deficiency, which almost caused me to remove a star, this lens is very much worth having and worth every penny.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful lens 5 Nov 2013
Style Name:17mm 1:1.8 Lens| Colour Name:Silver|Verified Purchase
Superb quality and excellence even in low light. It is not weatherproof otherwise it would be perfect. A must if you own a Micro 4/3.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious 2 Jun 2013
Style Name:45mm 1:1.8 Lens| Colour Name:Silver|Verified Purchase
I'm no professional but take a fair number of portraits of family, friends, and a few for websites etc and this lens takes some truly delicious photos. Almost time to get rid of the old Nikon D2H as this image quality from this lens is as good if not better than with the Nikkor 50mm 1.8 , yet I can't quite bring myself to sell it.
The lens is pricey_ but your photos are worth it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Near perfect lens for a bargain price
I have Olympus's 25mm f1.8 prime too, which is more expensive, but I think this 45mm version is sharper. Read more
Published 3 days ago by A. Butterfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but very close
Bought the lens and immediately went on a safari in South Africa to test. Not perfect, but very close.
Published 4 days ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking snaps
Really pleased with this, suspicious when I first opened and as not a heavy glass but the results are stunning and the colours vibrant a great first lens to replace the incuded... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
This Lens is amazing, the photo quality is excellent but the video quality is even better, shoots really well in low light conditions - my favourite lens I have bought in the last... Read more
Published 22 days ago by AJ_Ullah
5.0 out of 5 stars lightweight and tack sharp
This lens is fantastic. Used in conjunction with an EM5 and its great IBIS it is a superb performer. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mooncoin
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharp
A decent lens for the price. Nicely made, good optical quality, good contrast and focus . Recommended

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Published 1 month ago by C. J. Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent images
This lens represents excellent quality and value, it's essentially a short telephoto lens that can be used for portrait and when needing a narrow field of view and has a bright... Read more
Published 1 month ago by TJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Great optics, but plasticy feel lets it down slightly.
Still getting used to this lens, but results so far have been great.
Like all telephotos, you need a steady hand to get the best out of this lens, but its so light and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chris Boyce
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have portrait lens
If you've got an Olympus Micro Four Thirds camera, and are looking to take good quality portraits, this lens is essential. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gareth Harmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have lens for a MFT kit
This is a fantastic little lens. It is extremely light and compact but the image quality is truly excellent. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. M. Richards
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