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.
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.
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 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.
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.