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

by Olympus

RRP: £279.99
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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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Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm 1:1.8 Lens - Silver + Hoya 37mm UV(C) Digital HMC Screw-in Filter + Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6 R Lens - Silver
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Product details

Colour Name: Silver
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 5.6 x 5.6 cm ; 118 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 200 g
  • Item model number: ET-M4518
  • ASIN: B0058G40O8
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 6 July 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,487 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Colour Name: Silver

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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr Baz #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on 21 April 2014
Colour Name: Silver
I tested this lens on a GX-7 body for a few days.
Overall impressiions are mostly very positive.

Optically the lens is strong, and with a very attractive price, it's a must have for micro 4/3 users giving you a good portrait lens with a fast aperture.

Quick summary of the good and bad points:

Pros:
+ Optics are excellent, even at f1.8 wide open it's sharp and with good contrast. Stopping down improves the already good performance even more
+ Very affordable, fast f1.8 aperture and lightweight/compact. Giving an equivalent of 90mm on a 35mm body a very useful focal length
+ AF is fast and precise (on the body I tested it with) no complaints here
+ Has a metal lens mount
+ Distortion and CA are very well controlled, very slight pincushion noted (very unlikely to be an issue in real world shooting)
+ Very little vignetting or fall of even wide open
+ Rendering/Bokeh are mostly good (esp for portrait shots)

Cons:
- For subjects further away the rendering/bokeh can at times be a bit edgy (depends greatly on the background distance), I'd rate it a solid 7/10 on this front (ie good) but not exceptional. 7 (circular) blades on the aperture
- Body is plastic, feels decent enough to me build wise but only time will tell (I think it's fine for the asking price)
- No hood included (Olympus are asking £30 for the hood which is a bit rich in my view) should be in the box with the lens!
- Weird 37mm filter size (very uncommon)

This is a really nice little lens (it's quite tiny coming from larger formats) and an important one for micro 4/3 users who want a fast tele equivalent prime that's ideal for portrait and lower light shooting.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By D on 18 Feb 2014
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Hugh de Lacy on 19 July 2013
Colour Name: Silver Verified Purchase
Like many photographers I have been frustrated with digital cameras for their inability to produce significantly out-of-focus backgrounds with short to medium focal length lenses because of small sensor sizes and the modest max apertures on typical zoom lenses.

This lens neatly solves the problem at the useful 90mm (35mm equiv) focal length; it makes a great portrait lens and is useful in other situations: its very small size and light weight makes it attractive on occasions when you don't want to carry heavy kit around.

Performance is good: just slightly soft at the edges at full aperture (not a problem for most portrait use) and good sharpness across the field at f2.8. Will satisfy all but very picky users. NB at full aperture the dof is very small, requiring very accurate focus; I have found it best to set the camera to single point focus mode (centre focus zone) so you can focus on the required portion of the image (and then reframe if necessary with the shutter button half-depressed). Multipoint focus mode can be unpredictable, resulting in out of focus effects on important parts of the image. Manual focus is the other option but I have never found the electronic focus ring on m4/3 lenses very easy to use.

It is disappointing that Olympus don't supply a lens hood (and charge an outrageous price for the accessory hood) but cheapish Chinese copies of adequate quality are available on eBay.

If you buy this lens you are strongly recommended to also buy a neutral density filter (3 stops (ND8) or greater); in bright conditions with the minimum ASA100 speed available on most micro 4/3 cameras you will not be able to use the max f1.8 aperture even at the fastest available shutter speed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By -EFox- VINE VOICE on 2 July 2012
Colour Name: Silver Verified Purchase
An excellent lens - smooth and beautiful bokeh, ultra fast, and a lot smaller than expected (smaller in size than the kit 14-45) without being too weighty or bulky. This is definitely the standard lens that should be kept on the camera body at all times, as it's a great all rounder - perfect for street photography and portraiture, while the f1.8 works great in low light.

Only some minor and somewhat irrelevant issues I have with it are that it only comes in silver, so it doesn't match my black EP-2 body, but it's the image it produces not what the camera looks like so not really an issue. Also, the front lens hood screw cover sometimes comes off too easily when using the focus ring, which is a bit annoying. The lens itself is very plain and simple - this could be a good thing depending on what you personally like - but I prefer the Nikkor/Canon distance scales and other switches they have on their lenses, unlike Olympus lenses which are consistently simple and uncomplicated.

Overall, if you have an Olympus M4/3 camera, buy this.
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