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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Things In Small Packages, 19 Aug 2012
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This review is from: Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm 1:1.8 Lens - Silver (Electronics)
To describe this lens as diminutive is to make a serious understatement - it's tiny. If you're accustomed to "conventional" sized SLR lenses, you may find yourself unwrapping this lens for the first time, wondering how anything this small can possibly render good quality images. Then you'll fit it to your camera, and if you have anything half decent, prepare to be impressed...

This lens is small, light and flawless. With my Panasonic DMC-GX1 the auto-focus speed simply trounces my Canon EOS 7D and any of my L-Series Lenses [and yes, I did side-by-side comparisons]. It's 90mm effective focal length and f1.8 aperture means that it's excellent with portraiture work, but don't stop there. Walkabout street shooting, flora and fauna, indoors and out, this is an epic little lens. What really surprised me, however, is just how sharp it can be. Obviously, at f1.8 you're going to get softness in your images the moment you move away from the focal plane... but stop down and you will be rewarded with stunningly crisp shots that are just so easy to achieve.

I was originally apprehensive about making this purchase - as I've suggested above, I've been a Canon DSLR user since 2004 and currently have a full set of L-Series zoom lenses. I really wasn't sure whether I would take to a prime (fixed focal length) lens at all. Not only did I take to it, I think I prefer it. Yes, there are obviously compromises to be made in terms of flexibility - you may find yourself walking backwards and forwards to frame your subject from time to time. But here's the thing: partnered with a quality Micro-Four-Thirds camera (I use the DMC-GX1), in full "auto" mode this will return clearer, sharper images than a Canon EOS 7D with 16-35mm, 24-70mm or 70-200mm f2.8L Lenses. It's focus is lightning fast [just a tad more noisy than other M43 lenses] but it's precise and good to work with. Excellent tone and contrast, and whilst you will get trace optical distortions, they are minimal.

Fitted to my DMC-GX1, this lens and camera combination weighs less than my 24-70mm f2.8L, and takes nicer pictures. What's not to like?
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Initial post: 11 Jan 2014 10:26:33 GMT
The "Best things in small packages" review was for the 45mm lens. It is accurate (I have one). But I am looking for a 75mm lens review.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 May 2014 10:14:04 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 May 2014 10:16:39 BDT
shepherdess says:
It clearly states that this review is for the 45mm lens. Maybe you should scroll through the reviews to find ones for the 75mm lens if that is what you are looking for.
Thanks sproggit for the very helpful, informative review.
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