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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45 mm f/1:1.8 Camera Lens - Black

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Dimensions 5 cm x 5 cm x 5 cm 10 cm x 8 cm x 8 cm 15 cm x 15 cm x 15 cm 6.4 cm x 6.9 cm x 6.4 cm
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Model Year 2013 2014 2013 2013
Mounting micro four thirds Micro FourThirds micro four thirds micro four thirds
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  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 5 cm ; 50 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 200 g
  • Item model number: ET-M4518
  • ASIN: B00CPLQ7GI
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 10 May 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,390 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.

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LC-37B Lens Cap
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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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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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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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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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