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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have m43 lens for portraits, 14 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm 1:1.8 Lens - Silver (Accessory)
Two reviews for the price of one!

Experienced photographers:
This lens is superb - focusing is very fast and accurate and the image quality wide-open is truly excellent. To put this in perspective I have a number of Canon L lenses for my full frame camera and only one of them doesn't visibly soften at max aperture, and that cost waaaay more than this cheeky little Olympus 45mm. The bokeh is smooth and milky and with a full frame equivalent field of view of 90mm it's an ideal portrait lens. It's about the same size as a PEN kit lens, a tad longer than the collapsed state. The only real negative - and it's fairly minor - is that flare can cause a general lack of contrast rather than localised flare highlights and you don't get a hood in the box; the Olympus hood is a ridiculous price for a bit of plastic. Other than it's great - it's been welded to my silver E-P1 since I got it where it looks beautiful. Very range-finder like. In fact it even looks good on my wife's black Panasonic G2 which was a surprise.

For Point-and-shoot up-graders:
It might seem obvious but I must point out that this lens is fixed, it's not a zoom. If you already have a m43 body with a kit lens, zoom to the 42mm and that is pretty much what you will get all the time. If you've upgraded to m43 from a compact this might seem very limiting but if you really want that 'DSLR' look, with tack sharp subjects and blurred backgrounds on portraits, this is what you need. Admittedly it's a lot to spend if that will be something you only do occasionally, but I can guarantee it will set you apart from phone/compact snappers! If you're worried it might be a bit long and you want something more versatile to start with as an addition to a m43 kit lens then the Panasonic 20mm f1.7 might be a better bet.

In closing:
If you regularly take portraits or kids in the park type shots then this is a no-brainer - it's fab. You really can get 'big camera' looking results with a diminutive m43 setup and there isn't anything else like it currently available at this price.
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Initial post: 29 Apr 2014 13:12:54 BDT
Daffodil says:
Thanks for the informative review.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Apr 2014 20:49:01 BDT
My pleasure, genuinely glad you found it useful :)

Things have moved fast in the M43 world but I think my review still stands though there are now higher priced options at/near this focal length.

I also have the Oly 17mm f1.8 now too and I tend to use that more than the Panny 20mm; not quite as good as the Panny for background blurring or ultimately as sharp. That said it redeems itself with colour and contrast advantages. The new Panny 20mm also has a slight drop in quality (according to respectable reviews) but the original is still available I believe.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 May 2014 10:39:02 BDT
Daffodil says:
Thanks for that. I was looking to buy a secondhand Panasonic 20mm as I'm not sure I could stretch to buy a new one (as well as this 45mm one which I'm positively lusting after!). If the older model is slightly better, then maybe I'd better do a bit more research into which is which & check out a few more reviews before taking the plunge. Problem is, even the used ones seem to be in demand & making good prices on ebay. I've also looked at the Olympus 17mm f1.8 but was put off slightly by some of the reviews that I read.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 May 2014 15:17:27 BDT
I used the Panny 20mm more than any other lens for a long time - it became my 'standard'; at 20mm though you do have to be careful with people as you can get some distortion at the wrong angle unlike with a proper standard lens of 25mm. I've built up a good selection over the last few years and now I have choices I don't tend to use just one more than another, I keep swapping them around. I got the Wallimex/Samyang 7.5mm fisheye which has become my muse over the last few months... a great value lens though it does have limited use.

Posted on 29 Jul 2014 18:14:17 BDT
Nullifidian says:
Wake up Amazon. This review is for a different lens!!!! And there are many other wrongly attributed reviews here too!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jul 2014 23:04:26 BDT
Read the thread - the original review is for the right lens. The discussion has moved into the area of which others to get.

Discussions do that you know... :)

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jul 2014 13:02:21 BDT
Nullifidian says:
Your review also appears under the Zuiko 75mm 1.8 lens, which is where I made my comment.
Quite a few reviews appear to have been duplicated.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jul 2014 21:39:29 BDT
Doh! That is rubbish :( common Amazon, sort it out! :)
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