Showcase Olympus 25mm f/1.2 PRO

m43happy

Mu-43 Top Veteran
Got this lens in today at work, but I won't be able to put it through its paces until this weekend since I work late. Anyway, here's a couple test shots I took in my hotel room (currently on the road for work).

All test shots taken at f1.2.
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First impressions/small review: I didn't look at the tech specs, but the lens is a little heavier than I expected. By hand it feels almost as heavy as the Nocticron! Size-wise it feels almost the same as the 12-40mm Pro on my camera (albeit a touch heavier than that lens, and more solid feeling). AF speed is fast and silent. In comparison to my old old PL25, it definitely feels snappier point to point. The focusing distant is much closer than the PL25 as well. It terms of sharpness, from my own eye cropping in at 100%, it looks sharper wide open at 1.2 compared to the PL25 at 1.4. Not by much, but it feels noticeable. That's not to say that I felt the PL25 I had was not sharp wide open (wouldn't have kept it for 4 years had it not been). It just doesn't seem as sharp wide open upon my first impression of the O25 Pro. I'll definitely be taking more shots in the next week or so to see if my first impression holds up. Build quality between the two 25's is night and day. The Olympus feels like a tank compared to the Panasonic-Leica. Lastly, I must say the bokeh is smooooth on this lens!

I know the price is expensive. It's definitely not for everybody. The optical gains over the PL25 I had before it are not drastic, but AF speed (to me) and the build quality is. The weather sealing is a plus too. I've fully committed to the m43 system though, so when this lens was announced I knew I was going to pick it up. I sold my PL15 and PL25 to help offset the cost, and after my first impression, I do not regret that decision. :)
 
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Ulfric M Douglas

Mu-43 Hall of Famer
That is the freakiest laptop/keyboard setup I have ever seen ... is it for long-sighted use to keep the screen high and away from you while using the extra keyboard? (Good to see a proper mouse)
And what's the orange thing?
 

astrostl

Mu-43 Top Veteran
That is the freakiest laptop/keyboard setup I have ever seen ... is it for long-sighted use to keep the screen high and away from you while using the extra keyboard? (Good to see a proper mouse)
And what's the orange thing?
The stand is a https://www.amazon.com/Roost-Laptop-Stand-Productivity-Lightweight/dp/B01C9KG8IG/ . I own one too, and it's a life-saver for craned necks.

The orange thing is a https://www.amazon.com/LaCie-Rugged-External-Drive-301558/dp/B0058VIWTM/
 

m43happy

Mu-43 Top Veteran
That is the freakiest laptop/keyboard setup I have ever seen ... is it for long-sighted use to keep the screen high and away from you while using the extra keyboard? (Good to see a proper mouse)
And what's the orange thing?
The stand is the Roost Laptop Stand (like astrostl mentioned above). At home I use it to prop up my laptop to match the height of my external monitor since it's adjustable, but it's portable so it's perfect for travel. The keyboard is a cheap bluetooth one that's about the size of a smaller tablet so it fits in my backpack w/ the laptop. Orange thing is a Lacie rugged thunderbolt external hard drive.
 

fishone0

Mu-43 Regular
thank you for your impute--Mine is on it's way--I know it was a lot of money and I sure hope I didn't waste it. Hope it is as good as the 12mm f/1.4 I just love that lens
 

DanS

Mu-43 All-Pro
For those of you that have the lens already, did any of you get the hood? If so, can it be reversed to save space?
 

Broddan

Mu-43 Veteran
Hi!

Nothing special with these first shots but i get a good felling about this lens. I just had about 10 min outside today. These outside shots are at iso 800 at 1.2 with slow shutter speeds, its really dark outside only some street lights..

Really good build quality and fast af.

One thing that seemed strange (have to test more carefully before i can say for sure) is it seems that af has a closer mfd than mf?! Have anyone else with this lens noticed this?


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ILIKEBWFILM

Mu-43 Regular
Got mine yesterday ,these are out of camera jpg, very sharp wide open , fast focusing used first model EM5 , very well build as good as a Leica Summarit lens or slightly better . Seems even a little sharper than my Nocticron. Worth every penny.
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Broddan

Mu-43 Veteran
I have not yet had time to do any serous testing of the lens. But on the way home from work, I met my brother who works as a carpenter in a new building in my area.
We met and chatted briefly and I took a picture of him after a tough week at work.

Then my cat met me on the stairs at home.

Both at 1.2 and first at Iso 500 and second at Iso 800.

Nothing special but the lens feels really great so far...


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