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Olympus 45mm f/1.8 Review by Robin Wong

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by Amin Sabet, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    For those who didn't see this discussion thread in our forum, Robin Wong published an excellent review of the new Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens.

    I've been looking high and low for image samples which show off the character of this lens, and Robin's review is a treasure trove of them. Two of Robin's samples are shown below. His review features many more.


    Photo by Robin Wong, used with permission


    Photo by Robin Wong, used with permission

    Link to the review: Robin Wong: Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm F1.8 Review: Petaling Street, KL

    Now I really can't wait to get my hands on this lens!

    [Thanks, Bill (WT21)]
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  2. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2010
    Me too! Massive lens lust ...
  3. Art

    Art Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2011
    San Francisco, CA
    This will be #2 essential m43 lens after Panny 20mm. I won't be surprised if it will turn out to be the best selling lens in Olympus digital history.
  4. agwe

    agwe Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 13, 2011
    Manila, Philippines
    This lens has been on my to-do list since its announcement. Next on the list is finding a hiding spot for it from my wife-to-be.

    my HTC Desire sent this
  5. Serhan

    Serhan Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 7, 2011
    It looks like this lens will be a big hit. I saw the dslr magazine review from 43rumors. It is sharp wide open:

    M.Zuiko Digital 45 mm f/1,8: la Prueba - DSLR Magazine

    In comparison, other m43 lenses:
    Olympus 12mm f/2
    Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12 mm f/2: la Prueba - DSLR Magazine

    Panasonic 14mm f/2.5

    Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95:
    Voigtländer Nokton 25 mm f/0,95 para M4/3 - DSLR Magazine

    Olympus 9-18mm
    ZD 9-18 mm f/4-5,6: la prueba - DSLR Magazine

    and Carl Zeiss Planar T * 85 mm f / 1.4 ZF.2:
    Planar T* 85 mm f/1,4 ZF.2 - DSLR Magazine
  6. m1pui

    m1pui Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 30, 2010
    Sunderland, UK
    This has really thrown a spanner in the works! :rolleyes:  I've not been a regular on here for a month or 2 and was on the verge of getting a PL 45mm until I saw all the talk about the Oly!

    I've never done Macro before, but like the idea that I could dabble in it when I fancy. I just can't decide whether macro potential is worth twice the price over a faster Oly lens :confused: 
  7. Pelao

    Pelao Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 3, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    The PL has always impressed me. Thats the comparison I am waiting to see. A faster lens is certainly cool, and less money is very nice. Somebody, please do he obvious test...
  8. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    I'm sure SLRgear or dpreview will do one soon.

    I just love that first shot posted. I think this will be a great portrait lens.
  9. m1pui

    m1pui Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 30, 2010
    Sunderland, UK
    Yeah, well I'm not sure what the price difference is in the US/Canada, but over here the PL is around £600 and a couple of places are listing the Oly for £250-270 so it's a big jump.
  10. bebrox

    bebrox Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 29, 2009
    In Black

    If they make a black one then I'll bag one for my G1...if they don't then I will still have to have one as I think it will take brilliant portraits.
  11. Serhan

    Serhan Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 7, 2011
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  12. chrism_scotland

    chrism_scotland Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 1, 2011
    Edinburgh, Scotland
  13. ZephyrZ33

    ZephyrZ33 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 18, 2010
    Southern California
    The first example that Amin posted is a good reason why I want this lens.

    For me to achieve that same shot right now, I would have been severely burnt and blinded.

  14. starlabs

    starlabs Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 30, 2010
    Los Angeles
    The 45mm is looking great (I too, have pre-ordered, the moment that option was available!) but I will also say that Robin Wong knows how to take good photographs.
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  15. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2010
    Yes, Robin's photos are very good! Makes the 45/1.8 even more attractive than it already was.
  16. pharaviel

    pharaviel Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 20, 2011
    Reggio Emilia, Italy
    Daniele Frizzi
    I think he could make great photos with anything...

    But the lens seems rally sexy! WANT!!
  17. Yotsuba

    Yotsuba Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 28, 2010
    The part 2 review is even more convincing!

    EP3 + kit lens + 20mm f1.7 + 45mm f1.8, these are going through my head now, haa
  18. chrism_scotland

    chrism_scotland Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 1, 2011
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Has there been any pictures showing the size comparison of the 45mm v other lenses at all?
  19. dabbler

    dabbler Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 5, 2011
    Here are size comparisons with other Olympus lenses at comparable focal lengths.

    Looks like an excellent lens, and just what I 'need' to complement my 20mm. Can't wait!
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  20. dabbler

    dabbler Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 5, 2011
    Robin Wong's got some new 45mm samples up, shot with both EPL1 and EP3. His conclusion is:

    "After 20 minutes shooting with the E-PL1, I decided to keep the camera in the bag, and used the E-P3 for the rest of the session. The difference between the two cameras are so far apart, you will feel that those two are cameras from separate eras.

    To fully bring out the potential of the Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm F1.8, it is recommended to use the lens on newer Olympus PEN bodies, such as the E-P3. Will I still consider getting one for my E-PL1? Absolutely, because I feel that this is the lens that suits my shooting style and needs very well. For now, there is the Zuiko 50mm F2 macro 4/3 DSLR which I can use with my E-5."
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