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Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f1.8 (Black) Lens for Olympus and Panasonic Micro 4/3 Cameras

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  • Fast portrait lens
  • Maximum f/1.8 aperture, great for low light shooting
  • f/1.8 maximum aperture delivers beautiful defocused backgrounds
  • Quiet Movie-Still-Compatible lens drive for video shooting
  • Optional LH-40B lens hood for shooting in bright conditions

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Color: Black | Style: 45mm
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Maximum Sensor Size Compatibility FourThirds FourThirds FourThirds FourThirds
Maximum Aperture Range F1.8 F2.8 F1.8 F1.7
Min Aperture 22 22 22 16
Photo Filter Thread Size 37 millimeters 46 millimeters 46 millimeters 46 millimeters
Minimum Operating Distance 0.5 meters 0.19 meters 0.25 meters 0.2 meters
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Color Name: Black | Style: 45mm
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 2.2 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B00CI3R53W
  • Item model number: V311030BU000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 9, 2013

Product Description

Color: Black | Style: 45mm

This single focal length portrait lens has a beautiful shallow depth of field, which enables the background blurring effects not possible with the 14-42mm kit Fixed lens. The MSC mechanism is great for tracking a moving child or pet, and provides a quick and silent focus mechanism for movies and still photography.

Customer Reviews

Very sharp, fast and beautiful, creamy bokeh.
S. Rana
I highly recommend switching from DSLR to the Olympus or any of the better Micro 4/3's cameras.
Elizabeth Anne Fritz-Cottle
Even though it is plastic, it feels like a pretty solidly constructed lens.
Rishi Agrawal

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172 of 180 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy on October 18, 2011
Style Name: 45mmColor Name: Silver
Here it is, folks: your heretofore missing µ4/3 portrait lens. And what a marvelous little gem it is.

Why would you want this lens? Well, it's 45mm, and it's f/1.8, a combination which allows you to generate some serious subject isolation with its relatively shallow depth of field. This is the "DSLR blurry background look" that many people crave, and it's very difficult to pull off with most existing µ4/3 lenses (due to their generally slow speed combined with µ4/3's smaller-than-DSLR sensor).

Of course, f/1.8 isn't just there to isolate your subjects; this represents a dramatic improvement in low light performance when compared to any other native lens in this focal length. Your kit lens, for example, probably hits f/5.6 by here; this little guy lets in *nearly ten times as much light*. So you can use much faster shutter speeds and lower ISO, making low light shooting much more viable (since µ4/3 high ISO performance is lacking, fast lenses like this are crucial to make up the difference).

So, that's what it's for. Now the questions: how does it perform? Is it worth the cost? Let's look at the details.

- form factor / exterior: it's very small. Its length is just longer than the original Olympus kit lens and just shorter than the current kit lens (when collapsed), and the barrel is much narrower than either in diameter. This is the 3rd Olympus lens to use the new silver styling, and I must say that it looks great on an E-P3. The lens is made out of plastic, but it's good plastic, and thus far I have no concerns about construction quality.
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79 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Rishi Agrawal on October 17, 2011
Style Name: 45mmColor Name: Silver Verified Purchase
I'm using this lens with a Panasonic GF1. Even after having my micro 4/3 for 2 years, I continue to be impressed at how small these lenses are, especially when compared with the huge NEX system lenses from Sony. The Olympus 45mm 1.8 continues that trend with a diminutive size and weight. The plastic body certainly helps with bring the weight down, in contrast to the 12mm all-metal wide-angle also from Olympus. When I set the camera down, the lens doesn't tip the camera over which helps for setting it on a table for time-release shots.

There are sample videos on the internet showing the focus speed on cameras like the GF3 and E-P3. My GF1 seemed to focus a bit slower with this 45mm lens than those cameras, but it was still spot on and almost silent. It was certainly faster and quieter than the 20mm pancake. The minimal focus distance says 0.5m. For practical purposes that means that you can't focus down on someone sitting right next to you but you can if they are one seat over.

Now, you may already have one of the 14-45mm kit lenses and ask yourself 'why do I need this 45mm lens if I've already got that focal length covered?' A few reasons: (1) speed. The maximum aperture of the kit zooms at 45mm is 5.6 which is over 3 f-stops more than the 1.8. That means you get a 1/100 shutter speed as opposed to the about 1/10 shutter speed of the kit zoom. (2) bokeh. The 45mm produces that great blurry quality in the background while keeping your subject sharp. Kit zoom lenses almost never produce those great images. (3) weight. Except for the new pancake 14-45mm zoom that panasonic recently came out with, this lens is smaller and lighter than the other kit zooms out there.

The other lens in the micro 4/3 system at this focal length is the Leica-branded 45mm macro lens (f2.8).
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55 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Kon Peki on October 10, 2011
Style Name: 45mmColor Name: Silver
This is a lens I have been waiting for since starting to shoot Micro Four Thirds.

I come from a background of Canon and Nikon DSLRs, and I've been looking forward to the availability of a traditional "portrait lens" for the Micro 4/3 system. Olympus took their sweet time bringing out this lens, but I'm pleased to report that they got it right.

Optically, the lens is unimpeachable. LensTip doesn't pull any punches, and their review was glowing: [...]. If you want to see sample images from this lens, we've got a bunch here:[...]

Some criticize the price of this lens compared to the Canon or Nikon 50mm f/1.8 short telephoto lenses, but those are simple designs created as normal primes for 35mm format and adapted for use on APS-C. The Olympus is built ground-up as a telephoto with a more complex design. It is priced well compared to other lenses designed as short telephoto lenses and also priced well for the performance it delivers.

The build is plastic, which helps keep the price and weight down. It isn't a pancake design, but it is a tiny lens.

Some complain that no hood is included. I prefer to keep the lens as compact as possible, which means no hood for me. My only complaint is that the front "decorative ring" (which is removed to add an optional hood) comes off too easy.

Bottom line: If you shoot Micro 4/3, buy this lens. It is outstanding!
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By newzild on October 22, 2011
Style Name: 45mmColor Name: Silver
This 45mm micro four-thirds lens is equivalent to 90mm on a full-frame camera (because of the M43 crop factor) -- a fairly specialised medium-telephoto focal length which is usually associated with portraits and macro, neither of which have interested me much in the past. Nevertheless, my interest was piqued by some early reviews which hinted that there was something special about the lens, and I was ultimately swayed into purchasing it after seeing some excellent street shots on Robin Wong's website.

At US$350 I initially thought it to be a reasonably expensive piece of glass given that it is the size and weight of a third of a can of coke, and I was also concerned that I would find the focal length too long. However, I have since grown increasingly happy with my purchase.

The lens is light-weight (116g) and is made of plastic (apart from the metal mount), but it does feel solid. Most importantly, the glass is good. It comes with better quality lens-caps than the kit lens (the rear one screws on and is much easier to replace / remove), and the silver-coloured barrel looks quite nice on my black E-P3 body.

Images are mostly very sharp, unless the photographer has stuffed up somehow (eg. by focusing in the wrong place, in which case the bokeh can be mistaken for lack of sharpness). The centre of the frame is sharp wide-open, and even the corners are sharp when the lens is stopped down a little. The 45 has become my go-to lens for bokeh, as it is cabable of rendering pleasantly creamy backgrounds (more than I thought possible on M43), and I also appreciate its ability to keep ISO down in low light. Compared with the Olympus kit zooms, the 45 seems to produce more saturated images while also rendering very pleasant skin tones.
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